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  • Ex-Virginia coach Welsh headed for College Football Hall

    Oct. 8, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Former Virginia football coach George Welsh will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.

    Welsh retired in 2000 as Virginia's career leader in coaching victories, ending a 28-year career. The 71-year-old Welsh said before Virginia's game against Clemson on Thursday night that he'd like to coach again.

    "I'd like to get back in the game, maybe as an assistant in the right program," he said. "There's only three or four spots that I would go."

    Welsh spent 19 years at Virginia, compiling a 134-86-3 record and guiding the Cavaliers to the first 10 bowl appearances in their history. He also directed them to their only No. 1 ranking for three weeks in 1990, and had eight players chosen in the first round of the NFL Draft.

    He also coached from 1973-81 at Navy, his alma mater. His teams were 55-46-1, and went to three bowls, making him Navy's winningest coach.

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    Alabama A&M's winningest coach, Louis Crews dies at 87
    by DJRamFan
    Jan. 21, 2005
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Louis Crews, who led Alabama A&M to its only undefeated football season and four conference titles, died Thursday. He was 87.

    Crews died at Huntsville Hospital, the school announced Friday in a statement.

    Crews, a native of Bessemer, compiled a 94-52-3 record from 1960-75 and is the school's all-time winningest coach. The school later named its stadium after Crews.

    A former Alabama A&M quarterback and running back, he led the Bulldogs to an 8-0 record in 1963. He finished with four Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships.

    His most famous player was receiver John Stallworth, who went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    Crews, nicknamed "Sugar Bear," refused to take credit for his teams' success before his 1993 induction into the SIAC Hall of Fame.

    "We had some outstanding athletes when I was head coach," he said at the time. "You can't be a great coach unless you have great athletes."

    Crews was fired as head football coach following the 1975 season after back-to-back losing records, but remained at the school to teach physical education until retiring in 1982.

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    -01-21-2005, 02:31 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Longtime University of the South football coach dies at 78
    by DJRamFan
    Aug. 2, 2005
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    SEWANEE, Tenn. -- James Moore Jr., the football coach at the University of the South for 32 years who also coached four other sports at the school, died at 78.

    He died Saturday, the Cumberland Funeral Home said.

    Moore was the football coach from 1956-87 and had a record of 260-200-2. He also coached golf, tennis, track and field and wrestling and won 12 team championships in his five sports at the college, a member of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

    After he retired, Moore was a volunteer kicking coach at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.

    Moore was a freshman on the Tennessee football team that went to the 1945 Rose Bowl, but he was drafted into the Army two weeks before that game. After serving in World War II, he played football at Tennessee Tech and graduated in 1950.

    He was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Sewanee athletics hall of fame in 2004.

    Survivors include his wife, Novella, five daughters and a brother.

    Services were held on campus Tuesday, with his former athletes serving as honorary pallbearers.

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    -08-02-2005, 01:32 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Whittingham takes Utah promotion over offer from BYU
    by DJRamFan
    Dec 8, 2004
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    SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah defensive coordinator Kyle Whittingham was hired as the school's football coach to replace Urban Meyer.

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    Whittingham rejected an offer from rival BYU to take the Utes' job. He was to be introduced at a news conference Wednesday, Utah sports information director Liz Abel said.

    Whittingham will replace Meyer as Utah's coach following the Jan. 1 Fiesta Bowl. Meyer was introduced Tuesday as the new coach at Florida.

    Whittingham was to have led the Utes' Tuesday practice, but didn't attend to consider the offers from the two schools.

    BYU still needs to replace Gary Crowton, who resigned last week after the Cougars' third straight losing season. Whittingham, a Provo native, was strongly considered for the Cougars' job because he is a BYU graduate, former player and graduate assistant.

    He also fit one important requirement for BYU as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which owns the school. But Whittingham also has developed strong ties to Utah in 10 years as an assistant with the Utes.

    Utah safety Morgan Scalley and a group of players met with Whittingham on Sunday night to talk to him about taking over for Meyer, who kept Whittingham on his staff when he was hired from Bowling Green two years ago.

    Whittingham will have to start building his own staff immediately. Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford was hired Monday to coach UNLV, and both he and Meyer could take any number of assistant coaches with them, leaving the Utah coaching staff in limbo as the Utes prepare to play in the Fiesta Bowl against Pittsburgh.

    A message left with BYU on Wednesday was not immediately returned.

    The committee responsible for hiring the next BYU coach was in New York for former Cougars coach LaVell Edwards' induction into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night.

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    -12-08-2004, 05:34 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Onofrio, former Missouri football coach, dies at 83
    by DJRamFan
    Nov. 5, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Al Onofrio, former head football coach at Missouri who also helped design defenses for Dan Devine for more than a decade, has died. He was 83.

    Onofrio died Friday at Desert Samaritan Hospital in Mesa, Ariz., said one of his sons, Mike Onofrio.

    About a week ago, Al Onofrio was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his son said.

    Onofrio, the Associated Press' Big Eight coach of the year in 1972, led Devine's defenses from 1958-70, during which the Tigers went 93-37-7, won two Big Eight titles and made six bowl appearances.

    When Devine left Missouri to coach the Green Bay Packers in 1971, Onofrio took over and went 38-41 in seven seasons. After going 1-10 in his first year, Onofrio guided the Tigers to the Fiesta Bowl in 1972 and Sun Bowl the next season. In 1973, the Tigers went 8-4 and finishing ranked 17th.

    "This is certainly a sad day for Mizzou," said Mike Alden, the school's athletic director. "Everyone associated with Missouri should be thankful for the time he spent here and how much he meant to the institution by what he brought not only with his football expertise, but also his character."

    Survivors include his wife, Joan, five sons and one daughter.

    Services will be Wednesday at Church of the Resurrection, Tempe. Burial will be Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Mesa, Ariz.

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    -11-06-2004, 01:12 PM
  • DJRamFan
    Kircher, coach at Washington State in '50s, dead at 93
    by DJRamFan
    Dec 8, 2004
    SportsLine.com wire reports

    PULLMAN, Wash. -- Al Kircher, the football coach at Washington State for four seasons in the 1950s, died at 93.

    He died Nov. 1 in a nursing home in Salem, Ore., the school's sports information department said.

    Kircher became the Cougars' backfield coach for Forest Evashevski in 1950. When Evashevski left for Iowa after the 1951 season, Kircher was promoted to head coach. In four seasons he was 13-25-2.

    After resigning as coach, Kircher and his family ran a lodge from 1954-75. He retired to Las Vegas in 1978 and moved to Salem in 2004.

    Kircher served in World War II and was wounded during the Normandy invasion. He was awarded a Silver Star and two Bronze Stars.

    He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; a son, Robert; and two daughters, Sharlene and Judy Ann.

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    -12-08-2004, 05:36 PM
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