February 7: Celebrating college football’s history

Former Clemson halfback Banks McFadden was born on this date in 1917.

McFadden starred for the Tigers from 1937-1939 earning All-America honors in his final season. At the conclusion of the season, the Tigers played in their first bowl game against Boston College in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 1940. McFadden and the Tigers prevailed in a defensive battle 6-3.

He played one year for the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers, and finished second in the league in scoring as a rookie. His career was interrupted by World War II, however, and he ultimately chose not to return to the NFL when his service in the Army Air Corps ended. He later served as an assistant coach at Clemson, and he was the team’s head basketball coach from 1946-1956.

McFadden was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1959. He passed away on June 4, 2005, at the age of 88.

Forest Geyer was a star fullback for the Oklahoma Sooners from 1913-1915 leading the team to a 19-1-1 record over his final two seasons. He was noted for his passing skills, and in 1973, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Geyer passed away on this date in 1932 at the young age of 39.

Wilbur “Pete” Henry was an All-American tackle for the Washington & Jefferson Presidents for three years from 1917-1919.

He then pursued an NFL career during the league’s first years from 1920-1928. He was an All-Pro his first four seasons, and a member of the Canton Bulldogs championship teams in 1922 and 1923. Ultimately, he earned a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963, adding to his earlier selection to the College Football Hall of Fame’s charter class in 1951.

Henry passed away on this date in 1952 at the age of 54 years old.

ChrisCreightonEastern Michigan Eagles head coach Chris Creighton was born on this date in 1969.

Creighton took over the Eagles program in 2014, but the team struggled to a 2-10 finish. Things were even worse last year as the Eagles slipped to 1-11.

Prior to taking over at Eastern Michigan, Creighton was a quarterback at NCAA Division III Kenyon before entering the coaching profession. He eventually served as the head coach for the NAIA’s Ottawa Braves from 1997-2000 before taking over the NCAA Division III Wabash Little Giants for a seven-year stretch (2001-2007). He then parlayed that into a six-year stint as the head coach of the NCAA FCS Drake Bulldogs (2008-2013) before completing his climb to the NCAA’s top division at Eastern Michigan.

One of Creighton’s future head coaching rivals in the MAC was also born on this date in 1972.

Mike Jinks was hired to replace Dino Babers who moved on to take over the Syracuse Orange program at the conclusion of the 2015 season. Prior to taking over at Bowling Green, Jinks served for three years as an assistant coach at Texas Tech. A former quarterback at NCAA Division II Angelo State, Jinks made his way up the coaching ladder through the Texas high school ranks before joining the Red Raider staff in Lubbock in 2013.







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