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1896 – Former Wiley head coach Fred T. Long was born. Long played college football at Millikin (1915-1917). Long eventually joined the coaching profession in the HBCU ranks serving first as the head coach at Paul Quinn (1921-1922). He then took over at Wiley College for the first of two stints (1923-1947, 1956-1965). In between his two stints at Wiley, Long served as the head coach for one season at Prairie View A&M (1948) before taking over at Texas College for seven seasons (1949-1955). He finished with a record of 227-151-31.
1914 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1960 member Neil Snow was died. Snow played end and fullback for Michigan (1898-1901). After college, Snow served one year as the head coach of the University of Nashville (1902).
1958 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1996 member Charles White was born. White played halfback for USC (1976-1979). During his senior season, White led the nation in rushing and was awarded the Heisman Trophy, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Has selected 27th overall in the 1980 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. White Spent four disappointing seasons (1980-1982, 1984) with the Browns before signing with the Los Angeles Rams (1985-1988). In his first six seasons, White never rushed for more than 342 yards, but out of nowhere in 1987, he led the NFL in rushing with 1,374 yards and 11 touchdowns winning the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award for his efforts.
2012 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2007 member Joe Paterno died. Paterno played quarterback and cornerback at Brown (1946-1949). He immediately entered the coaching profession as an assistant at Penn State for 16 years (1950-1965) before taking over as the program’s head coach. He would end up spending his entire coaching career at Penn State including the final 46 years (1966-2011) as the head coach. His career ended nine games into the 2011 season with his team in first place in the Big Ten Leaders Division when he was dismissed as a result of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.
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