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1974 – Current UNLV head coach Tony Sanchez was born. Sanchez played wide receiver for Laney CC (1992-1993) and New Mexico State (1994-1995). He immediately entered the coaching profession eventually taking over as the head coach at California High School (San Ramon, CA) from 2004-2008. He then became the head coach at Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) building the program into a national powerhouse over his six seasons (2009-2014) as head coach. On December 8, 2014, he became one of the few coaches to jump directly from the high school ranks to major college football as the head coach at UNLV (2015-present).
1977 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1975 member Dale Van Sickel died. Van Sickel played end for Florida (1927-1929).
1985 – Butkus Award 2006 winner Patrick Willis was born. Willis played linebacker for Ole Miss (2003-2006). After college, Willis was the 11th overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. He spent his entire eight-year professional career (2007-2014) with the team.
1999 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1979 member Herman Wedemeyer died. Wedemeyer played halfback for Saint Mary’s (CA) (1943, 1945-1947). After college, he played one season for the AAFC’s Los Angeles Dons (1948) before joining the first Baltimore Colts (1949) who played in the AAFC before joining the NFL in 1950 for one season before folding. The name was revived three years later when Baltimore was granted a new expansion franchise for the 1953 season.
2007 – College Football Hall of Fame Class of 1963 member Ken Kavanaugh died. Kavanaugh played end for LSU (1937-1939). He was drafted in the third round of the 1940 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, and played two seasons (1940-1941) before his career was interrupted by World War II where he served as a pilot in the European theater. He rejoined the Bears in time for the 1945 season and played his final six seasons in Chicago (1945-1950).
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