February 17: Celebrating American football’s past

Legendary Tennessee coach Robert Neyland was born on this date in 1892. Neyland served three separate stints as the head coach of the Volunteers beginning with a nine-year run from 1926-1934 followed by two shorter tenures from 1936-1940 and 1946-1952. In all, Neyland was the head coach of the Vols for 21 seasons, and he is credited with leading Tennessee to four national championships in 1938, 1940, 1950 and 1951….

February 17, 2016
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February 16: Celebrating American football’s past and present

According to the College Football Data Warehouse, the California Golden Bears notched the first win in school history on this date in 1883. We’ve been unable to confirm for certain or to find any details about the game, but according to CFDW, the Golden Bears first took the field in 1882, possibly on December 9, losing to the Phoenix (CA) Athletic Club by a score of 1-0 before managing a tie…

February 16, 2016
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February 15: Celebrating American football’s history

Earl “Red” Blaik was born on this date in 1897. Blaik played three seasons for Miami (OH) from 1915-1917 before moving on the United States Military Academy in West Point for his final two seasons in 1918-1919. He eventually earned Third-Team All-American honors while playing for the Cadets. Blaik eventually entered the coaching profession serving as an assistant back at Miami (OH) for two years (1924-1925) before spending one season…

February 15, 2016
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President’s Day Football Celebration

Football has remained an important touchstone for numerous U.S. presidents over the years. (PUBLISHER’S NOTE: The following release is presented in its entirety from the National Football Foundation.) IRVING, Texas – Whether they played football, served as a football manager or merely understood the role of football in developing young men who play the sport, numerous U.S. presidents have paid tribute to the gridiron over the years. In honor of…

February 15, 2016
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February 14: Celebrating American football’s past

Valentine’s Day has a lot of historical connections to great players and coaches starting in 1913 with the birth of Ohio State legend Woody Hayes. Hayes played college football as a tackle at Denison from 1933-1935, and after a stint as a high school coach followed by his naval service in World War II, he returned to coach his alma mater from 1946-1948. It was the first stop in a 30-plus…

February 14, 2016
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Heisman winner Lattner passes away

Former Notre Dame halfback Johnny Lattner, the 1953 winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, passed away Friday, February 12, 2016, after a long battle with lung cancer. Lattner was 83 years old. Lattner hailed from Chicago, and he first made a name for himself on the gridiron at the Catholic Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois. He held top offers from across the country and considered Michigan before settling…

February 14, 2016
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February 13: Patterson, Moss celebrate birthdays

College Football Hall of Fame member Bill Mallory passed away on this date in 1945 at the age of 43. Mallory was a fullback for Yale from 1921-1923 and helped lead the Elis to an undefeated 8-0 campaign in his final season. Years later, Mallory became an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army Air Force, and he was the brains behind Operation Mallory, a tactical operation that destroyed 22 of…

February 13, 2016
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February 12: Heisman winner Griffin born on this date

Consensus All-American Arthur Cumnock was born on this date in 1868. Cumnock starred for the Harvard Crimson in the late 1880’s and early 1890’s earning All-American honors as an end in 1889. As the team’s captain in 1890, he helped lead the Crimson to a 12-6 upset of the favored Yale Bulldogs in what is considered one of the greatest games in Harvard’s history. Cumnock passed away on June 8,…

February 12, 2016
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Album Review: Cold Beer Conversation

February 11, 2016

George Strait MCA/Universal 2015 There’s a message in George Strait’s new album Cold Beer Conversation, and you don’t have to be Aretha Franklin to spell ‘respect.’ Strait’s album seems in some ways to be a response to the overheated political climate in this country as we head full-speed into another brutal primary season with politicians and the American public split into a record number of camps. Strait seems to be saying we’re…

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February 11: Celebrating college football’s history

College Football Hall of Famer John Tigert was born on this date in 1882. Tigert was a member of the Vanderbilt Commodores football team from 1901-1903 earning All-Southern honors as a senior in his final season. He also excelled off the football field becoming Vanderbilt’s first Rhodes Scholar eventually graduating from Oxford University’s Pembroke College with a Master of Arts degree. Just a couple of years after returning to the…

February 11, 2016
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