Michigan Wolverines football
The Michigan Wolverines football program represents the University of Michigan in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level. Michigan has the most all-time wins in college football history; the team is known for its distinctive winged helmet, its fight song, its record-breaking attendance figures at Michigan Stadium, its many rivalries its annual, regular-season-ending game against Ohio State, once voted as ESPN's best sports rivalry. Michigan began competing in intercollegiate football in 1879; the Wolverines joined the Big Ten Conference at its inception in 1896, other than a hiatus from 1907 to 1916, have been members since. Michigan has won or shared 42 league titles, since the inception of the AP Poll in 1936, has finished in the top 10 a total of 38 times; the Wolverines claim 11 national championships, most that of the 1997 squad voted atop the final AP Poll. From 1900 to 1989, Michigan was led by a series of nine head coaches, each of whom has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame either as a player or as a coach.
Fielding H. Yost became Michigan's head coach in 1901 and guided his "Point-a-Minute" squads to a streak of 56 games without a defeat, spanning from his arrival until the season finale in 1905, including a victory in the 1902 Rose Bowl, the first college football bowl game played. Fritz Crisler brought his winged helmet from Princeton University in 1938 and led the 1947 Wolverines to a national title and Michigan's second Rose Bowl win. Bo Schembechler coached the team for 21 seasons in which he won 13 Big Ten titles and 194 games, a program record; the first decade of his tenure was underscored by a fierce competition with his former mentor, Woody Hayes, whose Ohio State Buckeyes squared off against Schembechler's Wolverines in a stretch of the Michigan–Ohio State rivalry dubbed the "Ten-Year War". Following Schembechler's retirement, the program was coached by two of his former assistants, Gary Moeller and Lloyd Carr, who maintained the program's overall success over the next 18 years. However, the program's fortunes declined under the next two coaches, Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke, who were both fired after short tenures.
Following Hoke's dismissal, Michigan hired Jim Harbaugh on December 30, 2014. Harbaugh is a former quarterback of the team, having played for Michigan between 1982 and 1986 under Schembechler; the Michigan Wolverines have featured 82 players that have garnered consensus selection to the College Football All-America Team. Three Wolverines have won the Heisman Trophy: Tom Harmon in 1940, Desmond Howard in 1991, Charles Woodson in 1997. Gerald Ford, who became the 38th President of the United States, started at center and was voted most valuable player by his teammates on the 1934 team. On May 30, 1879, Michigan played its first intercollegiate football game against Racine College at White Stocking Park in Chicago; the Chicago Tribune called it "the first rugby-football game to be played west of the Alleghenies." Midway through "the first'inning'," Irving Kane Pond scored the first touchdown for Michigan. According to Will Perry's history of Michigan football, the crowd responded to Pond's plays with cheers of "Pond Forever."
In 1881, Michigan played against Harvard in Boston. The game that marked the birth of inter-sectional football. On their way to a game in Chicago in 1887, Michigan players stopped in South Bend and introduced football to students at the University of Notre Dame. A November 23 contest marked the inception of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program and the beginning of the Michigan–Notre Dame rivalry. In 1894, Michigan defeated Cornell, the "first time in collegiate football history that a western school defeated an established power from the east."In 1896, the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives—then known as the Western Conference and as the Big Ten Conference—was formed by the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois, the University of Minnesota, the University of Wisconsin, Northwestern University, Purdue University. The first Western Conference football season was played in 1896, with Michigan going 9–1, but losing out on the inaugural Western Conference title with a loss to the Chicago Maroons to end the season.
By 1898 Amos Alonzo Stagg was fast at work at turning the University of Chicago football program into a powerhouse. Before the final game of the 1898 season, Chicago was 9–1–1 and Michigan was 9–0. Michigan won, 12–11, capturing the program's first conference championship in a game that inspired "The Victors", which became the school's fight song. Michigan went 8–2 and 7–2–1 in 1899 and 1900, results that were considered unsatisfactory relative to the 10–0 season of 1898. After the 1900 season, Charles A. Baird, Michigan's first athletic director, wrote to Fielding H. Yost, "Our people are roused up over the defeats of the past two years", gave Yost an offer to come to Michigan to coach the football team. Upon arriving at Michigan, Yost famously ran up State Street and proclaimed to a reporter, "Michigan isn't going to lose a game." Yost delivered, with the 1901 Michigan team demolishing its opponents. In the first season under head coach Yost, a lopsided victory over Buffalo drew national attention and marked the arrival of Yost's "Point-a-Minute" teams.
The Buffalo team beat Ivy League power Columbia earlier in the year and was favored over a Michigan team the Buffalo newspapers had dubbed "Woolly Westerners." Michigan scored 22 touchdowns in 38 minutes of play, averaging a touchdown every one minute and 43 seconds. Buffalo quit 15 minutes before the game
Bowling Green Falcons football
The Bowling Green Falcons football team is the intercollegiate football team of Bowling Green State University. The team is a member of the NCAA, playing at the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Division I-A, level; the Falcons have played their home games in Doyt Perry Stadium since 1966. The stadium holds 24,000 spectators. In their 93-year history, the Falcons have won 12 MAC championships and a College Division national championship – as voted by the UPI in 1959; the current head coach is Scot Loeffler. The football program was born shortly after the university opened, at the time known as the Bowling Green Normal School. In the early years of Bowling Green State Normal College, common nicknames of BG athletic teams used by sports writers were “B. G. Normals,” “Teachers,” and the “B. G. Pedagogues"; the team began play in 1919 and played on a local field behind the Ridge Street School in Bowling Green, Ohio. The first team was composed of nineteen male students, over half of the 36 men that enrolled in the college.
The roster included Ivan "Doc" Lake, who would would give the Falcons their nickname. John Stitt served as the program's first football coach during the initial 3-game 1919 season; the first football game in BG's history was held on October 3, 1919 against Toledo University, a series that would turn into a rivalry that still exists in the present day. The game ended with a 6–0 score; the second game of the season marked BG's first road game at Defiance College, where the team dropped to 0–2 with a 12–0 shutout. In the final game of the short season the team lost to Michigan State Normal College 10–0. In the 1920 season, BG recorded its first score in a 10-6 loss at Findlay College; the 1920 team recorded the program's first win, in the eighth and final game of the season, when the team defeated Kent State Normal College 7–0. The team joined the Northwest Ohio League starting in the 1921 season. In the first game BG and Kent battled to a scoreless tie in a game that saw no fan attendance due to influenza epidemic.
After a 7–0 win over Defiance, BG faced Findlay on October 15, 1921 in a game that set a national collegiate record in which BG scored 22 touchdowns to win 151–0 over Findlay College. Despite dropping the following game 27–0 to Ashland College, the team finished the season with a record of 3–1–1 and won the Northwest Ohio League conference championship, the first title in school history; the team would repeat as the NWOIAA Champions in 1922, 1925, 1928 and 1929. Warren Steller became the head coach of BG in 1924 and in his second season as head coach, BG recorded its first one-loss season in 1925; the record was repeated two seasons in 1927, when the team dropped its final game of the season 12–6 to Bluffton. During the same season, Ivan "Doc" Lake, a BG alumnus and football player on the original team, suggested the nickname “Falcons”; the nickname's popularity grew and was adopted by the school. In 1928, the Falcons recorded their first undefeated season with a record of 5–0–2; the team was led by Chet Chapman, who received the conference MVP award and became Bowling Green's first All-American.
Steller's Falcons repeated the feat just a few seasons in 1930, when the team went 6–0–2. The 1931 season marked the team's final year that the Falcons participated in the Northwest Ohio League; the team joined the Ohio Athletic Conference in 1933, after it played one season as an independent team. Warren Steller's last season as head coach of BG football came in 1934. In the years after he continued to serve as the manager of the baseball team and served as athletic director until 1941; the Falcons struggled in their initial seasons as a member of the OAC, when the team recorded a losing record in three straight seasons from 1933–35. The first winning record came in 1936 when the Falcons finished the season with a record of 4–2–3. In 1937, University Stadium was dedicated as the team's home stadium; the venue was located in the northeast part of campus and replaced the field and wooden bleachers with a larger capacity, permanent structure with the aid of Federal funding part of the Works Progress Administration.
The new stadium did not provide much home field advantage, with BG only recording two home wins and ending the season 3–4–1. One of the team's best seasons in the OAC came in 1939 when BG finished with a record of 6–1–1; the Falcons came within a point of an undefeated season, their only loss to Capital by the score of 7–6. Robert Whittaker became head coach in 1941 and guided the Falcons to their best record as a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference when the team outscored opponents by a combined score of 173–40 and recorded a 7–1–1 overall record. From 1942 until 1952 The team played independent of a conference affiliation until the university joined the Mid-American Conference; the highlight of BG's independent years came in 1948 when the Falcons went 8–0–1. The only blemish on the season came at the hands of John Carroll, when the teams battled to tie score of 13–13. Bowling Green had initial success in the new conference and finished with a record of 7–2 in the 1952 season; the only losses on the season to Miami and Ohio.
The success of the first MAC season was short-lived with Bowling Green only winning 3 games over the next two seasons. Perry, who attended Bowling Green and was a three-sport athlete for the Falcons and the captain of the football and baseball teams in 1931–32 returned to Bowling Green after serving as a high school coach at Upper
Oliver Francis Luck is an American business executive and former football quarterback. He is the CEO and Commissioner of the XFL. Prior to that, he was Director of Intercollegiate Athletes at West Virginia University, his alma mater, an executive with the National Collegiate Athletic Association in charge of the organization's regulatory functions. Luck is a retired American football player who spent five seasons in the National Football League as a quarterback for the Houston Oilers, he was the first president and general manager of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. Under his watch, the Dynamo won the MLS Cup in 2006 and 2007, he is the father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck attended St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, he enrolled at WVU, playing quarterback from 1978–1981. In his freshman season, Luck only had five interceptions; as a sophomore in 1979, he threw 12 interceptions. He rushed for 407 yards and five touchdowns, including a career-high 120 yards against Tulane.
In his junior season of 1980, Luck earned first-team Academic All-American honors. Luck's 19 touchdown passes was a school record, while he added 1,874 yards; as a senior in 1981, he led the Mountaineers to the Peach Bowl where they defeated the Florida Gators by a score of 26–6. Named Academic All-American for the second consecutive season, Luck threw for a school record 216 completions and 394 attempts to add to his 2,448 yards and 16 touchdowns, he added career-highs 360 passing yards and a school-record 34 completions in a loss to Syracuse that season. Luck, a three-year starter, ended his career with school records of 43 career touchdown passes, 466 completions, 911 pass attempts, his 5,765 career passing yards ranks fourth on the all-time school list. Luck still ranks in the top ten in nearly every career passing category. Luck was a finalist to be a Rhodes Scholar, a National Football Foundation Scholar, a two-time GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American who graduated magna cum laude from WVU in 1982.
He was won the 1981 Louis D. Meisel Award, he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Luck was inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 2000. After graduating from West Virginia, Luck's QB job was filled by Penn State transfer Jeff Hostetler, a future NFL Pro Bowler and future Super Bowl winner. Luck was the 44th overall selection in the 1982 NFL Draft, taken in the second round by the Houston Oilers, he was the third quarterback taken, after Jim McMahon. As a rookie in the strike-shortened 1982 season, Luck saw no action. In his second season, the Oilers inserted him at the starting quarterback position, from which he threw eight touchdowns and 13 interceptions, completing 124 of 217 pass attempts for 1,375 yards as the Oilers struggled to a 2–14 record, he was a teammate of fellow quarterback Archie Manning during the 1983 seasons. In 1984, the Oilers signed Canadian Football League star Warren Moon. Luck played as Moon's back-up for the majority of the season, he completed 22 of 36 pass attempts for 256 yards, two of which were touchdown passes, with one interception.
Luck had some success running the ball, with 10 carries for 75 yards and one touchdown. In 1985 and 1986, Luck continued to play back-up to Moon, he threw 100 passes in 1985, completing 56 of them with two interceptions. In 1986, Luck's final season in the NFL, he completed 31 of 60 passes for 341 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions. After retiring from pro football, Luck received a J. D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1987. He graduated with honors accepted a fellowship to study the European Union and its legal system in Germany. Luck is a long-time member of the American Council on Germany. In 1990, he was the Republican nominee for Congress from West Virginia's 2nd congressional district, which included his alma mater, but was defeated by incumbent Democrat Harley O. Staggers Jr. An ethical controversy arose after his campaign used a mailing list generated by the non-profit Mountaineer Athletic Club to send a photo of himself as WVU's quarterback, along with a letter from Luck, to over 4000 of the club's contributors.
A state ethics commission report subsequently found that the list had been generated at Luck's request, Luck apologized. In 1991, he became general manager of the Frankfurt Galaxy of the fledgling World League of American Football, he held the post for two years. Upon its resumption in 1995, he became general manager of the Rhein Fire, was named league president the following year. Luck held that role until 2000, during which time he oversaw the league's rebranding as NFL Europe, intended to strengthen the connection between the league and its parent, the NFL. In 2001 Luck was sworn in as Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Sports Authority. In this role he oversaw the operations of the Harris County Houston Sports Authority, the governmental entity created in 1997 to provide the financing and management oversight of the three large sports and entertainment venues in Houston: Minute Maid Park, Reliant Stadium, the new Downtown multi-purpose arena. Prior to joining the Sports Authority, Luck was a top-ranking executive with the National Football League for more than ten years, where he served as Vice President of Business Development and President and CEO of NFL Europe.
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Canton McKinley High School
McKinley Senior High School is a public high school in Canton, United States. It is the only high school in the Canton City School District, but as of 2015, there are technically two, but are claimed as the same school. You see, there are two campuses. Athletic teams compete as the Canton McKinley Bulldogs in the Ohio High School Athletic Association as a member of the Federal League; the original McKinley building on Market Avenue North was opened on March 27, 1918. The students of Central High School and North High School were moved to the new building; the school was named for President William McKinley and his sister, Anna McKinley, who taught in the Canton Public Schools for 30 years. There is a debate of who the school was named after, but to people who live in Canton, most assume it's Anna McKinley, since she was, as mentioned before, a beloved teacher and administrator in Canton Public Schools; when it opened, it was the only high school in Canton. By 1943, it was one of four high schools, as enrollment in the city schools dictated Lehman High School, Lincoln High School, Timken Vocational High School be opened.
As the city of Canton's population declined, so did city school enrollment. In the spring of 1976, the Canton City Schools closed all four high schools in the city. Lehman and Lincoln reverted to junior high schools, Timken Senior High School and McKinley Senior High School were their replacements. McKinley Senior opened in a new building on the site of Fawcett Stadium. In February 2015, the Canton City School board approved closing Timken as a traditional four-year high school, thus making McKinley the city's only high school for the first time since Lehman became a high school in 1937. McKinley High School's enrollment peaked in the 1935 – 1936 school year with 4,000 students attending. McKinley competes in one of the oldest athletic conferences in Ohio. Football – 1934, 1955, 1956, 1981, 1997, 1998 Boys Swimming – 1937, 1939, 1940, 1945, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961 Boys Basketball – 1984, 2005, 2006 Boys Golf – 1943 Boys Track and Field – 1997 Boys Baseball – 1937, 1939 Girls Volleyball – 1983, 1987, 1991 Girls Basketball – 2010 Canton McKinley is 7th in the nation in football wins all-time, with 827 as of December 2017.
McKinley is second in Ohio in win total. Prior to the start of the current playoff format in Ohio high school football, McKinley had won seven AP poll titles. Since the playoff format began, McKinley has won three State Titles, in 1981, 1997, 1998, they have been State Runner-Up three times in 1977, 1985, 2004. The Canton McKinley vs. Massillon Washington rivalry is the 13th most played rivalry in the nation, with 129 meetings between the schools, including the 24-17 Massillon victory on October 27, 2018; the rivalry is tied for the nation's 14th oldest, dating back to 1894 and was profiled in the November 14, 1994 issue of Sports Illustrated. The Great American Rivalry Series which features the nation's top high school football rivalries has highlighted the rivalry 11 times since 2006. McKinley plays at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Benson is home to the NFL's annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Game Famous Bulldogs include Percy Snow, Kenny Peterson, Marion Motley, Wayne Fontes, Ray Ellis, Jamar Martin, the late Pro Bowl linebacker John Grimsley, Mike Doss, Reggie Corner and Josh McDaniels.
Famous former coaches include Ben Schwartzwalder. McKinley is #1 in Ohio in wins all-time, they have won three State Championships in 1983–84, 2004–05, 2005–2006. They have been State Runners-Up eight times, hold Ohio records for most appearances in the Championship game, Final Four appearances, Sweet Sixteen appearances. McKinley has had several players move on to the NBA, including Nick Weatherspoon, Phil Hubbard, Gary Grant, Eric Snow, Michael Hawkins, Keith McLeod. With Nick Weatherspoon playing in the NBA from 1973 to 1980, Phil Hubbard from 1980 to 1989, Gary Grant from 1989 to 2001, Eric Snow from 1996 to 2008, Michael Hawkins from 1997 to 2001, Keith McCleod from 2004 to present, McKinley has had a graduate in the NBA continuously since 1973, believed to be a record. On February 25, 2015, Canton City Schools approved the merger of McKinley High School and Timken High School, giving Canton a'single' high school for the first time since 1937. Freshmen of the merged schools will attend the Freshmen Academy located at the current Timken High School, while grades 10–12 attend the senior high school located at the current McKinley building.
The remaining high school will retain the McKinley name and colors. Jim Aiken – Coach: Head football and basketball. Football.
Gary Stills is a former American football linebacker who played nine seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for West Virginia University, he was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft, played for the Baltimore Ravens, St. Louis Rams and Las Vegas Locomotives. Stills attended Valley Forge Military Academy, where as a senior he registered 162 tackles with 7.5 sacks. Stills played college football at West Virginia University. During his career, he finished with 26 sacks, he majored in sports management. Stills best season was in 1997; as a junior, Stills finished the year with 12 sacks. In the season opener against Marshall, Stills had a school-record 4 sacks, he finished. Stills was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round in the 1999 NFL Draft. In his rookie year, Stills only played in two games and was inactive for the other 14. In 2000, he finished the year with ten tackles; the following year, he posted 15 tackles and had a period in NFL Europe, playing for the Frankfurt Galaxy.
In 2002, he played in all 16 games and finished the campaign with a career high 44 tackles and two sacks. 2003 was another solid year for Stills who recorded a career high three sacks. He was selected to his first Pro Bowl. In 2004, he played in 16 games making 2.5 sacks. In his final year with the Chiefs, Stills recorded, he was known for his tremendous special teams play, his famous celebration in which he "punches the ground" after he would tackle a returner. However, the Chiefs released Stills. Stills signed with the Baltimore Ravens before the 2006 season. In his first year with the franchise, he played in 16 games and recorded a team record 44 special teams tackles. In 2007, he finished the season with 15 tackles and one sack, he was released from the Ravens on August 2008 during final cuts. Two days after being let go by the Ravens, Stills was signed by the St. Louis Rams on September 1, 2008. Stills was drafted by the Las Vegas Locomotives on June 18, 2009. Just Sports Stats
A quarterback, colloquially known as the "signal caller", is a position in American and Canadian football. Quarterbacks are members of the offensive line up directly behind the offensive line. In modern American football, the quarterback is considered the leader of the offensive team, is responsible for calling the play in the huddle; the quarterback touches the ball on every offensive play, is the offensive player that always throws forward passes. In modern American football, the quarterback is the leader of the offense; the quarterback touches the ball on every offensive play, his successes and failures can have a significant impact on the fortunes of his team. Accordingly, the quarterback is among the most glorified and highest-paid positions in team sports. Prior to each play, the quarterback will tell the rest of his team which play the team will run. After the team is lined up, the center will pass the ball back to the quarterback. On a running play, the quarterback will hand or pitch the ball backwards to a halfback or fullback.
On a passing play, the quarterback is always the player responsible for trying to throw the ball downfield to an eligible receiver. Additionally, the quarterback will run with the football himself, which could be part of a designed play like the option run or quarterback sneak, or it could be an effort to avoid being sacked by the defense. Depending on the offensive scheme by his team, the quarterback's role can vary. In systems like the triple option the quarterback will only pass the ball a few times per game, if at all, while the pass-heavy spread offense as run by schools like Texas Tech requires quarterbacks to throw the ball in most plays; the passing game is emphasized in the Canadian Football League, where there are only three downs as opposed to the four downs used in American football, a larger field of play and an extra eligible receiver. Different skillsets are required of the quarterback in each system - quarterbacks that perform well in a pass-heavy spread offensive system, a popular offensive scheme in the NCAA and NFHS perform well in the National Football League, as the fundamentals of the pro-style offense used in the NFL are different from those in the spread system.
While quarterbacks in Canadian football need to be able to throw the ball and accurately. In general, quarterbacks need to have physical skills such as arm strength and quick throwing motion, in addition to intangibles such as competitiveness, leadership and downfield vision. In the NFL, quarterbacks are required to wear a uniform number between 1 and 19. In the National Collegiate Athletic Association and National Federation of State High School Associations, quarterbacks are required to wear a uniform number between 1 and 49. In the CFL, the quarterback can wear any number from 0 to 49 and 70 to 99; because of their numbering, quarterbacks are eligible receivers in the NCAA, NFHS, CFL. Compared to captains of other team sports, before the implementation of NFL team captains in 2007, the starting quarterback is the de facto team leader and well-respected player on and off the field. Since 2007, when the NFL allowed teams to designate several captains to serve as on-field leaders, the starting quarterback has been one of the team captains as the leader of the team's offense.
In the NFL, while the starting quarterback has no other responsibility or authority, he may, depending on the league or individual team, have various informal duties, such as participation in pre-game ceremonies, the coin toss, or other events outside the game. For instance the starting quarterback is the first player to be presented with the Lamar Hunt Trophy/George Halas Trophy and the Vince Lombardi Trophy; the starting quarterback of the victorious Super Bowl team is chosen for the "I'm going to Disney World!" campaign, whether they are the Super Bowl MVP or not. Dilfer was chosen though teammate Ray Lewis was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV, due to the bad publicity from Lewis' murder trial the prior year. Being able to rely on a quarterback is vital to team morale. San Diego Chargers safety Rodney Harrison called the 1998 season a "nightmare" because of poor play by Ryan Leaf and Craig Whelihan and, from the rookie Leaf, obnoxious behavior toward teammates. Although their 1999 season replacements Jim Harbaugh and Erik Kramer were not stars, linebacker Junior Seau said "you can't imagine the security we feel as teammates knowing we have two quarterbacks who have performed in this league and know how to handle themselves as players and as leaders".
Commentators have noted the "disproportionate importance" of the quarterback, describing it as the "most glorified -- and scrutinized -- position" in team sports. It is believed that "there is no other position in sports that'dictates the terms' of a game the way quarterback does, whether that impact is positive or negative, as "Everybody feeds off of what the quarterback can and cannot do... Defensively, everybody reacts to what threats or non-threats the quarterback has. Everything else is secondary". "An argument can be made that quarterback is the most influential position in team sport