2007 Oklahoma Sooners football team
The 2007 Oklahoma Sooners football team represented the University of Oklahoma in the 2007 NCAA Division I FBS football season, the 113th season of Sooner football. The team was led by two-time Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award winner, Bob Stoops, in his ninth season as head coach, they played their homes games at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Oklahoma. They were a charter member of the Big 12 Conference. Conference play began with an upset loss to the Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder, Colorado on September 29, ended with a victory over the Missouri Tigers in the Big 12 Championship Game on December 1; the Sooners finished the regular season with an 11–2 record while winning their fifth Big 12 title and their 41st conference title overall. They received an automatic berth to the Fiesta Bowl, where they lost to the West Virginia Mountaineers, 28–48. Following the season, Malcolm Kelly and Curtis Lofton were drafted in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Reggie Smith was selected in the 3rd, Allen Patrick was chosen in the 7th.
On July 19, a preseason poll voted on by members of the media. The Sooners were chosen to finish second in the Big 12 South behind Texas, they finished nine votes 44 points above Texas A&M, the third team. This poll was released in anticipation of the Big 12 media day which began on July 23, 2007. Most publications had the Sooners ranked between ten in the preseason. Phil Steele's self-titled publication, considered by many to be the most accurate college football preseason prediction magazine, had the Sooners ranked number three in terms of how they would finish the year and how strong the team is going into the year. On August 2, 2007, Coach Bob Stoops announced at a rally that the names of players would be put back on the team's jerseys, they had been removed in a re-design before the 2006 season. The 2006 season was the last for quarterback Paul Thompson. With his departure came the race for the next quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners; the three players in contention for the coveted spot included true freshman Keith Nichol, redshirt freshman Sam Bradford and junior Joey Halzle.
They competed throughout the summer and well into fall practice. On August 21, 2007, it was announced. In 2006, the team and the fanbase were stunned when the returning starting quarterback, Rhett Bomar, was kicked off the team one day before the start of fall practice. Quarterback-turned-wide receiver Paul Thompson was converted back to quarterback and led the Sooners to an 11–3 season capturing the Big 12 Championship and competing in a BCS bowl game. However, the fallout of the Bomar scandal began to affect the team in 2007. On July 11, 2007, the NCAA announced a finding of "failure to monitor" the employment of student athletes and handed out penalties, most of which were extensions of punishments set in place by the university. Probation until May 2010 The loss of two scholarships through the 2009–10 season A reduction by one of the number of coaches who can recruit off campus A public reprimand and censure A disassociation with the dealership manager for five years All wins from the 2005 season were vacated, changing the team's record from 8–4 to 0–4 for that yearThe university announced that it would appeal the Infraction Committee's finding and the vacation of the wins from the 2005 season.
University president David Boren released a statement that the university " not believe that erasing the 2005 season from the record books is fair to the over 100 student-athletes and coaches who played by the rules and worked their hearts out for a successful season." The Sooners won the appeal to get back their wins from the 2005 season. National Signing Day was on February 7, 2007, Oklahoma was set to sign many talented high school athletes from around the country, it ended up being a smaller class than usual due to the loss of only a few seniors. In addition to the seniors leaving, running back Adrian Peterson left early for the NFL Draft and three other players were set to be on medical redshirt for the upcoming season. There was some separation in Oklahoma's recruiting ranking by the two major recruiting websites. Scout.com ranked the Oklahoma recruiting class as the 30th best in the nation, while Rivals.com ranked Oklahoma as the 14th best. In the pre-season, incoming quarterback Keith Nichol was named one of the top-10 impact freshman for 2007.
Below is a list of the recruits. On July 13, 2007, the Charlotte Touchdown Club released their watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Sooner defensive back Reggie Smith was among the 50 players listed. In the previous season, Smith had 40 tackles and three interceptions as a defensive back, was the main return specialist for the team, returning an interception and a punt for touchdowns. On August 28, 2007, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission released their watch list for the Lou Groza Award, awarded to the most outstanding place kicker. On the list was Oklahoma's Garrett Hartley. Hartley was a finalist for the award in 2006 after making nineteen of twenty field goals and going 49 of 50 on extra points. Tight end Brody Eldridge made the Mackey Award watchlist, safety Nic Harris was on the Jim Thorpe Award watchlist, Malcolm Kelly and Allen Patrick were both on the Maxwell Award watchlist. In the middle of the season, several more Sooners were added to various watchlists. Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Bradford was added to the watchlist for the Maxwell Award, awarded to the nation's best player.
Oklahoma has had two prior winners of this prestigious award, including Tommy McDonald and Jason White. Auston English was added to the watchlist for
R. C. Slocum
Richard Copeland Slocum, better known as R. C. Slocum, is a former American football player and coach, he served as the head football coach at Texas A&M University from 1989 to 2002. He has won more games as coach than anyone else in Texas A&M Aggies football history. Slocum was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2012. Raised in Orange, Slocum graduated from Stark High School in Orange in 1963 and attended McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Slocum earned a B. S. in physical education in 1967 and M. S. in educational administration in 1968, both from McNeese State. He has two sons. Slocum began his career as a football coach at a Lake Charles high school in 1968. Two years in 1970, Slocum became a graduate assistant at Kansas State University under head coach Vince Gibson. In 1971, he was named Head Freshman Coach. Slocum spent the 1981 season as the defensive coordinator at the University of Southern California; the team was led by head coach John Robinson.
Slocum's defense led the Pacific-10 Conference in total defense that season. The team lost to Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. In 1972, Slocum was hired as a receiver coach under Emory Bellard at Texas A&M University. After one year of coaching the receivers, he was moved to defense to coach the defensive ends, in 1976, he became linebacker coach. Coach Bellard left A&M in 1978, moving on to Mississippi State and taking defensive coordinator Melvin Robertson with him. Former A&M offensive coordinator and new head coach Tom Wilson chose Slocum as his defensive coordinator in 1979. After serving USC as defensive coordinator in 1981, Slocum returned to A&M in 1982 and became defensive coordinator under head coach Jackie Sherrill. In 1985, Slocum was elevated to assistant head coach. Slocum substituted for Sherrill and served as acting head coach for A&M's 18–0 victory over TCU during the 1988 season, Sherrill's last. In December 1988, R. C. Slocum was named head coach at Texas A&M. During his 14 years as head coach, Slocum led the Aggies to a record of 123–47–2, making him the winningest coach in Texas A&M history.
During his career, Slocum never had a losing season and won four conference championships, including the Big 12 title in 1998 and two Big 12 South Championships in 1997 and 1998. Additionally, he led the Aggies to become the first school in the Southwest Conference history to post three consecutive perfect conference seasons and went four consecutive seasons without a conference loss. Slocum reached 100 wins faster than any other active coach, he has the best winning percentage in SWC history, one spot ahead of the legendary coach Darrell Royal, number 2. Slocum helped make A&M's Kyle Field become one of the hardest places for opponents to play, losing only 12 games at home in 14 years. For over a year, A&M held the longest home-winning streak in the nation, losing in 1989 and not again until late in 1995. In the 1990s, A&M lost only four times at Kyle Field. Slocum was named SWC Coach of the Year three times during his tenure as head coach, his "Wrecking Crew" defense led the SWC in four statistical categories from 1991 through 1993 and led the nation in total defense in 1991.
Over 50 Texas A&M players were drafted into the NFL during Slocum's career as head coach. Slocum inherited an Aggie football program that had just finished 7-5 and under severe NCAA sanctions, cleaned it up quickly, he was quoted in 2002 as saying: I wouldn't trade winning another game or two for my reputation as a person. I've said from day one I'm going to do things the way. There were those. You can't win that way.' Well, we're going to find out. That's the way. I can walk away and look myself in the mirror and say,'We did it the right way.' After fourteen years as head coach of the Aggies, Slocum was asked to resign in 2002 following only the second non-winning season of his career. He assumed a position as special adviser to Texas A&M president Robert Gates. In May 2012, Slocum was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Assistant coaches under R. C. Slocum who became NCAA or NFL head coaches: Dennis Allen: Oakland Raiders Dino Babers: Eastern Illinois, Bowling Green, Syracuse Phil Bennett: SMU Bob Davie: Notre Dame, New Mexico Steve Kragthorpe: Tulsa, Louisville Mike Sherman: Green Bay Packers, Texas A&M Kevin Sumlin: Houston, Texas A&M, Arizona Bob Toledo: UC Riverside, Pacific, UCLA, Tulane Tommy Tuberville: Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Cincinnati Gary Kubiak 1992-1993 San Francisco 49'ers, Denver Broncos Legends Poll Texas A&M profile R. C. Slocum at the College Football Hall of Fame
KRIV, virtual and UHF digital channel 26, is a Fox owned-and-operated television station licensed to Houston, United States. The station is owned by the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of Fox Corporation, as part of a duopoly with MyNetworkTV owned-and-operated station KTXH; the two stations share studios on Southwest Freeway in Houston. The station first signed on the air on August 1971 as KVRL, operating as an independent station, it was the third UHF television station in Houston, after KHTV and KVVV-TV. Four years after signing on, in 1975, the station's call letters were changed to KDOG—a callsign chosen by former station general manager Leroy Gloger. Another former general manager, Jerry Marcus commented that he saw the calls appropriate during the station's formative years as, in his words, channel 26 was a "dogged station" ratings-wise; the station's slogan during this timeframe was "Where every dog has his day." During this period, the station aired English-language general entertainment programming including old cartoons and classic movies during the daytime hours, along with Spanish-language programs including telenovelas and serial drama series at night.
For its first two decades on the air, channel 26 operated from studio facilities located at 3935 Westheimer Road in Houston's Highland Village section, now the site of an H-E-B Central Market. In May 1978, Metromedia purchased the station and changed its call letters to the current KRIV-TV, named in honor of then-Metromedia executive Albert Krivin. Jerry Marcus, general sales manager of Metromedia's Washington, D. C. station WTTG, was hired to manage channel 26's operations, remaining there until his retirement in December 1999. This influx of dollars from Metromedia's investment in the station resulted in KRIV acquiring higher-profile syndicated programs and by 1983, the establishment of its news department; the station ran a general entertainment format complete with cartoons, movies, first-run syndicated shows, locally produced talk shows and one of the few Spanish-language public affairs programs on television at the time. Overall, the station's viewership ranked near a more well-established outlet, over the years.
In 1986, Australian newspaper tycoon Rupert Murdoch purchased KRIV and the other five television stations in the Metromedia group, all of which became the founding owned-and-operated stations of his new television network, the Fox Broadcasting Company. The acquisition resulted in channel 26 and the other former Metromedia stations to adopt a more sophisticated on-air appearance for a network, that at the time, did not exist. A unified music and graphics package was featured on all of the original Fox-owned stations, including KRIV, noted for featuring graphics that were among the first of their kind for local television; the station changed its on-air branding to the current "Fox 26" upon the network's October 9, 1986 launch. Despite being a member of the new network, KRIV's schedule wouldn't change that much, as at that time, Fox only aired a late-night talk show upon the network's launch. Fox continued to add additional nights of programming over the next six years until it went seven days a week in 1993.
Over that seven-year wait, KRIV was still a de facto independent station. As a Fox owned-and-operated station, KRIV acquired more first-run syndicated programming. Upon adding its weekday morning newscast in 1993, KRIV removed its morning cartoon block, although it continued to run afternoon children's programming from Fox Kids until the network discontinued that block's weekday lineup nationwide in the end of 2001, it should be noted that, from the 1993–1994 period when Fox acquired the rights to carry the NFC package from CBS as well as more VHF outlets to accommodate this, KRIV is the longest serving Fox O&O not to be located in an NFC market. In 1997, KRIV moved from its original Westheimer Road studios to a state-of-the-art digital facility near the Southwest Freeway, and upgraded the look of its newscasts with the debut of a brand new set, news theme and a new multi-paned rectangle logo similar to those implemented by other Fox-owned stations following the network's 1994 affiliation agreement with New World Communications.
With this upgraded presence in Houston, channel 26 went from outperforming former independents KTXH and KHWB to challenging the market's Big Three stations–NBC affiliate KPRC-TV, CBS affiliate KHOU-TV and ABC-owned KTRK-TV –in the ratings. During this time KRIV's studios became a taping location for various syndicated programs produced by 20th Television, including the court shows Texas Justice, Cristina's Court and Judge Alex. In mid-August 2006, channel 26's website adopted the MyFox website design or
Indianapolis shortened to Indy, is the state capital and most populous city of the U. S. state of Indiana and the seat of Marion County. According to 2017 estimates from the U. S. Census Bureau, the consolidated population of Indianapolis and Marion County was 872,680; the "balance" population, which excludes semi-autonomous municipalities in Marion County, was 863,002. It is the 16th most populous city in the U. S; the Indianapolis metropolitan area is the 34th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the U. S. with 2,028,614 residents. Its combined statistical area ranks 27th, with a population of 2,411,086. Indianapolis covers 368 square miles, making it the 16th largest city by land area in the U. S. Indigenous peoples inhabited the area dating to 2000 BC. In 1818, the Delaware relinquished their tribal lands in the Treaty of St. Mary's. In 1821, Indianapolis was founded as a planned city for the new seat of Indiana's state government; the city was platted by Alexander Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham on a 1 square mile grid next to the White River.
Completion of the National and Michigan roads and arrival of rail solidified the city's position as a manufacturing and transportation hub. Two of the city's nicknames reflect its historical ties to transportation—the "Crossroads of America" and "Railroad City". Since the 1970 city-county consolidation, known as Unigov, local government administration operates under the direction of an elected 25-member city-county council headed by the mayor. Indianapolis anchors the 27th largest economic region in the U. S. based on the sectors of finance and insurance, manufacturing and business services and health care and wholesale trade. The city has notable niche markets in auto racing; the Fortune 500 companies of Anthem, Eli Lilly and Company and Simon Property Group are headquartered in Indianapolis. The city has hosted international multi-sport events, such as the 1987 Pan American Games and 2001 World Police and Fire Games, but is best known for annually hosting the world's largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500.
Indianapolis is home to two major league sports clubs, the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association and the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. It is home to a number of educational institutions, such as the University of Indianapolis, Butler University, Marian University, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis; the city's robust philanthropic community has supported several cultural assets, including the world's largest children's museum, one of the nation's largest funded zoos, historic buildings and sites, public art. The city is home to the largest collection of monuments dedicated to veterans and war casualties in the U. S. outside of Washington, D. C; the name Indianapolis is derived from the state's name and polis, the Greek word for city. Jeremiah Sullivan, justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, is credited with coining the name. Other names considered were Concord and Tecumseh. In 1816, the year Indiana gained statehood, the U. S. Congress donated four sections of federal land to establish a permanent seat of state government.
Two years under the Treaty of St. Mary's, the Delaware relinquished title to their tribal lands in central Indiana, agreeing to leave the area by 1821; this tract of land, called the New Purchase, included the site selected for the new state capital in 1820. The availability of new federal lands for purchase in central Indiana attracted settlers, many of them descendants of families from northwestern Europe. Although many of these first European and American settlers were Protestants, a large proportion of the early Irish and German immigrants were Catholics. Few African Americans lived in central Indiana before 1840; the first European Americans to permanently settle in the area that became Indianapolis were either the McCormick or Pogue families. The McCormicks are considered to be the first permanent settlers. Other historians have argued as early as 1822 that John Wesley McCormick, his family, employees became the area's first European American settlers, settling near the White River in February 1820.
On January 11, 1820, the Indiana General Assembly authorized a committee to select a site in central Indiana for the new state capital. The state legislature approved the site, adopting the name Indianapolis on January 6, 1821. In April, Alexander Ralston and Elias Pym Fordham were appointed to survey and design a town plan for the new settlement. Indianapolis became a seat of county government on December 31, 1821, when Marion County, was established. A combined county and town government continued until 1832. Indianapolis became an incorporated city effective March 30, 1847. Samuel Henderson, the city's first mayor, led the new city government, which included a seven-member city council. In 1853, voters approved a new city charter that provided for an elected mayor and a fourteen-member city council; the city charter continued to be revised. Effective January 1, 1825, the seat of state government moved to Indianapolis from Indiana. In addition to state government offices, a U. S. district court was established at Indianapolis in 1825.
Growth occurred with the opening of the National Road through the town in 1827, the first major federally funded highway in the United States. A small segment of the failed Indiana Central
Washington State Cougars football
The Washington State Cougars football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Washington State University, located in the U. S. state of Washington. The team competes at the NCAA Division I level in the FBS and is a member of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference. Known as the Cougars, the first football team was fielded in 1894; the Cougars play home games on campus at Martin Stadium in Pullman, which opened in 1972. Its present seating capacity is 33,522, their main rivals are the Washington Huskies. The Cougars and Huskies end each regular season with the Apple Cup rivalry game in late November, they are coached by Mike Leach. Washington State's first head football coach was William Goodyear; that team played only two games in its inaugural season in 1894. The team's first win was over Idaho; the first paid head football coach was William L. Allen, who served as head coach in 1900 and 1902, posting an overall record of 6–3–1. John R. Bender served as head football coach from 1906–1907 and 1912–1914, compiling a record of 21–12.
William Henry Dietz was the Cougars' head football coach from 1915–1917, posting a stellar 17–2–1 record. Dietz's 1915 team defeated Brown in the Rose Bowl, finished with a 7–0 record. Dietz was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2012. Albert Exendine served as Washington State's head football coach from 1923–1925, posting a 6–13–4 overall record. Babe Hollingbery was the Cougars' head football coach for 17 seasons, posting a 93–53–14 record, his 93 wins are the most by any head football coach in Washington State football history. Hollingbery's 1930 team played in a game they lost to Alabama; the Cougars didn't lose a single home game from 1926–1935. Among the Cougar greats Hollingbery coached were Turk Edwards and Mel Dressel; the Hollingbery Fieldhouse that serves many of Washington State's athletics teams, was named in his honor in 1963. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1979; the Cougars did not field a football team from 1943 to 1944 because of World War II.
After the war ended, Phil Sarboe was hired away from Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington, to return to his alma mater as the head football coach. Sarboe's Cougars posted a 17–26–3 record in his five seasons. Forest Evashevski took over the Cougars football program as the head coach in late 1949, his 1951 team finished the season ranked # 14 in # 18 in the AP Poll. He posted an 11–6–2 record in his two seasons before leaving to take the Iowa head football coach position. Evashevski was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2000. Al Kircher, an assistant on Evashevski's staff, was promoted to head coach following Evashevski's departure. Kircher didn't enjoy as much success as his predecessor, going 13–25–2 in his four seasons as head coach, he was not retained. Jim Sutherland was Washington State's 21st head football coach, he held the Cougars head coach position for eight seasons. His overall record with the Cougars was 37–39–4. Bert Clark served as Washington State's head football coach for four seasons, posting a record of 15–24–1.
His best season was 1965, when the Cougars defeated three Big Ten teams on the road. That season was Clark's only winning season, as he failed to win more than three games in his other seasons. Clark was not retained after the end of his fourth season. Jim Sweeney served as the Cougars head football coach for eight seasons, his final record was 26–59–1. Sweeney's best season was 1972, when the Cougars finished 7–4; that was his only winning season. Sweeney was let go after the 1975 season. Jackie Sherrill was Washington State's head coach for one season, his team posted a 3–8 record. Sherrill departed. Warren Powers served as head coach for one season before accepting the head football coach position at Missouri. Jim Walden was promoted to head coach following the departure of Powers. Walden led the Cougars to one bowl appearance, the 1981 Holiday Bowl, a game they lost to BYU; that bowl appearance was Washington State's first in 51 years. Walden won Pacific-10 Coach of the Year honors in 1981 and 1983.
Walden's final record at Washington State was 44–52–4. Players coached by Walden at Washington State include Jack Thompson, Kerry Porter, Rueben Mayes, Ricy Turner, Ricky Reynolds, Paul Sorensen, Brian Forde, Lee Blakeney, Mark Rypien, Dan Lynch, Pat Beach, Keith Millard, Erik Howard, Cedrick Brown. Walden left after the 1986 season to accept the head football coach position at Iowa State; when he was named Washington State's head football coach on January 7, 1987, Dennis Erickson said it was his lifelong dream to become the head football coach of the Cougars. His contract he signed in 1987 was a five-year deal at an annual base salary of $70,000, with up to $30,000 from radio and speaking obligations. Erickson's Cougars posted a 3–7–1 record in his first season but improved to a 9–3 record in 1988, capped with a victory in the Aloha Bowl, the Cougars' first bowl victory since 1916. Although stating publicly a week earlier that he would not leave Washington State, Erickson accepted the head football coach position at Miami in March 1989, leaving the Cougars after two seasons and a 12–10–1 overall record.
Mike Price came to Washington State from Weber State. Price led the Cougars to unprecedented success, taking his 1997 and 2002 teams to the Rose Bowl, both times losing; the 1997 team was led by star quarterback Ryan Leaf, who would be the second overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Those teams finished ranked #9 and #10 in the C
Arizona Wildcats football
The Arizona Wildcats football program represents the University of Arizona in the sport of American college football. Arizona competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference. Arizona began competing in intercollegiate football in 1889; the school joined the Pac-10 Conference in 1978 alongside rival Arizona State, became a member of the Pac-12 South Division when the conference realigned in 2011. Arizona has won six conference championships, including the 1993 Pac-10 title, have appeared in 21 bowl games. Arizona's home stadium is Arizona Stadium, which opened in 1939 and has a capacity of 55,675. Arizona's archrival is in-state foe Arizona State Sun Devils; the Wildcats and Sun Devils meet annually in the Territorial Cup. As heading into the 2018 season, Arizona's all-time record is 607–451–33; the varsity football program at the University of Arizona began in 1899, though the Wildcats nickname was not adopted until later.
Stuart Forbes became the first head coach of Arizona football history and the team compiled a 1–1–1 record. From 1900 to 1901, William W. Skinner served as head football coach at the University of Arizona. While there, he studied geology, he guided Arizona to 3 -- 4 -- 1 records, respectively. On November 7, 1914, the team traveled to the west coast to play Occidental one of the reigning gridiron powers in California. Occidental won 14–0. Arizona received the name "Wildcats" after a Los Angeles Times correspondent, Bill Henry, wrote that "The Arizona men showed the fight of wildcats". Pop McKale was a successful high school coach in the Tucson area when he was hired at UA. In 1921, Drop-kicker/receiver Harold "Nosey" McClellan led the nation in scoring with 124 points. Wildcats finished the regular season 7–1, were invited to UA's first bowl game, the East-West Christmas Classic in San Diego, to play powerhouse Centre College of Kentucky; the Wildcats did not compete in football in 1918 due to World War I.
On October 18, 1926, UA quarterback and student body president John "Button" Salmon died from injuries sustained in a car wreck. His final words, spoken to coach "Pop" McKale, were: "Tell them.....tell the team to Bear Down." Soon thereafter, the UA student body adopted "Bear Down" as the school's athletic motto. On October 18, 1929, Arizona opened up Arizona Stadium for college football play, they won their first game against Caltech with a shutout score of 25–0. McKale retired after sixteen seasons at Arizona; the McKale Center, the University of Arizona's home basketball venue, was opened in 1973 and named in McKale's honor. Fred Enke replaced McKale as head coach of the Wildcats and in one season as head coach, he posted a record of 3–5–1 before getting demoted to assistant coach. Gus Farwick served as the head football coach at the University of Arizona in 1932, compiling a record of 4–5 before his resignation. Tex Oliver coached the Arizona Wildcats to a 32–11–4 record in five seasons. During that stretch, his teams never had a losing season.
Oliver's "Blue Brigade" played an expanded, more nationwide schedule, Arizona produced their first All-Americans under Oliver. The team's 1938 record of 8–2 was a school best to date. Oliver resigned after the 1937 season to accept the head football coach position at Oregon. Orian Landreth replaced Oliver and struggled in his one season as head coach, compiling a 3–6 record before he was fired; that season was the first losing season for the Wildcats in several years. Mike Casteel came to Arizona from his post as an assistant coach at Michigan State. In his eight seasons, Casteel compiled a 46–26–3 record and led the Wildcats to the first bowl berth in three decades in his final season, a loss in the 1949 Salad Bowl to Drake. Robert Winslow served as Arizona's head football coach for three seasons, posting a record of 12–18–1, with the team improving every year under his tutelage, going 2–7–1, 4–6 and 6–5 in Winslow's three years. Winslow resigned after three seasons. In 1954, under coach Warren Woodson, who came to Arizona from Hardin–Simmons, the Wildcats were led by starting halfback Art Luppino.
He went on to lead the nation in rushing, all-purpose running, kickoff returns. Luppino became the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in rushing twice, he tied for the national title in all-purpose running and was third in scoring. Woodson was replaced after five seasons and a 26–22–2 record and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1989. Ed Doherty came to Arizona from his post as an assistant coach for the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. In two seasons, Doherty compiled a record of 4–15–1 before getting fired. Doherty is the only person to serve as head football coach at both Arizona and archrival Arizona State. Jim LaRue running backs coach at Houston, was hired to take over the program as head coach after Doherty's firing. LaRue's 1961 team finished the season ranked # 17 in the final AP Poll. After that season, Arizona joined the Western Athletic Conference and LaRue's teams posted records of 5–5, 5–5, 6–3–1, 3–7 and 3–7 before LaRue was fired because of the sub-par on-the-field performances but pressure from fans and alumni.
Darrell Mudra came to Arizona from North Dakota State. His first team posted a record of 3–6–1 but in his second year, Mudra's Wildcats posted a record of 8–3, capped with a loss in the 1968 Sun Bowl, only the Wildcats third bowl appearance in school history and first since 1949. Mudra left Arizona after two seasons to accept the head football coach position at Western Illinois, his final record is 11–9–1. Mudra was inducted into the College Football
Houston Cougars football
The Houston Cougars football program is an NCAA Division I FBS football team that represents the University of Houston. The team is referred to as "Houston" or "UH"; the UH football program is a member of the American Athletic Conference West Division. Since the 2014 season, the Cougars have played their home games on campus at TDECU Stadium, built on the site occupied by Robertson Stadium, where they played home games from 1941 to 1950 and from 1997 to 2012. Over the history of the program, the Cougars have won eleven conference championships and have had several players elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, including a Heisman Trophy winner. In 1941, Johnny Goyen sports editor for The Cougar, Jack Valenti, president of the sophomore class, began a petition for an official intercollegiate football team at the university; the next year, the two called a student body meeting to organize another petition. This petition's purpose was to challenge Rice Institute to a football game; the Rice Owls were an established program, having played since 1919 as a member of the Southwest Conference.
In August 1945, the University of Houston announced that the school would field a football team for the first time. Following the announcement, the Lone Star Conference, spearheaded by Theron J. Fouts of North Texas and Puny Wilson of Sam Houston State, extended an invitation for Houston to join on October 25, 1945. In September 1946, the team became a reality after Harry Fouke, UH's first athletic director, hired successful high school coach Jewell Wallace, tryouts were held. One hundred thirty students showed up, only ten of whom had played college football before. Many of the married students lived on-campus at a makeshift village for World War II veterans, while some others lived in the university's recreation center in bunks for naval recruits training at UH during the war. Prior to joining the Cougars, Wallace served as head coach for San Angelo High School. During the spring training for the first team and Valenti's petition was answered, as Coach Wallace arranged a small practice game between Rice and Houston.
The meeting was to be at Rice. When the team arrived at the field in their practice uniforms, they realized that the game was much more serious. Officials were there, the stadium was full of spectators; the game ended with Rice demolishing the Houston Cougars. The game had an attendance of 11,000, it wouldn't be until 1971 that the Owls competed again. Playing in Houston Public School Stadium as a part of the Lone Star Conference on September 21, 1946, the Cougars played their first official game against Southwestern Louisiana Institute using the Split-T offensive strategy. Although Charlie Manichia, the Cougars' starting quarterback, scored the first touchdown of the game, the team lost to SLI 13–7; the next game, the Cougars played against West Texas State Teachers College, won their first game 14–12. The Cougars finished up their first season with a 4–6–0 record. Wallace continued as head coach for the Cougars until the end of the 1947 season, when Clyde Lee took over. Clyde Lee, a University of Tulsa assistant coach, became Houston's second head coach in February 1948.
To replace the remainder of Wallace's team that didn't return, Lee turned to junior colleges for the majority of his recruiting. At this time, the University of Houston, along with Texas Tech University, attempted to join the established Southwest Conference, but were rejected. In response, several universities from the Lone Star Conference formed the Gulf Coast Conference; this marked the Cougars' first time playing as an NCAA University division team, the first time Houston offered athletics scholarships. During this time, Lee set up formal housing facilities for students; the 1949 season was prefaced with an act of vandalism from Houston fans on the campus of The College of William & Mary. William & Mary was the opening game of the season between both schools. In 1951, the Cougars began playing in the Missouri Valley Conference, moved into Houston Stadium, made it to their first bowl game; the 1952 season proved to be a breakout one for the Cougars, the team claimed the conference title. In addition to being ranked No. 19 in the nation by UPI, 1952 marked the first meetings between UH and Texas A&M University, University of Arkansas, Ole Miss.
J. D. Kimmel, a former player for the Army Cadets, became Houston's first All-American when the Associated Press chose him for the 1952 team; the year after, UH met with the University of Texas at Austin for the first time in football. Such events proved. However, in 1954, Lee retired from coaching after a 37–32–2 overall record. Lee was credited with having transitioned the Cougars from a small-time team to a legitimate collegiate force in football. After a 45-day search for a head coach replacement, Bill Meek, a successful head coach from Kansas State University, signed a contract with the Cougars and was appointed as Houston's head coach on January 19, 1955; the Cougars' 1955 opening game against the University of Montana marked a 54–12 victory, the first opening victory since 1948. It was during this season. Ole Miss, UH's sponsor to the conference, had played the Cougars in their ninth game of the season, although the Cougars lost, Ole Miss felt the team was worthwhile; the SEC decided to wait a year to determine.
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