Stephen Orr Spurrier is a former American football player and coach referred to by his nickname, the "Head Ball Coach". Steve Spurrier was born in Miami Beach and grew up in Tennessee, where he was a multi-sport all-state athlete at Science Hill High School in Johnson City, he attended the University of Florida, where he won the 1966 Heisman Trophy as a college football quarterback with the Florida Gators. The San Francisco 49ers picked him in the first round of the 1967 NFL draft, he spent a decade playing professionally in the National Football League as a backup quarterback and punter. Spurrier was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1986. After retiring as a player, Spurrier went into coaching and spent several years as an assistant at several college programs, including at Duke University, where he began to develop his innovative offensive system while serving as the Blue Devil's offensive coordinator in the early 1980s, he was hired to his first head coaching job by the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League in 1983.
The USFL folded after three seasons, Spurrier returned to the college ranks, serving as the head football coach at Duke and South Carolina. Between his stints at Florida and South Carolina, he led the National Football League's Washington Redskins for two seasons. Spurrier retired from coaching in 2015 and became an ambassador and consultant for the University of Florida's athletic department, though he returned to the sideline as the head coach of the Orlando Apollos of the short-lived Alliance of American Football in 2019, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2017, making him one of four members to be inducted as both a player and a coach. Spurrier's teams were known for winning with aggressive and high-scoring offenses, he became known for teasing and "needling" rivals both before and after beating them on the field, he is the winningest coach in both Florida and South Carolina program history, his last Duke squad won the program's only Atlantic Coast Conference championship over the last half-century in 1989.
Florida's four consecutive Southeastern Conference championships in the mid-1990s is the second-longest streak in conference history behind Bear Bryant's 1970s Alabama teams, Spurrier and Bryant are the only coaches to hold the record for most conference wins at two different SEC schools. Spurrier is second to Bryant in total wins; when Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel won the Heisman Trophy during the Gators' 1996 national championship season, Spurrier became the only Heisman Trophy winner to coach another Heisman Trophy winner. In September 2016, the University of Florida renamed the Gators' home field to Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Spurrier was born on April 1945, in Miami Beach, Florida, he is the second son of a Presbyterian minister, J. Graham Spurrier, his wife Marjorie. Graham Spurrier changed congregations during Steve Spurrier's early childhood, resulting in several moves for the family; the Spurriers left Miami Beach before Steve Spurrier's first birthday, moving to Charlotte, North Carolina to live near his paternal grandparents.
His father accepted pastorships in Athens, Tennessee and in Newport, Tennessee before settling in Johnson City, Tennessee in 1957, when Steve Spurrier was 12 years old. The youngest Spurrier began to earn his reputation as a good athlete and a fierce competitor in Johnson City, impressing his peers and his older brother's friends with his tenacity in sandlot sports. Steve Spurrier's skills as a young baseball player caused a local businessman to talk the Reverend Spurrier into coaching the Little League team sponsored by his business so that Spurrier's son would be on the squad; the younger Spurrier has repeated an anecdote about playing baseball on a team coached by his father. "How many of you believe that it's not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game, that counts?" the elder Spurrier once asked his players. When some raised their hands, he told them, "Well, I don't believe in that saying. If they're keeping score, we're going to play to win." Spurrier attended Science Hill High School in Johnson City, where he was a three-sport letterman starring in high school football and baseball for the Science Hill Hilltoppers, was an all-state selection in all three sports.
In three years as the starting pitcher for Science Hill, he never lost a game and led his team to two consecutive state baseball championships. On the basketball court, Spurrier played point guard and was known for his ability to run his team's offense with flashy passes and dribbling and his knack for scoring in many different ways, attributes which earned him his high school conference's player of the year award for his senior year. Many observers in Johnson City thought that Spurrier's best sport in high school was basketball, his father thought that he was best as baseball. While Spurrier agreed that basketball and baseball came more he preferred playing football, he worked hard to improve as a quarterback. Spurrier was Science Hill's starting quarterback for two years, during which time Coach Kermit Tipton installed a passing offense to take advantage of Spurrier's talents and allowed him to call plays. Boosted by a post-season game at the end of his senior year in which he brought the Hilltoppers back from a 21–0 second-half deficit to win 28–21, Spurrier was a high school All-American and drew the attention of many college programs.
After winning multiple all-state honors in high school, Spurrier was recruited in one or more sports by many colleges, including Alab
Wisconsin Badgers football
The Wisconsin Badgers football team is a division I college football program. The Badgers have competed in the Big Ten Conference since its formation in 1896, they play their home games at the fourth-oldest stadium in college football. Wisconsin is one of 26 College football programs to win 700 or more games. Wisconsin has had two Heisman Trophy winners, Alan Ameche and Ron Dayne, have had Eleven former players inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame; as of December 27, 2018, the Badgers have an all-time record of 705–495–53. The team's nickname originates in the early history of Wisconsin. In the 1820s and 1830s, prospectors came to the state looking for minerals lead. Without shelter in the winter, the miners had to "live like badgers" in tunnels burrowed into hillsides; the first Badger football team took the field in 1889, losing the only two games it played that season. In 1890, Wisconsin earned its first victory with a 106–0 drubbing of Whitewater Normal School, still the most lopsided win in school history.
However, the next week the Badgers suffered what remains their most lopsided defeat, a humiliating 63–0 loss at the hands of the University of Minnesota. Since the Badgers and Gophers have met 127 times, making Wisconsin vs Minnesota the most-played rivalry in the Football Bowl Subdivision. Upon the formation of the Big Ten conference in 1896, Wisconsin became the first-ever conference champion with a 7–1–1 record. Over the next ten years, the Badgers won or shared the conference title three more times, recorded their first undefeated season, going 9–0–0. With the exception of their second undefeated season in 1912, in which they won their fifth Big Ten title; the 1912 season would be their last conference title until 1952. The team posted winning seasons over the next several seasons however. 1942 was an important year for Wisconsin football. On October 24, the #6 ranked Badgers defeated the #1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes at Camp Randall, catapulting Wisconsin to the #2 spot in the AP poll. For the Badgers, their national championship hopes were dashed in a 6–0 defeat by the Iowa Hawkeyes the following week.
Wisconsin won the remainder of its games, finishing the season 8–1–1 and #3 in the AP, while garnering the Helms Athletic Foundation vote for National Champion, giving the program its only National Championship to date. Afterwards, the Badgers struggled to regain their momentum, with their efforts hampered by many of their star players leaving as a result of World War II. In the late 1940s, fans began insisting that head coach Harry Stuhldreher resign, many times chanting "Goodbye Harry" during 1948, where the Badgers finished 2-7. Stuhldreher stepped down while keeping his duties as athletic director. Stuhldreher named Ivy Williamson as head coach The Badgers experienced great success during the 1950s under Williamson, finishing in the AP Top 25 eight times that decade. In one stretch, from 1950-1954, the Badgers went 26-8-3; the Badgers' success during those seasons was defined by a stout defense, dubbed "The Hard Rocks", which finished in the top 5 of the nation in overall defense, including leading the nation in 1951.
In 1952, the team received its first #1 ranking by the Associated Press. That season, the Badgers again claimed the Big Ten title and earned their first trip to the Rose Bowl. There they were defeated 7–0 by the Southern California, would finish the season ranked #11 in the AP. In 1954 after a 7-2 season, Wisconsin's Alan Ameche became the first Badger to win the Heisman Trophy. Ivy Williamson stepped down as head coach in 1955 to become athletic director, was replaced by his former assistant coach, Milt Bruhn. Bruhn would continue Wisconsin's success, after an initial setback with a 1-5-3 record in 1956. Wisconsin returned to the Rose Bowl as Big Ten Champions in 1959, but fell to the Washington Huskies, 44-8. Continuing under the direction of Bruhn in 1962, the Badgers had another landmark season, spearheaded by the passing combination of Ron Vander Kelen to All-American Pat Richter; the Badgers standout victory was an upset of #1-ranked Northwestern, who were coached by the legendary Ara Parseghian.
The Badgers finished 8-1, earned their eighth Big Ten title, faced the top-ranked USC Trojans in the Rose Bowl. Despite a narrow 42–37 defeat, the Badgers still ended the season ranked #2 in both the AP and Coaches polls. Following the successful 1962 campaign, Wisconsin football scuffled, Milt Bruhn resigned in 1966 after three straight losing seasons. Wisconsin chose former assistant coach John Coatta; the Badgers finished worse under Coatta, going winless for 23 straight games from 1967-1969, winning only 3 games overall during Coatta's short reign, each of the wins occurring during the 1969 season. What stung worse for Badger fans during the three season, was the coach that Wisconsin turned down for the head coaching role, Bo Schembechler, who would become a coaching legend at Michigan. In 1970, new athletic director Elroy Hirsch named John Jardine as head coach. While the Badgers weren't a consistent winner under Jardine, the program regained stability, brought excitement in running backs Rufus "Roadrunner" Ferguson and Billy Marek.
The Badgers went 37-47-3 under Jardine, who stepped down in 1977. After more subpar seasons from 1978-1980, the team had a string of seven-win seasons from 1981–84 under Dave McClain. During that time the Badgers played in the Garden State Bowl, Independence Bowl, Hall of Fame Classic Bo
East Carolina Pirates football
The East Carolina Pirates are a college football team that represents East Carolina University. The team is a member of the American Athletic Conference, in Division I Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Mike Houston is the head coach; the Pirates have won nine bowl games. The Pirates have 20 All-Americans over its history. Four players have their jerseys retired. Numerous Pirates have played including ten current players; the team played its inaugural season in 1932. The team played home games at College Stadium on the main campus from the 1949 to the 1962 season. With the exception of the 1999 Miami football game, they have played their home games at Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium every year since 1963; the stadium is located south of East Carolina's main campus near the intersection of South Charles Boulevard and 14th Street. Dowdy-Ficklen underwent an expansion in 2010, raising the capacity of the stadium to 50,000; the Pirates announced a $55 million renovation project to Dowdy-Ficklen in 2016, which will add a new tower above the south side stands, among other things.
The coaches and administrative support is located in the Ward Sports Medicine Building, located adjacent to the stadium. Strength and conditioning for the players occurs in the Murphy Center, a $13 million indoor training facility, completed in June 2002 and, located in the west end zone of Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium; the Pirates practice and train at the Cliff Moore Practice Facility, renovated in 2005 and which has two full-length NFL-caliber fields. East Carolina began organized football in the fall of 1932; the first football coach in school history was Kenneth Beatty. They played under the nickname Teachers; the team played five games, with two in Greenville. They however did not score a point the whole season; the 1933 season started. The team lost the first four games not scoring a point; the first victory in school history came against Campbell on November 11, 1933. The final score was 6-0; the 1933 team lost their final game against Appalachian St. 14–0. Coach Beatty left after the season. G. L. "Doc" Mathis was appointed the head coach.
Before the season, the school decided to change their nickname. The Men's Athletic Association wanted a nickname to inspire "more spirit and enthusiasm." The name was changed from the Teachers to the present Pirates. His first year, the team lost four games. But, they tied Old Dominion; the 1935 season included three wins, the largest total so far in history. Coach Mathis left after the season. Bo Farley was introduced as the third head coach; the 1936 season was the first winning season in school history. Coach Farley's team won against Duke Junior Varsity and Louisburg, he only stayed for one season. J. D. Alexander began coaching in the 1937 season, he had been the head coach at Lincoln Memorial in Tennessee. The season started off badly, losing the first five games, but the team finished on a high note, beating both High Point and Louisburg to finish out the season; the one win in the 1938 season came against Western Carolina. The 1938 team tied against Guilford. O. A. Hankner coached for only one season at East Carolina.
His team lost every game. The team had numerous injuries. After the disastrous 1939 season, John Christenbury was tapped as the new head coach, his 1940 team had the first winning season since the 1936 season. The team won the first four games, lost to North Carolina St. Freshmen and High Point; the only undefeated season happened in the 1941 season. The team scored 159 points compared to allowing 20. East Carolina did not field any athletics from 1942–1945 because of World War II. Coach Christenbury was killed in an explosion at Port Chicago, California on July 1, 1944. Replacing him at coach was Jim Johnson. Coach Johnson was a 16 letterman while at East Carolina, he was brought in to revitalize the athletic program, on hiatus because of World War II. His football team went 5–3–1 in 1946; the 1947 season brought East Carolina into the North State Conference, their first conference affiliation. In the first year of conference play, the team had three wins compared to six losses; the next year was more disastrous.
Coach Johnson left after the 1948 season. Bill Dole became the Pirates eighth coach, his teams went 4–5–1 in 1949. That made the third consecutive losing year for East Carolina; the 1950 season turned out better. The team tied the number of wins from the past three years with seven. Coach Dole's last year with the Pirates was in 1951, it was another losing season 4–6. Coach Dole became the head coach at Davidson. Jack Boone stepped in as the new head coach. During his first year, he guided the Pirates to a 1952 regular season record of 6–2–2, the team was invited to the Lions Bowl, their first bowl game ever; the Pirates came up short against Clarion College, losing 13–6. Coach Boone led the school to another first the next season, as the football team won the North State Conference championship. During the 1953 regular season, the team won eight while losing one en route to this championship. For the second time East Carolina went to a bowl game; the team competed in the Elks Bowl, against Morris Harvey College, losing 12–0.
The 1954 season would be the last winning season for four years. Over the four-year span t
The Arizona Cardinals are a professional American football franchise based in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Cardinals compete in the National Football League as a member of the league's National Football Conference West division; the Cardinals were founded as the Morgan Athletic Club in 1898, are the oldest continuously run professional football team in the United States. The Cardinals play their home games at State Farm Stadium, which opened in 2006 and is located in the northwestern suburb of Glendale; the team was established in Chicago in 1898 as an amateur football team and joined the NFL as a charter member on September 17, 1920. Along with the Chicago Bears, the club is one of two NFL charter member franchises still in operation since the league's founding; the club moved to St. Louis in 1960 and played in that city through 1987. Before the 1988 season, the team moved west to Tempe, Arizona, a college suburb east of Phoenix, played their home games for the next 18 seasons at Sun Devil Stadium on the campus of Arizona State University.
In 2006, the club moved to their current home field in Glendale, although the team's executive offices and training facility remain in Tempe. The franchise has won two NFL championships, both; the first occurred in 1925, but is the subject of controversy, with supporters of the Pottsville Maroons believing that Pottsville should have won the title. Their second title, the first to be won in a championship game, came in 1947, nearly two decades before the first Super Bowl, they returned to the title game to defend in 1948, but lost the rematch 7–0 in a snowstorm in Philadelphia. Since winning the championship in 1947, the team suffered many losing seasons, holds the longest active championship drought of North American sports at 70 consecutive seasons after Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs ended their 108 year drought in 2016. In 2012 the Cardinals became the first NFL franchise to lose 700 games since its inception; the franchise's all-time win-loss record at the conclusion of the 2018 season is 560–762–40.
They have been to the playoffs ten times and have won seven playoff games, three of which were victories during their run in the 2008–09 NFL playoffs. During that season, they won their only NFC Championship Game since the 1970 AFL–NFL merger, reached Super Bowl XLIII; the team has won five division titles since their 1947–48 NFL championship game appearances. The Cardinals are the only NFL team who have never lost a playoff game at home, with a 5–0 record: the 1947 NFL Championship Game, two postseason victories during the aforementioned 2008–09 NFL playoffs, one during the 2009–10 playoffs, one during the 2015–16 playoffs. From 1988 through 2012, the Cardinals conducted their annual summer training camp at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff; the Cardinals moved their training camp to State Farm Stadium in 2013. The stadium was the site of the 2015 Pro Bowl, unlike in past years, where it was held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii; the stadium played host to Super Bowls XLII and XLIX, will host Super Bowl LVII in 2023.
The franchise's inception dates back to 1898, when a neighborhood group gathered to play in the Chicago South Side, calling themselves Morgan Athletic Club. Chicago painting and building contractor Chris O'Brien acquired the team, which he relocated to Normal Field on Racine Avenue; the team was known as Racine Normals until 1901, when O'Brien bought used jerseys from the University of Chicago. He described the faded maroon clothing as "Cardinal red" and the team became the Racine Street Cardinals; the team became in 1920 a charter member of the American Professional Football Association, which two years was rechristened to National Football League. The team entered the league as the Racine Cardinals, however the name was changed in 1922 to Chicago Cardinals to avoid confusion with the Horlick-Racine Legion, who entered the league the same year. Except for 1925, when they were awarded the championship after the Pottsville Maroons were suspended, the Cardinals experienced only minimal success on the playing field during their first 26 seasons in the league.
During the post-World War II years, the team reached two straight NFL finals against the Philadelphia Eagles, winning in 1947 – eight months after Charles Bidwill's death – and losing the following year. After years of bad seasons and losing fans to the cross-town rivals Chicago Bears, by the late 1950s the Cardinals were bankrupt, owner Violet Bidwill Wolfner became interested in a relocation. Due to the formation of the rival American Football League, the NFL allowed Bidwill to relocate the team to St. Louis, where they became the St. Louis Cardinals. During the Cardinals' 28-year stay in St. Louis, they advanced to the playoffs just three times, never hosting or winning in any appearance; the overall mediocrity of the Cardinals, combined with a then-21-year-old stadium, caused game attendance to dwindle, owner Bill Bidwill decided to move the team to Arizona. Not long after the 1987 NFL season, Bidwill agreed to move to Arizona on a handshake deal with state and
College Football All-America Team
The College Football All-America Team is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions. The original use of the term All-America seems to have been to the 1889 College Football All-America Team selected by Caspar Whitney and published in This Week's Sports in association with football pioneer Walter Camp. Camp took over the responsibility for picking the All-America team and was recognized as the official selector in the early years of the 20th century; as of 2009, the College Football All-America Team is composed of the following College Football All-American first teams: Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, Pro Football Weekly, ESPN, CBS Sports, College Football News, ProFootballFocus, Rivals.com, Scout.com. As of 2009, the National Collegiate Athletic Association recognizes the All-America teams selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, Sporting News, the WCFF to determine consensus All-Americans.
If three of these organizations select a player to their first team, he automatically receives the "consensus" honor. If a player is named an All-American by all five organizations, he receives "unanimous All-America" recognition. Depending upon the distribution of first team honors at any given position, it is possible to be consensus with fewer than three first-team selections; the University of Oklahoma has produced the most unanimous All Americans of any program, with 35. There have been 2,868 players from 156 colleges and universities since 1889 who were selected to at least one All-American first team. Only four players have earned that honor four times: They are: Marshall Newell, Tackle, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893 Harvard Frank Hinkey, End, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894 Yale Gordon Brown, Guard, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900 Yale T. Truxtun Hare, Guard, 1897, 1898, 1899, 1900 Pennsylvania The Associated Press has a panel of sportswriters who vote to determine the AP All-America Team, it has selected an All-America team since 1925.
The American Football Coaches Association has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. It is referred to as the "Coaches' All-America Team"; the Selection Process is an All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's nine I-A districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts; the Coaches’ All-America Team has been sponsored by various entities throughout the years but it is now under its own banner, the AFCA. These are the sponsors/publishers of the team throughout the years. 1945–1947: Published in Saturday Evening Post1948–1956: Published in Collier's1957–1959: General Mills1960–1993: Eastman Kodak1994: Schooner's International1995–1996: AFCA1997–1999: Burger King2000–present: AFCA The Football Writers Association of America Team, the second longest continuously published team in college football, has been a staple of the college football scene since 1944.
It is sometimes referred to as the "Writers' All-America Team". The FWAA has selected an All-America team with the help of its members and an All-America Committee which represents all the regions in the country; some who have helped to select this team over the years: Mark Blaudschun, Grantland Rice, Bert McGrane, Blackie Sherrod, Furman Bisher, Pat Harmon, Fred Russell, Edwin Pope, Murray Olderman, Paul Zimmerman. The All-America team is selected by a committee of writers representing all conferences and regions of the NCAA; the Writers' Team has been highlighted in various media forums. From 1946-70, Look published the FWAA team and brought players and selected writers to New York City for a celebration. During that 25-year period, the FWAA team was introduced on national television shows by Bob Hope, Steve Allen, Perry Como and others. After Look folded, the FWAA started a long association with NCAA Films, which produced a 30-minute television show and sold it to sponsors; the team was part of ABC Television's 1981 College Football Series.
From 1983-90, the team was either on ABC or ESPN, since 1991 has returned to the national spotlight on ABC. The corporate sponsor for the Writers' team is AT&T, after several years of Cingular being the sponsor; the Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America team is selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the 120 Football Bowl Subdivision schools and certified by UHY Advisors, a New Haven-based accounting firm. Walter Camp, "The Father of American Football," first selected an All-America team in 1889; the WCF claims an 80% participation rate in the voting for its All-America team. Sporting News known as The Sporting News and known colloquially as TSN, have teams college football editors and staff select teams, which they have been doing since 1934. From that year through the 1962 season TSN's All-America team was picked by a poll of sportswriters. Beginning in 1964 the team was selected by "professional scouts and observers"; the Sporting News cited the advent of two-platoon football as the need to go to that system.
United Press International is a defunct organization that selected players in a national poll of sportswriters and began selecting teams in 1925 as "United Press". In 1958, after it merged with the International News Service, it became United Press International; the INS had chosen teams since 1913. UPI continued to choose an All-Americ
Minnesota Golden Gophers football
The Minnesota Golden Gophers football program represents the University of Minnesota in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level. Founded in 1882, the program is one of the oldest in college football. Minnesota has been a member of the Big Ten Conference since its inception in 1896 as the Western Conference; the Golden Gophers claim seven national championships: 1904, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960. Since 2009, the Gophers have played all their home games at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In January 2017, the Gophers fired head coach Tracy Claeys and hired former Western Michigan head coach P. J. Fleck as the new head coach; the Minnesota Golden Gophers college football team played its first game on September 29, 1882, a 4–0 victory over Hamline University. Eight years in 1890, the Gophers played host to Wisconsin in a 63–0 victory. With the exception of 1906, the Gophers and Badgers have played each other every year since then; the 128 games played against each other is the most played rivalry in Division I-A college football.
The sport's beginnings were humble. Students began gathering to play the game recreationally and its popularity grew. Once the sport had taken off, it was only a matter of time before a team was formed to play against other schools. Early teams were loosely organized, not requiring all of the players to be students and not having designated coaches; the players on the team started to recruit faculty members who had played football at schools in the East to help organize the team. Some years, they played without a coach. Other years, they played with multiple coaches. In total, from 1882 through 1899, the team played 16 seasons of football and had 15 different coaches; as the years went by, the leadership structure started to become more formal. In 1900, the hiring of Dr. Henry L. Williams, the school’s first full-time salaried coach, signaled the end of the early, chaotic days; the Gophers enjoyed quite a bit of success in the early 20th century, posting winning records from 1900 to 1919. Head coach Henry L. Williams developed the "Minnesota shift", a predecessor to quick line shifts, adopted widely.
Henry L. Williams led Minnesota to one of the NCAA's longest unbeaten streaks of 35 games, from 1903 to 1905 with 34 wins and 1 tie. In 1932, Bernie Bierman led the Gophers to their first dynasty. From 1934 to 1936 the Gophers went on a run of winning three straight National Championships, the last Division I team to accomplish this feat. During the run, Minnesota went unbeaten in 28 straight games, 21 of which were consecutive victories; the school record for consecutive victories is 24, which spanned 3 seasons from 1903 to 1905. The Gophers won two more national championships in 1940 and 1941; those two seasons comprised most of an 18-game winning streak that stretched from 1939 to 1942. After some mediocre seasons throughout the remainder of the 1940s and 1950s, the Gophers rose back to prominence in 1960 with their seventh national championship; that national championship followed a 1–8 record in 1958 and 2–7 record in 1959. Minnesota played in bowl games the two following years as well, in 1961 and 1962.
The Gophers earned their first berth in the Rose Bowl by winning the 1960 Big Ten title. The following year, Minnesota returned to Pasadena despite a second-place finish in the conference; the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Big Ten champions in 1961, declined an invitation to the Rose Bowl because of tension between academics and athletics at the school. Minnesota beat UCLA 21 -- 3 to claim its only Rose Bowl victory. Minnesota's last Big Ten title was in 1967, tying the Indiana Hoosiers and Purdue Boilermakers atop the standings. After their 8–2 record in 1967, the Gophers would not win 8 games in a season again until they went 8–4 in 1999, their 10–3 record in 2003 gave the Gophers their first 10 win season since 1905 its the last time they won ten games. The 2006 team had the dubious distinction of blowing a 38–7 third-quarter lead in the Insight Bowl against Texas Tech, losing 44–41 in overtime; the collapse, the biggest in the history of Division I-A postseason football, directly led to the firing of head coach Glen Mason.
On January 17, 2007, Tim Brewster was announced as the next head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. In 1981, the Gophers played their last game in Memorial Stadium and played their home games in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome until 2008; the Gophers moved back to campus with a 20–13 win against Air Force on September 12, 2009, when their new home, TCF Bank Stadium, opened. In 2010, after a 1–6 record to start the season, the Gophers football head coach Tim Brewster was fired. Jeff Horton served as the interim head coach going 2–3. On December 6, 2010, Jerry Kill, former Northern Illinois University head coach, was hired to take over the University of Minnesota football program. In 2014, The Gophers reached an 8–4 record while going 5–3 in Big Ten games, falling just short of making the Big Ten Championship Game by losing to The Wisconsin Badgers in the season finale. After being revitalized in the Big Ten contention, The Gophers were awarded an appearance in the Citrus Bowl on January 1 against Missouri.
In 2018 the Gophers Beat the Badgers to claim Paul Bunyan's Axe. Independent Big Ten Conference Western Conference Big Ten Conference Minnesota has won nine national championships from NCAA-designated major selectors. Minnesota claims seven of these championships; the 1960 championship is a consensus national championship. Claimed nat
The Outland Trophy is awarded to the best college football interior lineman in the United States as adjudged by the Football Writers Association of America. It is named after John H. Outland. One of only a few players to be named an All-American at two positions, Outland garnered consensus All-America honors in 1898 as a tackle and consensus honors as a halfback in 1899. Outland had always contended that football tackles and guards deserved greater recognition and conceived the Outland Trophy as a means of providing this recognition. In 1988, Jim Ridlon was commissioned to sculpt the Outland Trophy. A member of the National College Football Awards Association, the award has become one of college football's most prestigious. Lombardi Award Rimington Trophy UPI Lineman of the Year Outland Trophy website