Thursday, March 17, 2011
Legendary former Gophers coach dies at 98
By ESPN.com staff
Former Minnesota coach Murray Warmath, who guided the Gophers to their most recent national title, died Wednesday at 98.
Warmath coached Minnesota for 18 seasons, winning two Big Ten titles and appearing in two Rose Bowls (his teams went 1-1). He's the last coach to guide Minnesota to a Big Ten championship (1967).
Warmath was one of the first major college football coaches to sign multiple black players in a single recruiting class. One of them, quarterback Sandy Stephens, guided the Gophers to consecutive Rose Bowls following the 1960 and 1961 seasons. Stephens became the nation's first black All-America quarterback and Warmath went on to sign other standouts such as Bobby Bell and Carl Eller.
For more on Warmath, click here and here. What a life and career, and it's interesting to read about Minnesota's glory days as a college football powerhouse.