The Old Salt resurrected two football programs. His alma mater, Navy, floundered in the decade after Roger Staubach, but by the late '70s he turned them into a winner, going 31-15-1 in his last four seasons and making three bowl games. Phil McConkey played for him there.
Then, he took over a moribund UVA program in 1982 that had just gone 1-10 and posted just two winning seasons in 28 years. He went 2-9 that first year and then had just one other losing season in the next 18 years. Won 7+ games for 13 straight seasons, always with dignity and class. Never a hint of any impropriety in the program.
He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004, a richly deserved honor. Also was a damned fine player in his own right, a first team All-American QB at Navy and 3rd in the 1955 Heisman voting.
Fair winds and following seas, Coach. Link
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