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Hall of Fame Coach Ron Schipper Dies Ron Schipper, the longtime coach at Central College (Iowa) who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000, died suddenly at his home last
Published: 4/3/2006 8:17:19 PM

Hall of Fame Coach Ron Schipper Dies

Ron Schipper, the longtime coach at Central College (Iowa) who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000, died suddenly at his home last week. He was 77 years old. Schipper guided Central to 287 wins during his 36-year tenure there, posting a winning record in every year. He coached Central to the Division III national championship in 1974 and also appeared in the championship game in 1984 and 1988. Schipper joined Vern Den Herder, one of his former players, as the only two Hall of Fame inductees from Central College.

Elway Set for Grand Marshal Duties

The great Stanford quarterback John Elway, who earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the 32nd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, a Champ Cars event, on April 7-9. The 1982 All-America will also compete in the 10-lap Pro/Celebrity Race on April 8, hoping to better his sixth place finish in the race’s 24th annual edition in 2000.

Texas Tech Chapter Banquet to Feature Jerry LeVias

2003 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Jerry LeVias will headline the fifth annual NFF Texas Tech Chapter scholar-athlete banquet as the guest speaker on April 17. LeVias made history in 1965, becoming the first African-American to play football in the Southwest Conference. He led Southern Methodist University to the conference championship in 1966, the school’s first in 18 seasons. As a senior, Levias earned first team All-America honors as a receiver. In addition to LeVias, the banquet will feature 17 local high school football seniors as scholar-athlete award winners.

Tulane Reopens Athletics Center

The James W. Wilson Center, flooded with three feet of water and mud during last summer’s Hurricane Katrina, reopened on the campus of Tulane University last week sporting refurbished facilities for numerous Green Wave teams. Changes to the facility include a revamped football locker room, academic services area, athletics training room and strength & conditioning center. Following a season in which they played an entire schedule on the road in 11 different stadiums, the Tulane football team will hold their first true home game in two years on September 30 against SMU at the Louisiana Superdome.

Two-Minute Drill

Twenty-seven members of Karl Dorrell’s UCLA Bruins received recognition on the director’s honor roll for achieving a 3.0 or better GPA last fall... Howard “Red” Hickey, credited with innovating the shotgun formation as a coach for the San Francisco 49ers, died last week at age 89... Former Ricks College football coach Ron Haun returns to his alma mater to serve as head coach at Dixie State College as the football program moves from junior college competition to NCAA Division II this year... ESPNU will air three spring football games during the month of April: Oklahoma (April 8, 2 p.m. EST), West Virginia (April 15, 4 p.m.) and Louisville (April 21 7:30 p.m.)... The No. 99 car of Nascar driver Michael Waltrip will display a national championship decal of the University of Texas in the Busch Series at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend... Elon added Mitch Rippy as a volunteer assistant... Kansas State hired former Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost as a graduate assistant... Lafayette named Joe Dougherty as running backs coach, Al Holcomb as defensive line coach and J.P. McFeeley as a defensive assistant... Chris Klieman and Brandon Hall joined the staff at Northern Iowa as defensive backs coach and linebackers coach, respectively... Purdue head coach Joe Tiller announced the hiring of Ed Zaunbrecher as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach... Stanford hired Doug Sams as its tackles and tight ends coach... Western Kentucky hired Andy Richman as an assistant coach/tight ends.

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