Morin And MacPherson Enter College Football Hall of Fame
July 7, 2010
DALLAS, Texas - Thousands of college football fans from across the country will join the National Football Foundation from July 16-17 at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind., for the organization's annual Enshrinement Festival, which will pay tribute to the storied careers of Milt Morin and Dick MacPherson from the University of Massachusetts along with 22 other football standouts as they are formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame.
"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to enshrine another exceptional class of college football legends," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "Each year our hard-working honors courts do an outstanding job ensuring the game's greatest players and coaches find their place on college football's mountain top. We look forward to celebrating in South Bend with this amazing class and their loyal fans from around the country."
As a seven-time varsity letter winner at the University of Massachusetts, Milt Morin not only excelled in football, but also lacrosse and wrestling. Morin was a member of two Yankee Conference championship teams, leading his team to an undefeated season in 1963 and its first postseason appearance in the 1964 Tangerine Bowl. At tight end, Morin was twice named All-America and received First-Team All-East and First Team All-New England honors in consecutive seasons. Morin was a versatile player, who also served as the team's place-kicker and finished his collegiate career with 1,151 receiving yards.
As the first UMass player to be selected as a first-round draft pick, Morin played for the Cleveland Browns for ten years. During his professional career, Morin was named to the Pro Bowl three times and ranked among the franchise's top ten in receiving yards (4,208) and receptions (271) upon retirement. Morin is also a member of the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame and served as a corrections officer following his NFL career.
With a coaching career spanning of over two decades, coach Dick MacPherson has had his fair share of achievements. Named head coach at Massachusetts in 1971, MacPherson led the Minutemen to four Yankee Conference Titles in seven years, earning the title of New England Football Coach of the Year twice. Breaking numerous records throughout his 10 years at Massachusetts, his 45 victories rank him as the third all-time winning coach in school history. MacPherson's 28-8-1 record in Yankee Conference games places him fifth in league history. During his time at Massachusetts, he also tied the school record for single-season victories with his nine-game winning season in 1972. In 1981, MacPherson was given the head coaching job at Syracuse. He led the Orange to five bowl games while posting a 3-1-1 record in post-season play. In 1987, MacPherson was named the NCAA National Coach of the Year, leading the Orange to an 11-0-1 record and the fourth spot in the final AP ranking. While at Syracuse, he coached two College Football Hall of Fame players, Tim Greene and Don McPherson, eight All-Americans and two NFF National Scholar-Athletes. After 10 years at Syracuse, Coach Mac ranked third for all-time wins (66) and most seasons coached (10). MacPherson finished his college-coaching career with a record of 111-72-5.
MacPherson later went on to coach the New England Patriots. When reflecting on his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame he said, "It's the epitome of coaching, there's no where to go from here." MacPherson now works as a color commentator for Syracuse Football radiobroadcasts. Fans have a variety of opportunities to meet and mingle with the enshrinees during this spectacular event. The jam-packed weekend will include a celebrity golf tournament, a fan festival, a grand parade, a youth football clinic, a fireworks spectacular with the celebration culminating with the Enshrinement Dinner & Show on Saturday evening.
"The College Football Hall of Fame is honored to host so many notable contributors to the game in South Bend, celebrating this tremendous accolade," said College Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Lisa Klunder. "Enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame is a rare distinction shared by only the most accomplished players, and our festival boasts a myriad of events to highlight this extraordinary achievement."
Tickets for all events are on sale now. Space is limited for certain events. For events, pricing, times, tickets or for more information on Milt Morin and Dick MacPherson and their enshrinement into the Hall of Fame visit www.enshrinementfestival.org or call 574-235-5714.