Legendary University of Minnesota head football coach and M’ Club Hall of Famer Murray Warmath will receive the Distinguished Minnesotan award at the inaugural Honoring Legends-Inspiring Leaders’ event on April 27th.
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame will host the event at the Murray-Herrick Center on the campus of St. Thomas University. The event will also feature current University of Minnesota head football coach Tim Brewster as its keynote speaker.
Warmath was the head football coach at the U’ from 1954-1971, a stint that included a national championship in 1960, a pair of Big Ten titles in 1960 and 1967 and Rose Bowl appearances in 1961 and 1962. Warmath received the Paul “Bear” Bryant award as the NCAA’s top head coach following the Gophers’ 1960 national championship.
Dubbed the Autumn Warrior,’ Warmath employed the Split T’ offense that produced 1961 Big Ten MVP Sandy Stephens and a bruising defense that featured seven first team All-Americans during his tenure. Warmath compiled a 97-84-10 career head coaching record, including a 87-78-7 mark at Minnesota.
Born October 16, 1912, Warmath grew up in the west Tennessee town of Humboldt. He attended the University of Tennessee, where he played for the legendary General Robert Neyland before graduating in 1934.
Prior to his arrival at Minnesota, Warmath served as an assistant coach and then as the head football coach at Mississippi State from 1952-53.
Following his time at the U,’ Warmath was a member of the Minnesota Vikings’ coaching staff for two seasons before working as a scout for another decade.
Between playing and coaching, Warmath spent 65 seasons in football.
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