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Mount Union (OH) Purple Raiders (13-time D-III National Champions)

Discussion in 'College Football' started by ScarletArrow, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. Yeah the new stadium is awesome. Tressel was actually there when it opened to do the honary coin toss.
     
  2. buckeyeboy

    buckeyeboy Still fortitudinous

    A bunch of Ohio boys do it again--8th Div III NC in the past 15 years. tOSU, YSU, Mount Union--the best college football is played in Ohio, hands down.
     
  3. sandgk

    sandgk Watson, Crick & A Twist

    Mount Union has a long tradition of doing just that, they should be very proud of this national championship, very proud indeed.
     
  4. LoKyBuckeye

    LoKyBuckeye I give up. This board is too hard to understand. Staff Member

    I was able to watch most of the game on and off... always good to see them win.
     
  5. Taosman

    Taosman Release The Predator

    Great little school!
    Is this the second best football college in Ohio?:biggrin:
     
  6. afgolfer

    afgolfer Sarge

    How did Greg Micheli do? Good kid, Graduated from upper sandusky last year, was the defensive POY 2 years ago and Offensive POY for his division last year. I saw they have him punting this year, but his primary position is QB.
     
  7. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    ABJ

    COACH AIMS FOR JOY

    Larry Kehres looks for happiness as Mount Union tries for 9th title

    By Terry Pluto

    Some things about Larry Kehres that you might not
    know...
    It was about 90 minutes after his Mount Union football team had defeated St. John Fisher 26-14 in Alliance.
    That victory sent the Purple Raiders to the Stagg Bowl, where they will face Wisconsin-Whitewater on Saturday for the NCAA Division III national title.
    When Kehres conducts his post-game news conferences, his wife, Linda, waits in the back of the room. When it's over, they leave together.
    A few weeks ago, they bought a Christmas tree after a game.
    On Saturday, Linda wanted to do some Christmas shopping at a Christian bookstore in Salem. Kehres still was wearing his Mount Union jacket in the store when a man approached him.
    ``Mount Union, they're pretty good,'' he said. ``Are you a big fan?''
    ``You could say that,'' Kehres replied, smiling.
    They talked a little more, then Kehres conceded that he was the coach.
    ``If you're the coach,'' said the man. ``how come you're not at the game? It's only 4:30.''
    Kehres laughed as he explained about it being a noon start, and how he was taking his wife shopping and out to eat. He's 57 years old, has been married for 35 years and has three children. It's like that in Division III, even for the man who has the highest winning percentage (.919) in all of college football.
    ? ? ? ? ?
    Under Kehres, Mount Union has won eight national football championships.
    Only Notre Dame claims more, with 11 dating to the 1930s, when there were ``mythical'' national titles. According to the Associated Press, Mount has the most with eight.
    If Ohio State wins the national championship game, coach Jim Tressel will have six -- four with Youngstown State, two with the Buckeyes.
    Kehres began his coaching career as an assistant with Mount. He also started the school's swimming program in 1974, coaching the team for 12 years.
    He ran into his own ``Mount Union'' in that sport: Kenyon College.
    ``When I get full of myself, I say, `Hey, you're no Jim Steens,' '' Kehres said.
    Who?
    ``Jim Steens, the Kenyon swimming coach,'' Kehres said. ``He has won 20-some titles in a row.''
    It's 27 -- and counting.
    Did Kehres ever beat him?
    ``Are you kidding me?'' he said.
    Then Kehres talked about stopping at Kenyon recently to check the school's new recreation center. He ran into Steens, and they talked for a while.
    ``What I appreciated is how he still loves coaching swimming,'' said Kehres. ``He loves to win, but even more important is making his swimmers better. He's a purist. He gets joy from it. I want that.''
    ? ? ? ? ?
    Kehres has been coaching at Mount for 32 years. He was an assistant for 11 years, has been the head coach since 1986.
    ``One of the biggest challenges is to find the joy in coaching,'' he said. ``For too long, winning for me was just a relief. I need to remember that this means so much to the men, and I want to be happy about what each team, each player has accomplished.''
    Kehres recognizes that those words collide with his image. He stands tall, ramrod straight. He is comfortable with people, but not quick with a joke or a smile. Seemingly little things can really annoy him.
    ``Some of the players will hear me talk about joy and say, `Joy? Him? That nit-picking so-and-so.' As a coach, you are always looking for what's wrong. You have to make sure you see what is right.''
    Kehres said that when watching films, he has to remember that he might have taught a certain tactic five years ago, but these players weren't around five years ago. It's too easy (and dangerous) for coaches to think current players should know things the coaches have known forever.
    ``That's part of the reason I have turned some of the responsibilities over to the young guys (assistants Vince Kehres, Larry's son, and Matt Campbell),'' he said. ``They have fresh eyes. They have enthusiasm and new ideas. I'm working harder at not being so intolerant of itty-bitty mistakes. I don't want to kill the men in practice. I want them to enjoy playing here, and not just because we've won.''
    ? ? ? ? ?
    Five Mount quarterbacks have won national titles. The Purple Raiders have won with wide-open passing teams behind the arms of Jim Ballard, Bill Borchert and Rod Adamson. They've won with a balanced attack featuring quarterbacks Gary Smeck and Mike Jorris, along with star running backs Chuck Moore, Dan Pugh and Nate Kmic.
    That's a testimony to the ability of Kehres and his coaches to adjust to the talent, to keep finding new ways to win. This team is one that makes Woody Hayes look like a passing fool.
    Some Mount fans have criticized the team for being so run-oriented.
    That doesn't bother Kehres.
    What he does worry about is the impact of the enormous pressure on his players, especially if they lose.
    ``I don't want them to feel bad about anything here just because they didn't win a title,'' he said. ``So many things have to go right for that to happen. We want it to happen. It's our goal. But the last thing I want is for a player to feel bad about coming back to school after he has graduated because of something that happened on the field.''
    ? ? ? ? ?
    Mount has been to the Stagg Bowl nine times, winning eight.
    The only loss was in 2003, 24-6 to St. John's of Minnesota.
    After the game, Kehres tried to find the right words.
    ``This will not be the worst thing to ever happen to you in your life,'' he said. ``Most of you will become husbands and fathers. Hard things can happen there. This was a very important game, but it's still a game.''
    Thinking back to that speech in 2003, Kehres said Sunday night, ``At that point, it really doesn't matter what you say. The men are just hurting too much.''
    ? ? ? ? ?
    Few Mount fans recall that Kehres took over an 11-1 team in 1986 from Ken Wable. He followed up with his own 11-1 season, but then Mount slipped to 6-4 and 6-3-1 the next two years.
    Was there any pressure to change coaches?
    ``Not for me,'' said Kehres, laughing. ``That's because I was the athletic director, too.''
    Kehres still holds that job.
    Something else forgotten under the mountain of national titles is the climb to reach the first one.
    That didn't happen until 1993, Kehres' eighth season.
    In those first seven years, Mount made the playoffs three times. It never reached the finals.
    After winning the national title in 1993, Mount didn't reach the Stagg Bowl again until 1996.
    As Kehres said: ``This didn't happen overnight.''
    ? ? ? ? ?
    Kehres gives few inspirational talks. His goal is preparation, having his team ready by game day so the players really don't need to be fired up. Before kickoff, they only need to be reminded of a few key things.
    ``I never told kids before a big game that this was the most important game of their lives,'' he said. ``I never told them that no one will remember anything but this game. I just don't believe in that.''
    In his own life, football means a lot but not everything. He doesn't stay all night in the office. He has turned down chances to coach at Kent State, Princeton and a few other schools larger than Mount during the years.
    ``There was a point where I wondered if I had done all I could (at Mount) and maybe should look elsewhere,'' he said. ``But not anymore. I really have been able to focus more than ever the last few years on making the men on the team the best they can be -- and making the team the best it can be.''
     
  8. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Dispatch

     
  9. PrincetonBuckeye

    PrincetonBuckeye The eyes of Texas are upon you!

    he was the best QB in the game......glad he played majority of it or Mount may not have won......hes a pretty good little QB!!! I was impressed...
     
  10. The KSB

    The KSB 4-4-11/11-5-11

    What, after Kent State? You must be counting tOSU as a basketball school. :wink2:
     
  11. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Canton

    MOUNT UNION: Small school is again flexing its football muscles
    Thursday, October 25, 2007
    By NANCY ARMOUR
    AP National Writer

    ALLIANCE Think of college football dynasties, and a few programs come to mind: Oklahoma, Nebraska, Alabama, Miami, Notre Dame, Mount Union.

    Mount Union?

    Yes, Mount Union, the tiny Division III school in Northeast Ohio. What the Purple Raiders are doing is as impressive as anything the major programs have accomplished. Nine national titles, eight in the last 11 years alone. A 223-10-1 record since 1990 that?s the best in all of college football.

    They are, no surprise, undefeated again this season. They?ve posted four shutouts and haven?t allowed a touchdown in over a month. They put up 52 points in the season opener against Averett ? and that was just in the first quarter.

    Cont...
     
  12. Sportsbuck28

    Sportsbuck28 Here comes the BOOM

    I'll be at Mount's game this weekend against Capital, my dad is getting honored for winning the 1970 Nat'l title at Cap, so that is the reason... and Mount's running game is silly good.
     
  13. DaytonBuck

    DaytonBuck I've always liked them

    Has Kehres gotten any looks from MAC schools as a head coach?
     
    Ttown and Ginn4Heisman like this.
  14. Thump

    Thump Hating the environment since 1994

    A buddy of mine coaches at Otterbein and said this is the best Mount Union team he's seen.

    Otterbein was supposed to challenge for the OAC title this year and Mt. Union beat them 58-14.

    They were even kicking field goals on 1st down from the 30 to practice long field goals.

    BTW, they have a receiver, Pierre Garcon who will get drafted.
     
  15. Mike80

    Mike80 A MAN OF BETRAYED JUSTICE!

    Anyone know what the line would be if Mount Union went up against Ntre Ame? :p
     

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