Whadddup from Grand Marais, Minnesota ya'll. I'm on vacation so this article is gonna be short. But I figured since the mighty double G's (Golden Gophers) are playing Middle Tennessee, I'd share some stuff about Tennessee's greatest gift to Gopher Nation: Murray Warmath.
Coach Warmath was born in Humboldt, Tennessee on December 26, 1912. After playing and coaching with University of Tennessee legend General Robert Neyland, Murray coached for two years at Mississippi State before coming to the U of M.
Warmath had an up and down career in his 17 years (1954-1971) as the Gophers head honcho. One of the most popular stories about him is the 1959 last place season, and how fans hung him in effigy. What's often missed in that story is that it was quarterback Sandy Stephens' first season and the next two seasons 1960, and 1961 would be two of the best seasons in Gopher history.
Murry Warmath's two trips to the Rose Bowl is a subject for another time, but in my humble opinion the biggest game Murray ever won was his 1960 upset of #1 Iowa to keep them from possibly winning a national championship.
THIS WEEK IN GOPHER HISTORY
|Win vs Southwest Texas St 42-0||8/31||2002||Metrodome|
|Win vs Kent St 44-0 (Thursday Game)||8/31||2006||at Kent, Ohio|
|Win vs Tulsa 41-10 (Thursday Game)||9/1||2005||at Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Loss vs Bowling Green 31-32 (OT)||9/1||2007||Metrodome|
|Win vs Louisiana-Monroe 47-10||9/2||2000||Metrodome|
|Win vs Middle Tennessee St 24-17 (Thursday Game)||9/2||2010||at Murfreesboro, Tennessee|
|Loss vs Penn St 3-56||9/3||1994||Metrodome|
|Loss vs USC 17-19||9/3||2011||Los Angeles, California|
|Loss vs Penn St 20-38||9/4||1993||University Park, Pennsilvania|
|Win vs Ohio 33-7||9/4||1999||Metrodome|
|Win vs Toledo 63-21||9/4||2004||Metrodome|
|Win vs Arkansas St 17-14||9/5||1998||Metrodome|
|Win vs Syracuse 23-20 (OT)||9/5||2009||at Syracuse, New York|
|Win vs Troy St 48-7||9/6||2003||Metrodome|