This Day in College Football History – January 6th

Jameis L. Winston born January 6, 1994 plays college football and baseball for the Florida State University Seminoles. He plays quarterback in football as well as an outfielder and relief pitcher in baseball. He is a switch-hitter and throws right-handed. At the age of 19 on December 14, 2013, Winston became the second freshman and youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy. On January 6, 2014, he led the Seminoles to a victory in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game and an undefeated 14–0 football season.

 

Lou Holtz (born January 6, 1937) is a current college football analyst for ESPN as well as a former football coach. He served as the head football coach at The College of William & Mary (1969–1971), North Carolina State University (1972–1975), the University of Arkansas (1977–1983), the University of Minnesota (1984–1985), the University of Notre Dame (1986–1996), and the University of South Carolina (1999–2004), compiling a career record of 249–132–7. Holtz’s 1988 Notre Dame team went 12–0 with a victory in the Fiesta Bowl and was the consensus national champion. Holtz is the only college football coach to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings. Holtz also coached the New York Jets of the NFL during the 1976 season. Over the years, the slender, bespectacled Holtz has become known for his quick wit and ability to inspire players. In 2005, Holtz joined ESPN as a college football analyst. On May 1, 2008, Holtz was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame

 

Charles Haley born January 6, 1964 is a retired linebacker and defensive end in the National Football League who played for the San Francisco 49ers (1986–1991, 1998–1999) and the Dallas Cowboys (1992–1996). He was drafted in the fourth round of the 1986 NFL Draft out of James Madison University. A versatile defensive player, Haley began his career as a specialty outside linebacker, eventually progressing to pass-rusher and finally full-fledged defensive end. Haley had the reputation of being a volatile and unpredictable yet exceptionally talented and hardworking player. Haley was a starter for the James Madison Dukes during his entire college career (1982-1985). He was a two-time All-American and finished his career as the school’s leading tackler with 506 stops.

Haley has the distinction of being the only player in NFL history to have been on five Super Bowl-winning teams. Playing for the San Francisco 49ers from 1986–1991, he won a ring from Super Bowl XXIII and Super Bowl XXIV following the 1988 and 1989 seasons, respectively. After having a personal conflict with 49ers head coach George Seifert and a physical confrontation with quarterback Steve Young, Haley was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in the 1992 off-season, with whom he won three more Super Bowl rings over the next four seasons in 1992 (XXVII), 1993 (XXVIII), and 1995 (XXX). Although injuries would eventually force his retirement in 1996, Haley briefly resurfaced for the 1998 playoffs to aid the 49ers, and played for them in 1999. Finally out of playing football permanently, Haley turned to assistant coaching, and was a defensive assistant for the Detroit Lions. In his 12 NFL seasons, Haley recorded 100.5 quarterback sacks, two interceptions (nine return yards), and eight fumble recoveries, which he returned for nine yards and a touchdown. He was also selected to play in five Pro Bowls (1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1995) and was named NFL All-Pro in 1990 and 1994.  Haley’s supporters, who included the late Bill Walsh, believe his personal accomplishments, especially his record five Super Bowl rings, make him worthy of induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011 and the Texas Black Sports Hall of Fame in 2012. Haley was enshrined into the prestigious Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor on November 6, 2011.

 

Frank Loria (January 6th 1947 – November 14, 1970) was a defensive back born in the town of Clarksburg, West Virginia in Harrison County and was a three sport athlete at Notre Dame Catholic High School. He played college football for the Virginia Tech Hokies football team from 1965–1967, helping the Hokies to a berth in the 1966 Liberty Bowl. Loria was named consensus All-American in 1967. Loria joined the Marshall University coaching staff as the defensive backs coach. He died in the Southern Airlines Flight 932 airplane crash, that killed most of Marshall’s football team, on November 14, 1970.

Loria played safety in the same defensive backfield with Frank Beamer, the current coach at Virginia Tech. It is indicative of Loria’s stature, as well as Beamer’s humility, that when Frank Beamer was once asked if he ever thought about “what if” that plane had not crashed, that he replied to the effect that he thought it was quite possible that Loria might be the coach at Tech, and that he himself might be an assistant.

His number, #10, is one of only four numbers retired by Virginia Tech. Loria was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on December 7, 1999, along with the man he played for, former Virginia Tech Coach the late Jerry Claiborne. The local Clarksburg Columbian Club honors his memory every year by hosting the Frank Loria Dinner, where the first team All Harrison County football players attend. The Loria award is given to the most outstanding high school football player in the county. Notable guest speakers at the dinner have been Frank Beamer, former Marshall coach Red Dawson, WVU football coach Bill Stewart, and WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins. In 1984, Loria was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.

 

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