Friday, October 03, 2014

Temple's Hardin set to be inducted into College Football Hall of Fame

PHILADELPHIA - Former Temple head football coach Wayne Hardin will officially be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday in Atlanta.

ESPNU will televise the event the following night.

Hardin was officially inducted at the 56th National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner in December at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City, becoming the third Temple coach to become a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. Glenn “Pop” Warner (1951) and Ray Morrison (‘54) were inducted in the 1950s.

In 13 seasons as Temple’s head coach from 1970-82, Hardin amassed more wins (135) than any other coach. He led Temple to its only 10-win season in program history during the 1979 season, finishing at No. 17 in both major polls and beating favored California in the Garden State Bowl. Hardin also mentored Owl quarterback Steve Joachim who won the Maxwell Trophy in 1973.

Prior to joining Temple, Hardin compiled a record of 38-22-2 as Navy’s head coach from 1959-64.  He coached two Heisman Trophy winners in Joe Bellino (1960) and Roger Staubach (1963) and led Navy to two New Year’s Day bowl games. The 1960 team compiled a record of 9-2 and was ranked No. 4 in the country before losing to Missouri, 21-14, in the Orange Bowl. In 1963, the Midshipmen rose to No. 2 in the national rankings with a 9-2 record before losing to No. 1 Texas, 28-6, in the Cotton Bowl.

The College Football Hall of Fame, who called South Bend, IN, home for many years, just reopened in Atlanta last month. 
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