Alex Agase

Alexander Arrasi Agase (March 27, 1922 – May 3, 2007) was an American football guard and linebacker who was named an All-American three times in college and played on three Cleveland Browns championship teams before becoming head football coach at Northwestern University and Purdue University.

Agase grew up in Illinois and attended the University of Illinois, where he was a standout as a guard starting in 1941. He was named an All-American in 1942. Agase then entered the U.S. Marines during World War II and played a season at Purdue while in training. He was again named an All-American in 1943. After his discharge from the Marines, he came back to Illinois and played a final season in 1946, after which he was named an All-American for a third time. Agase began his professional football career with the Los Angeles Dons of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) in 1947, but was soon traded to the Chicago Rockets and then the Browns, where he remained until 1952. Cleveland won two AAFC championships and one National Football League championship while Agase was on the team. After retiring from football, Agase was worked as an assistant coach for the Dallas Texans and, after a brief return to playing for the Baltimore Colts, Iowa State University. He was hired as an assistant at Northwestern in 1956 under head coach Ara Parseghian.

Agase remained as an assistant until Parseghian left to coach at Notre Dame in 1963 and he was named the new head coach. Agase guided the Northwestern Wildcats to a 32–58–1 win-loss-tie record in nine seasons. He was named coach of the year by the Football Writers Association of America after guiding the team to a 6–4 record in 1970. Agase left to coach at Purdue in 1972, but none of his teams posted a winning record there, and he was fired in 1977. He then spent six years as athletic director at Eastern Michigan University before retiring. Agase died in 2007. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

Alex Agase
Agase pictured from above in uniform on a 1950 Bowman football card
Agase on a 1950 Bowman football card
No. 35, 62
Position:Guard, linebacker
Personal information
Born:March 27, 1922
Chicago
Died:May 3, 2007 (aged 85)
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school:Evanston (IL) Township
College:Illinois; Purdue
NFL Draft:1944 / Round: 8 / Pick: 71
Career history
As player:
As coach:
As administrator:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 1953
Games:70
Interceptions:8
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life and college

Agase was born in Chicago to an Assyrian father, Charles Agase (1883-1959), and an Armenian mother, Elsie Darwitt (1892-1971). Both were born in Persia.[1] He attended Evanston Township High School, but only played on the school's varsity football team in his senior year.[1] After graduating, he attended the University of Illinois and played college football there as a right guard in 1941 and 1942.[2][3] In a 1942 game against the University of Minnesota, Agase scored two touchdowns for the Fighting Illini, becoming only the second guard in college football history to accomplish that feat.[2] The first touchdown came in the second quarter, when Agase stripped the ball from Minnesota's Bill Daley and ran it back 35 yards.[4] The second was a fourth-quarter fumble recovery in the end zone to give Illinois a 20–13 victory.[4] In another game against Great Lakes Naval Training Station, a military team, Agase had 22 tackles.[2] Under coach Ray Eliot, Illinois finished the season with a 6–4 win-loss record.[5] Agase was named an All-American after the season.[3]

Agase entered the U.S. military in 1943 as America's involvement in World War II intensified.[3] He was sent to Purdue University for training in the U.S. Marines and played on the school's football team along with enlistees from other schools.[6] Purdue had won just one Big Ten Conference game the previous year, but the influx of trainees including Agase led to a reversal of fortune in 1943.[6] Coached by Elmer Burnham, the Purdue Boilermakers won all of their games that year and were named Big Ten co-champions.[7] Agase was again named an All-American.[8]

During the following two years, Agase served on active duty in the war. He participated in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, where he received a Purple Heart after he was wounded in action.[9] He rose to the rank of first lieutenant.[10] Agase returned to Illinois in 1946 and rejoined a Fightining Illini team that posted an 8–2 record and was ranked fifth in the nation in the AP Poll at season's end.[9][11][12] Illinois beat the UCLA Bruins in the 1947 Rose Bowl after the season.[12] Agase was named an All-American for a third time, and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the most valuable player in the Big Ten.[9][10]

Professional football career

Agase had been selected by the Green Bay Packers in the 1944 NFL Draft, but military service delayed his professional career. Although Green Bay still held the rights to him when he graduated from college, Agase instead signed in 1947 with the Los Angeles Dons of the new All-America Football Conference (AAFC).[13] Agase, however, played just three games for the Dons before he was traded in September 1947 to the Chicago Rockets, another AAFC team.[14] The Rockets finished the season in last place in the AAFC's western division with a 1–13 record.[15]

The Rockets traded Agase and fellow lineman Chubby Grigg the following year to the Cleveland Browns, who had won the AAFC championship in each of the league's first two years of play.[16][17] Led by quarterback Otto Graham, fullback Marion Motley and ends Dante Lavelli and Mac Speedie, Cleveland won the championship again in 1948, posting a perfect 14–0 record and beating the Buffalo Bills in the title game.[18] Another championship followed in 1949, but the AAFC then dissolved and the Browns, along with two other teams, were absorbed by the NFL.[19] Helped by a strong offensive line including Agase, center Frank Gatski and tackles Lou Groza and Lou Rymkus, Cleveland won the NFL championship in 1950.[20] The team reached the NFL championship in 1951 but lost to the Los Angeles Rams.[21] Cleveland lost 24–17 despite gaining more yards and more first downs than the Rams.[21] "It was a very disappointing loss", Agase later said. "We weren't quite as sharp as we normally were on offense."[22]

Coaching career

Before the 1952 season, the Browns traded Agase to the Dallas Texans, a newly formed team set to start play that year. He ended his playing career and signed as a line coach with the Texans under head coach Jim Phelan.[23] The Texans finished with a 1–11 record and folded after the season.[24][25] Agase came out of retirement briefly after the Texans disbanded, joining the Baltimore Colts and playing as a linebacker for the 1953 season.[26] The Colts finished the season with a 3–9 record, placing fifth in the NFL West division.[27]

Iowa State and Northwestern

Agase was offered a job as an assistant coach for the Colts, but instead joined Iowa State University as its line coach in early 1954 on a $7,000-a-year salary.[28] He and Iowa State head coach Vince DiFrancesca had played football together in high school.[28] After two seasons at Iowa State, he signed as defensive line coach at Northwestern University.[29] He worked under head coach Ara Parseghian, a former Cleveland teammate.[29]

In seven years under Parseghian at Northwestern, Agase rose to become the coach's top assistant.[30] When Parseghian was offered the head coaching job at the University of Notre Dame at the end of 1963, he recommended Agase as his replacement.[30] Agase got the job immediately after Parseghian left.[31]

Agase's first years as coach of the Northwestern Wildcats football team were unsuccessful. The team had losing records each season between 1964 and 1969.[32] In 1970, however, the team finished with a 6–4 record, taking second place in the Big Ten Conference, and Agase was named the national coach of the year by the Football Writers Association of America.[32][33] The Wildcats followed up with a 7–4 record in 1971, but fell to 2–9 in 1972.[32]

Purdue

After nine seasons as the Northwestern coach, Agase accepted an offer at the end of 1972 to become head football coach at Purdue, one of the two schools for which he played.[34] Taking the job was "not an easy decision to make", he said at the time, because he was happy at Northwestern.[34] Agase coached at Purdue through the 1976 season. His teams never posted a winning record in his years there, although they did pull two noteworthy upsets of Top Ten teams, defeating #2 Notre Dame in South Bend in 1974 and #1 Michigan in West Lafayette in 1976.[32] He was fired in early 1977 and took a job as athletic director at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.[35] He stayed in that job until 1982, when he unexpectedly resigned citing "personal reasons".[36]

Later life and death

Agase remained active in college football by assisting Bo Schembechler as a volunteer at the University of Michigan until 1987, focusing on special teams.[37] He was named to the Walter Camp Foundation all-century team in 1989 and the University of Illinois all-century team in 1990.[37][38] Agase was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1963.[8] While living in Tarpon Springs, Florida, Agase was an active member of George Young United Methodist Church, later renamed East Lake United Methodist Church. He died in 2007 at a hospital near his home in Tarpon Springs, Florida.[8]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (1964–1972)
1964 Northwestern 3–6 2–5 T–7th
1965 Northwestern 4–6 3–4 6th
1966 Northwestern 3–6–1 2–4–1 T–7th
1967 Northwestern 3–7 2–5 8th
1968 Northwestern 1–9 1–6 T–8th
1969 Northwestern 3–7 3–4 T–5th
1970 Northwestern 6–4 6–1 T–2nd
1971 Northwestern 7–4 6–3 2nd
1972 Northwestern 2–9 1–8 10th
Northwestern: 32–58–1 26–40–1
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1973–1976)
1973 Purdue 5–6 4–4 T–4th
1974 Purdue 4–6–1 3–5 6th
1975 Purdue 4–7 4–4 T–3rd
1976 Purdue 5–6 4–4 T–3rd
Purdue: 18–25–1 15–17
Total: 50–83–2

Source: College Football Data Warehouse

References

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Bibliography

  • Piascik, Andy (2007). The Best Show in Football: The 1946–1955 Cleveland Browns. Lanham, Maryland: Taylor Trade Publishing. ISBN 978-1-58979-571-6.

External links

1943 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1943 Big Ten Conference football season was the 48th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference (also known as the Western Conference) and was a part of the 1943 college football season.

The 1943 Purdue Boilermakers football team compiled a perfect 9–0 record, tied for the Big Ten championship, led the conference in scoring defense (6.1 points per game), and were ranked No. 5 in the final AP Poll. Guard Alex Agase was a consensus first-team pick on the 1943 College Football All-America Team. Another guard, Dick Barwegen, received the team's most valuable player award.

Michigan, under head coach Fritz Crisler, compiled an 8–1, tied with Purdue for the conference championship, led the conference in scoring offense (33.6 points per game), and was ranked No. 3 in the final AP Poll. The team's sole loss was to consensus national champion Notre Dame. Bill Daley was a consensus first-team All-American and finished seventh in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. Bob Wiese received the team's most valuable player award.

Northwestern, under head coach Pappy Waldorf, compiled a 6–2 record and was ranked No. 9 in the final AP Poll. Quarterback Otto Graham received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the most valuable player in the Big Ten. Northwestern's two losses were to No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 3 Michigan.

1943 College Football All-America Team

The 1943 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1943. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1943 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press, (3) the United Press, (4) the All-America Board, (5) Football News, (6) the International News Service (INS), (7) Look magazine, and (8) the Sporting News.

1943 Purdue Boilermakers football team

The 1943 Purdue Boilermakera football team represented Purdue University in the 1943 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Elmer Burnham, the Boilermakers compiled an undefeated 9–0 record (6–0 Big Ten), outscored their opponents by a combined total of 214 to 55, and finished the season ranked #5 in the final AP Poll.The 1942 Purdue team had won only one game, but the 1943 was bolstered with several new players who had been transferred to Purdue as part of the V-12 Navy College Training Program.Purdue guard Alex Agase was selected as a consensus first-team player on the 1943 All-America Team, and was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Fullback Tony Butkovich was also selected as a first-team All-American by The Sporting News, the United Press, the Central Press, and Stars and Stripes newspaper. Butkovich led the Big Ten in scoring with 14 touchdowns despite missing the last two games after being called to active duty by the Marines; he was killed in action at the Battle of Okinawa in April 1945.

1946 Big Nine Conference football season

The 1946 Big Nine Conference football season was the 51st season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Nine Conference (also known as the Big Ten Conference and the Western Conference) and was a part of the 1946 college football season.

The 1946 Illinois Fighting Illini football team, under head coach Ray Eliot, won the Big Nine championship, compiled an 8–2 record, was ranked No. 5 in the final AP Poll, and defeated UCLA, 45–14, in the 1947 Rose Bowl. Illinois guard Alex Agase was a consensus first-team All-American and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the most valuable player in the conference.

Michigan, under head coach Fritz Crisler, compiled a 6-2-1 record, led the conference in both scoring offense (25.9 points per game) and scoring defense (8.1 points allowed per game), and was ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll. The team's two losses came against No. 2 Army and No. 5 Illinois. Halfback Bob Chappuis received the team's most valuable player award.

Indiana, under head coach Bo McMillin, compiled a 6–3 record, finished third in the conference, and was ranked No. 20 in the final AP Poll. End Pete Pihos received the team's most valuable player award. Quarterback Ben Raimondi won first team All-Big Nine honors.

1946 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

The 1946 Illinois Fighting Illini football team represented the University of Illinois in the 1946 Big Ten Conference football season. Led by fifth-year head coach Ray Eliot and playing their home games at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois, the Illini won the Big Ten Conference title and completed an 8–2 season with a 45–14 win over UCLA in the Rose Bowl. The team's captain was center Mac Wenskunas. Guard Alex Agase was voted the team's most valuable player and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten's most valuable player.

1964 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 1964 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1964 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 3–6 record (2–5 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for seventh place in the Big Ten Conference.The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Tom Myers with 901 passing yards, Steve Murphy with 377 rushing yards, and Cas Banaszek with 317 receiving yards. Center Joe Cerne was selected as a first-team All-Big Ten player, and as a second-team All-American by the Newspaper Enterprise Association.

1965 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 1965 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1965 Big Ten Conference football season. In their second year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 4–6 record (3–4 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in sixth place in the Big Ten Conference.The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Denny Boothe with 487 passing yards, Bob McKelvey with 587 rushing yards, and Cas Banaszek with 333 receiving yards. McKelvey, Banaszek, and tackle Jim Burns were selected by the Associated Press as second-team All-Big Ten players.

1966 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 1966 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1966 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 3–6–1 record (2–4–1 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for seventh place in the Big Ten Conference.The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Bill Melzer with 1,171 passing yards, Bob McKelvey with 459 rushing yards, and Roger Murphy with 777 receiving yards.

1967 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 1967 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1967 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 3–7 record (2–5 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in eighth place in the Big Ten Conference.The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Bill Melzer with 1,146 passing yards, Bob Olso with 507 rushing yards, and Don Anderson with 376 receiving yards.

1968 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 1968 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1968 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fifth year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 1–9 record (1–6 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for eighth place in the Big Ten Conference.The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Dave Shelbourne with 1,358 passing yards, Bob Olson with 342 rushing yards, and Bruce Hubbard with 551 receiving yards.

1970 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1970 Big Ten Conference football season was the 75th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference and was a part of the 1970 NCAA University Division football season.

The 1970 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Woody Hayes, won the Big Ten football championship, was ranked No. 5 in the final AP Poll, and led the conference in scoring offense (29.0 points per game). The Buckeyes were undefeated in the regular season but lost to Stanford in the 1971 Rose Bowl. Defensive back Jack Tatum and middle guard Jim Stillwagon were consensus first-team All-Americans. Stillwagon also won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football. Running back John Brockington led the conference with 102 points scored, received first-team All-American honors from multiple selectors, and was the first Big Ten player selected in the 1971 NFL Draft with the ninth overall pick. Quarterback Rex Kern finished fifth in the voting for the 1970 Heisman Trophy.

The 1970 Michigan Wolverines football team, under head coach Bo Schembechler, was ranked No. 9 in the final AP Poll and led the conference in scoring defense (9.0 points per game). Michigan's only loss was to Ohio State. Offensive tackle Dan Dierdorf was a consensus first-team All-American. Quarterback Don Moorhead and middle guard Henry Hill were selected as the team's most valuable players.

The 1970 Northwestern Wildcats football team, under head coach Alex Agase, tied with Michigan for second place in the Big Ten and was ranked Running back Mike Adamle of Northwestern led the conference with 1,255 rushing yards and received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the conference's most valuable player.

1970 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 1970 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1970 Big Ten Conference football season. In their seventh year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 6–4 record (6–1 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in a tie for second place in the Big Ten Conference.The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Maurie Daigneau with 1,228 passing yards, Mike Adamle with 1,255 rushing yards, and Barry Pearson with 552 receiving yards. Eight Northwestern players received honors on the 1970 All-Big Ten Conference football team. They are: (1) halfback Mike Adamle (AP-1, UPI-1); (2) flanker Barry Pearson (AP-1); (3) tackle John Rodman (AP-1, UPI-2); (4) guard Mike Sikich (AP-1, UPI-1); (5) center John Zigulich (UPI-1); (6) defensive tackle Jim Anderson (AP-2); (7) defensive back Eric Hutchinson (AP-1, UPI-1); and (8) defensive back Rick Telander (AP-2).

1971 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 1971 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1971 Big Ten Conference football season. In their eighth year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 7–4 record (6–3 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in second place in the Big Ten Conference.The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Maurie Daigneau with 1,733 passing yards, Al Robinson with 881 rushing yards, and Barry Pearson with 674 receiving yards. Ten Northwestern players received honors on the 1971 All-Big Ten Conference football team. They are: (1) Maurie Daigneau (AP-1; UPI-1); (2) running back Al Robinson (AP-2); (3) wide receiver Barry Pearson (AP-1; UPI-1); (4) offensive tackle Tom McCreight (AP-1); (5) defensive end Wil Hemby (UPI-2); (6) defensive tackle Jim Anderson (UPI-2); (7) linebacker John Voorhees (AP-2); and defensive ends (8) Eric Hutchinson (AP-1; UPI-1); (9) Jerry Brown (AP-2); and (10) Jack Duston (UPI-2). Eric Hutchinson was also selected as a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America.

1972 Northwestern Wildcats football team

The 1972 Northwestern Wildcats team represented Northwestern University during the 1972 Big Ten Conference football season. In their ninth and final year under head coach Alex Agase, the Wildcats compiled a 2–9 record (1–8 against Big Ten Conference opponents) and finished in last place in the Big Ten Conference.The team's offensive leaders were quarterback Mitch Anderson with 1,335 passing yards, Greg Boykin with 625 rushing yards, and Jim Lash with 667 receiving yards. Five Northwestern player received All-Big Ten honors. They are: (1) tight end Steve Craig (AP-1, UPI-1); (2) split end Jim Lash (UPI-1); (3) defensive back Greg Strunk (AP-2, UPI-2); (4) defensive lineman Jim Anderson (AP-2); and (5) running back Greg Boykin (AP-2).

1974 Purdue Boilermakers football team

The 1974 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University in the 1974 Big Ten Conference football season.

1975 Purdue Boilermakers football team

The 1975 Purdue Boilermakers football team represented Purdue University in the 1975 Big Ten Conference football season.

1976 Purdue Boilermakers football team

The 1976 Purdue Boilermakers football team was an American football team that represented Purdue University in the 1976 Big Ten Conference football season. In their fourth season under head coach Alex Agase, the Boilermakers compiled a 5–6 record (4–4 against conference opponents) and finished in a four-way tie for third place in the Big Ten standings.Running back Scott Dierking led the team with 1,000 rushing yards and 66 points scored. He was selected by his teammates as the team's most valuable player and finished second to Rob Lytle in the voting for the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded to the Big Ten's most valuable player. Dierking was also named by the Associated Press (AP) as a second-team All-American and by the AP and United Press International (UPI) as a first-team running back on the 1976 All-Big Ten Conference football team.Other statistical leaders included quarterback Mark Vitali with 1,184 passing yards. In addition to Dierking, three other Purdue players received honors on the 1976 All-Big Ten team: offensive guard Connie Zelencik (AP-1, UPI-2); defensive end Blane Smith (AP-1, UPI-2); and defensive back Paul Beery (AP-2, UPI-1).

List of Northwestern Wildcats football seasons

This is a list of seasons completed by the Northwestern Wildcats football team of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Since the team's creation in 1882, the Wildcats have participated in more than 1,100 officially sanctioned games, including 9 bowl games.

Northwestern originally competed as a football independent. As one of the founding members, Northwestern joined the Big Ten conference, then known as the Western Conference, in 1896, where it has been a member ever since.

The Wildcats have experienced futility for much of its existence. The team has several winless seasons, including setting a NCAA Division I record for consecutive losses when it lost 34 straight games from 1979 to 1982. The Wildcats went 64 years without winning a bowl game after the 1949 Rose Bowl. Northwestern has also experienced success, winning eight conference titles.

List of Purdue Boilermakers football seasons

The Purdue Boilermakers, a college football team based in Indiana, has competed every season since 1889. The team has played in the Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Western Conference and the Big Ten Conference. It last took a Conference title in 2000.

Alex Agase—championships, awards, and honors

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