Dan Devine

Daniel John Devine (December 22, 1924 – May 9, 2002) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Arizona State University from 1955 to 1957, the University of Missouri from 1958 to 1970, and the University of Notre Dame from 1975 to 1980, compiling a career college football mark of 173–56–9. Devine was also the head coach of the National Football League's Green Bay Packers from 1971 to 1974, tallying a mark of 25–27–4. His 1977 Notre Dame team won a national championship after beating Texas in the Cotton Bowl. Devine was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1985.

Dan Devine
Dan Devine 1965
Devine from The Savitar, 1965
Biographical details
BornDecember 22, 1924
Augusta, Wisconsin
DiedMay 9, 2002 (aged 77)
Tempe, Arizona
Playing career
1946–1948Minnesota–Duluth
Position(s)Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1950–1954Michigan State (assistant)
1955–1957Arizona State
1958–1970Missouri
1971–1974Green Bay Packers
1975–1980Notre Dame
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1967–1970Missouri
1971–1974Green Bay Packers (GM)
1992–1994Missouri
Head coaching record
Overall173–56–9 (college)
25–27–4 (NFL)
Bowls7–3
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 National (1977)
1 Border (1957)
2 Big Eight (1960, 1969)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1985 (profile)

Early life and military service

Born in Augusta, Wisconsin, Devine later went to live with an aunt and uncle in Proctor, Minnesota. As a star at Proctor High School, Devine started at quarterback as a freshman and later became known as "The Proctor Flash," a name given to him by his friend Lute Olson. He also competed in three other sports during his four years at the school, and graduated in 1942.

Devine then enrolled at the Duluth State Teachers College (now the University of Minnesota Duluth), and was team captain of both the basketball and football teams, playing as a 170 lb. (77 kg) quarterback. His time at the school was interrupted after his enlistment in the Army Air Corps during World War II, where he became a B-29 flight officer. He graduated from college in 1948 with a bachelor's degree in history.

Early years as a coach at Michigan State

Devine earned his first coaching job as head coach at East Jordan High School in Michigan, reaching his interview by a combination of bus travel and hitch-hiking. Following two undefeated seasons at the school, he accepted an assistant position at Michigan State in 1950 under legendary coach Clarence "Biggie" Munn. For the next five seasons, he helped the Spartans achieve success, including winning a national championship in 1952.

Arizona State

On February 5, 1955, Devine accepted the head coaching position at Arizona State College, now Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona. Joining him as an assistant was Frank Kush, who would have even greater success at the school after Devine's departure. During his three years with the Sun Devils, Devine compiled a record of 27–3–1 (.887), including a spotless 10–0 mark during his final campaign. In that last season, Devine's team led the nation in total offense and scoring, averaging just under 40 points per game in the latter category.

Missouri

His success at Arizona State resulted in an offer from the University of Missouri, which he accepted on December 18, 1957. At first, Devine was reluctant to accept the position; his flight to Missouri had developed engine trouble. In addition, Devine had hot chocolate spilled on him by a stewardess during the flight, which arrived six hours late.

Over the next 13 years, Devine would turn the once-dormant program into a consistently competitive school that finished with a Top 20 ranking nine times. His record of 93–37–7 (.704) included four bowl game victories, with his winning percentage passing that of Don Faurot, the legendary coach who had preceded him. He left Mizzou as the second winningest coach in school history, behind only Faurot. He is now third after Gary Pinkel passed him in 2013.

After finishing 5–4–1 in his first year in 1958, Devine (with two years left on his contract) gained some job security when a group of Mizzou alumni funded a $150,000 life insurance policy that covered him as long as he remained as head coach of the Tigers. The investment paid off as Missouri never lost more than three games over the next decade.

In 1960, the Tigers began the year unranked, but after shutting out SMU 20–0, in the season opener, moved up to 16th and continued to head upward in the weekly rankings. Following that win with eight straight victories, Missouri became the top-ranked team in the country following a 41–19 victory over Oklahoma.

Needing only a victory over Kansas to clinch a national championship, the Tigers (favored by a touchdown) instead were stunned in a 23–7 upset loss. After an Orange Bowl victory over Navy on January 1, 1961, Missouri finished the year ranked fifth in a season which saw upwards of four teams claim a share of the national title. The loss to KU was later reversed after an investigation revealed that the Jayhawks' Bert Coan had received illegal benefits and was thus ineligible. Missouri claims the 1960 game as a win by forfeit—thus making 1960 the only undefeated and untied season in school history.

While never again reaching that level, Missouri maintained its strength throughout the 1960s, with Devine taking on the added duties of athletic director in 1967 after Faurot stepped down from that post. During his three years in the latter role, he made a key hire when he selected Norm Stewart to head the fortunes of the school's men's basketball squad.

After finishing 9–1 in 1969, a season capped off with a massive 69–21 win over KU that saw Jayhawk coach Pepper Rodgers showing the peace sign to Devine late in the game and Devine "return half of it", Missouri faced Penn State in the 1970 Orange Bowl. The Nittany Lions entered the game with a 28-game winning streak, and extended the string by intercepting seven Tiger passes in a 10–3 defensive battle.

Green Bay Packers

After suffering his first losing season in 1970, Devine departed on January 14, 1971, to become the head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers of the NFL, succeeding Phil Bengtson. Devine acknowledged the pressure of the position, but had the benefit of not immediately following legendary coach Vince Lombardi. Bengtson had endured three years of unrealistic expectations following Lombardi's brief retirement after Super Bowl II.

Devine's career in Green Bay got off to a painful start when he suffered a broken leg following a sideline collision in the season opener, a 42–40 loss to the New York Giants. After finishing 4–8–2 in 1971, Devine headed a brief resurgence that "The Pack is Back," by dethroning the four-time division champion Minnesota Vikings in 1972 to reach the playoffs, the Packers' first post-season in five years. The Packers lost 16-3 in the first round to the Washington Redskins at RFK Stadium on Christmas Eve. The Packers would not reach the post-season for another decade, during the expanded 16-team playoffs of the strike-shortened 1982 season. Green Bay would not return to the playoffs in a non-strike year until 1993. Unable to recapture the success of 1972, Devine's final two seasons at Green Bay were disappointing (5–7–2 in 1973 and 6–8 in 1974).

Midway through his last season as Packers head coach in 1974, Devine traded two 1st round picks, two 2nd round picks, and a 3rd round pick for 34-year-old quarterback John Hadl from the Los Angeles Rams. The Packers were 3-3 at the time despite lackluster play from quarterback Jerry Tagge, and Devine apparently believed an experienced quarterback was the last piece of the puzzle. Hadl played only two years as a Packer, winning only seven games and throwing 29 interceptions in that time. Meanwhile, the Rams used the picks acquired in the trade to draft players who would help them dominate the NFC West in the 1970s. To this day, many Packer fans have never forgiven Devine for the trade, which is widely reckoned as the worst trade for a starting quarterback in NFL history.[1] The Packers would not have another true franchise quarterback until the arrival of Brett Favre in 1991.

On a personal note, Devine's wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis during the season.

After a three-game losing streak knocked the Packers out of the playoffs, Devine resigned on December 16, 1974, to become the head coach at the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame

Devine had been a leading candidate for the head coaching job at Notre Dame in 1964, when Ara Parseghian was hired. When approached for the job following Parseghian's resignation, Devine accepted immediately, joking that it was probably the shortest job interview in history. In his six seasons at Notre Dame, Devine compiled a 53–16–1 mark (.764). His lasting achievement came midway through this run, when the Fighting Irish won the 1977 national championship, led by junior quarterback Joe Montana. The regular season was highlighted by the Irish's 21-17 come-from-behind win over Clemson at Death Valley, when Devine repeatedly gave the middle finger salute to the raucous home crowd. The championship season was completed with a convincing 38-10 win in the 1978 Cotton Bowl Classic over previously top-ranked Texas, led by Heisman Trophy winner Earl Campbell. The win vaulted the Irish from fifth to first in the polls.

Earlier in the season, before the annual game against USC, played at home on October 22, Devine changed the team's jerseys from navy blue & white to kelly green & gold, which would remain for the rest of his time at the school. He also added names to the players' jerseys on a permanent basis when he took over at Notre Dame. Previously, names had been included on jerseys only during bowl games. (The traditional navy blue & white jerseys without names returned in the 1980s under Lou Holtz.) Devine's teams won three bowl games, including consecutive Cotton Bowl Classics. In the 1979 Cotton Bowl Classic, the Irish trailed 34–12 with 7:27 remaining in the game. They rallied for 23 unanswered points behind ailing senior quarterback Joe Montana for an incredible 35–34 victory over Houston. The game became part of college football folklore, referred to as the Chicken Soup Game.

Because he had the unenviable task of following a legend, Devine came under heavy scrutiny while at Notre Dame and it was felt that he was never fully embraced by the Notre Dame community, despite winning a national championship. After a 5–2 start in his first season, rumors of incompetence were circulated and that Devine would be dismissed and replaced by Don Shula or even Ara Parseghian (who went so far as to say he would not return to Notre Dame under any circumstances). Even on the day of the 1977 USC game, "Dump Devine" bumper stickers were being sold outside Notre Dame Stadium. He also had the notoriety of losing to his old program, a shocking 3–0 loss to the Tigers at South Bend in 1978. It wasn't until after Devine had left Notre Dame that fans began to appreciate him.

Like Joe Kuharich before him, Devine was involved in a game while at Notre Dame whose ending resulted in a rule change still in effect today. On September 15, 1979, the Irish faced the Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor in their season opener. With six seconds remaining, Michigan lined up for a game-winning field goal attempt. Notre Dame linebacker Bob Crable climbed up onto the back of opposing long snapper Mike Trgovac[2] and was able to block the kick, preserving a 12–10 Irish victory. A new rule was implemented the following season that prohibited this tactic.

Later life and death

On August 15, 1980, Devine announced that he would be leaving Notre Dame at the end of the 1980 season, saying he wanted to be able to spend more time with his wife. Notre Dame named Gerry Faust as Devine's successor on November 24, 1980.[3] At the time, Devine's Irish were enjoying a surprisingly successful season, with a 9-0-1 record and No. 2 ranking in the polls, behind only Georgia,[4] who the Irish would be playing in the Sugar Bowl. However, after Faust's hiring was announced, Notre Dame lost its regular season finale at arch-rival Southern Cal, 20-3, and then lost the Sugar Bowl to Georgia, 17-10, giving the Bulldogs their first national championship and spoiling Devine's last game as a head football coach.

Devine moved back to Arizona and became a fundraiser for Arizona State's Sun Devil Foundation. In 1985, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame, and then returned to his old school at Missouri seven years later as athletic director to help navigate the school through financial troubles. Devine was inducted into the inaugural class of the University of Minnesota Duluth Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.[5]

In 2000, Devine's wife died. His own health began to deteriorate in February 2001, when after undergoing heart surgery, he suffered a ruptured aorta. Fifteen months later, he died at home.[6]

In popular culture

Devine was portrayed by actor Chelcie Ross in the film Rudy. In the film, Devine is portrayed in a somewhat unfavorable light, acting as a hindrance to Daniel Ruettiger's dream of dressing for one game with Notre Dame. Devine was reported to be extremely angry with how he was portrayed in the film noting that he had planned to allow Rudy to play all along. He also maintained that none of the players laid down their jerseys on his desk as a form of protest and if anyone had, they would have been kicked off the squad.[7]

Devine was asked by movie producers to allow his dramatized character to "play the heavy," to make the movie better. While Devine agreed, he later wrote that he didn't believe Ross' portrayal would be as antagonistic as it turned out in the finished film.[8]

Head coaching record

College

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Arizona State Sun Devils (Border Conference) (1955–1957)
1955 Arizona State 8–2–1 4–1 2nd
1956 Arizona State 9–1 3–1 2nd
1957 Arizona State 10–0 4–0 1st 12 12
Arizona State: 27–3–1 11–2
Missouri Tigers (Big Eight Conference) (1958–1970)
1958 Missouri 5–4–1 4–1–1 2nd
1959 Missouri 6–5 4–2 2nd L Orange 19 18
1960 Missouri 11-0 7-0 1st W Orange 4 5
1961 Missouri 7–2–1 5–2 T–2nd 11 11
1962 Missouri 8–1–2 5–1–1 2nd W Bluebonnet 12
1963 Missouri 7–3 5–2 3rd 16
1964 Missouri 6–3–1 4–2–1 4th 18
1965 Missouri 8–2–1 6–1 2nd W Sugar 6 6
1966 Missouri 6–3–1 4–2–1 T–3rd
1967 Missouri 7–3 4–3 4th
1968 Missouri 8–3 5–2 3rd W Gator 17 9
1969 Missouri 9–2 6–1 T–1st L Orange 6 6
1970 Missouri 5–6 3–4 T–4th
Missouri: 92–38–7 61–24–4
Notre Dame Fighting Irish (NCAA Division I / I-A independent) (1975–1980)
1975 Notre Dame 8–3 17
1976 Notre Dame 9–3 W Gator 12 12
1977 Notre Dame 11–1 W Cotton 1 1
1978 Notre Dame 9–3 W Cotton 6 7
1979 Notre Dame 7–4
1980 Notre Dame 9–2–1 L Sugar 10 9
Notre Dame: 53–16–1
Total: 172–57–9
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

References

  1. ^ Beacom, Mike (October 21, 2011). "A look back at the Hadl trade". Pro Football Weekly. Archived from the original on December 24, 2011.
  2. ^ http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1994-09-07/sports/9409070263_1_michigan-notre-dame-mike-trgovac
  3. ^ http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1980/11/25/page/45/article/fausts-prayers-are-answered-by-notre-dame
  4. ^ http://collegepollarchive.com/football/ap/seasons.cfm?appollid=522#.WcKebtVSxEZ
  5. ^ http://umdbulldogs.com/hof.aspx?hof=12&path=&kiosk
  6. ^ Litsky, Frank (May 10, 2002). "Dan Devine, Football Coach, Is Dead at 77". The New York Times. Retrieved February 9, 2014.
  7. ^ ESPN
  8. ^ http://www.chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/rudy.php

External links

1955 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

The 1955 Arizona State Sun Devils football team was an American football team that represented Arizona State College (later renamed Arizona State University) in the Border Conference during the 1955 college football season. In their first season under head coach Dan Devine, the Sun Devils compiled an 8–2–1 record (4–1 against Border opponents) and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 343 to 107.

1956 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

The 1956 Arizona State Sun Devils football team was an American football team that represented Arizona State College (later renamed Arizona State University) in the Border Conference during the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. In their second season under head coach Dan Devine, the Sun Devils compiled a 9–1 record (3–1 against Border opponents) and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 306 to 83.The team's statistical leaders included Dave Graybill with 58 passing yards, Bobby Mulgado with 721 rushing yards, and Gene Mitcham with 256 receiving yards.

1958 Missouri Tigers football team

The 1958 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Seven Conference (Big 7) during the 1958 NCAA University Division football season. The team compiled a 5–4–1 record (4–1–1 against Big 7 opponents), finished in second place in the Big 7, and outscored its opponents by a combined total of 164 to 141. Dan Devine was the head coach for the first of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Mel West with 642 rushing yards and 642 yards of total offense, Phil Snowden with 548 passing yards and 37 points scored, and Danny LaRose with 215 receiving yards.

1961 Missouri Tigers football team

The 1961 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1961 college football season. The team compiled a 7–2–1 record (5–2 against Big 8 opponents), finished in a tie for second place in the Big 8, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 124 to 57. Dan Devine was the head coach for the fourth of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Andy Russell with 412 rushing yards, Ron Taylor with 428 passing yards and 514 yards of total offense, Conrad Hitchler with 124 receiving yards, and Bill Tobin with 38 point scored.

1962 Missouri Tigers football team

The 1962 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1962 college football season. The team compiled an 8–1–2 record (5–1–1 against Big 8 opponents), finished in second place in the Big 8, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 204 to 62. Dan Devine was the head coach for the fifth of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Johnny Roland with 830 rushing yards, 850 yards of total offense, and 78 points, Jim Johnson with 198 passing yards, Bill Tobin with 75 receiving yards, and Bill Tobin with 38 point scored.

1963 Missouri Tigers football team

The 1963 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1963 college football season. The team compiled a 7–3 record (5–2 against Big 8 opponents), finished in third place in the Big 8, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 151 to 86. Dan Devine was the head coach for the sixth of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Carl Reese with 300 rushing yards, Gary Lane with 710 passing yards, 1,010 yards of total offense, and 36 points, Jim Johnson with 198 passing yards, and Ted Saussele with 115 receiving yards.

1964 Missouri Tigers football team

The 1964 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1964 college football season. The team compiled a 6–3–1 record (4–2–1 against Big 8 opponents), finished in fourth place in the Big 8, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 142 to 88. Dan Devine was the head coach for the seventh of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Gary Lane with 432 rushing yards, 770 passing yards, 1,202 yards of total offense, and 26 points scored, Earl Denny with 222 receiving yards, and Charlie Brown with 26 points scored.

1965 Missouri Tigers football team

The 1965 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1965 college football season. The team compiled an 8–2–1 record (6–1 against Big 8 opponents), finished in second place in the Big 8, defeated Florida in the 1966 Sugar Bowl, was ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 223 to 101. Dan Devine was the head coach for the eighth of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Charlie Brown with 937 rushing yards, Gary Lane with 544 passing yards, 994 yards of total offense, and 54 point scored, and Monroe Phelps with 207 receiving yards.

1966 Missouri Tigers football team

The 1966 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1966 college football season. The team compiled a 6–3–1 record (4–2–1 against Big 8 opponents), finished in a tie for third place in the Big 8, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 121 to 116. Dan Devine was the head coach for the ninth of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Charlie Brown with 576 rushing yards, Gary Kombrink with 433 passing yards and 645 yards of total offense, Chuck Weber with 157 receiving yards, and Bill Bates with 27 points scored.

1967 Missouri Tigers football team

The 1967 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1967 college football season. The team compiled a 7–3 record (4–3 against Big 8 opponents), finished in fourth place in the Big 8, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 134 to 76. Dan Devine was the head coach for the 10th of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Barry Lischner with 647 rushing yards, Gary Kombrink with 452 passing yards and 972 yards of total offense, Chuck Weber with 212 receiving yards, and Jay Wallace with 27 points scored.

1968 Gator Bowl

The 1968 Gator Bowl, part of the 1968 bowl game season, took place on December 28, 1968, at the Gator Bowl Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. The competing teams were the Alabama Crimson Tide, representing the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and the Missouri Tigers, representing the Big Eight Conference.

The game featured two eventual College Football Hall of Fame coaches, Bear Bryant at Alabama and Dan Devine at Missouri. Missouri won the game 35–10.

1968 Missouri Tigers football team

The 1968 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1968 college football season. The team compiled an 8–3 record (5–2 against Big 8 opponents), finished in third place in the Big 8, defeated Alabama in the 1968 Gator Bowl, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 308 to 136. Dan Devine was the head coach for the 11th of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Greg Cook with 693 rushing yards, Terry McMillan with 745 passing yards and 1,102 yards of total offense, Jon Staggers with 171 receiving yards, and James Harrison with 48 points scored.

1969 Missouri Tigers football team

The 1969 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1969 college football season. The team compiled a 9–2 record (6–1 against Big 8 opponents), finished in a tie for the Big 8 championship, lost to Penn State in the 1970 Orange Bowl, was ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 365 to 191. Dan Devine was the head coach for the 12th of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included Joe Moore with 1,312 rushing yards, Terry McMillan with 1,963 passing yards and 2,157 yards of total offense, Mel Gray with 705 receiving yards, and Henry Brown with 71 points scored.

1970 Missouri Tigers football team

The 1970 Missouri Tigers football team was an American football team that represented the University of Missouri in the Big Eight Conference (Big 8) during the 1970 NCAA University Division football season. The team compiled a 5–6 record (3–4 against Big 8 opponents), finished in a tie for fourth place in the Big 8, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 243 to 223. Dan Devine was the head coach for the 13th of 13 seasons. The team played its home games at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri.

The team's statistical leaders included James Harrison with 702 rushing yards, Chuck Roper with 1,097 passing yards and 1,141 yards of total offense, John Henley with 481 receiving yards, and Jack Bastable with 60 points scored.

1971 Green Bay Packers season

The 1971 Green Bay Packers season was their 53rd season overall and their 51st season in the National Football League (NFL). The club posted a 4–8–2 record under first-year coach Dan Devine, earning them a fourth-place finish in the NFC Central division.

1980 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team

The 1980 Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team represented the University of Notre Dame in the 1980 college football season. The team was coached by Dan Devine and played its home games at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.

The 1980 season would be Dan Devine's final year as Notre Dame head coach. In August, he had announced that the upcoming season would be his last. The offense had 248 points for, while the defense gave up 128 points.

Daniel Devine

Dan, Daniel or Danny Devine may refer to:

Dan Devine (1924–2002), American Hall-of-Fame college football and National Football League head coach

Danny Devine (footballer, born 1992), Irish professional footballer

Danny Devine (footballer, born 1997), English professional footballer

Missouri Tigers football

The Missouri Tigers football program represents the University of Missouri (often referred to as Mizzou) in college football and competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since 2012, Missouri has been a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and is currently aligned in its Eastern Division. Home games are played at Faurot Field ("The Zou") in Columbia, Missouri.

Missouri's football program dates back to 1890, and has appeared in 33 bowl games (including 10 major bowl appearances: 4 Orange Bowls, 3 Cotton Bowls, 2 Sugar Bowls, and 1 Fiesta Bowl). Missouri has won 15 conference titles, 5 division titles, and has 2 national championship selections recognized by the NCAA. Entering the 2017 season, Missouri's all-time record is 671–556–52 (.545).

The team was coached by Gary Pinkel (2001–2015), who is the winningest coach of all-time at Missouri (setting that mark with his 102nd win at the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 3, 2014). Pinkel's record with Mizzou after his final game on November 27, 2015, is 118–73 (.618).

Rick Slager

Richard R. Slager (born March 1954) was an American football quarterback and tennis player for Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, Ohio, and for the University of Notre Dame. He was the chairman and CEO of VistaCare Hospice Services in Scottsdale, Arizona until March 2008.After backing up quarterback Tom Clements for two years at Notre Dame, Slager was named the starter by new head coach Dan Devine. In an injury-plagued 1975 season, he completed 66 of 139 passes for 686 yards, often relieved by sophomore Joe Montana, en route to an 8-3 record. During his final season in 1976, Slager led the Irish to a 9-3 record and a top-20 ranking, completing 86 of 172 passes for 1,281 yards and 11 touchdowns. After graduation, Slager served as a graduate assistant coach for three years while attending Notre Dame Law School.In 1988, Slager founded Karrington Health, Inc. in Bexley, Ohio.

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