Urbana University named Tyler Haines as its new head football coach earlier this month, and he will definitely have a challenge on his hands.
The Blue Knights went 3-8 last season, but did win two out of their last three games.
UU struggled at the quarterback position last season, which wasn’t surprising since the program’s greatest QB – D.J. Mendenhall – graduated after the 2013 season.
Former UU Coach Dave Taynor tried several different players at QB in 2014 and none really shined over the others.
Haines does come to town with an impressive resume as an offensive assistant coach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and he has strong ties to the area considering he is a Piqua High School graduate.
Hopefully, he will do some enhanced recruiting in the Piqua-Troy-Sidney area, along with Champaign County.
One of the NFL’s unsung heroes of the 1950s – Jim Mutscheller – recently passed away at the age of 85.
Mutscheller was a standout offensive/defensive end at Notre Dame under legendary coach Frank Leahy, winning a national championship in 1949.
He emerged as a reliable blocker and receiver for the Baltimore Colts under another legendary coach – Weeb Ewbank – in the 1950s.
In the 1958 NFL title game against the New York Giants – dubbed the Greatest Game Ever Played – Mutscheller caught a key 6-yard pass near the goal line in overtime which led to Alan Ameche’s one-yard touchdown run to win it.
In 1959, Mutscheller caught five passes to help the Colts to another championship victory over the Giants.
Mutscheller was named to the Pro Bowl in 1957.
For his NFL career, he had 220 catches for 3,685 yards and 40 touchdowns.
Trivia Time – Roger Maltbie won the first Memorial Tournament in 1976.
This week’s question – Which NFL team originally drafted Jim Mutscheller?