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New autobiography takes an eye-opening and powerful look at one of the greatest legends in gridiron history.
IRVING, Texas (March 17, 2017) - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the first book, “Mean” Joe Greene: Built By Football
, in its Football Matters’ “Built By Football” series. The book, which will be available April 3, can be preordered by clicking here
“We are extremely excited about this new series, which will take an inside look at the marquee members of the College Football Hall of Fame,” said Steve Hatchell, NFF president & CEO. “The road to becoming a Hall of Famer produces so many amazing stories of those who overcame adversity and persevered. We knew that we needed to do more to capture these stories. We are extremely grateful to Hall of Famer Joe Greene and author Jon Finkel for their efforts on launching this series.”
“Mean” Joe Greene’s memoir is a master class in determination, domination and perseverance. For the first time ever, the College and Pro football hall of famer gives readers an unflinching look at his rise from high school bully-victim and bench warmer to University of North Texas legend and Pittsburgh Steelers icon. Many years before he would anchor the most-feared, most-successful defense the NFL had ever seen, Joe Greene was just a big, timid kid from Temple, Texas, struggling to find his confidence as a teenager being raised by a single mother.
“When I got to North Texas I was rough around the edges as a man and as a player,” said Joe Greene. “College helped polish me up a bit and then when I got to Pittsburgh my teammates helped me to continue to smooth things out. I’m a better person because of the men who coached me and the men I played with. I learned from them. I’d like to take this opportunity to pass along that knowledge.”
In his compelling, eye-opening autobiography, Greene takes readers on an unprecedented tour of his life, exploring the people who influenced him and the events that shaped him: from humiliating high school embarrassments to the grit and guts that led to four Super Bowl titles as a player.
Better known by his nickname “Mean Joe” Greene, Charles Edward Joseph Greene acquired his moniker as a reference to his school’s nickname, the University of North Texas Mean Green (then known as North Texas State). During his three seasons in Denton, the 6-4, 270-pound defensive tackle led the Mean Green to a 23-5-1 record. In his 29 games, the team held the opposition to 2,507 yards gained on 1,276 rushes. A per carry average of less than two yards per attempt. His collegiate coach, Rod Rust, said of the 1968 consensus All-America, “There are two factors behind Joe’s success. First, he has the ability to make the big defensive play and turn the tempo of a game around. Second, he has the speed to be an excellent pursuit player.”
A top prospect in the 1969 NFL Draft, Greene was selected fourth overall by the Steelers, and he would go on to become part of the “Steel Curtain” defense that won four Super Bowls in six years. He made 10 Pro Bowl appearances, and he twice earned NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors. He played 13 seasons in the NFL from 1969-81, appearing in 181 games. In 1979, he was named NFL Man of the Year.
After his playing career, Greene spent 16 years as an assistant coach before becoming a special assistant for player personnel with the franchise. During his time in player personnel, the franchise would claim two more Super Bowls, giving Greene a total of six rings. Both North Texas and the Steelers have retired his No. 75. He earned induction into the University of North Texas Hall of Fame in 1981, the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
Jon Finkel, the co-author with Greene on the book, has written numerous books, which have been endorsed by everyone from Oscar-winner Spike Lee and NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, to Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones and ArtofManliness.com founder Brett McKay. He has published with legends who have won a combined 14 Super Bowl titles, 25 NBA Championships, 4 NBA Slam Dunk contests and a Heisman Trophy. Visit www.jonfinkel.com
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Football Names Gino Guidugli Running Backs Coach
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati Football Head Coach Luke Fickell tabbed former standout QB Gino Guidugli to coach the Bearcats running backs.
Guidugli, a member of UC’s James P. Kelly Sr. Athletics Hall of Fame and a charter member of Nippert Stadium’s Ring of Honor, returned to his alma mater after spending six seasons at Central Michigan. He replaces Gerad Parker, who resigned on Feb. 17, 2017.
Guidugli’s hire completes Fickell’s inaugural on-field staff. Guidugli joins offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Denbrock, offensive line coach Ron Crook, defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, cornerbacks coach Willie Martinez, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Doug Phillips, wide receivers coach Joker Phillips, safeties coach Jon Tenuta, defensive line coach Al Washington and director of football sports performance Brady Collins.
“It’s a tremendous opportunity to bring a young, talented coach back to his alma mater,” Fickell said. “Gino is an up-and-coming offensive mind, has the reputation of being a strong recruiter and was an excellent quarterback at Cincinnati during his playing days. He helped build this program, graduated from this University and knows what it takes to succeed here.”
Guidugli was named CMU’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach following the 2016 campaign after previously serving as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at CMU from 2010-12, assisting with the wide receivers and defensive scout team. Guidugli mentored a pair of NFL running backs during his time in Mt. Pleasant, Thomas Rawls and Zurlon Tipton.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Guidugli played professionally in the Arena and Canadian Football Leagues. He had two stints with the Green Bay Blizzard of AFL2 in 2007 and 2009. He played for the AFL’s New York Dragons in 2008, the CFL’s British Columbia Lions in 2007 and 2008 before closing out his pro career with the AFL’s Milwaukee Mustangs, passing for 4,872 yards and 86 touchdowns in 2012.
Guidugi led Cincinnati to three bowl berths during his four-year career as a starter, earning the Claude Rost Team MVP award in 2001 and 2004, the MVP of the 2004 Fort Worth Bowl, a three-time Conference USA Scholar Athlete and a Freshman All-America selection.
He still holds UC’s career records for passing yards (11,453), attempts (1,556), completions (880) and TD passes (78), along with the single-season marks for passing yards (3,543), attempts (472) and completions (258). He is the only signal-caller in school history to throw for 3,500 or more yards in a season and had 14 career 300-yard passing games.
He was tabbed for the Nippert Stadium Ring of Honor in 2005 and inducted into the James P. Kelly Sr. UC Athletics Hall of Fame in October 2013. The Fort Thomas, Kentucky, native was a standout basketball and football player at powerhouse Highlands HS and was part of three state championship football teams. He still ranks in the KHSAA record books as one of the top QBs in the state’s history.
He and his wife, Michelle, have a son, Ryland. His brother Ben played at Cincinnati from 2007-10 and was a key part of two conference championship teams and later played in the NFL for the St. Louis Rams.
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The Flyers’ Seven-Game Winning Streak From Last Year Will Be Challenged On Sept. 2 At RMU
DAYTON – The University of Dayton football team closed the 2016 season with a seven-game winning streak, and the Flyers will take that momentum into a challenging 2017 schedule.
Dayton will open the season on the road for the first of five road games, and its six home game will include the only two opponents to defeat the Flyer last season – Duquesne and San Diego.
Dayton’s first game of the year will be at Robert Morris in Coraopolis, Pa. on Sept. 2. UD will then open at home against Southeast Missouri, a first-time opponent from the Ohio Valley Conference, on Sept. 9. The Flyers will then close the non-conference schedule against Duquesne at home on Sept. 16.
UD will begin Pioneer Football League play on Sept. 23 at Morehead State. Dayton will then try to avenge last year’s lone PFL loss against San Diego when the Toreros come to town on Sept. 30.
The Flyers then hit the road and head to Drake (Oct. 7), host Campbell (Oct. 14) and travel to Davidson (Oct. 21) before having back-to-back home game with Butler (Oc.t 28) and Marist (Nov. 4). The Marist game will be UD’s Senior Day. After a bye week, Dayton will close the regular season at Valparaiso on Nov. 18.
Dayton coach Rick Chamberlin knows the schedule will not be an easy one. “The 2017 schedule will be another challenging one for us,” Chamberlin said. “In addition to our annual matchups against Robert Morris and Duquesne, we have added another scholarship program in Southeast Missouri who is a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. Those tough non-conference games will hopefully prepare us for another run at a PFL Championship.
“It will not be easy, because all the PFL teams we play have some outstanding players returning, including Campbell, who will be leaving the PFL after this season and joining a scholarship conference. The 2017 schedule will be a challenge but that is why young men choose Dayton, because they want to play against the best.”
The Flyers enjoyed yet another strong season in 2016, finishing 9-2 overall with a seven-game win streak to end the season. The seven-game streak will be FCS football’s third-longest active e streak heading into next year. UD also finished second in the Pioneer Football League with a 7-1 record. This is the second year in a row that the Flyers earned a 7-1 record in the PFL, and as a whole have acquired a 27-7 record over the last three seasons.
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Flyers Have Most Named To Honor Roll For 22nd Time In 24 Years
ST. LOUIS — Thanks in part to a league-high 79 University of Dayton football players recognized, the Pioneer Football League has announced that 576 of its student-athletes have been named to the 2016 PFL Academic Honor Roll ever.
It is 10th consecutive year, and the 22nd time in the 24-year history of the PFL that Dayton had the most team members on the honor roll. UD’s 79 honorees this year is second only to last year’s PFL-record 81. The Flyers previously had set records of 76 in 2014, 74 in 2012 and 72 in 2011 (UD also had 72 in 2013).
Three of the 11 league schools had 50 or more players honored. Following UD were Butler (75) and Marist (52).
The honor roll, established as a way for the league to recognize its outstanding student-athletes, consists of student-athletes that posted a 3.0 grade point average or better during the fall semester.
Dayton enjoyed yet another strong season, finishing 9-2 overall with a seven-game win streak to end the season. UD also finished second in the Pioneer Football League with a 7-1 record. This is the second year in a row that the Flyers earned a 7-1 record in the PFL, and as a whole have acquired a 27-7 record over the three two seasons.
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CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati Football Head Coach Luke Fickell added running backs coach Gerad Parker to his 2017 staff Monday.
Parker joins offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Denbrock, offensive line coach Ron Crook, defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Doug Phillips, wide receivers coach Joker Phillips, safeties coach Jon Tenuta, defensive line coach Al Washington and director of football sports performance Brady Collins on Fickell’s inaugural staff.
“I’m happy to welcome Gerad, his wife Kandi and their three daughters to our program,” Fickell said. “He’s another great family man and coach and I’m excited to see him get to work with our running backs this spring. We have put together a staff with some great recruiters and football minds. I am proud they have all taken a leap of faith to come to Cincinnati.”
Parker joins the Bearcats after four seasons at Purdue, most recently as the interim head coach for the latter half of the 2016 season. He was hired in West Lafayette on Feb. 11, 2013, and spent his first two seasons as tight ends coach before becoming wide receivers coach in 2015. He also has served as the Boilermakers’ recruiting coordinator.
Parker mentored standout receiver DeAngelo Yancey during his time as wide receivers coach. Yancey earned the Boilermakers offensive MVP award after earning second team All-Big Ten honors, posting a career-high 49 receptions for 951 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2016, his yardage and touchdowns totals were second among all Big Ten receivers in the regular season. He wrapped up his four-year collegiate career ranking among the top receivers in Purdue history, finishing seventh in both receiving yards (2,344) and receiving touchdowns (20) and 16th in receptions (141).
Parker previously worked at Marshall and spent two years as wide receivers coach. In 2012, Marshall led all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in passing offense with an average of 365.1 yards per game. Prior to Marshall, Parker spent three seasons at UT-Martin as the Skyhawks’ passing game coordinator, recruiting coordinator, wide receivers and running backs coach. He spent the 2007 season as a graduate assistant at Kentucky, his alma mater.
Additional coaching and staff appointments will be announced as they are finalized.
The Bearcats will announce their 2017 signing class on Wednesday, February 1 on National Signing Day. Be sure to tune into exclusive coverage onGoBEARCATS.com/signingday and follow the football team on social media at twitter.com/gobearcatsfb and facebook.com/gobearcatsfootball.
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