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Xavier Magazine | October 25, 2014

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Posts By Michael Barras

Former Bengals QB Virgil Carter found a home off the field teaching statistics at Xavier

October 2, 2013 |

Most avid football fans know that one-time Cincinnati Bengals assistant coach Bill Walsh, under the tutelage of Paul Brown, was the “Father of the West Coast Offense”—the high-powered, short-pass game that Walsh eventually took with him to the San Francisco … Read More

Xavier Football: The Next Generation

October 1, 2012 |

For Ben Ballard, the football field has always been the scene of both great triumph and great tragedy.

 

One of the worst days of Ballard’s life, for instance, was Sept. 25, 1971, when he and his Xavier football teammates … Read More

Xavier Football: Did You Know?

October 1, 2012 |

The next time you’re in Columbus, go to The Varsity, the epicenter of Ohio State idolatry. Belly up to the bar and make this simple wager: “Name the team that Woody Hayes played at least twice and never beat.”

First … Read More

Xavier Football: Why Was the Program Dropped

October 1, 2012 |

Many, if not most, Jesuit universities played Division I football at some point during the early to mid-20th Century. And they were good. Marquette played Texas Christian University in the first Cotton Bowl. Fordham, which may be best remembered for … Read More

Xavier Football: The Silver Years

October 1, 2012 |

If Ed Kluska’s 1949 to 1951 teams represented the “golden age” of Xavier football, Ed Biles’ teams of 1962 to 1968 represent its “silver age.”

Biles had a solid 6-4 first season highlighted by two of the greatest season-ending, back-to-back … Read More

Xavier Football: The Three Musketeers

October 1, 2012 |

Fordham had its “Seven Blocks of Granite.” Notre Dame had its “Four Horsemen.” In the 1950s, Xavier had the “Three Musketeers” of Mike Conaton, Jim Brockhoff and Steve Junker.

Their battles on the gridiron prepared them well for later life. … Read More

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