Ray Nagel
American football player and coach
Ray Nagel
Raymond Robert "Ray" Nagel is a former American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the University of Utah from 1958 to 1965 and at the University of Iowa from 1966 to 1970, compiling a career college football record of 58–71–3. Nagel then served as the athletic director at Washington State University from 1971 to 1976 and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa from 1976 to 1983.
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Carl Pope: The Second Coming of King Canute and the Fate of Conservatism
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
There has been a fair amount of snickering at the fact that the North Carolina legislature, prompted by an outcry from developers in coastal counties, passed legislation that would prohibit the state from basing coastal planning on the three-foot sea level rise anticipated by North Carolina's planners. Indeed, not only planning on the basis of the finding, but the finding itself, is to be stricken from the report of the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission. "What's proposed is just crazy for a state that used to be a leader in marine science," East Carolina University geologist Stan Riggs who studies the evolution of the coast told the Charlotte Observer. "You can't legislate the ocean, and you can't legislate storms." The most common analogy has been to King Canute, who was alleged to have claimed that he could stop the tide. In fact, Canute showed his court the limits of a king's power by demonstrating that he could not stop the sea -- but his lesson has evidently been lo ...
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Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills backs World School Milk Day
Belper - over 4 years
Nigel Mills, Tory MP for Amber Valley, helped children at Alfreton’s Copthorne Infant School celebrate World School Milk Day by handing out the white stuff to the pupils there.
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Belcher gets chapter in new BYU football retrospective - Vernal Express
Google News - over 5 years
One day a coach called our house, and I thought it was Ray Nagel, the coach at Utah, but it was actually Coach Hal Mitchell from BYU. For some reason, I had the coaches totally confused. I had pretty much made up my mind to go to Utah, so I said, “Yes,
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Legends and Leaders, Chapter 5: Wisconsin's Melancholy - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
Google News - over 5 years
In 1968, head coach Ray Nagel switched the senior Podolak from quarterback to running back and inserted sophomore Larry Lawrence at the QB position. Iowa finished the 1968 season at 5-5 overall, and 4-3 in the Big Ten. October 19, 1968
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NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: BASEBALL BALTIMORE (AL) - Signed Juan Bell, shortstop; Chris Hoiles, catcher, and Curt Schilling, pitcher, to one-year contracts. Signed Mike Jones, pitcher, to a minor league contract. Named Chet Nichols pitching coach for the Bluefield Orioles of the Appalachian League. CINCINNATI (NL) - Agreed to terms with Joe Oliver, catcher, and Marty
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Changes Are Bringing Order From Rams' Chaos
NYTimes - over 33 years
Like so many other interested but distant followers of the Los Angeles Rams in recent years, John Robinson found a certain amusement in their daily exploits. Here was a team run by a former entertainer suddenly thrust into the role of a National Football League team owner when her husband, Carroll Rosenbloom, drowned off the coast of South Florida
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NYTimes - about 34 years
John Robinson, one of the most successful college football coaches in recent years, was named head coach of the Los Angeles Rams today. Robinson, who is 47 years old, had resigned as head coach at Southern California three months ago to become the school's vice president of university relations. At the time, Robinson said he had no intention of
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NYTimes - about 34 years
Chuck Knox, the coach who rebuilt the Buffalo Bills from National Football League also-rans to divisional champions, resigned today when he could not agree with the owner Ralph Wilson on an extended contract. Knox, who took over the Bills in 1978 after having led the Los Angeles Rams to five straight divisional titles, had one year left on his
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NYTimes - about 34 years
BASEBALL BALTIMORE (AL) - Appointed John Hart manager of Hagerstown of the Carolina League. BOSTON (AL) - Named Rac Slider as manager of New Britain of the Eastern League and Bill Slack as manager of Winston-Salem of the Florida State League. NEW YORK (AL) - Named Roy White as a coach. NEW YORK (NL) - Named Ken Berry a roving minor-league
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ray Nagel
  • 2015
    Age 87
    Nagel and his wife Shirley had five children and he lived in retirement in San Antonio, Texas. He died on January 15, 2015.
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  • 1990
    Age 62
    He was then named as the executive director of the Hula Bowl in 1990.
    More Details Hide Details After working with the Hula Bowl for six years, Nagel retired in 1995.
  • 1984
    Age 56
    He served in that capacity just one year before returning to Hawaii to become the vice president of public relations for the Bank of Hawaii in 1984, and held that position until 1989.
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  • 1976
    Age 48
    He moved on to the University of Hawaii in June 1976, and served as its director of athletics until 1983. In June 2006, Ray Nagel was inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Hall of Fame. Nagel left Hawaii in 1983 to serve as the executive vice president of the Los Angeles Rams.
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  • 1971
    Age 43
    Interestingly, after his conflict as a coach with his athletic director, Ray Nagel never took another football head coaching job, but became an accomplished athletic director himself. Nagel left Iowa in May 1971 to become the athletic director at Washington State of the Pac-8.
    More Details Hide Details While at WSU from 1971 to 1976, Nagel spearheaded the creation of the Cougar Club, coordinated fundraising, and served on the NCAA Football Rules Committee from 1973–1976. Among his hires in Pullman were long-time basketball coach George Raveling and football coach Jackie Sherrill.
  • 1970
    Age 42
    At the awards banquet at the end of the 1970 season, he made a speech praising his seniors and categorizing Iowa's football future as bright.
    More Details Hide Details But then his voice wavered, and Nagel said, "I think the sands of time have run out on my coaching career at Iowa. I will no longer be a part of that program. I will not ask for an extension of my contract."
    Charges and counter-charges followed, and after a long investigation, the Iowa Board of Athletics relieved both Forest Evashevski and Ray Nagel of their respective duties on May 19, 1970.
    More Details Hide Details Nagel immediately fired back. "The reason given to me for my dismissal was the general disharmony within the athletic department during the last four months. I cannot be satisfied with this reason Hasn't there been disharmony for 18 years, through the Paul Brechler, Jerry Burns, and Ray Nagel eras?" Evashevski had been an icon in Iowa, a man who led Iowa to three Big Ten titles and two Rose Bowls, while Nagel had a 13–26–1 record at Iowa. Nevertheless, strong support was voiced for Nagel across the state of Iowa. Gus Schrader of the Cedar Rapids Gazette wrote, "We have heard dozens of fans say, 'I'd just like to see Nagel coach out his contract without Evashevski looking over his shoulder on every move.'" The Iowa Attorney General submitted a report to the Iowa Board of Athletics that stated, in part, "Mr. Evashevski's attitudes and other things he has done all tend to support the view of Coach Nagel and four of his five assistants that this is part of a vendetta against him (Evashevski) did the university and people of Iowa, many of whom have almost worshipped him, a great disservice."
    In May 1970, the State Auditor of Iowa announced that the athletic department was under investigation for "padded expense accounts."
    More Details Hide Details Nagel not only denied wrongdoing but claimed that they were shown how to fill out their expense accounts by Evashevski himself.
    In January 1970, Nagel dismissed offensive line coach Gary Grouwinkel for "disloyalty," which Grouwinkel later revealed was his allegiance to Evy instead of Nagel.
    More Details Hide Details Less than one month later, star quarterback Larry Lawrence and fullback Tom Smith quit the team and transferred to Miami, loudly proclaiming that they would never stay and play for Nagel. About two weeks later, Lawrence's roommate, a non-athlete, submitted to the Iowa Board of Athletics a written statement charging Evy with participating in a rebellion aimed at getting Nagel fired and that would allow Evy to succeed him as head football coach. Lawrence's roommate stated that Lawrence was recruited to gather player support for Nagel's removal, but that Lawrence's efforts were unproductive. Evy vehemently denied the charges, and Iowa's athletic board took no action.
  • 1969
    Age 41
    In December 1969, Ted Lawrence, Iowa's freshman coach and the father of Iowa quarterback Larry Lawrence, resigned to take a job in the private sector.
    More Details Hide Details Ted Lawrence would later blast Nagel and his coaching staff for having a lack of compassion for their players.
    The "Black Boycott" left some scars on both sides and may have been the first push toward the ouster of Nagel, who seemed to have turned the corner the previous season. Iowa finished the 1969 season with a 5–5 record.
    More Details Hide Details The season was both disappointing and encouraging. The Hawkeyes had failed to post a winning record, much less contend for the Big Ten title, so that was disappointing. However, considering all of the off-season turmoil caused by the Black Boycott, the record could have been worse. Optimism was high for the 1970 season, as there were a lot of young players returning from the 1969 squad. Less than twelve months after the Black Boycott, the athletic department found itself in a state of turmoil again. Nagel had one year left on his contract, and he was looking for an extension. Rumors of a feud between Nagel and his athletic director, Forest Evashevski, had existed for years.
    Most Hawkeye fans felt that the team had turned a corner and were expecting big things in 1969, since Iowa had only five senior starters in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Nagel was also optimistic. "I'm not predicting we'll win the Big Ten championship next season, but I definitely feel we'll be in title contention," Nagel said. 1969 was a volatile year, with Vietnam War protests and the civil rights movement gaining full steam. In the spring of 1969, Nagel dismissed Greg Allison and Charles Bolden, both black football players, from the team for "personal problems". He did not, however, rule out reinstating them in the fall. Although Nagel never specified what the personal problems were, it was widely rumored that Allison was having grade problems and that Bolden had had a brush with the law. Six weeks later, Bolden pleaded guilty to a bad check charge and was ordered to make restitution on a number of bad checks. Jerry Stevens, the president of the Afro-American Student Association of Iowa, had earlier called for negotiations to end what he termed "an intolerable situation" for black athletes at Iowa. Led by Stevens and other members of his group, some black members of the Iowa football team objected to the manner in which Allison and Bolden were dismissed and demanded an apology from Nagel, which he gave. Still, rumors flew that Stevens' group was organizing a "black boycott" of the football team's upcoming spring practice.
  • 1968
    Age 40
    Iowa had one of the most explosive offenses in Big Ten Conference history in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details The highlight of the season was a 68–34 win over Northwestern. Iowa had 639 yards of total offense, led by Ed Podolak's 286 rushing yards. Both marks were Big Ten records, breaking the previous records that had been set against the Hawkeyes by Michigan State two years earlier. The 1968 Hawkeyes broke twenty school and conference offensive records. They broke the Big Ten season scoring record with 256 points in conference games, as well as the record for total offense with a 482 yards per game average. The Hawks smashed Michigan's record of 34.5 points per game in conference play in 1943 by averaging 36.6 points per game. The 1968 Hawks became the highest scoring team in school history, breaking the mark set by the 1900 Hawkeyes. Although Iowa did not have a winning record for a seventh consecutive year, going 5–5 on the season, Iowa's four conference wins were the most for Iowa since 1960.
    Nagel had a 3–16–1 record in two years, and he needed a good season in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Behind Podolak and some solid sophomore players, including Larry Lawrence and running back Denny Green, Iowa had one of its best seasons in years.
  • 1965
    Age 37
    Nagel was 38 years old when he was hired as the 21st head coach of Iowa football in December 1965.
    More Details Hide Details He had just completed a 3–7 season at Utah, which led some to question his hiring. Some speculated at the time that finding a new coach had been difficult due to the problems the previous head coach had reportedly experienced with Iowa's athletic director, Forest Evashevski. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported, "At least four coaches either turned down the Hawkeye job or expressed no desire to talk about it." Evy, as he was called, had compiled a 52–27–4 record as Iowa's head coach from 1952 through 1960. His teams won three Big Ten titles, two Rose Bowls, and finished in the top ten of the final AP Poll five times. Evashevski was understandably a popular figure with Iowa fans, a fact that would change over Nagel's tenure at Iowa. Nagel brought a talented coaching staff to Iowa. His assistants included George Seifert and Ted Lawrence. Lawrence had been the coach at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School, and his son, Larry, was a star quarterback there.
  • 1964
    Age 36
    Nagel compiled a 42–39–1 record at Utah; his 1964 team was led by quarterback Pokey Allen, running back Ron Coleman, and receiver Roy Jefferson.
    More Details Hide Details They defeated West Virginia 32–6 in the Liberty Bowl, played indoors at the convention center in Atlantic City, and finished with 9–2 record.
  • 1962
    Age 34
    In 1962, he turned down the Nebraska job that eventually went to Bob Devaney, the head coach at conference rival Wyoming.
    More Details Hide Details That year Utah joined the new Western Athletic Conference (WAC) as a charter member.
  • 1958
    Age 30
    After a season in Norman, he returned to UCLA as an assistant for three seasons under Sanders, and then became the head coach at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City in January 1958, then a member of the Skyline Conference.
    More Details Hide Details Nagel was just 30 years old, the youngest major college head coach at the time. Nagel led Utah for eight years, from 1958 through 1965.
  • 1954
    Age 26
    In March 1954, he was hired as assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma, under head coach Bud Wilkinson.
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  • 1945
    Age 17
    Nagel graduated in 1945 and enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was a three time letter-winner from 1946 to 1949 as a quarterback and halfback for the Bruins.
    More Details Hide Details Nagel played for head coach Red Sanders and was named all-Pacific Coast Conference and UCLA's Most Improved Player. He later earned bachelor's, master's, and law degrees from UCLA and was an assistant coach for the Bruins' football team. Nagel played one year of professional football, with the Chicago Cardinals of the NFL as a player and scout in 1953.
  • 1944
    Age 16
    Nagel attended Los Angeles High School and played quarterback for the football team. He was a third team all-city selection his senior season in 1944.
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  • 1927
    Born on May 18, 1927.
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