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Governor Dayton Proclaims Murray Warmath Day in Minnesota

March 21, 2011

St. Paul — In a sign of respect and remembrance, Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed today Murray Warmath Day in Minnesota.  Coach Warmath passed away at age 98 on March 16, 2011 and funeral services will be held today.
 
Coach Warmath was the Head Coach of the University of Minnesota’s football teams for eighteen years, and he led the Gophers to their last National Championship in 1960, to two Rose Bowls at the end of the 1960 and 1961 seasons and to two Big Ten titles in 1960 and 1967.  He was recognized by his peers as one of the best football coaches of his era, and was named National Football Coach of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 1960.
 
Coach Warmath was a leader among the nation’s football coaches for important social change; he was one of the first major college coaches to select several minority athletes in a single recruiting class, and his starting quarterback in 1960 became the country’s first African-American All-American quarterback.
 
Governor Dayton noted, “Coach Warmath established a standard of excellence for his teams and his players both on and off the football field, which boosted the national reputation of the University of Minnesota, and which should serve as a model for today’s coaches in all sports at all colleges and universities.” 
 
A scanned copy of the proclamation is attached. [PDF]