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‘100 Years of Toledo Football’ on sale at UT Athletic Ticket Office, online

A commemorative history of Toledo Rocket football is on sale.

Published by The Blade, “100 Years of Toledo Football” can be purchased for $24.95 at the UT Athletic Ticket Office in Savage Arena or at the Glass Bowl on game day.

The book also will be available for purchase at The Blade, 541 North Superior St., or online at the official Toledo Athletics website, UTRockets.com, and at thebladevault.com/books.

The book features stories and photos from the past 100 years of Rocket football, from the founding of the program in 1917, right up to last season.

Included in the book is the Toledo Football All-Century Team, a collection of the greatest 50 players in UT history, as well as a list of the school’s 10 greatest victories of all time.

“I know our fans will really enjoy this book,” said UT Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. “This will be a collector’s item that every Rocket football fan will want to have. We would like to thank The Toledo Blade for helping us celebrate 100 years of football at our University by publishing this outstanding commemorative book.”

“Many exciting moments are highlighted in this look at 100 years of great college football,” said Kurt Franck, executive vice president, interim general manager and executive editor at The Blade. “The Blade sports department was there from the very first season, so it seemed a perfect fit for us to work with the University to share some of the great stories from over the years.”

UT celebrated its 100-year anniversary of Rocket football at the Tulsa game Sept. 16. It was a fitting tribute as Toledo won a thriller, 54-51, on a walk-off field goal.

Rockets ready for No. 14 Miami

Fresh off one of the greatest comeback victories in school history, the Toledo Rockets will attempt to win their fourth consecutive game in a matchup at No. 14 Miami Saturday, Sept. 23, at 3:30 p.m.

Toledo (3-0) rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat Tulsa, 54-51, before 24,239 joyous fans at the Glass Bowl Sept. 16. On a night in which the University honored some of the greatest players in its 100-year history, the Rockets and senior quarterback Logan Woodside came through with a performance worthy of the ages.

Woodside threw for 458 yards and a school-record-tying six touchdowns. The third-biggest comeback in the 100-year history of the program was not completed until junior placekicker Jameson Vest booted a 33-yard field goal with no time on the clock.

Woodside was honored by both the Manning Award and the Davey O’Brien Award for his performance vs. Tulsa. He also was named Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week. Woodside has 7,636 career passing yards, moving him into third place on Toledo’s all-time passing yardage list.

Woodside and Vest were only two of the night’s heroes. Senior wide receiver Cody Thompson set career highs in both receptions (9) and receiving yards (178). Sophomore Diontae Johnson caught four passes for a career-best 142 yards, and he scored twice in the fourth quarter on bombs of 49 and 74 yards. Senior running back Terry Swanson rushed for 139 yards and one score. On the defensive side, junior safety Josh Teachey racked up a career high 14 tackles and returned a blocked extra point 100 yards for a critical two points near the end of the third quarter.

Sophomore Diontae Johnson caught four passes for a career-best 142 yards, and he scored twice in the fourth quarter on bombs of 49 and 74 yards in Toledo’s 54-51 win over Tulsa.

Toledo racked up 679 yards of total offense vs. Tulsa, the fourth-most all-time and the most since the Rockets gained 666 yards vs. New Hampshire in 2014.

Miami (1-0) will be playing just its second game of the season due to cancellations related to Hurricane Irma. The Hurricanes dispatched Bethune-Cookman, 41-13, in their season opener Sept. 2. Junior Mark Walton rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns, while the defense held Bethune-Cookman to 350 yards of total offense.

Miami leads the series with Toledo, 1-0. The Hurricanes won in Miami in 1987, 24-14, when they were ranked No. 3 in the nation. Miami will make the return trip to Toledo in 2018.

The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Ohio Plus, Sports Channel Ohio and the Atlantic Coast Conference-RSN, and streamed on ESPN3. Tune in to the Rocket Radio Network to hear the game; free live audio-streaming of that broadcast is available at utrockets.com.

UT quarterback named a Manning Award Star of the Week; fans can vote for him on Facebook

Toledo senior quarterback Logan Woodside was one of eight quarterbacks named a Manning Award Star of the Week for his performance in the Rockets’ 54-51 victory over Tulsa Saturday.

College football fans can go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes Thursday, Sept. 21, at 11 a.m. central time, the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Quarterback of the Week.

Vote here.

Quarterback Logan Woodside celebrated Toledo’s big 54-51 win over Tulsa. He threw for 458 yards and six touchdowns in the Sept. 16 game.

Woodside threw for 458 yards and six TDs to rally Toledo from 21 points down in a 54-51 win over Tulsa. He completed 22 of 33 passes, averaging almost 21 yards per completion. He threw for TD passes of 60, 26, 81, 15, 49 and 74 yards.

Woodside has 7,636 career passing yards and moved into third place on Toledo’s all-time passing yardage list, passing Gene Swick (1972-75, 7,266 yards). His 458 passing yards are third most in a single game in Toledo history; he also holds spots No. 1 and 5 (vs. BYU in 2016 and vs. Ohio in 2016, respectively). Woodside’s six touchdown passes are tied for the most in a single game in Toledo history. Bruce Gradkowski achieved that feat twice (2003 vs. Buffalo, 2004 vs. Ball State). That total is tied for the fourth most in a single game in Mid-American Conference history. In the second half, Woodside threw for 294 yards, third most in a half in UT history and the most ever in the second half.

Toledo (3-0) plays at No. 14 Miami (Fla.) Saturday, Sept. 23.

Women’s basketball coach to throw out first pitch at Tigers game Sept. 21

University of Toledo Women’s Basketball Coach Tricia Cullop will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Detroit Tigers game against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park Thursday, Sept. 21.

Game time is 7:10 p.m.

Cullop

The division matchup in the Motor City has been designated as The University of Toledo Night. In addition to Cullop throwing out the first pitch, the UT Choir will perform the national anthem, and Rocky and Rocksy will be in attendance. 

Fans can purchase a special ticket package for the contest that includes a game ticket and an exclusive Detroit Tigers/University of Toledo limited edition hat. Tickets prices range from $20 to $38 and are available for purchase at tigers.com/ut; $5 will be donated to the UT General Scholarship Fund.

Cullop and the Rockets open their regular season at home against Saint Francis (Pa.) in the first round of the Preseason WNIT Friday, Nov. 10.

For ticket information, stop by the UT Athletic Ticket Office in the Sullivan Athletic Complex at Savage Arena, go online at utrockets.com, or call 419.530.GOLD (4653).

Rockets rebound to tame Tulsa, 54-51

On a night in which The University of Toledo honored some of the greatest players in its 100-year history, the Rockets and senior quarterback Logan Woodside came through with a performance worthy of the ages.

Woodside threw for 458 yards and a school-record-tying six touchdowns as the Rockets rallied from a 21-point deficit to defeat Tulsa, 54-51, before 24,239 joyous fans at the Glass Bowl Saturday night.

Quarterback Logan Woodside, who threw six touchdown passes to tie Bruce Gradkowski for the Toledo record, celebrated the big win with his teammates.

The third-biggest comeback in the 100-year history of the program was not completed until junior placekicker Jameson Vest booted a 33-yard field goal with no time on the clock.

The Rockets (3-0) trailed 28-7 in the first half, fought their way back into the game in the third quarter, then outlasted the Golden Hurricane (1-2) down the stretch. After Tulsa knotted the score at 51-51 with 2:47 to play, Woodside drove the Rockets 59 yards in eight plays, setting up Vest’s heroics. Tulsa called a pair of timeouts to ice UT’s kicker, but Vest calmly split the uprights, igniting a wild celebration on the field and in the stands.

Toledo trailed 28-14 at halftime. While Head Coach Jason Candle rallied his troops in the locker room, UT honored members of its All-Century Team, named as part of the school’s celebration of the 100-yard anniversary. Among those honorees were Chuck Ealey and Bruce Gradkowski, a pair of quarterbacks who engineered numerous miraculous comebacks in their day. Woodside’s performance can now take its place among those Rocket greats.

Jameson Vest celebrated after kicking the 33-yard game-winning field goal with no time left on the clock.

Woodside and Vest were only two of the night’s heroes. Senior wide receiver Cody Thompson set career highs in both receptions (9) and receiving yards (178). He also caught three of Woodside’s six TD throws, including a miraculous one-armed grab in the third quarter that gave Toledo its first lead of the game, 34-31.

Sophomore Diontae Johnson caught four passes for a career-best 142 yards and scored twice in the fourth quarter on bombs of 49 and 74 yards. Senior running back Terry Swanson rushed for 139 yards and one score.

On the defensive side, junior safety Josh Teachey racked up a career high 14 tackles and returned a blocked extra point 100 yards for a critical two points near the end of the third quarter.

Toledo’s total of 679 yards of total offense ranks fourth all-time. The two teams combined for 105 points and 1,227 yards.

Wide receiver Cody Thompson caught nine passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns.

The game began with a long touchdown drive by the Golden Hurricane that proved to be an anomaly for the evening, as quick scores dominated the action. Tulsa opened the scoring with an 18-play drive that soaked up 5:26 on the clock. Chad President finished off the drive with an eight-yard TD run. Toledo struck back on the very next play, tying the score on a 60-yard completion from Woodside to Danzel McKinley-Lewis. Tulsa answered, this time on 63-yard bolt from Sharmari Brooks to make the score, 14-7.

Tulsa’s defense put the next score on the board when linebacker Craig Suits stepped in front of a Woodside pass and took it 37 yards the other way to make it 21-7. The Golden Hurricane extended the lead to three touchdowns when Brooks scored again, this time from eight yards out to cap a five-play, 58-yard drive.

The Rockets gained some momentum going into the locker room when Woodside connected with Cody Thompson on a 26-yard TD strike with just 28 seconds left.

The Toledo defense came up with some big stops at the right time during the game.

Toledo took the ball to start the second half and quickly cut the lead to 28-21 on a 49-yard TD sprint by Swanson. Tulsa followed with a drive that stalled on the eight-yard line, forcing the Hurricane to settle for field goal. Ten seconds later, Woodside and Thompson hooked up again, this time on an 81-yard bomb to cut the lead to 31-28 with 8:55 to play in the third quarter.

The Rockets took their first lead of the game on an acrobatic one-armed touchdown catch by Thompson, his third scoring grab of the night. Woodside led Thompson into the corner of the end zone from 15 yards out, and Thompson leaped and pulled it in with one arm. The extra point attempt was mishandled, giving UT a 34-31 lead.

Tulsa came back with a seven-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by a one-yard plunge by D’Angelo Brewer. The real excitement came on the extra point, however. After Nate Childress blocked the extra point, Josh Teachey grabbed the deflected ball in the end zone and weaved his way more than 100 yards the other way for two points, making the score 37-36 in favor of Tulsa.

The fourth quarter opened with a Toledo punt, followed by another touchdown for the Golden Hurricane. President broke through the right side for a 39-yard score, extending the Tulsa lead to 44-36 with 12:07 left to play.

But there was no quit in the Rockets. Woodside hit Diontae Johnson with a 49-yard strike down the sideline, then followed with a connection to Jordan Fisher for the two-point conversion to tie the score 44-44. Following a rare three-and-out by Tulsa, Woodside hit Johnson again, this time on a 74-yard bomb to give Toledo a 51-44 lead with eight minutes left. The Golden Hurricane tied it up on a 14-play drive that culminated with a one-yard TD by Brooks, setting up Toledo’s final game-winning drive.

The Rockets will put their undefeated season on the line at Miami (Fla.) next week to take on the Hurricanes.

Toledo to host Inverness Intercollegiate Sept. 18-19

The University of Toledo will host the 13th annual Inverness Intercollegiate Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 18-19, at the renowned Inverness Club.

The 54-hole tournament will be played on a par-71, 7,323-yard layout. The event will begin with 36 holes Monday (8:30 a.m. shotgun start) followed by the final 18 holes Tuesday (9 a.m. shotgun start).

UT will entertain a 12-team field — Bowling Green, UCLA, Fresno State, Mercer, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Michigan State, Northern Illinois, Ohio, Ohio State, Saint Mary’s (CA) and Washington.

“We are thrilled to be able to host so many outstanding programs at the Inverness Intercollegiate this year,” UT Men’s Golf Coach Jeff Roope said. “The tradition for excellence at this event will continue with teams like UCLA, Washington, Ohio State, Michigan and a host of others joining us to make this one of the best fields we see all year.

“We cannot express our gratitude enough to the members at the Inverness Club and the members of the Toledo golf community who have made this event possible.”

Toledo opened the season last weekend with a solid seventh-place showing at the Wolf Run Intercollegiate. Sophomore Joe Bryce led the Rockets by tying for a career-best 11th place with a 54-hole total of eight-over par 221 (74-73-74). The Bathgate, Scotland, native tied for fifth in the field in par-three scoring at even-par and was three-under par on par-five holes.

Joining Bryce in the lineup at Wolf Run were sophomore Thomas Thurloway (T-37th/75-81-73=229), junior Duncan McNeill (T-45th/78-75-79=232), freshman Dylan Van Fossen (T-50th/79-72-82=233) and senior Stephen Watts (T-59th/80-77-78=235).

Last fall, Toledo finished in 10th place in the Inverness Intercollegiate with a team score of 35-over par 887 (295-295-297). The Rockets were paced by Thurloway, who tied for 16th place at two-over par 215 (71-72-72).

Auburn captured the team championship after shooting a tournament-record nine-under par 843 (280-281-282), three strokes in front of runner-up Duke at six-under par 846 (277-281-288). The Tigers placed three players in the top four to eclipse the tourney’s lowest 54-hole score by a whopping 19 shots, previously held by Florida State (862) in 2007.

Individually, Michigan’s Nick Carlson (69-73-67) and Duke’s Jake Shuman (70-71-68) shared medalist honors at four-under par 209.

Fans can view live scoring for next week’s event through Golfstat at http://bit.ly/2h3lcUb.

Rockets to honor All-Century Team at halftime of Sept. 16 football game

The University of Toledo will honor members of its All-Century Football Team at halftime of the Saturday, Sept. 16, game vs. Tulsa in the Glass Bowl.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Approximately 25 of the 50 members of the All-Century Team are expected to be in attendance at the game, along with some former head coaches. Among those expected to attend are former quarterbacks Chuck Ealey and Bruce Gradkowski, who finished No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in an online vote by fans in May. Others who will be recognized at halftime are Mel Long (No. 4), Curtis Johnson (No. 9), Eric Page (No. 11) and Tom Beutler (No. 13). Former head coaches Jack Murphy, Gary Pinkel and Tom Amstutz also will be among the honorees.

UT is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of its football program in 1917. Free posters honoring the milestone will be available at the Fan Experience Table on the west concourse and also will be distributed at the exits at the end of the game.

Also, the first 1,000 UT students who enter the game will receive a free 100-Year Anniversary pop socket.

In addition, Campus Activities and Programs (CAP) will give away 250 100-Year Anniversary baseball caps to UT students throughout the game.

Tickets can be purchased at the UT Athletic Ticket Office, online at utrockets.com or by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653). Tickets are half-off for UT employees and retirees, and UT students are admitted free to home games with ID.

The University of Toledo Football All-Century Team
1. Chuck Ealey, quarterback (1969-1971)
2. Bruce Gradkowski, quarterback (2002-2005)
3. Chester Taylor, running back (1998-2001)
4. Mel Long Sr., defensive lineman (1969-1971)
5. Lance Moore, wide receiver/returns (2001-2004)
6. Barry Church, safety (2006-2009)
7. Kareem Hunt, running back (2013-2016)
8. Mel Triplett, running back (1951-1954)
9. Curtis Johnson, cornerback (1967-1969)
10. Gene Swick, quarterback (1973-1975)
11. Eric Page, wide receivers/returns (2009-2011)
12. Dan Williams, defensive lineman (1990-1992)
13. Tom Beutler, linebacker (1965-1967)
14. Wasean Tait, running back (1993-1998)
15. John Niezgoda, linebacker (1969-1971)
16. Nick Kaczur, offensive lineman (2001-2004)
17. Emerson Cole, running back (1947-1949)
18. Mike Kennedy, safety (1977-1981)
19. Dan Bukovich, offensive lineman/linebacker (1937-1939)
20. John Greco, offensive lineman (2004-2007)
21. Don Fair, wide receiver (1969-1971)
22. Gib Stick, fullback (1921-1924)
23. Al Baker, tight end (1969-1971)
24. John Schneider, quarterback (1965-1967)
25. Casey McBeth, running back (1990-1994)
26. Steve Schnitkey, defensive lineman (1969-1971)
27. Roland Moss, running back (1966-1968)
28. Lee Pete, quarterback (1946-1949)
29. Richard Craig, running back/quarterback/punter (1937-1940)
30. Aaron Bivins, linebacker (1974-1977)
31. Brett Kern, punter (2004-2007)
32. Brent Williams, defensive lineman (1982-1985)
33. Ryan Huzjak, quarterback (1993-1996)
34. Andy McCollum, offensive lineman (1989-1992)
35. Gary Hinkson, cornerback (1969-1971)
36. Greg Mancz, offensive lineman (2011-2014)
37. Harold McGuire, safety (1983-1986)
38. DeJuan Goulde, defensive end (1997-2000)
39. David Fluellen, running back (2010-2013)
40. Jim Gray, safety/running back (1962-1964)
41. Ken Moyer, offensive lineman (1985-1988)
42. Mike Carman, center/linebacker (1946-1949)
43. James Pierce, defensive lineman/offensive lineman (1921-1923)
44. Jeremiah Detmer, placekicker (2011-2014)
45. Colin Westrich, offensive lineman (1996-1999)
46. Adam Najarian, defensive lineman/offensive lineman (1932-1934)
47. Mark Brandon, cornerback (1981-1984)
48. Dan Molls, linebacker (2009-2012)
49. Stephen Williams, wide receiver (2006-2009)
50. Michael Roberts, tight end (2013-2016)

Honorable Mention
Frank Baker, fullback (1960-1962); Bob Beemer, defensive lineman (1982-1985); Tavares Bolden, quarterback (1998-2001); Trinity Dawson, running back (2002-2005); Jim Day, offensive/defensive lineman (1935-1937); Archie Donald, linebacker (2007-2010); Harold Dunn (1926-1929); Matt Eberflus, linebacker (1988-1991); Jayrone Elliott, defensive end (2010-2013); Todd France, placekicker (1998-2001); Marcus Goodwin, wide receiver (1989-92); Rusty Hannah, placekicker (1989-1992); Jim Harding, tackle (1997-2000); Chuck Hardy, split/running back/safety (1946-1948); Dick Huston, offensive/defensive back, (1942, 1946-1948); Rick Isaiah, wide receiver (1987-1990); Keon Jackson, safety (2002-2005); Corey Jones, wide receiver/punt returner (2013-2016); Zac Kerin, offensive lineman (2010-2013); Craig Kuligowski, tackle (1987-1990); Tony Lee, placekicker (1980-1983); Clarence Love, cornerback (1994-1997); Steve Morgan (1981-1984); Storm Norton, offensive lineman (2013-2016); Jalen Parmele, running back (2004-2007); Bernard Reedy, wide receiver (2010-2013); John Ross, wide receiver (1972-1974); Alonzo Russell, wide receiver (2012-2015); Joe Schwartz, running back (1970-1972); Don Seymour, tight end (1972-1974); Marty Slovak, offensive halfback/defensive linebacker, (1935-1937); Alex Steigerwald, placekicker (2006-2009); Adonis Thomas, running back, (2008-2011); and Tom Ward, linebacker, (1999-2002).

Former Rocket on cover of Sports Illustrated

Former Toledo running back Kareem Hunt is on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated.

Hunt gained 246 yards from the line of scrimmage, the most ever in an NFL debut, for the Kansas City Chiefs in their season-opening win over New England Sept. 7. He had 148 yards rushing, 98 yards receiving, and scored three touchdowns in KC’s 42-27 victory over the defending Super Bowl champs in Foxborough, Mass.

He played for the Rockets from 2013 to 2016 and is the school’s all-time leading rusher with 4,945 yards.

Check out the Sports Illustrated story here.

UT pep rallies set for campus, downtown Toledo

See you at the pep rally! Celebrate 100 years of Toledo football and psych up for the game on campus and in downtown Toledo.

The UT cheerleaders, UT pep band and Rocky will perform at four downtown restaurants and pubs Friday, Sept. 15.

Locations and times of each stop are:

• 9:15 p.m. — Pizza Papalis, 519 Monroe St.;

• 9:30 p.m. — Ye Olde Durty Bird, 2 S. St Clair St.;

• 9:45 p.m. — Cock n’ Bull, 9 N. Huron St.; and

• 10 p.m. — The Blarney, 601 Monroe St.

Fans also can celebrate Homecoming Friday, Oct. 6. That downtown pep rally will begin at approximately the same time and stop at the same locations.

Rocket fans also will have the opportunity to attend pep rallies on campus Thursday, Sept. 14, and Wednesday, Oct. 4. Each pep rally will begin approximately at 12:30 p.m. and will be held on the Thompson Student Union steps on Centennial Mall.

Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who led the Rockets to the 2004 Mid-American Conference Championship, will speak at the pep rally Thursday, Sept. 14.

Campus pep rallies will feature the Rocket football team, the UT Marching Band, the UT cheerleaders, Rocky, and Football Head Coach Jason Candle.

On Sept. 14, as part of the 100 years of Rocket football celebration, former Toledo and NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski will speak to the crowd.

UT students can earn Rocket Gold Reward points by checking in to the event via the Rocket Gold Rewards app through the SuperFanU smartphone app to win awards and prizes throughout the season while receiving giveaways from local sponsors.

Tickets for games are available at the UT Athletic Ticket Office, online at utrockets.com, or by calling 419.530.GOLD (4653). Tickets are half-off for UT employees and retirees, and UT students are admitted free to home games with ID.

Winningest Rocket football coach to sign books Sept. 16

Former University of Toledo head football coach Gary Pinkel will return to campus to sign his new book, “The 100-Yard Journey: A Life in Coaching and Battling for the Win,” Saturday, Sept. 16.

He will be at the Barnes & Noble University Bookstore at the Gateway from 2 to 4 p.m.

Pinkel also will be among the honorees of Toledo’s 100-year football anniversary celebration at halftime Saturday night when Toledo takes on Tulsa at 7 p.m. in the Glass Bowl.

He co-authored the memoir published by Triumph Books with Dave Matter, who covers the University of Missouri for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Few college football coaches earn the distinction of becoming their programs’ winningest, but Pinkel has done it twice.

From 1991 to 2000, he coached the Toledo Rockets, leading the team to 73 wins, the most in school history. Pinkel also has the highest winning percentage (.659) among UT coaches who were on the sidelines at least three seasons. In addition, he ranks fifth in the Mid-American Conference in wins, fourth in wins in MAC contests (53), and eighth in winning percentage.

He led Toledo to a MAC Championship in 1995, as the Rockets went 11-0-1, won the Las Vegas Bowl, and ended the season ranked No. 22 in the final coaches’ poll. He also led UT to MAC West Division titles in 1997 and 1998. In his final season at Toledo in 2000, Pinkel’s Rockets went 10-1, including a 24-6 win at Penn State. His teams ranked in the top 25 in three different seasons — 1995, 1997 and 2000. Pinkel was MAC Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1997.

Pinkel

He left Toledo after the 2000 season to accept the head coaching position at Missouri, leading the Tigers into the top 10 in 2007 and 2008, as well as to Southeastern Conference East titles in 2013 and 2014. Missouri received a No. 1 Associated Press ranking at the end of the 2007 season, and Pinkel took home SEC Coach of the Year honors in 2014. In 15 seasons, he and the Tigers won 118 games — the most by a Mizzou football coach — and reached 10 bowl games.

Pinkel’s success on the field was accompanied by personal and professional challenges, including a diagnosis of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, which prompted him to step away from coaching in 2015.  

In the 272-pages of “The 100-Yard Journey,” the football leader reflects on meeting and overcoming the unexpected.

The book follows the 1975 Kent State University graduate’s coaching career, including serving as an assistant at the University of Washington from 1979 to 1990. And it begins with his days on the gridiron. From 1971 to 1973, Pinkel played tight end for the Golden Flashes; his senior season, he earned All-MAC and honorable mention All-America honors.

In 2009, the Akron native was inducted into UT’s Varsity ‘T’ Hall of Fame, and six years later, into the MAC Hall of Fame.

Pinkel now is a special consultant to the University of Missouri and its Athletic Department.

Copies of “The 100-Yard Journey” will be for sale at the event for $26.95.