Newton once had a crazy vision for major college football. It was the fall of As the athletics director at the University of Kentucky, Newton was looking to hire a new type of head football coach — somebody who could defy convention and appeal to fans in a basketball-crazed state. His choice was Hal Mumme, a Division II head coach who had built a peculiar passing offense sometimes described as "basketball on grass.

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In , he was the head coach at Aransas Pass High School. During his time as a high school and college assistant coach Mumme developed an unorthodox, pass-oriented offensive attack that proved very successful at moving the ball, gaining yardage and scoring points.

Mumme took over as head coach at Valdosta State University in The team was consistently ranked in the Division II top 20 and was ranked 1 in the nation in Division II for part of the season when they won their first Gulf South Conference championship. Kentucky[ edit ] On December 2, the University of Kentucky announced that it had hired Mumme to replace Bill Curry as head coach of its football program.

Tim Couch was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. In Kentucky finished the regular season 6—5 before losing the Music City Bowl to Syracuse, 20— Press reports detailing a growing investigation into NCAA rules violations cut the legs out from under the team, and they lost their final eight games.

His former recruiting coordinator, Claude Bassett, was deemed the worst offender. Bassett had been forced to resign in for giving gifts to prospects and writing papers for them, and was slapped with an eight-year show-cause penalty , which effectively blackballed him from the collegiate ranks until Mumme, however, was not given any individual sanctions.

The team finished its first season 5—7 and posted a 7—4 mark in The New Mexico State squad went on to post a 3—9 record for the season, and for part of the season, led all Division I-A football programs in total offense and passing offense.

New Mexico State finished 4—9 in After an 0—10 season in , Mumme led McMurry to a 4—6 season in and improved to 6—4 in which was the first winning season for McMurry football since The game that the Abilene Christian Wildcats won by 53 to 20 had been the last in an old rivalry which had Abilene Christian leading with 24 victories 15 losses 0 ties.

Mumme inherited a team that had gone 3—8 the year before. In the season the Blazer football team went 2—9, going winless in Mid-South Conference play. In the first year as an NCAA school, Mumme led the team to a 2—8 record, with two wins coming in their new conference, the American Southwest Conference. The team finished the season with the same record as the previous season, 2—8, with wins in the opening and final game of the year. His wife, June, is a breast cancer survivor and is active with the Susan G.

Komen Foundation.



Mikaramar I wanted to be on the side of the artists. But he did have the ability to sell offehse as an agent of change. Coach Mumme starts with warm-up drills. That sometimes confuses players now more than the spread does, because most teams have three and four wideouts just like we do. And he might call the same play one of only three the team would learn 50 times in a row, mixing up only the formations. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Byhe had climbed another rung up the coaching ladder when he joined UTEP as offensive coordinator at the age of just They could have easily run.


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