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14 Clje .illontgomcrj SVoocrfiscr WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 1. 1979 Moseley funeral Thursday in .Virginia From Wire, Staff Reports ? Frank O'Rear Moseley, former Virginia Tech football coach and athletic athletic director who launched a renaissance renaissance in Tech's sports program in the 1950s, died Tuesday. He was 68. : Moseley came to Virginia Tech in 1951 to head the football staff when the team was struggling and the university's university's sports facilities were relatively relatively meager. In three years prior to his arrival, Tech had won only one game, lost 25 and tied three. ; During Moseley's tenure as football coach from 1951 to 1961, his teams compiled a 54-42-4 54-42-4 54-42-4 54-42-4 54-42-4 record. The 1954 edition was unbeaten. And at his retirement retirement two years ago as athletic director, Tech had one of the South s finest sports plants. ; After retiring as coach, Moseley stayed on as director of athletics until the end of the 1977 football season, hen he submitted bis resignation. Last January, doctors removed his right lung, which had a cancerous tumor on it. Moseley only last spring was inducted inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Moseley died at Montgomery County County Hospital in Blacksburg. He had entered the hospital last Wednesday. "Coach Moseley brought our program program from one of struggling obscurity obscurity to national prominence," said Tech President William E. Lavery. "Most of the buildings and playing fields of Tech's sports complex will serve as a monument to the principles and dedication of Frank Moseley." While Moseley was athletic director, director, Tech built Cassell Coliseum, a 10,000-seat 10,000-seat 10,000-seat field house, and 44.000-seat 44.000-seat 44.000-seat Lane Stadium to replace older, smaller facilities. Other additions to Tech's athletic physical plant during Moseley's regime regime included the Rector field house and tennis complex, a baseball field, Tech Park and other facilities for athletics at all levels. A funeral will be held Thursday at I p.m. at Lutheran Memorial Church. Moseley is survived by his wife, Edythe, and two children, Frank R. Moseley of Blacksburg and Mrs. Alene M. Goodwin of Washington, DC. Moseley, the brother of former Montgomery Advertiser sports editor Max Moseley, had a long and storied background in the football world, beginning beginning with his high school days at Lanier. Bom and raised in Montgomery, he was a teammate of the late Johnny Cain on Poet teams in 1927 and 1928 while the school was still located where Baldwin school is now. Cain graduated that year, but Moseley was a senior in 1929, the year Lanier High moved to its present location on Court Street. During his distinguished high school career Moseley was named to various all-state all-state all-state and all-southern all-southern all-southern teams and during his senior season served as an alternate captain for the Poets. He was reunited with Cain at the University of Alabama in 1930, where he played under Wallace Wade in his final season as the Tide football coach, with the team compiling a 10-0-0 10-0-0 10-0-0 10-0-0 10-0-0 record.- record.- He lettered as a fullback at the Capstone in 193K32-S3 193K32-S3 193K32-S3 and was an alternate captain for Coach Frank Thomas' 1933 squad, which went 7-1-1 7-1-1 7-1-1 7-1-1 7-1-1 and won the first-ever first-ever first-ever Southeastern Conference football championship. During Moseley's four years at Alabama, Alabama, the teams compiled an overall 34-4-1 34-4-1 34-4-1 34-4-1 34-4-1 record. It was also at Alabama where Moseley struck up a friendship which would last him a lifetime. His roommate roommate there was a young end named Paul Bryant and together and seperately, the two made indelible impressions on the college football coaching world. While Bryant was going to Van-derbilt Van-derbilt Van-derbilt as an assistant coach in 1934, Moseley was taking an assistant's post at Kentucky under Chet Wynne. He stayed on until 1941 as an assistant to both Wynne, and his successor, A.B. Kirwan. Moseley enlisted in the Navy when World War II broke out In 1941 and was a Lt. Commander when he was discharged four years later. He was reunited with Bryant and another coach of note, Carnie Laslie, during their Navy years. During WWII he served as a Deck Gunnery Officer on the U.S.S. Lexington Lexington and won a Battle Star and Purple Heart, in addition to coaching one of about half-dozen half-dozen half-dozen service football football teams during the war years. While on the U.S.S. Lexington, he was a shipmate of 1939 Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick of Iowa, who died as a pilot during the war. Bryant hired Moseley as one of his top assistants at Maryland after the war and in 1945 they led the Terrapins to a 6-2-1 6-2-1 6-2-1 6-2-1 6-2-1 record. From there the trio moved to Kentucky, Kentucky, where Moseley remained as Bryant's backfield coach until after the 1950 season. It was Moseley who went into Pennsylvania and recruited Bryant's first great quarterback, Babe Parilli. It was also at Kentucky that Moseley met his wife Edythe on a blind date. Moseley's final game at Kentucky before leaving to accept the head coaching job at Virginia Tech was the Wildcats' famous stunning 13-7 13-7 13-7 Sugar Bowl victory over previously No. 1 Oklahoma. In 10 years as the Gobbler head coach he produced 13 All-Southern All-Southern All-Southern Conference players and one Ail-American, Ail-American, Ail-American, end Carroll Dale off his 1959 squad, who went on to fame with the Green Bay Packers. See MOSELEY, page 15

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