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Moselcy Brings VPI Sports To Front And Everybody's Happy At Tech Now By ROBERT L. MOORE AP Newsfeatures BLACKSBURG, Va., July 20 Frank O'Rear Moseley, the serious-minded serious-minded serious-minded Alabamian who doubles athletic director and head football coach at Virginia Tech, has carved his name in capital letters in hearts of the people in this community in the Virginia hills. A little more than four years ago when Moseley arrived in Blackburg, his problems were many. The tireless, patient little guy must have felt rather gloomy as he studied the situation, one far different different from the picture at Ken- Ken- . tucky, where he had served as head baseball coach and assistant football mentor under Paul Bryant. Tech had only one victory to slow for 29 games in three years of football, preceding Moseley s arrival. arrival. Moseley's 1951 team won only two games. 'We have a long way to go," he said. Things improved in 1952, the Gobblers winning three in a row and winding up with five wins and six losses. Tech wo,n five and lost five in 1953. But in 1954 Moseley's team went undefeated, only a 7-7 7-7 7-7 tie vita William aJd Mary marring the Gobbler record. Tech's unbeaten season was its first since 1918. The Gobblers were ranked the nation's 16th team in The Associated Pross poll at the close of the campaign. The 1955 outlook is rosy. Coining Coining up to the varsity will be a freshman team, regarded as the finest in Tech's history. Tech'i T954 freshmen won four, lost one. The defeat was to West Virginia's freshmen-, freshmen-, freshmen-, freshmen-, considered the best at the Mountaineer school, and resulted from a referee's quick whistle. The referee admitted he was in error after the game. Moseley was named Virginia Big Six football coach of the 1954 season. season. . "There's complete serenity and happiness at Tech now," Moseley says, paying tribute to football as a morale booster. "Four years ago, things were in a turmoil. ?he faculty was split. The alumni were split. The civilian and military students students were constantly bickering.' Football isn't the only s ort which has felt the Moseley touch. The 1955 wrestling team wst undefeated, winning all eight meets, the Southern Conference tourna- tourna- FRANK MOSELEY ment and the league's dual meet championship. Tech's baseball team' won the Virginia collegiate crown and was in the running for the Southern Conference title all the way. The Gobblers defeated champion West Virginia. Tech had its first winning golf team in six years, and the outlook is excellent for next year with all aces returning. Track is on the upgrade for the Gobblers were second in the Southern Conference. Swimming, likewise, saw a winning team. Tennis and basketball were the only sports in which Tech failed to sparkle. Moseley recently went to arch-rival arch-rival arch-rival Virginia Military Institute Institute to hire Chuck Noe, an aggressive aggressive young basketball coach who has had much success with slim material. Progress has been made, too, athletic facilities. The baseball team played on a new diamond used only for baseball. Ground was recently broken for an 18-hole 18-hole 18-hole course. Moseley has in mind a new football stadium seating 20,000. Moseley this year has turned down three attractive offers move elsewhere. He is determined to stay on the job at Virginia Tech and complete his mission. cnniiiL1 a I i-- i-- i-- . m Your Home Vr i --l-lal!"'!l --l-lal!"'!l --l-lal!"'!l --l-lal!"'!l --l-lal!"'!l INSURES ALL 3 Sometime. it .mart to put aU when it' your insurance of k avlnf til your personal who knows your Individual needs. IT PAYS STATE RAY 101 BUSINESS 4-6411 4-6411

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  1. The Montgomery Advertiser,
  2. 21 Jul 1955, Thu,
  3. Page 21

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