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Gopher Honors

1st Team All-America:

Doug Kingsriter, E, 1971

1st Team All-Big 10:

George Adzick, SS, 1976
Elmer Bailey, SE, 1979
Marion Barber, TB, 1978
Keith Brown, DB, 1978
Keith Fahnhorst, E, 1973
John King, RB, 1972
Doug Kingsriter, E, 1971
Ron Kullas, WR, 1975
Greg Larson, C, 1970
Bill Light, LB, 1970
Steve Midboe, DT, 1977
Steve Neils, E, 1973
Paul Rogind, K, 1977-78
Keith Simons, DT, 1975
Steve Sytsma, DE, 1978


Murray Warmath, -1971
Cal Stoll, 1972-1978
Joe Salem, 1979-

1970's Gopher Links

Gopher Scores, 1961-1980:
1977 Hall of Fame Bowl:

Minnesota Golden Gopher Football - 1970's

Going into the seventies, Murray Warmath was nearing the end
of his highly-eventful career as head coach of the Gophers.
Despite disappointing seasons in 1970 and 1971, the Gophers 
sent him out a winner in his final game, a 23-21 victory over

To replace Warmath the Gophers hired Cal Stoll, who had
played for Bernie Bierman at the school in the years after
World War II. Stoll had gained a solid reputation as both 
an assistant coach in the Big Ten and as a head coach at
Wake Forest.

After a rocky start in 1972, Stoll's Gophers finished 7-4
and in third place in the Big Ten in 1973. Despite deteriorating
facilities and general apathy from the administration,
Stoll again managed winning seasons in 1975, 1976, and 1977.

Of these, 1977 was the most memorable. The Gophers defeated
highly-regarded UCLA and Rose Bowl-bound Washington early in
the season to move out to a 4-2 start. Then the Gophers
mugged unbeaten and #1-ranked Michigan at the Brickhouse,
16-0. They would finish the year 7-4 and would accept a bid
to play Maryland in the first-ever Hall of Fame Bowl. What
was most significant was that 1977 marked the first time in
Big Ten history that three of its teams (Minnesota, Michigan,
and Ohio State) would compete in bowl games in the same year.

Cal Stoll had done much with very little, but after a 5-6 
season in 1978, he was shamelessly let go by the school. To
succeed Stoll, the Gophers hired Joe Salem, a back-up quarter-
back on the great 1960 team. Salem would bring a high-powered
passing game to the school, using what would later become known
as the Run-and-Shoot Offense. His first team got off to a
4-3 start before running out of gas and finishing 4-6-1.