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September 9, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Erk Russell, 80, who led the University of Georgia's "Junkyard Dog" defense under football coach Vince Dooley and then built a small-college powerhouse of his own at Georgia Southern, died Friday after a single-vehicle accident in Statesboro, Ga. Russell was pronounced dead on arrival at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. A hospital official said his death was not from injuries related to the wreck, adding that the examination was not complete.
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September 9, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Erk Russell, 80, who led the University of Georgia's "Junkyard Dog" defense under football coach Vince Dooley and then built a small-college powerhouse of his own at Georgia Southern, died Friday after a single-vehicle accident in Statesboro, Ga. Russell was pronounced dead on arrival at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. A hospital official said his death was not from injuries related to the wreck, adding that the examination was not complete.
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September 7, 1987 | RICHARD HOFFER, Times Staff Writer
Six years ago, when the school announced its new coach and the resumption of a football program that had been dormant 41 years, someone thought to visit the equipment room and produce an actual football, the better for photo opportunities. There wasn't one, there or anywhere else on campus. The people at Georgia Southern tell you this to emphasize how far they've come in this sport. Five years later, the university won its first Division I-AA football championship; six years later, its second.
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December 8, 1988
Howard Schnellenberger of Louisville and Erk Russell of Georgia Southern were named coaches of the South team, and Jack Bicknell of Boston College and John Cooper of Ohio State will coach the North in the 51st Blue-Gray all-star football game Christmas Day at Montgomery, Ala.
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December 20, 1989 | From Times wire services
Erk Russell, who resurrected football at Georgia Southern College after 40 years, retired as head coach today, just days after winning his third NCAA Division 1-AA national championship in five years. Russell, 63, will become associate athletic director for football operations. "Erk's Eagles" defeated Stephen F. Austin 37-34 Saturday, concluding a perfect 15-0 season.
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December 20, 1986 | Associated Press
Georgia Southern quarterback Tracy Ham ran and passed for 486 yards Friday night as the Eagles defeated Arkansas State, 48-21, to win their second consecutive NCAA Division 1-AA football championship in the Diamond Bowl. The 5-11 senior from High Springs, Fla., rushed for 180 yards and 3 touchdowns, and passed for 306 yards and another touchdown, a 79-yard connection with tailback Ricky Harris that was the longest play from scrimmage in the nine years of the title game.
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January 11, 1990 | From Times wire services
Bill McCartney of Colorado was named 1989 Kodak Football Coach of the Year in Division I-A, the American Football Coaches Assn. announced today. McCartney led the Buffaloes to an 11-0 regular season and No. 1 national ranking before losing 21-6 to Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl. Erk Russell of Georgia Southern was named I-AA coach of the year. In the college divisions, John Williams of Mississippi College was coach of the year in Division I, and Mike Kelly of Dayton was honored in Division II.
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December 20, 1989 | From Times wire services
Erk Russell, who resurrected football at Georgia Southern College after 40 years, retired as head coach today, just days after winning his third NCAA Division 1-AA national championship in five years. Russell, 63, will become associate athletic director for football operations. "Erk's Eagles" defeated Stephen F. Austin 37-34 Saturday, concluding a perfect 15-0 season.
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December 8, 1988
Howard Schnellenberger of Louisville and Erk Russell of Georgia Southern were named coaches of the South team, and Jack Bicknell of Boston College and John Cooper of Ohio State will coach the North in the 51st Blue-Gray all-star football game Christmas Day at Montgomery, Ala.
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September 7, 1987 | RICHARD HOFFER, Times Staff Writer
Six years ago, when the school announced its new coach and the resumption of a football program that had been dormant 41 years, someone thought to visit the equipment room and produce an actual football, the better for photo opportunities. There wasn't one, there or anywhere else on campus. The people at Georgia Southern tell you this to emphasize how far they've come in this sport. Five years later, the university won its first Division I-AA football championship; six years later, its second.
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December 25, 1988 | Associated Press
North Carolina State's Dick Sheridan turned down the head football coaching job at Georgia on Saturday despite saying he found no negatives with the Bulldog program. Sheridan, 47, became the second candidate to refuse the Georgia position. Erk Russell of Georgia Southern said last week he couldn't make a long-term commitment to the school after reportedly being offered the post being vacated by Vince Dooley.
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January 3, 1989
The University of Georgia, which was rebuffed by its first two choices, Monday named assistant coach Ray Goff, a former Bulldog quarterback, to replace Vince Dooley as head football coach. "Everybody has goals and dreams, and there's no doubt that this has always been a goal of mine," Goff said. "I never thought it would come true." Goff, 33, has served on the Georgia staff since 1981, and he coached the running backs the last three years. Goff, a native of Moultrie, Ga.
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