Former CIAA Commissioner Moorman Passes – Tues. Sept. 9, 2014

September 10, 2014 on 1:38 am | In College Football, NFL | No Comments

Clinton R. “Bob” Moorman, Jr., Major (ret) US Army, passed peacefully at home with his family after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Bob was a 43 year resident of Hampton, VA. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1924. Shortly after his birth, the Moorman family moved to the Far East where they lived in Manila, Philippines and Shanghai, China. Upon his father’s death in Shanghai, Bob and his mother returned to Columbus, Ohio, his parent’s home.

Bob left Hampton Institute during World War II and entered the US Army, segregated at that time, as an enlisted man. He was assigned to a transportation (trucking unit) which later was part of the all Black “Red Ball Express”, which delivered ammunition, fuel, food, and medical supplies to the Patton’s Third Army during and after the Normandy invasion. The unit battled the German Army on the route in their attempts to cut off supplies to Allied troops. The unit returned to their base with the dead and wounded. After the war, he returned to Hampton to finish his studies.

In 1948 after completing the Officer Training Course, Bob was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and assigned to the famed 24th Infantry Regiment, the Buffalo Soldiers. Stationed in Japan, the 24th was one of the first units sent to Korea at the outbreak of the war. His unit was in the Battle of the Chosen Reservoir when the 250,000 Chinese troops entered the Korean War. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart during the conflict.

After the war, he returned to the States continuing his military career and being involved in the Armed Services Football League where different branches of the military had post teams which travelled between military bases. In early 1960s he was assigned to the 7th Special Forces “Green Berets” and stationed in Bad Toelz, Germany. He retired from the Army in 1966.

His new career was athletics, both collegiate and professional sports. After a short stint as head coach at Wiley College, he was hired by the San Diego Chargers as the East Coast Scout. As he continued his career, he became the first full time Commissioner for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) in the 1970s. During his tenure with the CIAA, Bob served on a number of national committees: President of the NCAA College Division Commissioners’ Association, NCAA Athletic Steering Committee, NCAA Council, Division II Football and Basketball Committees, NCAA Professional Liaison Committee, and the National Association of College Directors of Athletics. He represented the NCAA and United States at the first Goodwill Games in the Soviet Union. He was past president of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and the Peninsula Sports Club. He was a life member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Bob’s last position was a college official scout for the National Football League.

Bob is survived by his wife of 63 years, Tamiko of Hampton, VA; Son, Clinton (Bob) R. III (Elizabeth) of Bahama, NC; Daughter, Kathy Epps (Keith) of Hampton, GA; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Hampton University Memorial Church.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer’s Association
Southeastern Virginia Chapter; 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102; Norfolk, Virginia 23502
Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave., Hampton, VA 23666.

Monday, January 10, 2011 – BCS National Championship Prediction

January 11, 2011 on 1:55 am | In College Football | No Comments

Tonight is the BCS National Championship in College Football and it’s truly a toss-up between the Pac-10 Champion Oregon Ducks and the SEC Champ Auburn Tigers. 

Auburn has Heisman Trophy winner Cameron Newton at quarterback and a standout on defense in lineman Nick Fairley.  Oregon is the led by their combo of RB LaMichael James and QB Darron Thomas, who helped the Ducks put up nearly 50 points per game.  These are two prolific offenses and it’s shaping up to be a shootout. 

Winning the turnover battle along with whichever defense and special teams unit can make a game-changing play could decide the outcome here.  Both teams entered the season outside the Top 10 in the preseason polls, so neither was expected to get this far, and ecah has overcome some adversity, rallying in the fourth quarter for some victories, especially Auburn.  And some could make the argument that the nation’s best team is not playing in this game as last year’s Champion Alabama was very impressive in its bowl thrashing of Michigan State, and likewise for TCU, who finished undefeated and beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, as well as Stanford, which took care of business in convincing fashion against Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. 

But it’s Oregon and Auburn, two unbeaten teams that have put up outstanding numbers and navigated its way through some challenging tests to reach the title game in Glendale, Arizona. 

In the end, I like…

Pick:  Oregon 38, Auburn 34

Saturday, September 25, 2010 – College Football Action, Bama/Arkansas Front & Center

September 25, 2010 on 8:06 pm | In College Football | No Comments

It’s shaping up to be another exciting Saturday of College Football action with plenty of good games on the slate – highlighted by #1 and defending National Champion Alabama visiting #10 Arkansas along with Stanford taking on Notre Dame and capped in the evening with Oregon State versus Boise State on the Blue Smurf Turf in one of the more interesting West Coast games of the year to date.

So far some early thoughts…

It’s the first quarter and Arkansas already leads Alabama 7-0 in the first quarter with the ball.  Looks like my Upset Pick of the Year in College Football isn’t looking too bad (I had Arkansas not only +7.5 but winning outright 34-28 over the Tide).  Ryan Mallett drove the Razorbacks offense right down the field for a touchdown, taking up only 50 seconds in two plays, while Alabama went 3 and out.  This game is far from over though because I expect the Tide defense to adjust and the run game with Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson to get going, plus Greg McElroy to strike for a couple big plays through the air to Julio Jones, who could be the next Michael Irvin once he gets to the pros.

Other games of note… how about NC State today against Georgia Tech?  Quarterback Russell Wilson is only about 5-foot-11 and not an NFL prospect, but the Al Groh coached defense of the Yellow Jackets made him look like Michael Vick.  Wilson is shredding defenses apart, including Cincinnati last week, and the Wolf Pack certainly appear to be a darkhorse candidate to win the average-at-best ACC this year.  NC State also deserves to be ranked, somewhere in that 21-25 range, when the next polls come out.  Wilson threw for a career-high 368 yards and 3TD’s (so maybe he was closer to Drew Brees than Vick today) as they put up a very impressive 45 points on Ga. Tech.

Michigan’s offense was sensational too, albeit agaisnt a Bowling Green team that isn’t all that strong.  The Wolverines torched the Falcons for 65 points in a game where Heisman front-runner Denard Robinson was injured.

… Back later with more thoughts!!

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