Legendary University of Minnesota football coach Murray Warmath passed away Wednesday at age 98 in Bloomington, Minn. Warmath led the Golden Gophers to a national championship and went to two Rose Bowls during his 18-year tenure with Minnesota.
Bruininks statement on passing of Coach Murray Warmath
The following is a statement from University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks on the passing of legendary Gopher head football coach Murray Warmath:
“Murray Warmath is one of the great coaches and leaders in the history of Gopher sports, and indeed, intercollegiate athletics. He persevered through losing seasons and harsh criticism to coach his team to a national championship and a Rose Bowl victory—but he should perhaps be best remembered for his efforts to recruit outstanding African-American student-athletes in the 1950s and ’60s, which helped to break down the color barrier at universities across the country. I had the privilege of getting to know him during the campaign to bring football back to campus with the construction of TCF Bank Stadium. Coach Warmath was revered by his players, respected by his peers, and will be deeply missed by Gopher fans and friends of the University everywhere.”