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Sam McCord Selected to Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor



Former East Texas State standout and assistant coach Sam McCord (far left) was one of three individuals announced on Thursday for induction into the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor.

Sept. 28, 2006

Commerce, Texas

Former East Texas State standout and assistant coach Sam McCord was one of three individuals announced on Thursday for induction into the Lone Star Conference Hall of Honor.

McCord played quarterback for East Texas State University for three years after transferring from Paris Junior College where he had played for future Lions head coach Ernest Hawkins, a member of the LSC Hall of Honor. During the three years that McCord was the starting quarterback for ETSU, the Lions were 28-3-0 and won the Lone Star Conference Championship outright in 1957 and 1958 and tied for the title in 1959. ETSU's conference record those three years was 18-3. The 1957 team, quarterbacked by McCord, won the Tangerine Bowl in Orlando, Fla., over Southern Mississippi 10-9 and was the only Texas team to win a post-season bowl game that year. In 1958, with McCord at quarterback, the Lions defeated Missouri Valley in the Tangerine Bowl, 26-7. McCord was named the game's Most Valuable Player. As a quarterback, McCord led the Lone Star Conference in rushing in 1959 with 887 yards. He led the Lions in passing in both 1957 and 1959, led the team in both rushing and punting in 1958 and 1959, and led the team in total offense each of his three years at quarterback.

After signing with the Raiders after his college career was finished, McCord coached high school football in Texas before becoming an assistant coach to Hawkins at ETSU. McCord also served the University as Alumni Director and as Director of Security. He was the primary organizer of the Lions Athletic Hall of Fame which inducted its first class in 1978 and was himself inducted in 1981.

In addition to McCord, Wes Kittley--former track and field coach at Abilene Christian University--and Ed Messbarger--former men's basketball coach at Angelo State University--will also be honored. The LSC Hall of Honor recognizes outstanding individuals who have brought pride and honor to the conference through their contributions as an athlete or who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the betterment of the conference as a coach or administrator. The inductees were chosen by a panel of athletic administrators throughout the league. McCord joins Dr. J. J. Hawthorne, Ernest Hawkins, Delmer Brown, L. I. Smith and Wade Wilson as former LIONS administrators, coaches and/or athletes in the LSC Hall of Honor.

 

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