Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cat FB drills 8/29/2015


Monday, August 24, 2015

Cat football drills 8/24/2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Linfield football 2015 ready


Counting the days until first game (Homecoming) on  Sept. 12 vs. Chapman. Kickoff 12:30 p.m. on Linfield's Legendary Maxwell Field, home of the Wildcats.

Season schedule posted at Linfield Sports Info website:












Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Levi Carlile, a former Linfield faculty athletic rep to NWC



In addition to being a faculty representative on the Linfield College Board of Trustees, Economics Professor Emeritus Levi  Carlile’s resume included serving several years as faculty athletic representative to the Northwest Conference (NWC), says Wildcatville.


Levi Carlile, former Linfield prof, dies at 87


McMinnville N-R 8/14/2015 


Levi Carlile, who taught economics and business at Linfield College from 1964 to 1993, died Aug. 10, 2015. He was 87.


Linfield accounting professor Rich Emery recalled Carlile saying people self-select Linfield. In an interview for Linfield Magazine, he said Carlile felt a certain type of person would attend Linfield, be happy with the education he or she received and remain happy with it over ensuing years.


That was also true for Carlile. The Texas native joined Linfield’s small economics department in 1964, after falling in love with the Pacific Northwest during a summer visit in 1961.


“When I pulled into the drive of the college, I thought there is no way this is real,” said Carlile as he retired from Linfield. “This school looks like it should be in Virginia or back east somewhere. I think it was the beauty and style of the architecture that struck me.”


He was a one-person economics department until he was joined in 1968 by Forrest Blodgett. 

Then-President Gordon C. Bjork asked the business and economic departments to merge in 1969.


In addition to teaching economics, Carlile served as a faculty representative on the college’s board of directors. In that role, he worked to ensure Linfield’s sustainability throughout the 1970s.


“There has been a great deal of just simply warm voluntary colleague support when it was sorely needed,” he said when he retired. “At times, I’ve had experiences with people at Linfield that I’ve disagreed with, but whom I have come to admire very much.”


Linfield President Thomas Hellie said he continued to help build the Economics and Business Department until his retirement in 1993.


He was born Levi James Carlile on July 21, 1928, in Kerrville, Texas.


After graduating from Somerset High School in 1946, he enlisted in the Navy.


Specializing in amphibious warfare, he earned a spot on the Navy’s Underwater Demolition Team, predecessor to its present-day SEALs unit. He went on to attend officer candidate school.


He was assigned as boat group commander on the USS Mathews, where he served for two years during the Korean War before mustering out as a lieutenant.


During shore leave in Long Beach, California, he met Janice Beverly Johnson, a teacher from Minnesota. They married on Sept. 16, 1955, at the Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes, Calif.


After completing his Navy service, Carlile earned a master’s degree in economics and government at Texas A&I. Along the way, he served as student body president.


He went on to teach economics at San Antonio College, then took a corporate post with the Douglas Aircraft Company in Santa Monica, California. He worked on analysis and contract bidding for the Thor-Delta rocket program and other projects.


Moonlighting at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, California, rekindled his interest in teaching.


Survivors include his wife, sons Ben and Paul, daughter Carrie and four grandchildren. A memorial service and reception will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Aug. 17, in the Great Room at McMinnville Cooperative Ministries, 544 N.E. Second St.


The family requests any gifts in his name be directed to the Give a Little Foundation, a nonprofit McMinnville-based group that helps people in need throughout Yamhill County. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.givealittlefoundation.org or calling 503-857-2964.

Linfielder Dennis Anderson quoted in book about SF 49ers

Updated with Postscript 8/19/2015

Linfielder Dennis Anderson, Class of 1958, is quoted in a newly-published (June 2015) about the San Francisco 49ers NFL team. The book, by Dave Newhouse, is "Founding 49ers "The Dark Days Before the Dynasty" from Black Squirrel Books, a trade imprint of The Kent State University Press of Ohio.

A 49er of fame is R. C. Owens, who played football and basketball (with Elgin Baylor, who later transferred to Seattle University) at the College of Idaho (C of I) in Caldwell, Idaho. The Idaho college was a Northwest Conference football power in the early 1950s.

Owens played for San Francisco, 1957-1961. He is known as the receiver on the 49ers famous "Alley Oop" play where its quarterback lofts the ball high and Owens jumps and catches it. The play came into being when Owens played for C of I in McMinnville against Linfield.  Here's what the book says:

=Owens was a great leaper who would lift pro football, literally, to new heights. In a preseason game in Seattle against the Chicago Cardinals, Y.A. Tittle heaved a wild pass into the end zone. Owens soared high and caught it for a touchdown. Something new was happening, but it wasn't yet exactly clear.

=But, the NFL, and perhaps the 49ers, didn't know that Owens already was dunking the football in college. In 1954, he pulled out a 20-18 come-from-behind victory over Linfield College of Oregon with two touchdown catches plucked above the defensive backs. Dennis Anderson, a Linfield player and future journalist, watched agog from the sideline. "I thought the quarterback had put up a duck, but Owens jumped high, reached down over the defender and took the ball away for a touchdown," said Anderson. "I hadn't ever seen that done before, and I didn't see it done again until he played for the 49ers."

Anderson, who lives in McMinnville, has his own football-related fame. It came in 1986 working in the Linfield Athletic Dept. as a volunteer. Through his research, The Streak of Linfield football was discovered. See link to 2001 LA Times article below for info. 

Speaking of The Streak. It's at 59 seasons. A winning season in 2015 will make it an even 60. 

Sources:

--Kent State University Press

--Star athlete R.C. Owens and The College of Idaho lift each other to new heights

--R.C. Owens dies at 77; 49ers 'alley oop' receiver  LA Times June 24, 2012

--Northwest Conference football champions
1952 C of I, Pacific
1953 C of I
1954 WU, C of I, L&C
1955 L&C, C of I

--A Small College With a Mean Streak  LA Times  Sept 27, 2001
http://articles.latimes.com/2001/sep/27/sports/sp-50428

Postscript ---

On Monday, Jan. 17, 1955 (8 p.m. tipoff) in Linfield’s gym, Dennis Anderson saw R.C. Owens and Elgin Baylor play for the C of I/College of Idaho Coyotes versus the Roy Helser-coached Linfield men's basketball Wildcats. C of I won that game (90-63) and two more against Linfield in February 1955 on C of I's home court in Caldwell, Idaho.

Paul Durham, Linfield athletic director and football coach, was sports editor and "Dodging with Durham" sports columnist of the McMinnville N-R/News-Register for many years, including the winter of 1954-1955.  He was known as a writer, not only for the newspaper but also for the Linfield Athletic Department newsletter. But, he also knew how to promote athletics.

Durham’s N-R story said the Jan. 17 game was seen by an “overflow crowd that swarmed the Linfield gym” to see Baylor, a freshman, who scored 27 points and had 27 rebounds, “only seven short of the total compiled by the entire Linfield team.”

In Durham’s Jan. 24, 1955, “Dodging with Durham” column, he wrote that Owens is “suffering from a fouled up left shoulder, which he hurt in trying to tackle Lewis and Clark’s (Caley) Cook in their football game this fall. The arm comes out of its socket rather easily and has to be put back in. The injury is painful but hurts less the more often it happens. Fans” including Anderson “at the Linfield –C of I basketball game in McMinnville last week, saw Owens take time out to have his coach put the arm back in place after it was dislocated in a backboard scramble. An operation can correct the problem. Linfield boys who have had operations of that type in recent years are Tom Barrett and Vern Marshall. Doctors say that after the operation the shoulder is stronger than ever since the ligaments and muscles are shortened and the arm can’t slip out of place again. There is a slight constriction of the use of the arm, however as far as full reaching is concerned.”

(Baylor went on to star in the NBA for the Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers and is enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.)

Oh, about Durham knowing how to promote athletics. His promotional genius was on display on a N-R sports page in its Monday, Jan. 17, 1955, edition.  Below is the photo and cutline with the photo. Durham came up with the springs idea, borrowed the springs, wrote the cutline and took the photo.

 
The photo was taken inside Davison Auto Parts in McMinnville. Note the NAPA auto parts signage (NAPA/ National Automotive Parts Association, Assurance of Quality) in the upper right hand corner of the photo and the cans of motor oil in the photo’s lower right hand corner.



























cutline:

=DOESN’T REALLY NEED ‘EM -- Standing on a couple of truck springs provided by Dave Davison of Davison Auto Parts is College of Idaho’s great basketball performer R.C. Owens. Checking to see if Owens is using the springs to advantage is 6-6 Elgin Baylor, the phenomenal freshman who is getting national recognition for his shooting and rebounding ability. These two lads will use the springs in their own legs tonight on the Linfield court when they lead the Coyotes into battle against the Wildcats. (News-Register Pix 4681)=

Did you know?
In the 1949-1952 seasons, Helser and Durham were Linfield men’s basketball co-coaches.  In the 1952-1961 seasons, Helser had the job on his own before Ted Wilson became coach starting with the 1961-1962 season. 

Wilson coached Linfield in the 1965-1966 season, until he had a heart attack in late February 1966. Helser took over and coached the Wildcats the remainder of the season.  The remainder included four NWC season-ending games (all wins) , the NAIA District 2 playoffs (131-83 and 74-49 wins over Bob Quinn-coached EOC/Eastern Oregon College in a best of three series) and a game (95-81 loss) in Kansas City, Mo., in the 24th annual NAIA national basketball tourney vs. Lakeland (Wisc.) Muskies. 

 
By the way, when Wilson was an EOC student-athlete, Quinn was his basketball coach.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Joe Robillard's NFL experience



































JOE ROBILLARD



Linfield Class of 1969

Came to Linfield from Hood River High School, Hood River, Ore.

6-1and 200



Recruited to Linfield to play football. Lettered (1965, 1966, 1967 and 1968) in that sports for coaches Paul Durham and Ad Rutschman. Also lettered in track & field in 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969. He was Northwest Conference champ in both the high and intermediate (400 meter) hurdles and also ran on relay teams



DRAFTED BY SAINTS
Drafted by the NFL New Orleans Saints in (13th round, 319th pick) of 1969 NFL draft.



PRO SCOUTS
“I was generally not aware there were pro scouts at Linfield practices watching me. I suspect coaches Durham and Rutschman didn’t want disruption in practices. Knowing scouts were there could have caused that. After practices, I do remember talking to scouts for Green Bay, Atlanta and Detroit. They would talk to me a bit and get my height and weight and that was about it. I suspect they scouted big school players during games and small school players during practices. I never recall a pro scout watching me play in a game for Linfield.”



DIDN’T SIGN
After I was drafted, a Saints scout game to campus. But, I’m sure to the scout’s surprise I declined to sign their offer sheet. I may have been one of the original contract “hold outs.”



Perhaps even more amazing when I think back on it is that fact I went to the two week Saints Rookie camp in New Orleans without a contract. But, that didn’t last long.



I was called to an office and met with two Saints officials and the team attorney. They made it clear that I would not be allowed to practice without signing a contract. They had me. I was 2,000 miles from home. The Saints paid for a one-way plane ticket (Portland to New Orleans). If I didn’t sign, I wasn’t going to practice. I would not get the $15 per diem. Here I was in the office with the three of them. I thought, “I’ve got them right where I wanted them.” But, of course, the reality is they had me right where they wanted me. I signed.



ROOKIE CAMP
It went well for me. I was He was invited back to the Saints regular camp with the veterans at Cal-Western University in San Diego. I played in two pre-season games. But, I was cut after the second.



TRAINING CAMP
It was all about who was the biggest and baddest. We fought with each other all during practice. But, after practice we’d go out for a beer.



PREPARATION?
We didn't run pro schemes at Linfield so there were adjustments I had to make. Division 1 players on teams that ran pro schemes didn’t have many adjustments to make.



LINFIELD KNOWN? With two exceptions – a player from Hawaii who had played Linfield and a player from Oregon State, Linfield was an unknown.



SKILL LEVEL
Training camp and pre-season game experience showed me my skill level was not a significant step up from Linfield But because I was a late round draft choice I understood I was not going to be allowed many "do-overs" In hindsight, I should have spent time with a couple of Division 1 buddies on the team to better understand defensive schemes. If I’d done that I could have "reacted" rather than have to think through coverages.



DISAPPOINTED NOT TO HAVE PLAYED IN THE NFL? 
It probably worked out for the best for me. Money wasn't huge back in the 1960's. Minimum salary was $14,000.  Today, I can still walk and remember my name.



WATCHING FOOTBALL IN PERSON AND ON TV
I love watching college and pro football. Seeing my son, Matt Robillard, play football for Miami University of Ohio was especially enjoyable.



POSTSCRIPT – Joe played baseball for Linfield. Read story http://bit.ly/1L1sLmN

JOE ROBILLARD PHOTO INFORMATION:

-Baseball player Joe Robillard in Linfield Review, April 11, 1968

-Joe Robillard on cover of L&C at Linfield home game Oct. 5, 1968, printed program

-Clipping from Feb. 6, 1969, Linews story by Chuck Humble about Bob Haack, Joe Robillard, NFL draft

-Clipping, perhaps from a 1969 issue of the McMinnville News-Register, about Bob Haack, Joe Robillard, NLF draft


-Linfield Sports Info publicity photos of Bob Haack, Randy Marshall, Massey, Joe Robillard