Browse Exhibits (9 total)

Trinity Football: Apathy in the Face of Mediocrity

At the beginning of the 1980s, Trinity Football was rumored to be on the verge of extinction. This exhibit examines the grassroots efforts made by Trinity students and the lack thereof an administrative effort made to permeate fandom throughout the Trinity community.

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Trinity University Football History

This exhibit highlights and describes Trinity Football's lack of support and prominence on campus throughout the last few decades, even though football has only grown in popularity in the US. 

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1989 Trinity Football

This report analyzes the 1989 football season at Trinity University, and reasons for the lack of success. I interview two individuals who were members of the team during the season. The report also looks into the troubling reality of CTE, and the effect that it has had on members of the team.

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Gene Norris' Career

This exhibit will take a look at the life and career of Gene Norris as he worked his way from assistant football coach to the athletics director. This website will also take a look at Gene Norris' overall impact on the athletics department as he helped it transition from Division 1 to Division 3 athletics.

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With the 21st Pick in the 1968 NFL Draft...

This exhibit highlights one of Trinity University's most versitle football player and leading scorer, Marvin Upshaw. 

 

 

 

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Marvin Upshaw: Collegiate Athletics, Racial Equality, & Trinity University

Marvin Allen Upshaw was born on November 22nd, 1946 in Robstown, Texas; a town nearly two hours south of San Antonio (Hall of Fame, 2001). When it came time for Upshaw to make a college decision nearly eighteen years later, Upshaw decided to take his talents to the one and only Trinity University in the fall of 1964. At the time, Trinity University was a small and private Presbyterian affiliated institution located in the heart of downtown San Antonio. Rather than follow older brother Gene to Texas A&I, Upshaw took his own leap of faith by accepting a scholarship to play both football and baseball for Trinity. 

Upon Upshaw’s arrival on campus in the fall of 1964, he immediately stood out for both his size, at six-foot-four and 245 lbs. (“Tiger lineman plays tough”, September 1967, p. 11), as well as his skin color. The demographic of Trinity’s campus was purely white and the majority of students came from upper middle to upper class families (Pritz, 2016). Trinity then, as now, was a small school where most students knew one another (Weiss, 2016). Although one of the few African American students on campus, Upshaw would prove to be accepted by teammates, coaches, and classmates through being a standout athlete on the football field, on the baseball diamond, and by serving as president for the “T” Association. 

 

Coaches, Teammates, and Classmates on Upshaw

Head coach Earl Gartman shared with The Trinitonian in the fall of 1967 that Upshaw was as good as any lineman in Texas and the best player Trinity has to offer (“Tiger lineman plays tough,” September 1967, p. 11). Following Upshaw’s invite to the Senior bowl following the season, Gartman added on to his comments about Upshaw as being “one of the best football players I’ve ever seen, let alone coached,” (“Upshaw All American; invited to Senior bowl,” December 1967, p. 7). 

Teammate Greg Lens cited Upshaw as his greatest inspiration on the field and trying to beat Upshaw in on-field performance is one of his top challenges (Mervin, October 1967, p. 10).

Ron Pritz, a Trinity graduate in 1969, first started his friendship with Upshaw during the two weeks of two-a-days for football in the summer of 1965. Pritz (2016) shared that "Marvin was a wonderful guy, remarkably friendly, and easy to know and be around."

Eric Weiss, a Trinity graduate in 1968, took Opera Literature with Upshaw and had the opportunity to get to know Upshaw both in the classroom and while studying together. Weiss (2016) shared that "Upshaw was very well known at Trinity, both as a superb athlete, and as an all-around nice guy."

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A New Football Tradition - Early 1990's

This exhibit focuses on Steve Mohr and how he turned the Trinity football program around in the early to mid 1990's. As Coach Mohr steadily instilled a new tradition into Trinity's football program, he saw results in just three years.

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Hiring Coach Mohr

This exhibit discusses the hiring of Trinity Football Coach, Steve Mohr in 1990, and the lastign impact it has had on the program since.  Coach Mohr has been inducted into the Trinity HOF for his efforts as head coach from 1990-2013.  During his tenure he led the Tigers to 16 SCAC championships, 12 DIII playoff appearences and posted a total record of 92-29

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Hall of 'Famer' record 'Breaker'

A look into the career of Trinity Football superstar, Earl Costley. 

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