Mount Union (OH) continued the school’s dominance Friday night winning the 11th division III title in the program’s history, and first since 2008, with a victory over St. Thomas (MN).
The Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl does not get the same recognition as the BCS National Championship and I’m certain many of you reading can name the entire starting line-ups for both Alabama and Notre Dame before you can name a single Purple Raider.
However, this program led by head coach Larry Kehres is one of the best in the nation on any level.
Kehres owns a 332-24-3 record and is one of 10 coaches in college football to eclipse 300 wins for a career. He is the active wins leader on any level.
The school’s first title came in 1993 and the little school (their enrollment is 2,250) from Alliance, Oh has appeared in a total of 16 championship games–winning 21 straight conference championships.
His teams have only lost two regular season games since the 1992 season, and have been in the Championship Game 12 of the last 13 years.
He is a nine-time winner of the Division III Coach of the Year award given out by the AFCA and after 38 years at Mount Union his program owns the greatest winning percentage in college football.
You will never hear about any improper benefits given to these players and never have to worry about these student-athletes being skipping class or being arrested.
They keep their head straight, noses clean, actually go to their classes and play for the love of the game–even if that is a cliché it’s also a fact.
Despite the school’s ridiculous success in the last two decades only two players, Pierre Garcon and Cecil Shorts III have had success in the NFL.
These players aren’t playing for the Heisman trophy and won’t get a chance to get drafted or even in all likelihood ever play in an NFL game, but what Mount Union has accomplished on the Division III level is greater than any FBS program.
Death, taxes, and Mount Union in the Championship Game are the three guarantees in life.
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