Monday, July 16, 2012

LSC Roundup 7-16

Ron Harms reflects on career as he heads to College Football Hall of Fame - George Vondracek, Corpus Christi Caller-Times

— The coaching whistle that had been a fixture around Ron Harms' neck for 40 years has long been shelved.

Retirement has afforded the former Texas A&I and Texas A&M-Kingsville coach time to spend with his wife Marlene, his three daughters and son and nine grandchildren. Life is a little quieter than when he patrolled the sidelines at Javelina Stadium.

Now 75, Harms knocks around the house he built on land that he purchased several years before ending his 21 seasons as the Javelinas football coach and athletics director. He still works out, swims and plays golf.

"I do a variety of things. I read a lot more now. I don't do much fishing because I'm not very good at it. I'm not very good at golf either but I don't have to clean the boat after I play golf," Harms said, chuckling. "Marlene and I spend quite a bit of time together going here and there and doing different things, checking our grandkids out, all of that stuff."

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FORT WORTH -- Former ACU football standout Grant Feasel – one of the most dominating offensive lineman in Lone Star Conference history – passed away Sunday morning.  He was 52.

The funeral has been set for 1:30 p.m. Friday at Legacy Church of Christ in North Richland Hills.

Feasel, an all-America lineman for the Wildcats who later played eight seasons in the NFL with the Colts, Vikings and Seahawks, was selected in 1997 to the NCAA Division II Team of the Quarter Century.  Feasel arrived in Abilene in the summer of 1978 as a 6-5, 215-pound offensive tackle from Barstow, Calif.  By the time he left ACU as a 1983 graduate he had grown into a 6-7, 295-pound behemoth who earned almost every conceivable award available to an NCAA Division II offensive lineman.

He was also selected by the Baltimore Colts in the sixth round of the 1983 NFL draft, the same draft that saw the Colts select Stanford quarterback John Elway as the No. 1 overall selection.

"When Grant first arrived at ACU he was a tall, skinny kid," ACU director of athletics emeritus and former head football coach Wally Bullington recalled.  "But he worked hard in the weight room and became, in my opinion, maybe the best offensive lineman we've ever had here.  He was an extremely hard worker and dedicated player and was a great team player," Bullington said.  "I was always impressed with what a great team player he was, and I know he must have been a pleasure to coach."


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