Coach Emeritus Willie Jeffries to be Inducted into the 2010 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame

Friday, July 16, 2010

SC State head football coach emeritus, Willie Jeffries, ‘60, will be inducted into the 2010 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame during the Enshrinement Festival, July 16-17, 2010 in South Bend, Ind.

A live webcast of the Enshrinement Show, which will include Jefferies’ induction, will be featured at, and on Saturday, July 17, 2010, from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

"The 2010 Divisional Hall of Fame Class consists of players and coaches who have defined excellence in our sport," said Archie Manning, chairman of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame (NFF) and a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee from Ole Miss. "We share the pride felt by their families, friends and schools and look forward to immortalizing their achievements in college football's ultimate shrine."

The first African-American to be hired as a head coach at a Division-I school (Wichita State), Jeffries finished his career as the winningest coach in SC State and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) history.

During a 19-year coaching career at SC State, which included two tenures – 1973-1978 and 1989-2001 – Jeffries achieved unparalleled success, winning more football games than any other coach in school history. He compiled an enviable record of 128-77-4 during his two stints as Bulldog head coach.

The Union, S.C. native also owns more MEAC victories than any other coach in the long history of the league. During his remarkable 29-year collegiate head-coaching career – which included five-year stints at both Wichita State and Howard -- he compiled a 179-132-6 record, a winning percentage of over sixty percent.

A three-time Black National Championship winner, Jeffries is credited with inventing the "Freeze Option" offense and is the only person in history to coach against College Football Hall of Famers Paul "Bear" Bryant and Eddie Robinson. Jeffries won the MEAC conference title seven times, six with SC State and one with Howard. He has also coached College Football Hall of Famers Harry Carson and Donnie Shell.

Named coach of the year on eight different occasions, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Black Coaches Association in 2002. An inductee in both the MEAC Hall of Fame and SCSU Athletic Hall of Fame, Jeffries was awarded the Order of the Silver Crescent in 2001, South Carolina's highest honor for Outstanding Community Service.

Jeffries was recently named head coach emeritus at SC State and will serve as a liaison between the University, its alumni and other constituents. He currently resides in Elloree, S.C.