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Old Nov 21, 2010, 07:10 PM   #1
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Coach Ray Eliot

18 years 1942-59, 83-73-11

Ray Eliot, known to Illinois football fans as "Mr. Illini," held the position of head football coach at Illinois for more years than anyone else except Bob Zuppke.

At Illinois, Eliot produced Big Ten championships in 1946, 1951 and 1953. His teams claimed Rose Bowl victories, 45-14, over UCLA in 1947, and, 40-7, over Stanford in 1952. Eliot, who for years was in demand as a lecturer at football clinics around the nation, was renowned as a motivator. A nine-word motto he uttered, typified his Fighting Illini spirit: "Anything you think you can do, you can do."

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Old Nov 21, 2010, 08:22 PM   #2
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Old Nov 22, 2010, 12:35 PM   #3
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Coach Ray Eliot

Had an opportunity as a teenager to watch him coach and see some of his teams in the late 50's. Always thought, he was a super coach and a class person, this tape just reinforces that feeling towards him.

This speech is relevant in any era, just basic common sense of individuals challenging themselves. He uses the term, be a man, you just don't hear that gaunlet being thrown down in today's neutered society in motivating males. Refreshing!

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