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Hall Of Fame HBCU Coach Doug Porter Dies At 94

Hall Of Fame HBCU Coach Doug Porter Dies At 94

Doug Porter, a longtime football coach at multiple HBCUs and the oldest living member of the College Football Hall of Fame, has died at 94.

Porter, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, died last Wednesday, according to online reports.

Porter was the head coach at Mississippi Valley State, Howard, and Fort Valley State. He was an assistant coach under Eddie Robinson at Grambling, returned to the school in 1997 as an advisor, and helped establish the Eddie G. Robinson Museum in Grambling.

Coach Doug Porter, the 2008 College Football Hall of Fame inductee

Porter coached at Fort Valley State from 1979 to 1985 and again from 1987 to 1996, going 112-66-3 between stints.

″He left a lasting impact on not only his players, but all students, faculty, staff and alumni,” said Jeffery Parlor, a former player under Porter at Fort Valley.

At Fort Valley, Porter was a seven-time Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference coach of the year.  He was chairman of the Division II Football Committee and president of the National Athletic Steering Committee. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008 and the FVSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

Prior to coaching, Porter played quarterback at Xavier of Louisiana and served in the U.S. Army. He began his college coaching career at Mississippi Valley State, going 21-19 from 1961-65. He then spent nine seasons at Grambling with Robinson, then was 30-21-2 at Howard from 1974-78.

“Doug Porter was a remarkable person, crafting an impressive career in coaching and athletics administration among the HBCU ranks,” National Football Foundation chairman Archie Manning said. “A great football mind, he was a top-flight recruiter who cared deeply about his players and put them in a position to succeed.”

Porter’s wife, Dr. Wilma Jean Porter, died in 2017.

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