When you think of Michigan State football, the names of Clarence “Biggie” Munn and Hugh Duffy Daugherty are legends and the benchmark all success of Michigan State football is judged by.
This fall, Munn and Daugherty will rightly take their place in Spartan Stadium’s Ring of Fame joining former Spartan All-Americans and College Football Hall of Famers Don Coleman, George Webster, Charles “Bubba” Smith, Brand Van Pelt, John Pingel and Gene Washington, along with former MSU President John Hannah.
The duo combined to win 163 games and six National Championships between them and become the first coaches added to the “Ring of Fame”.
Michigan State Athletics Director Mark Hollis said the following about the pair.
“Clarence ‘Biggie’ Munn and Hugh Duffy Daugherty are truly Michigan State coaching icons and certainly deserving of having their names added to the Spartan Stadium ‘Ring of Fame,’” Hollis said. “Both men played significant roles in helping shape the future of Michigan State football and quite frankly the college game itself.
“‘Biggie’ first brought the program to national prominence in the late 1940s and early ’50s, and his teams helped position Michigan State for admission into the Big Ten. Duffy followed up by taking the program to new heights in the 1950s and ’60s. More importantly, both men played critical roles in advancing the integration of college football. Under ‘Biggie’ in 1952, Willie Thrower became the first black quarterback to play in the Big Ten. A year later, Thrower became the first African-American to play the position (Chicago Bears) in the National Football League. In the 1960s, Duffy continued to aggressively recruit in the South and became one of the first college football coaches to field a fully integrated team.
“‘Biggie’ and Duffy made deep, lasting contributions to this institution and its football program,” Hollis continued. “It’s also important that we recognize them for the lead roles they assumed in helping to break down the color barrier in college football. So we’re definitely looking forward to paying tribute to these two College Football Hall of Fame coaches, and it’s only fitting that their names be added to the ‘Ring of Fame’ prior to this season’s Homecoming game.”