Computer spits out Morgan as worst Division I football team in country

September 27, 1990|By Paul McMullen

We're No. 193.

That's not exactly the rallying cry coach Ed Wyche wants to hear, but the computerized ranking of Division I football teams done by USA Today spit out Morgan State's name as the worst in the land this week. According to Jeff Sagarin's computer program, the Bears would lose even to No. 192 Fordham, which is in Division I-AA for only the second year.

After finishing 4-6-1 last season -- Morgan State's best since 1981 -- Wyche and company brought high hopes into 1990. What went wrong?

The Bears had just 12 seniors last year, but just about every one was a starter, including a record-setting quarterback and the top two rushers, three offensive linemen, several linebackers and a top defensive back.

At least two other veterans who might have started dropped out of school, and Morgan State remains a young team. There are just 14 seniors, and one of the best, wide receiver Glenny Moore, has missed the last two games with injury. The school is looking into getting NCAA approval to redshirt him for this season.

Morgan State still hasn't righted itself from a season-opening 63-13 demolition at Central State Sept. 1. In four games, the Bears have been outscored 167-29. They lost eight fumbles at North Carolina A&T last week. Saturday's game at Morehead (Ky.) State represents the last soft touch on the schedule until the Nov. 10 closer at Cheyney State, and by then the Golden Bears could be 0-10.

The area's other Division I-AA, Towson State, isn't doing much better on the computer. The 0-3 Tigers are No. 186, only seven spots above dead-last Morgan State.

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