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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | September 22, 2009
Norman Earl Banks, a retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration supervisor and former Northeast Baltimore resident, died Sept. 15 of cancer at Health Care Windemere in Orlando, Fla. He was 78. Born in Baltimore and raised on Stanwood Avenue, he was a 1949 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. In 1950, Mr. Banks went to work as a draftsman for the Navy's Hydrographic office in Suitland. He transferred in 1972 to NOAA, where he was section chief of the nautical charting division until his retirement in 1986.
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Sports Digest | September 11, 2014
Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame Native Dancer, five others to be inducted in November Racehorse Native Dancer, swimmer Beth Botsford , baseball-football players Tommy Brown and Brian Jordan , lacrosse player and coach Bob Scott and figure skater Kimmie Meissner will be inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. In addition, the Hall will present the John Steadman Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the contribution of individuals over a long career of supporting and advancing athletics in the state of Maryland, to the late Earl Banks , who was the football coach at Morgan State.
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By Kent Baker | January 17, 1992
Earl Banks, Morgan State's "Papa Bear," who put the school's football team in the national spotlight and put 40 players into the professional ranks, was selected yesterday for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame."
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Sports Digest | August 14, 2014
College football: Maryland will hold its Fan Appreciation Day at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Byrd Stadium. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. Athletic department officials will be on hand for select-a-seat and mezzanine-ticket upgrade opportunities for this season. After the team's scrimmage at 3:30p.m., coach Randy Edsall and Terps players will participate in an autograph session on the field. Spectators are welcome to come on the field after the scrimmage. Maryland posters and schedule cards for this season will be available at the marketing tables.
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October 15, 2009
Howard@Morgan State 7:30 p.m. [ESPNU] Track the Bears as eighth-year coach Donald Hill-Eley's team looks to become the first Morgan State squad since 1979 to start the season 5-1. That team finished 9-2. Hill-Eley (left) has 40 wins, third in school history behind Eddie Hurt (174) and Earl Banks (94).
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October 29, 1993
If you want to gauge the true measure of Earl Banks' contributions during his 69 years on Earth, you have to look beyond his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame last December, beyond the 40 players he coached who went on to play in the National Football League, beyond his three consecutive undefeated seasons at Morgan State and his 95-30-2 record, beyond his own All-American status while a student-athlete at the University of Iowa.You have to look at Earl Banks' work in molding college-age men at Morgan State into mature and responsible adults.
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November 1, 1993
Coaches love to give lectures on the virtues of football as a metaphor for life. No one in this area has done a more masterful job over the years of making that type of philosophy a reality for hundreds of young men than former Morgan State head coach and athletic director Earl Banks, who died last week at age 69.Earl Banks is in the College Football Hall of Fame for achieving stunning results at Morgan State over a 14-year period (a 31-game win streak, a...
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
That one of the largest pro football players of his era now owns three restaurants isn't surprising. But how did Roger Brown shed 50 pounds doing it? "My goal now is to sell the food, not eat it," said Brown, 76, who played at Maryland State before starring with the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s. A restaurant/sports bar in Portsmouth, Va., where he lives bears his name. Brown, a onetime 300-pound All Pro defensive tackle, also owns establishments in Williamsburg and Newport News.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Staff Writer | November 2, 1993
Local politicians, former players, fellow coaches and his closest friends tried to sum up the man who melded the teaching of college football and life, but even speeches, poetry and music could not explain all the compassion and impact Earl Carey Banks had on those around him."He has left a legacy that will endure through eternity," said Dr. Earl S. Richardson, president of Morgan State University.Yesterday, in the Murphy Fine Arts Auditorium at Morgan State, several hundred mourners remembered Banks in a two-hour memorial service as the coach who led Morgan football into the golden years and turned young men from broken homes into positive contributors to society.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Staff Writer | October 28, 1993
Earl Banks was much bigger than the game of college football.He was an institution, a motivator, a philosopher, a giant man with a heart to match his size.Banks also was a great football coach. He won't be mentioned in the same breath with Stagg, Rockne or Bryant, but his former players held him in the highest esteem."He was one of the best college football coaches in the country," said former University of Maryland and Dunbar coach Bob Wade, a defensive back at Morgan under Banks. "His coaching style would have made him competitive in any arena, even against the best, because Coach Banks, along with coaches like Eddie Robinson and Jake Gaithers, were the elite."
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
That one of the largest pro football players of his era now owns three restaurants isn't surprising. But how did Roger Brown shed 50 pounds doing it? "My goal now is to sell the food, not eat it," said Brown, 76, who played at Maryland State before starring with the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s. A restaurant/sports bar in Portsmouth, Va., where he lives bears his name. Brown, a onetime 300-pound All Pro defensive tackle, also owns establishments in Williamsburg and Newport News.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | November 30, 2012
Morgan State football coach Donald Hill-Eley said he might soon be out of a job after he accidentally received an e-mail earlier this week outlining the university's plans to seek his replacement. Hill-Eley, who has led the Bears to a 54-69 record in 11 seasons, said he hadn't heard anything official from the university as of Friday despite receiving the e-mail on Tuesday evening. "I don't know what's going on," Hill-Eley said when reached on his cell phone. A university spokesman said he had no immediate comment about Hill-Eley's status.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
Jesse L. Thomas, a Baltimore Colts defensive back in the 1950s who then spent four decades at Morgan State University, serving for several years as its head football coach, died of dementia complications May 16 at his Columbia home. He was 83. Born in Guthrie, Okla., and raised in Flint, Mich., he was a much-praised athlete at its Central High School, where he was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. He was Flint's 1945 Athlete of the Year and held letters in basketball, baseball, track and football.
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By Sports Digest | October 22, 2010
Men's college basketball Report: Ex-Hoya C. Smith shot inside his Bowie home The NBC station in Washington reported that Charles Smith , a former star at Georgetown in the late 1980s, was shot inside his Bowie home Thursday afternoon. Smith was shot twice in the chest in the 13200 block of Lansdales Hope Way, according to the report. He was hospitalized in critical-but-stable condition and underwent surgery Thursday afternoon. Prince George's County police are searching for a single gunman, NBC News4 reported.
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By From Sun News Services | October 21, 2010
Three men with local ties will be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2011 class. Former Morgan State coach Earl Banks and offensive tackle Roosevelt Brown will join Art Shell, who was an offensive tackle at UMES when it was Maryland State College, in the hall's second class, it was announced Thursday. Banks spent 14 years as Morgan's coach, amassing an .839 win-loss percentage. He was Morgan's athletic director from 1970 to 1983 and died in 1993. Brown, a Black All-American in 1951 and 1952, was a member of the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
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By Baltimore Sun reporter | October 4, 2010
The Black College Football Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2011 finalists Monday, and five of the 35 finalists have ties to Maryland schools. Former Morgan State offensive lineman Roosevelt Brown, running back Leroy Kelly and coach Earl Banks are joined by offensive lineman Art Shell and running back Emerson Boozer, both of Maryland State College, now known as University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The Hall of Fame's second annual class will include 11 new members at the ceremony held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta on Feb. 19, 2011.
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By From Sun News Services | October 21, 2010
Three men with local ties will be inducted into the Black College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2011 class. Former Morgan State coach Earl Banks and offensive tackle Roosevelt Brown will join Art Shell, who was an offensive tackle at UMES when it was Maryland State College, in the hall's second class, it was announced Thursday. Banks spent 14 years as Morgan's coach, amassing an .839 win-loss percentage. He was Morgan's athletic director from 1970 to 1983 and died in 1993. Brown, a Black All-American in 1951 and 1952, was a member of the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
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By John Steadman | December 9, 1992
NEW YORK -- All the plaudits and tributes have been officially extended and football stories from games past recounted, if not documented. Now that Earl Banks is in the College Football Hall of Fame, he says it's his desire to start playing "pay back."In typical Banks whimsy, he put the honors heaped upon him at banquets in Baltimore and New York in smiling perspective."When I pass on, I won't have to try to rise in the casket to find out what they're saying about me," he quipped. "I've heard it all, and it sure sounded good."
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October 15, 2009
Howard@Morgan State 7:30 p.m. [ESPNU] Track the Bears as eighth-year coach Donald Hill-Eley's team looks to become the first Morgan State squad since 1979 to start the season 5-1. That team finished 9-2. Hill-Eley (left) has 40 wins, third in school history behind Eddie Hurt (174) and Earl Banks (94).
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | September 22, 2009
Norman Earl Banks, a retired National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration supervisor and former Northeast Baltimore resident, died Sept. 15 of cancer at Health Care Windemere in Orlando, Fla. He was 78. Born in Baltimore and raised on Stanwood Avenue, he was a 1949 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. In 1950, Mr. Banks went to work as a draftsman for the Navy's Hydrographic office in Suitland. He transferred in 1972 to NOAA, where he was section chief of the nautical charting division until his retirement in 1986.
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