West Virginia

1965 Mountaineers
(Authentic Reproduction)




A new and creative helmet logo was introduced for 1965, and actually unveiled in the Liberty Bowl game the previous December, a yellow State Of West Virginia outlined in white with blue, white-outlined WVU lettering extending vertically and diagonally through the state. On the gold shell, it was very different for the time period. Corum was recruiting well and looking forward to 1965. The only negative were whispers of player misbehavior off-the-field that would become louder as the year wore on. On the field, newcomer Garrett Ford joined fullback Dick Leftridge in a devastating backfield, the soph gaining 894 yards with Leftridge adding almost 800 more. The tank-like Leftridge earned his spot as the Steelers number one draft choice in 1966 but his pro career never got untracked due to an inability to keep his body weight down. He reported to the Steelers at approximately 300 pounds and appeared in four games rushing but eight times for a total of seventeen yards with one fumble in that single season. He was out of football after the '66 season and passed away a few years ago. QB Allen McCune who had attended the same West Virginia East Bank High School as basketball great Jerry West, had talented receivers in Bob Dunlevy, John Finnerty, and wingback Dick Rader. Tackle Ken Woodeshick and Larry Canterbury were leaders up front. 1965's 6-4 record was highlighted by a 4-0 Southern Conference mark and a huge offensive display in a 63-48 wing-ding against Pitt so Corum was confident of continuing his winning ways. Unfortunately, criticism continued about his players' indiscretions until WVU President Paul A. Miller, a 1939 West Virginia grad, pushed Corum to resign as head coach and then reassigned him to the School Of Physical Education where he taught until his retirement.

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