See How They Gain Ground

September 5, 2007

Former University president Tim Healy, SJ used to quip that, in the world of Georgetown undergraduate life, any campus activity that took place once and then repeated a year later would instantly be viewed by students as a long-standing school tradition. And that is at the oldest Catholic school in America. Egad! What would constitute tradition at a university that opened a mere forty years ago?

From 1968 to 1992, Scotty Glacken roamed the football sidelines each fall, first as an assistant, then as head coach of the gridiron Hoyas. Last December, Scotty passed away all too suddenly. The loss was painful for all who knew him. On Saturday, September 8, 2007, Georgetown will play its first home football contest since his death.

Along with his family, former assistants, and many of his players, we will remember Scotty at half-time of next Saturday's game against Lafayette.

A young Scotty Glacken takes a practice snap under the watchful eye of Pebbles

I remember arriving on the Hilltop as a freshman the same autumn that Scotty first volunteered to help with the Hoyas' club football offense. It was old Georgetown back then. Hoya gridiron great and former coach Jack Hagerty `26 was the athletic director, assisted by fellow hall of famer George Murtagh '26. To coach this Georgetown revival edition of intercollegiate football, they brought back their old coaching colleague from the Hoya Orange Bowl days, Mush Dubosky '32. And Mush brought with him the future: an assistant coach who was his star pupil and quarterback when he coached local high school ball at St. John's.

In those years, game days for the recently reborn intercollegiate football program were quite the campus happening. The stands would be packed full and the overflow stood behind the end zone. Faculty came out to cheer. Students would dress up in their finest, as much to impress the hundreds of coeds from neighboring women's colleges, who would venture onto the mostly male campus for one of the week's best social gatherings. Elegant tailgating preceded and followed the game itself. Jack the Bulldog greeted the fans on the grass and cinder-tracked Kehoe Field. Athletic equipment manager Raymond Medley, aka "Pebbles," wandered among the crowd trading salutations and backslaps with the many familiar faces. The pep band was on hand, poised to render the Fight Song whenever the Hoyas drove inside the opponent's 20-yard line.


I took in all this spectacle while standing inside a little trailer on the west side of the field where, along with my fellow lacrosse teammates, we sold hot dogs and refreshments under the watchful eye of the gentle cafeteria manager and boxing instructor, Marty Gallagher. We usually sold out by the middle of the third quarter so I would get to watch the end of the game. Since then, I have caught all or part of every Hoya football season.

The immortal Jack

Styling on the Drum

Football social

Former boxing coach/instructor Marty Gallagher

Cheers!


Over the following 24 seasons, the changes at the University, in the athletic department, and in the world of college sports have been vast and far-reaching. During those years, the status of intercollegiate football on campus was by no means secure. Yet, there was continuity at the helm of the Hoya gridiron program throughout and it made all the difference for the survival of Georgetown football. That continuity was the future from 1968, Mush's young assistant, E. Scott Glacken. For these 25 seasons, we are grateful and we will remember him well.

And if those many years of Scotty's service don't represent one of our great Hoya traditions, what does?



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