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Murphy Services Fill Church and Then Some
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Nov. 7, 2011

Fullerton, Calif. - An overflow crowd numbering in the vicinity of 1,000 people paid their final respects Monday at St. Juliana Catholic Church to former Cal State Fullerton and Fullerton College football coach Gene Murphy, who died Oct. 29 at USC University Hospital in Los Angeles.

Murphy, 72, had undergone surgery for cancer of the esophagus on Oct. 25.

Murphy is survived by a 14-year-old daughter, Aileen, and her mother, Christine McCarthy, as well as two adult sons, Tim and Mike, and four grandchildren.


MEMORIAL DONATIONS: Memorial donations should be made to either the Eugene "Gene" Murphy Football Endowment within the Univ. of North Dakota Foundation, 3100 University Avenue, Stop 8157, Grand Forks, ND 58202-8157. Toll-free 800-543-8764
Or
The Aileen Murphy Educational Trust in care of Christine McCarthy, 2500 E. Imperial Hwy, Suite 201 \#139, Brea, CA 92821.

Murphy coached at CSF from 1980 through the program's demise in 1992. He stepped two miles west and picked up the community college program in 1993 and remained there, most recently in a consulting role to head coach Tim Byrnes. Murphy was head coach at his alma mater, North Dakota, in 1978 and 1979 before instilling life into the Titans' program, which had not had a winning season at the Div. I level. He won the PCAA championships in 1983 and 1984 and took the Titans to the 1983 California Bowl. The 1984 team went 11-1 (12-0 with a forfeit) and was ranked in the National Top 20.

Murphy was a highly popular coach with contacts around the nation and in Canada. His "coaching tree" includes NFL head coaches such as Steve Mariucci, Tom Cable and Hue Jackson and collegiate coaches such as Rich Ellerson at Army, Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney, Northwestern defensive coordinator Jerry Brown and Oregon State defensive coordinator Greg Newhouse. There are other numerous coaches at both levels who served under Murphy.

Most notable among his former players are quarterback Damon Allen, pro football's No. 2 all-time passing yardage leader, and Mike Pringle, the alltime leading rusher in the CFL. Super Bowl cornerbacks Bobby Kemp (CIncinnati) and Mark Collins (New York Giants) played for Murphy as well as Chicago Bears' "robocop" tight end Jim Thornton.

Murphy was inducted into Cal State Fullerton's Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

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-3
Sat Feb 17
All Day
+31, 22nd
vs. Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
@ Palm Desert, Calif.
Classic Club
0
Sat Feb 17
Final
3
Cal State Fullerton
4
at Loyola Marymount
0
Sat Feb 17
Final
3
Cal State Fullerton
5
at Stanford
0
Sat Feb 17
Final
47
Cal State Fullerton
67
at Long Beach State
0
Sat Feb 17
Final
70
CSUN
88
at Cal State Fullerton
TV: ESPN3
5
Sat Feb 17
Final - 5 innings
0
Cal State Fullerton
11
vs. Kentucky
@ San Diego, Calif.
Campbell/Cartier Tournament
-3
Sun Feb 18
All Day
vs. Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
@ Palm Desert, Calif.
Classic Club
-2
Sun Feb 18
9:00 AM
North Dakota St.
vs. Cal State Fullerton
@ SDSU Softball Stadium
Campbell/Cartier Tournament
-2
Sun Feb 18
11:30 AM
Cal State Fullerton
at San Diego State
Campbell/Cartier Tournament
-2
Sun Feb 18
1:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at Stanford
-2
Tue Feb 20
6:00 PM
Nevada
at Cal State Fullerton
-2
Wed Feb 21
7:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at UC Riverside
TV: ESPN3
-2
Thu Feb 22
5:00 PM
San Diego
at Cal State Fullerton
-2
Thu Feb 22
7:00 PM
UC Riverside
at Cal State Fullerton
-3
Fri Feb 23
All Day
at MPSF Championships
Seattle, Wash.
-2
Fri Feb 23
7:00 PM
Houston
at Cal State Fullerton
-3
Sat Feb 24
All Day
at MPSF Championships
Seattle, Wash.
-2
Sat Feb 24
2:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at Cal Poly
-2
Sat Feb 24
3:00 PM
Cal State Fullerton
at San Francisco
-2
Sat Feb 24
4:00 PM
Houston
at Cal State Fullerton
-2
Sat Feb 24
5:00 PM
LIU Brooklyn
vs. Cal State Fullerton
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
-2
Sat Feb 24
7:00 PM
Long Beach State
at Cal State Fullerton
TV: ESPN2
-2
Sat Feb 24
7:30 PM
Cal State Fullerton
vs. Mississippi St.
@ Cathedral City, Calif.
Mary Nutter Classic
No Event
No Event
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