on December 3, precipitating the student march on Tribble's home and
the effigy burning.
An immediate necessity was to fill the vacancies, and in January
1956, Paul J. Amen, who had been backfield coach and head scout at
West Point, was hired to succeed Rogers. Amen had played football,
baseball, and basketball at the University of Nebraska, and Dr.
Tribble said he was "a Christian gentleman and a coach of nationally
recognized ability. Under his leadership I believe we are ready to
move ahead with a sound football program." To replace Preston, the
college employed William H. Gibson, a former FBI agent who had
graduated from Wake Forest in 1929.
Gibson and Amen were optimistic that Wake Forest could field a
winning football team, and they were undismayed when the returns
from the fall season showed two wins, five losses, and three ties. Bill
Barnes, a powerful running back, set a new ACC rushing record with
1,oio yards, was selected as the most valuable player in the
conference, and was named to Look magazine's first-team All-
American squad. Amen was voted ACC Coach of the Year.
Football hit rock bottom in the fall of 19S7, however. In ten games
Wake Forest went winless, scoring in the entire season only sixty-four
points against a combined total for the opposition of two hundred and
twenty-five. The next year saw the emergence of Norman Snead as
the varsity quarterback, and in his first game, against the University of
Maryland, he threw three touchdown passes to set an ACC record.
Although the season ended with a disappointing 3-7 accounting,
Snead had provided a lot of excitement and promised more.
The next year Snead filled the air with passes, capping a 6-4 season
with a 43-20 pasting of South Carolina. Amen was again named ACC
coach of the year; Snead, guard Nick Patella, and end Pete Manning
won all-conference honors, and Snead set an ACC record for total
offense, piling up more than thirteen-hundred yards with his aerials.
At the end of that season in December, Prof. Forrest W. Clonts
resigned as chairman of the Wake Forest Athletic Council and faculty
representative to the ACC, of which he was once president. He had
been associated with the sports program for many years. Dr. John W.
Sawyer, of the Department of Mathematics, began a long term as
successor to Clonts at that time.
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