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tional championship "college world series." He had coached the Wake Forest
team from 1957-60 and in 1961 was appointed associate professor in the
Department of Physical Education.
There was another development of considerable significance that spring.
Kenneth "Butch" Henry, a star athlete at Greensboro Dudley High School,
was signed to a grant-in-aid, thereby becoming the first black to attend
Wake Forest on a football scholarship. He had played quarterback in high
school but was switched to halfback at Wake Forest.
Tate's first team, in the fall of 1964, had an even record of 5-5, with
triumphs over State, Duke, and Virginia among the victories. That bare
recital only dimly reflects the season of Brian Piccolo, who led the nation in
rushing and scoring. Bob Lipper, sports editor of Old Gold and Black,
wrote that Piccolo was "the finest running back in the country," and there
were many who agreed with him. "Pic" was named ACC player of the year
and made a number of All-American teams before going on to the Chicago
Bears and passing into football legend.
In the last two years of the Tribble administration, the football team had
identical records, winning three and losing seven each season. That made the
tally for the Tribble years fifty-six wins, nine ties, and a hundred and four
losses. On its face a losing period, it nevertheless provided innumerable
moments of high drama.
Coaching in basketball was much more stable, and there were more notable
successes. As recounted previously, there was no team in 1943, not only
because of a shortage of players but also because the Army Finance School
had taken over Gore Gymnasium. The late forties and early fifties were
rebuilding years, and Greason's men performed competently. So popular
was Murray Greason that on the anniversary of his twentieth year in coaching
at Wake Forest, in December 1952, admiring alumni gave him a television, a
refrigerator, and a deep-fat cooker. Fittingly the ceremony was held after a
51-50 victory over North Carolina State, which was then dominating play
in the Southern Conference. In the following March, Wake Forest won the
Southern Conference Basketball Tournament championship, again defeating
State by a single point, 71-70. With tears in their eyes the State players,
whose school had won the tournament six years in a row, watched the
Deacons cut down the nets in Raleigh's Reynolds Coliseum.