NSU slates 50th reunion of unbeaten 1966 football team


The 50th anniversary of Northwestern State’s unbeaten, top-ranked 1966 football team has been set for Oct. 21-22, the university’s homecoming weekend, with all team members and family members invited to participate.

Major events during the weekend include a Friday evening banquet, the Saturday morning N-Club Hall of Fame ceremony and the 6 p.m. homecoming football game at Turpin Stadium against longtime rival McNeese. The 1966 Demons will be recognized on the field at the game, said the reunion organizer, NSU assistant athletic director Haley Blount.

Coached by Jack Clayton, the Demons finished 9-0, won the Gulf States Conference championship and were ranked No. 1 nationally in the NAIA poll. They capped their perfect season with a comeback win at home, 27-24, over Southeastern Louisiana.

Five players on the 1966 team — All-American defensive back Al Dodd, quarterback Don Guidry, offensive lineman Ross Gwinn, receiver Al Phillips and Dick Reding – are on the Top 100 Demon Players if All-Time roster selected during the 2007 centennial celebration of NSU football.

For additional information about the reunion, email Blount at blounth@nsula.edu or call her at 318-357-4278.

A tentative itinerary is posted online, with more details to follow at http://nsudemons.com/sports/2016/4/28/1966-football-team-reunion.aspx?path=football