|From the 1973 Purple Patcher yearbook.|
Well, let's open that small box and see what we find inside. That's the beauty of the Internet; people who are very passionate about the most obscure things.
That said, Holy Cross' 5-4-1 record in 1972 was something of a minor miracle, coming just three years after the lost hepatitis season and two years after a winless debacle. The Crusaders achieved their first winning record since 1966 (and last until 1978).
|Holy Cross running back Joe Wilson in 1972. Wilson ran for 885 yards |
and was an honorable mention All-American.
The 1973 Purple Patcher yearbook credits the turnaround to a renewed emphasis on athletics, including a complete reorganization of athletic department. (After the hepatitis-truncated '69 season, there was a movement on campus to drop football altogether; it didn't happen, but budget cuts were made, according to articles in The Crusader newspaper.)
|Defensive back John Provost in the '72 roads. Provost made nine interceptions|
in only 10 games and was a third-team All-American. That's not a lower-tier All-American;
that's with the big boys from Texas and Alabama and Notre Dame.
The only change from the 1971 uniform to '72 were the helmets, which were white (a first, I believe) and a modified version of the classic "HC" logo returned.
|Joe Wilson again, this time on the road at Army.|
Six of the Crusaders' 10 opponents in '72 are now FBS teams.