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Nick Mourouzis Eulogizes Legendary Coach John Pont

July 8, 2008

nick mourouzis.jpgJuly 8, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - "Nick Mourouzis, who played under and later coached with and against John Pont, slowly walked to the podium and asked Coach Pont -- lying in a casket -- for one last favor: 'Get me through this,'" begins a story published in Ohio's Oxford Press today. "Mourouzis, one of Pont's pallbearers, also was selected by the family to deliver the eulogy Monday, July 7, inside St. Mary's Catholic Church." The man known as "Coach Nick," who led DePauw's football program for 23 years, told the overflow crowd, "I had a lot of love and respect for that man."

Pont, who was 80, died July 1. In a long and distinguished career, he served as head football coach at Miami (Ohio), Yale, Northwestern and Indiana universities.

Rick McCrabb writes, "Mourouzis played for Pont at Miami for four seasons, then served as an assistant coach with him at Northwestern and Indiana University -- where they guided the Hoosiers to the 1967 Rose Bowl -- for 16 more seasons ... In 1984, when Mourouzis, then head football coach at DePauw University, had bypass surgery, Pont was at his bedside the next morning. 'You could always count on John to remember you,' Mourouzis said."

Like Pont, Mourouzis has been inducted into Miami's Cradle of Coaches.

The complete article can be found at the newspaper's Web site.

Mourouzis, professor emeritus of kinesiology at DePauw, guided the football Tigers to 138 victories, the most in University history, before retiring after the 2003 season. In 1996, he founded Chi Alpha Sigma, the nation's first collegiate scholar-athlete honor society.

Learn more about the coach in this recent story, and access his 2004 commencement address at DePauw by clicking here.

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