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It’s official, Miami University is The Cradle of Coaches™

Miami receives trademark notice for nickname

Miami University is now, officially and legally, The Cradle of Coaches. Image credit: Miami Athletics

Some of the great names in college football caching came through the Miami University  in Oxford, Ohio. Names like Paul Brown, Bo Schembechler, Woody Hayes, Ara Parseghian, Earl “Smokey” Blaik and so many more. With so many names to have placed some roots at Miami, it is no wonder that the school has been referred to as the cradle of coaches. Now, legally, that is exactly what the school is. The United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia has approved a trademark for The Cradle of Coaches(™).

Of course, for every Woody Hayes there was also a Ron Zook but who are we to bicker? They can’t all be winners, right?

“The federal registration of a trademark involves a lengthy process,” said Christopher Wilson of the University’s Office of General Counsel, “but if the Trademark Office issues the registration, then the University owns the nationwide right to control the use of the trademark, including obtaining significant damages and attorneys’ fees from infringers.”

So, who exactly came up with the nickname, The Cradle of Coaches™? Apparently, it goes back to dates back to a Saturday night drive and a radio broadcast on the car radio.

Former Miami University Sports Information Director Bob Kurz shares his tale…

“Driving back to Oxford one Saturday night in late October (1959), the car radio was tuned to a station picking up a game from Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. LSU, coach by Paul Dietzel, a 1948 Miami graduate, was pitted against Mississippi State, as I recall. The ear-splitting noise cascading down from the stands made it hard to hear the play by play. It was college football in the South, and I think I was hearing it and feeling it for the first time. It gave me an idea. “The next morning after church, I went to the office. That was my usual Sunday morning ritual. Perusing the Sunday papers, I jotted down the record of the Miami alumni in the college and professional ranks. Red Blaik, Miami ’18, the legendary Army coach; Weeb Ewbank, Miami ’28, Baltimore Colts; Paul Brown, Miami ’30, Cleveland Browns; the aforementioned Dietzel; Ara Parseghian, Dietzel’s teammate and classmate, and finally John Pont, Miami ’52, and current Miami coach. I threw in Sid Gillman, the Miami coach of Dietzel, Parseghian and Pont, from the NFL.

“Here it was, more than halfway through the season, and these Miami coaches had yet to lose 10 games combined. There’s a story there, I said to myself, as I put a blank sheet of paper in the typewriter. And on the blank sheet of paper, citing this amazing phenomenon, I called Miami the Cradle of Coaches.”

Quotes and image credited to Miami University Athletics.

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Kevin McGuire
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Randy Phillips
Randy Phillips

It would be nice if the first sentence of this article was correct but it isn't. "Miami University in Oxford, Ohio" is the correct name of the Cradle of Coaches, "University of Miami in Oxford, Ohio" is not. The University of Miami is located in Coral Gables, Florida, a suburb of Miami, Florida, which was known as Lemon City until a couple of land developers took a trip up the east coast and down through the midwest many years ago seeking funding to develop their land. Driving through the Miami Valley in Ohio they saw the name Miami, liked it and changed the name Lemon City to Miami when they returned.