From the Eagle a few weeks ago:

Saturday afternoon in Williamstown, Williams College dedicated its Weston Field sports complex. The complex includes Farley-Lamb Field, the new home of the Williams football and lacrosse teams.

The Farley part of Farley-Lamb is retired football coach Dick Farley, who is one of two national Hall of Fame coaches I have worked with in my career. The other is Wayne Hardin, who coached Roger Staubach at Navy. It was an honor to cover both.

Farley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. He retired in 2003 after spending 32 years as an assistant and head coach at Williams. He spent 17 years as the head coach, compiling a 114-19-3 record, a mark that included five undefeated seasons.

Here’s a stat for you: Farley lost the first three games of his head coaching career and then went the next 128 games before losing back-to-back contests.

I started covering Williams just as the Ephs had the first of his five undefeated seasons and was there throughout the Farley years.

There are too many great games and wins to chronicle here. But it’s the last tie on Farley’s record that stands out.

It was in November, 1995, when Williams and Amherst played on a Saturday morning in a game televised by ESPN2.

The game was played on a Weston Field turf that looked like a green-painted dark side of the moon.

It was painted over the green sawdust that legendary groundskeeper George Toma came in to try to fix the field.

It was the last tie game in college football history, a 0-0 deadlock that the Lord Jeffs looked at as a win. In essence, so did Farley.

“Everybody played eight games in the league,” he said. “If I’m not mistaken, I think there was one team [Williams] that didn’t lose a game.”

Williams was 7-0-1.

But when I think of Dick Farley, one quote always sticks in my mind.

“If you can’t play here, you can’t play anywhere,” he once said. “There is no Division IV.”


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