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XULA graduate and college football hall-of-famer Doug Porter dies at 95 – Crescent City Sports

Doug Porter

NEW ORLEANS — Doug Porter, a graduate of Xavier University and a member of the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame, died Wednesday (June 5, 2024). He was 95 years old.

Porter's funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday, June 15, at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 471 Main St. in Grambling, Louisiana.

Porter played quarterback for XULA in the late 1940s and was an assistant coach for the Gold Rush football team from 1955 to 1959. As a college head coach, his teams won 155 games in 27 seasons.

The National Football Foundation inducted Porter into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Porter is an inductee into the XULA Athletic Hall of Fame.

More about Porter:

• A native of Memphis, Tennessee, and graduate of that city’s Father Bertrand High School.
• 2023 finalist for the Black College Football Hall of Fame.
• Career record of 155-110-5 (.574) in 27 seasons as a college head coach (Mississippi Valley 1961-65, Howard 1974-78, Fort Valley State 1979-85, 1987-96).
• His Fort Valley teams went 19-1-1 in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play from 1980-83, and his 1982 team qualified for the NCAA Division II playoffs.
• His Fort Valley teams won SIAC championships in 1982, 1983, 1991 and 1992.
• 1974 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after leading Howard to an 8-2-1 record, a tied second-place finish in the MEAC and a berth in postseason play in the Orange Blossom Classic in his first season.
• He also served as athletic director for Fort Valley from 1981 to 1997.
• Assistant coach for Grambling football from 1966 to 1973.
• Born on August 15, 1928.