Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2004

Baker turns out for Richard ceremony

August 19, 2004

For Pat Richard, son of the late Charlie Richard, the induction Saturday of his dad into the College Football Hall of Fame was the ultimate coaching thrill.

"Oh, it really is," said Richard, who is head football coach at Orick, Mo., High School, a Baker graduate and former Wildcat quarterback. "To walk through the Hall of Fame and see how much greatness there is was amazing.

"To see him there with the others was fantastic," he said. "As both someone who played for him, but more so as his son, it was a great tribute. How much prouder can I be? It was truly one of the greatest moments of my life. What a tribute to a great man."

Baker University turned out in force for the ceremonies at South Bend, Ind. There were many former players who made the trek to honor their leader. Baker's administration and staff, including BU President Dan Lambert, were on hand for the event.

"That was wonderful," Richard said. "None of this would be possible without them and it was a tribute to Baker University. My dad would have said this is a tribute to the players. They are the ones that made it happen.

"It shows that Baker has so many wonderful people," he said. "The players, the administration were there and it was great to see Dr. Lambert again. It's a wonderful place to have grown up around and graduate from. I'm proud to say I'm a Baker graduate."

Honors for the legendary coach, who won more games (123) than any other Baker coach and annually had the Wildcats in the playoff hunt, aren't over. Baker has big plans for Charlie Richard Day in October, which will include a display from the Hall of Fame and the Oct. 23 football game against Lindenwood. Details of the event will be in upcoming issues of the Signal.

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