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Where are they now?: Former Cobbers football player still enjoys game

Fargo - Skip Hall - who has been out of coaching for more than a decade - will get the opportunity to mingle in college football again this fall. The 1966 Concordia graduate works for Aflac, which now sponsors the Heisman Trophy. "They've got me ...

Fargo - Skip Hall - who has been out of coaching for more than a decade - will get the opportunity to mingle in college football again this fall.

The 1966 Concordia graduate works for Aflac, which now sponsors the Heisman Trophy.

"They've got me going to some of the games around the country this year to promote the Heisman," Hall said.

Hall is scheduled to go to the Georgia-Boise State, Alabama-Tennessee and Minnesota-Wisconsin games. His duties could expand to more games.

"What's neat about it is that even though I am out of coaching I still get to be involved around football and get to see old players," said Hall, who is married and has two kids and three grandchildren.

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Hall played football for the Cobbers from 1962-65, and was a reserve quarterback on the 1964 national championship team. Jake Christiansen was Hall's head coach at Concordia. Some of the assistants on that staff were well-known names like Sonny Gulsvig, Jim Christopherson and Finn Grinaker.

"It was just such a fun experience and it's the people that make all the difference," said Hall, who went to high school in Alexandria, Minn.

After he graduated from Concordia, Hall took a high school head football job in Henning, Minn., a position Christopherson suggested Hall pursue. Hall said those Henning teams had a 23-1 record in three seasons and that sparked his coaching career.

"That's what whet my appetite about getting into the college ranks to give that a whirl," said Hall, who now lives in Boise.

Hall then took a job as a graduate assistant at the University of Colorado. Don James was the defensive coordinator at the time. That proved to be a fruitful connection. James became a head coach at Kent State and then at the University of Washington.

"It points out the value of people that you meet along the way that have influence," Hall said.

Hall eventually became head football coach at Boise State, job he held from 1987-1992. The Broncos were an NCAA Division I-AA program at the time. Hall led Boise State to a 42-28 record on those seasons, including a 1990 trip to the I-AA semifinals.

In his 30 years of college coaching, Hall also was an assistant at Missouri. He coached the likes of Hall of Famers Warren Moon and Jack Lambert and current Alabama head coach Nick Saban during his career.

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"That's the great reward of coaching," Hall said. "It's not the wins and losses. It's the people you've a chance to have a small part in their success. ... That's the real reward in coaching. It's watching your former players do well."

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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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