Located in Oxford, Ohio, Yager Stadium is the home of the Miami
University RedHawks football team. Built in 1983, it was named after
Fred C. Yager, a graduate of the school in 1914 who supported the
construction. It replaced Miami Field, which was the football team’s
original home starting in 1895.
The stadium looks somewhat unique to other college football venues
because of its unbalanced layout. The west grandstand is 20 rows taller
than the east or students’ grandstands. A small bleacher is located
behind the north end zone and the main scoreboard with no seats takes
up space behind the south end zone.
The structure includes a Cradle of Coaches room where previous
coaches or players of the RedHawks are honored. They include Earl
Blaik, who later was head football coach of Army; Paul Brown, who
founded and was the head coach of the Cleveland Browns; Woody
Hayes, who served as head coach at Ohio State University; Bill
Arnsparger, who was head coach of the Miami Dolphins, New York
Giants, and Louisiana State University; Weeb Ewbank, who later was
head coach of the Baltimore Colts and New York Jets; Sid Gillman,
known as the inventor of the modern passing game and also head coach
of the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers, and Houston Oilers; Ara
Parseghian, who also was head coach at Notre Dame University; Bo
Schembechler, was also former head coach at the University of
Michigan; Jim Tressel, who later became head coach at Ohio State
University; Ron Zook, who would later be a successful head coach at
University of Illinois; Paul Dietzel, who also was head coach of Louisiana
State University and Army; Sean Payton, who is currently head coach of
the New Orleans Saints; Randy Walker, later to be the head coach of
Northwestern University; and Gary Moeller, who was also a successful
head coach at Illinois and Michigan.
The stadium went through a series of renovations. In 2003 the original
turf was replaced with FieldTurf; in 2004 the Cradle of Coaches plaza
was constructed and in 2005 new student bleachers were built on the
east sideline and the north end zone.
A building that is expected to be complete in 2015 is being constructed
behind the south end zone. The structure will include a Hall of Fame
area, suites, and an indoor practice facility.
Other sports facilities in the vicinity of the stadium include the soccer
field, the baseball field, and the basketball arena.
Other interesting tidbits on the stadium and the team include the
exhibition of former RedHawks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s
retired number 7 jersey at the north end of the stadium. Now the
quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Roethlisberger contributed $1
million to the construction if the indoor practice field facility.
Future San Francisco 49ers head coach and winner of a future Super
Bowl, John Harbaugh, played defensive back for Miami in the 1970s.
The Miami RedHawks were called the Redskins from 1888 through
Overall record of the Miami University Redskins/RedHawks football
team is 670-432-44.
Noteworthy Facts About Miami RedHawks Football
Conference football championships:
- Ohio Athletic Conference Championship (4) (1916, 1917, 1918,
- 1921)Buckeye Conference Championship (3) (1932, 1933, 1936)
- Mid-American Conference Championship (15) (1948, 1950, 1954,1955, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1965, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1986, 2003, 2010)
The Miami RedHawks football team is 7-3 all-time in bowl games.
- 1948 Sun Bowl, defeated Texas Tech 13-12
- 1951 Salad Bowl, defeated Arizona State 34-21
- 1962 Tangerine Bowl, lost to Houston 49-21
- 1973 Tangerine Bowl, defeated Florida 16-7
- 1974 Tangerine Bowl, defeated Georgia 21-10
- 1975 Tangerine Bowl, defeated South Carolina 20-7
- 1986 California Bowl, lost to San Jose State 37-7
- 2003 GMAC Bowl, defeated Louisville 49-28
- 2004 Independence Bowl, lost to Iowa State 17-13
- 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl, defeated Middle Tennessee 35-21
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