Former Bethany coach Ted Kessinger and former Wichita State coach Willie Jeffries will be inducted today into the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. Both will go into the Hall on the small-college level.
Kessinger was 219-57-1 in 28 seasons with 16 KCAC championships (five straight from 1977-81) and 11 conference coach of the year honors. He also coached 24 NAIA All-Americans and 387 All-KCAC players. His Swedes never had a losing season before his 2003 retirement.
Jeffries was Division I's first black head football coach when he was hired at WSU in 1979. Coming from a successful stint at South Carolina State, Jeffries was 21-32-2 in five Shocker seasons and led the team to its last winning season, 8-3 in 1982. He resigned under pressure after the 1983 season and became coach at Howard, where he coached for five years before returning to South Carolina State. His overall record when he retired in 2001 was 179-123-6.