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BREAKING NEWS: Frank Cignetti selected for College Football Hall of Fame

by MATTHEW BURGLUND on May 30, 2013 9:00 PM

As far as coaching accolades go, Frank Cignetti has reached the top of the mountain.

Cignetti, whose name is synonymous with IUP football, has been chosen as an inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013. The Hall of Fame, based in South Bend, Ind., announced its inductees on Thursday. Cignetti was chosen as part of the Divisional Class – for players and coaches from the non-Division I ranks.

“It’s a great honor,” Cignetti said Wednesday night. “I’m humbled.”

Cignetti, 75, was an All-American player at IUP in the 1950s, and then he embarked on a successful coaching career that ended with him leading the Indians from 1986 to 2005. He won a school-record 182 games in 20 seasons at his alma mater and led it to 14 PSAC West titles and 13 NCAA Division II playoff berths. He also guided IUP to two appearances in the national championship game, in 1990 and 1993.

Cignetti was also the head coach at West Virginia from 1975 to 1979. He retired from IUP in 2005 with a career record of 199-77-1.

The 2013 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class will be honored this summer in Atlanta, during the enshrinement ceremonies in August.

Other coaches in the induction class are: James Donnelly (Austin Peay and Middle Tennessee State) and Jess Dow (Southern Connecticut). The players in this year's divisional class are: Maryland-Eastern Shore’s Art Shell (1964-67), Westminster College quarterback Joe Micchia (1987-89), Washington University linebacker Shelby Jordan (1969-72) and Ithaca College fullback Jeff Wittman (1989-92).

Read the complete story Friday in The Indiana Gazette.

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