FORMERLY SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION
PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE DELAWARE STATE FOOTBALL TEAM MEMBERS AND COACHES WHO PERFORMED NOBLY AFTER ADVERSITY STRUCK THE TEAM EARLY IN THE SEASON.
WHEREAS, the administration, faculty and students of Delaware State College had looked forward to the 1971 football season with great expectations after posting a fine record of six wins and one tie against two losses in 1970; and
WHEREAS, the Delaware State College Campus was stunned when, after the second game of the 1971 football season, twelve players were removed from the team after it was discovered that they had been using drugs illegally; and
WHEREAS, fourteen more players quit in protest after the aforementioned twelve were suspended from school, thereby exerting tremendous emotional pressure upon the Delaware State Head Coach, Arnold Jeter, his assistant coaches and the remaining thirty players, most of whom were young and interested in college varsity competition; and
WHEREAS, the coaches and players displayed an indomitable spirit in the final seven games of the season highlighted by a lone victory over the University of Maryland — Eastern Shore; and
WHEREAS, the members of the 126th General Assembly and the Governor of the State of Delaware are proud of the thirty Delaware State players and their coaches who performed in an exemplary manner after the unfortunate drug disclosures.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Senate of 126th General Assembly, the House of Representatives and the Governor concurring therein, salute the Delaware State coaches and players who finished the season for the courage and loyalty they displayed
in overcoming the great disappointment and adversity of the 1971 football season.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this resolution be forwarded to Dr. Luna I. Mishoe, President of Delaware State College, and to head football coach Arnold Jeter, on behalf of his players and coaching assistants who "stuck it out" to the end of the 1971 season.
Approved February 2, 1972.