Tirrell Burton '56: As an all-Mid-American Conference performer in two sports, Burton lettered three years each in football and track from 1953-55. Coached by Parseghian, he helped lead Miami to two MAC titles in 1954 and 1955. An all MAC halfback on Miami's undefeated 1955 team, Burton led Miami in rushing (722 yards in 82 carries), scoring (84 points), pass interceptions (4), kickoff returns (3 for 68 yards) and punt returns (14 for 216 yards). His career totals include 1,298 yards in 157 carries for an average of 8.3 yards per carry. During his time, he tied for fourth among Miami's all-time career scoring leaders with 151 points. In track Burton captured the MAC low hurdles three consecutive years and also placed in both the high jump and 100-yard dash. In his senior year he placed second in the low hurdles in the national AAU meet and third in the NCAA. After being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles following graduation in 1956, Burton played one year of professional football with the Ottawa Rough Riders. Prior to returning to Miami in 1969 as an assistant football coach, he spent nine years as a teacher and coach in the Cincinnati school system and one year as an assistant coach at Central State. He joined Schembechler's staff at Michigan as an assistant football coach in charge of offensive end in 1970 to 1991. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.
Don Knodel '53: A 5-9 guard, Knodel was selected to the all-MAC team three times from 1951-53 and helped lead Miami to two league basketball titles. He played one year under Miami Hall of Famer John Brickels and two under Bill Rohr, now athletic director at Ohio U. Knodel was the second-leading scorer for Miami all three years and finished with a career total of 828 points. In his senior year he received All-America honorable mention. He also lettered two years in baseball. He served five years as a high school basketball coach at Talawanda and Marion Harding and compiled a record of 76 wins in 107 games. Following a year as an assistant basketball coach at Miami in 1955-56, he spent five years as an assistant at Vanderbilt. He helped coach Vanderbilt to the Southeastern Conference title during the 1964-65 season. Knodel took over as head basketball coach at Rice in 1966. He guided the Owls to the Southwest Conference title during the 1969-70 season and was selected "Coach of the Year." He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.
George Munns '19: Munns was an outstanding athlete in five sports at Miami from 1916-19. He participated three years each in football, basketball and baseball, two in track and captured the Tobey Tennis Trophey. He is best remembered as a three-year all-Ohio halfback who never lost a game in football. Playing under Coach George Little in 1916 and Coach Rider in 1917 and 1918, he helped lead Miami to three consecutive Ohio Conference titles and compile a record of 18 wins, no defeats and four ties. In those three years Miami outscored the opposition 636-25, holding all of its foes in 1917 scoreless. He served as captain of the 1918 team. Munns was also a member of Miami's 1917-18 basketball team that went undefeated in 10 games and captured the Ohio Conference crown. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.
Tom Pagna '54: The first Miami football player to gain more than 1,000 rushing yards in a season, Pagna was a three-time all-MAC selection and also received honorable mention All-America. He played three years as a halfback under Parseghian from 1951-53. In 1952 he gained 1,044 yards and scored 78 points, which were Miami records at the time. Also during that time, he ranked third on Miami's all-time career list in rushing with 2,078 yards and is tied for fourth in scoring with 151 points. Captain and MVP in his senior year, he averaged 6.4 yards per carry during his three-year career. Following graduation, Pagna played professional football with the Green Bay Packers and the Cleveland Browns. After coaching two years at Akron North High School, he joined Parseghian in 1962 as offensive backfield coach at Northwestern. He retained the same position when he followed Parseghian to Notre Dame in 1964 to 1974. Pagna helped guide the Fighting Irish to a perfect 11-0 season and a victory over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to capture a national title. In 1978 he became the backfield coach for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.
Richard "Doc" Urich '51: The only Miami football player who played in both the Sun Bowl and Salad Bowl during that time, Urich earned four letters as an end from 1947-50. He was selected all-Ohio twice and all-MAC three times, as well as being appointed captain his senior year. Urich played under coaches Sid Gillman, George Blackburn and Woody Hayes. He helped guide Miami to MAC championships in 1948 and 1950. At the time, he was tied for fourth among Miami's all-time career leaders with 13 touchdown passes and ranked fifth in receiving yards with 902. He spent 16 years as an assistant coach under Parseghian at Miami, Northwestern and Notre Dame. Urich also served as head football coach at the University of Buffalo and Northern Illinois University. He moved into the professional ranks in 1971 as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Bills and then joined the Denver Broncos in 1972 as defensive line coach until 1976. In 1977, Urich became the director of Pro Scouting for Denver and a year later went to the Washington Redskins as an assistant coach. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.