Former Ohio State Running Back, Assistant Coach Rudy Hubbard Selected to College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021

By Dan Hope on January 11, 2021 at 1:45 pm
Rudy Hubbard

Ohio State's first-ever Black assistant coach is headed to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Rudy Hubbard, who played running back for the Buckeyes from 1965-67 and then joined Woody Hayes' staff, has been selected as a member of the College Football Hall of Fame's class of 2021, which was announced Monday.

Hubbard was an assistant for the Buckeyes from 1968-73, becoming Ohio State's first African-American football coach in the process. The Buckeyes won two national championships (1968 and 1970) during his years on staff.

Hubbard's Hall of Fame selection comes in recognition of his 12-year tenure as the head coach at Florida A&M, where he compiled a record of 83-48-3. The highlight of his tenure with the Rattlers came in 1978, when he led Florida A&M to the first-ever Division I-AA national championship – still the only time an HBCU has won the national title in what is now the Football Championship Subdivision.

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