Roundup: Tubby Raymond memorial service Jan. 12; Hens’ Nichols honored

Harold R. “Tubby” Raymond

A memorial service to celebrate the life of University of Delaware Hall of Fame football coach Tubby Raymond will be held on Jan. 12 at the Carpenter Center.

The event will begin at 1 p.m. and is open to the public.

Raymond, one of the nation’s most successful college football coaches, passed away at the age of 92 on Dec. 8 following a brief illness.

He enjoyed a stellar 36-year career as head coach at Delaware (1966-2001) and led the Blue Hens to an impressive record of 300-119-3, three national titles, 16 NCAA playoff appearances, 14 Lambert Cup trophies, nine ECAC Team of the Year awards, and nine conference titles.

Raymond was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003 and was also a member of the University of Delaware Athletics Hall of Fame (2002), the state of Delaware Sports Hall of Fame (1993), the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Hall of Fame (2017), and the Flint, Michigan Hall of Fame (1983).

UD’s Nichols named All-American: Add All-American honors to list of awards earned by Delaware football standout nose tackle Bilal Nichols this season.

Nichols, a four-year standout on the defensive line for the Blue Hens, was honored as a third-team Phil Steele FCS All-American on Friday.

A Hodgson grad, Nichols is the first Blue Hen to earn All-American honors since linebacker Troy Reeder was named a Sophomore All-American by HERO Sports last season and offensive tackle Ben Curtis was a second-team Associated Press All-American in 2015.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Nichols is also the first UD defensive lineman to earn All-American honors since 2013 when current Denver Bronco Zach Kerr was a first-team All-American pick by both the College Sporting News and Phil Steele.

Earlier this fall, Nichols earned first team All-Colonial Athletic Association and third team All-Eastern College Athletic Conference honors and also earned an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game to be played Jan. 20 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

A four-year standout, Nichols played in 44 career games with 21 starts and recorded 104 tackles (50 solo), 10.5 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, and 10 pass breakups.

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