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Earl Banks


Earl Carey Banks

Inducted 1992

Date of Birth



Philadelphia, PA


Morgan State University (1960-1973)


Earl Banks was head coach at Morgan State, 1960-73, and never had a losing season. His 1965-68 teams won 31 straight, which was the seventh-longest winning streak in college football history. His record, 95-30-2, translates to a .756 percentage. Before Morgan State, Banks was assistant coach for nine years at Maryland State-Eastern Shore. Forty-one of his players went to the pros; among them were stars like Willie Lanier, Leroy Kelly, John Fuqua, Raymond Chester, Roger Brown and Sherman Plunkett. He was Morgan State athletic director through 1987. Banks was chairman of a fund drive that raised $1 million for Lafayette Square Community Center. He was a board member for HUB (Help Unite Baltimore), League for Crippled Children, Heart Association, Diabetes Association, Prisoner's Aid, Boy Scouts and Salvation Army. As the coach at Morgan State, he said, "The players are going to be scholars first. They come for an education, and 90 percent get degrees - not just physical education but in pre-medicine, pre-law and business. Two days a week I talk life, not football. College football is great for today's life. The world is looking for leadership and discipline. Football offers that experience." Banks played football for Wendell Phillips High School, Chicago, and was all-state in 1943. He was a stocky, 5-8, 210 pound all-star guard for Iowa, 1946-49, and played one year professionally with the New York Yankees of the NFL in 1950.


Wins 95

Losses 30

Ties 2

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