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Thursdays at the U Lecture and Performance Series Charles "Gus" Dorais (1891-1954) is best known as the passing end of the "Dorais to Rockne" University of Notre Dame tandem that helped revolutionize football's forward pass in the early 1910s. A triple threat prep star from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Dorais was a captain and four-year starter at Notre Dame, becoming the school's first consensus All-American in 1913. Over the next four decades, Dorais gained prominence as a professional player in the pre-NFL days and college football coach--most notably at the University of Detroit--before finishing as the head coach of the Detroit Lions. During his decades-long coaching career, Dorais tallied over 150 wins, becoming one of the foremost, respected minds of football innovation in the first half of the 20th century. He was a pioneer of offensive strategies, playing with and coaching against all the prominent football legends of the time. Dorais is the topic of Joe Niese’s latest book, and the focus of the Oct. 10th session of Thursdays at the U. Bring your lunch to enjoy as you listen to the speaker, or you can purchase lunch at our Campus Riverside Cafe which serves 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Niese will talk about his book from noon until 1 pm, in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234) on the UW Eau Claire – Barron County campus, located at 1800 College Drive in Rice Lake. The Thursdays at the U Lecture and Performance Series is free and open to the public, thanks to financial support from the campus foundation. Niese has written three books: Burleigh Grimes: Baseball's Last Legal Spitballer, Handy Andy: The Andy Pafko Story, and Gus Dorais: Gridiron Innovator, All-American and Hall of Fame Coach. He lives in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, where he is director of the public library.

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Dec 19 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
UW-Eau Claire – Barron County