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Football: Former UNT coach Moore elected to College Football Hall of Fame

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By Brett Vito / Staff Writer

Greg Davidson was set to finish his college football career at North Texas in 1979 when Jerry Moore surprised him.

Davidson was one of the Mean Green’s top players and found out just before UNT left for East Carolina that his head coach had arranged for his father, Merle Davidson, to go along on the trip.

“That was special because I didn’t know if I would ever play again,” Davidson said. “When your dad gets to come to your last game, that is pretty cool.”

The gesture is one Davidson recalled Thursday, when Moore was included in the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2014 class of 16 inductees.

Former TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson and South Carolina receiver Sterling Sharpe are among the other members of a class that will be inducted Dec. 9 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

Moore was inducted largely because of his 24-year stint at Appalachian State, where he won three straight Division I-AA/Football Championship Subdivision titles beginning in 2005. Moore won 215 games and 10 Southern Conference championships at Appalachian State, not to mention posting arguably the biggest upset in recent college football history — a 34-32 win over fifth-ranked Michigan in 2007.

Moore posted a 242-135-2 record in 31 seasons and got his start as a head coach at UNT in 1979, when he took over for now-legendary head coach Hayden Fry.

Moore went 5-6 and 6-5 in two seasons at UNT and joined Fry as the only coaches in program history who began their tenure after 1946 to finish with a record of at least .500.

Moore went on to coach at Texas Tech from 1981-85 before taking over at Appalachian State in 1989.

Moore’s career took off at Appalachian State after its genesis at UNT, where he coached Davidson as well as a few other program greats, including UNT Athletic Hall of Fame quarterback Jordan Case.