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Harold (Red) Drew of Alabama resigned under alumni pressure as open season on football coaches began. His eight-year record of 53-26-7 included three major bowl games, but 1954 team won four, lost five, tied two. Drew's replacement: J. B. (Ears) Whitworth of Oklahoma A&M, former 'Bama guard. Other coaches who resigned or were fired:
Ed Danowski of Fordham, resigned after nine years and persistent talk that alumni wanted return to big-time football and coach to match.
Bernie Witucki of Tulsa, fired after Golden Hurricanes lost all 11 games for worst season since 1895.
DeOrmond (Tuss) McLaughry of Dartmouth, retired after 14 years and 44-58-3 record.
Kip Taylor of Oregon State, resigned after 1-8 record.
Bill Young of Furman, resigned despite 5-5 record this year.
Jim Patton of New Mexico A&M, resigned when team lost all nine games.
Detroit Lions scored touchdown in closing minutes to earn 13-13 tie with Philadelphia Eagles, clinch third straight Western Division title in National Football League. Chicago Bears intercepted seven passes, defeated city rivals, Cardinals, 29-7. San Francisco 49ers routed Green Bay Packers 35-0 to hold third place.