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Former Coach Bill Weeks To Be Inducted into Iowa State Hall of Fame

by Frank Mercogliano

AMES, Iowa — Bill Weeks, who owns the second-most coaching wins at The University of New Mexico, and who led UNM to three WAC titles in 1962, 1963 and 1964, will be enshrined into his alma mater’s Hall of Fame.  Weeks will be one of six former Cyclones inducted into the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame, which will occur at halftime of the ISU/Baylor game on Saturday, September 24.  That day, Lobo Football will be heading into SEC country to face the LSU Tigers at 5:30 pm Mountain Time in their first road game of the season.

Weeks is being inducted into Iowa State’s Hall of Fame on the basis of his playing accolades as a quarterback for the Cyclones in 1949 and 1950, when he twice led the Big Seven in passing in being named First Team All-Big Seven.  His passing records (he owns basically all of them when he graduated) stood for 16 years, and he was named the 1950 Iowa State Athlete of the Year.  He played in both the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl in 1950 before the Philadelphia Eagles drafted him in 1951.

Weeks’ impact at UNM was immeasurable.  He served as the head coach of the program from 1960-67, and his 40 wins was the most in program hisotry and stoff as the record for over 35 years until Rocky Long eventually surpassed him on the way to 65 wins.  Of New Mexico’s four conference titles, Weeks was at the helm for three of them as the Lobos won the 1962, 1963 and 1964 Western Athletic Conference titles in each year.  He led UNM to a win in the 1961 Aviation Bowl, played in a snowstorm in Dayton, Ohio 28-12 over Western Michigan.

The fitting tie-in between Weeks and the 2022 Lobos is this is the 60th anniversary of that initial 1962 title-winning team, and members of that team will be honored at the September 17 game against UTEP (along with members of the 1982 10-1 team and the 1997 Division winning team).  Weeks is a member of both The University of New Mexico Hall of Honor and the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame.