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Buffalo Bulls Football 1970

Before we kick off the 2014 football seasons Bull Run is going to take a look back at the 100 seasons which have already been played and the players who will make season 101 special.

John Kling - #70 - 1970


  • Position - Left Tackle
  • Class - Junior
  • Hometown - Depew, New York
  • High School - Depew
  • Size  6-7 • 305

Last season Kling played in 10 games, starting six at left tackle. The Bulls had suffered several losses on the line which opened the door for the UB Sophomore. He came into the spring as the starting Tackle and maintained that status through the spring game.

About 1970:


Why is 1970 Ranked the Worst season in UB history?

The Buffalo Bulls finished the season with a 2-9 mark, but more disappointing than the record was the fact it marked the shuttering of UB's University level football program. The 7 year blackout was followed by club, and lower division football until 1999 when the Bulls would join the MAC.

Conrad had an excellent summary of all the issues going on at Buffalo during this period. (This is a must read)

"Between World War II and the end of the UB Football program, 6 coaches, Bob Deming, Doc Urich, Dick Offenhamer, Fritz Febel, Frank Clair and Jim Peele, led UB to a 124-94-7 record over the course of 25 years. UB enjoyed three 8 win seasons, five 7+ win seasons, ten 6+ win seasons, and sixteen 5+ win seasons. To put that in perspective it took 35 years for UB to surpass the win total of the 3rd era, UB is 128-256-1 since returning to football.

Despite a quarter century of success and the ascension to the highest level of the game, attendance suffered. The growing unrest and unpopularity of UB in the city of Buffalo was a cause of this in some aspects. In another, UB could be seen as a victim of the suburbanization of the city and the increased crime in Buffalo. For one reason or another, UB was winning but attendance was dropping.

The window was closing fast. As UB faced turmoil, lack of leadership and a loss of support from students and the community, they also faced a budget issue. An unintended consequence of joining SUNY was losing autonomy on tuition. SUNY demanded that UB no longer offer athletic aid. The Basketball program survived at a minor level, Varsity Hockey survived for another decade thanks to foreign student tuition waivers for Canadian Hockey athletes. Football meanwhile would have to get major contributions, or drop back down to a lower level where they could compete without scholarships or tuition waivers.

If winning solves everything, the team did nothing to help the situation in 1970. The Bulls played a very modern-day MAC schedule, with modern-day MAC results, opening with two lossess at home against Ball State and Toledo and a third loss at Kent State before finally getting a win over UMass. After a fourth home loss against Villanova, UB would finish the season with 5 of 6 games on the road."

Coach - Bob Deming

Robert C. "Bob" Deming played fullback for Colgate in the mid 50's before coming to Buffalo as an assistant coach. He was coaching at UB during their golden era of the late 1950's and took over the team in 1968.

Years after the program folded in Buffalo Deming took up to position of athletic director at Ithaca College from 1980 until his retirement in 1997.

Gov- Nelson Rockefeller

Nelson Rockefeller jumped into Politics  as the Westchester County (NY) Board of Health where he served for 20 year 1933–1953. He was considered by some to be the leader of the Republican Party's liberal wing a "Rockefeller Republican" in the 60's and 70's were socially liberal and fiscally conservative.

He served as the 41st Vice President of the United States (1974–1977) under President Gerald Ford. He also served in the administrations of Presidents Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower in a variety of positions.

In The News News

The United States instigated the Cambodian Campaign. This was Nixon's was a series of military operations conducted in eastern Cambodia during mid-1970 by the United States and the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) during the Vietnam War.

The North Vietnamese Army was set up across the border with south Vietnam and the hope for Nixon was that he could break the back of the Viet Cong.

What Year is Next? This was worst season for a Buffalo coach who would later go on to be the athletic director for UB's best football season.