Whittier College will take the first step in the renovation of its athletic facilities with the resurfacing of Newman Field and Bonham Track in Memorial Stadium this summer. The project is set to begin May 27 and finish August 15, in time for the 2008 football and soccer seasons.
Whittier College senior quarterback, Josh Scurlock, was featured in an interview for the Bakersfield Californian on January 8. Scurlock talks about his experiences at Whittier, being a student-athlete and bringing "The Shoes" back to their rightful home in Whittier.
Whittier College football enjoyed their greatest success since the 2000 season with a 4-5 record in 2007. They finished fourth in the SCIAC with a 3-3 record. The highlight of the season came in the final game of the year, as the Poets won back The Shoes in a thrilling 67-61 victory over Occidental College.
Seven Whittier College football players were honored by the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for their performances during the 2007 season. Three Poets were named to first teams.
Josh Scurlock '08 ended his Whittier College career throwing for seven touchdowns and running for another to lead the Poets to a 67-61 victory over SCIAC rival, nationally ranked #24 Occidental College, at Memorial Field on November 10. The win marks the first time the Poets have beaten Occidental since 2000.
Whittier College was outscored 35-0 in the first half on their way to a 59-6 loss to SCIAC rival University of Redlands on November 3 in Redlands, Calif. The loss drops the Poets record to 3-5 overall and 2-4 in conference play.
Josh Scurlock 08 passed for the touchdowns and ran for another to lead Whittier College to a 31-28 win over SCIAC rival University of La Verne on October 20 in La Verne, Calif. The Poets are back at .500 with a 3-3 overall record and are now 2-1 in conference play. More to come...
Josh Scurlock 08 threw his second touchdown pass of the day midway through the third quarter to give Whittier College a 20-10 lead, but 28 unanswered points gave Chapman University a 38-20 victory in Orange, Calif., on October 13. Their second loss in a row drops the Poets record to 2-3.
Whittier College lost its first conference game of the season, 44-7 to California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on October 6. The Poets turned the ball over five times in the game, as their record falls to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in SCIAC play.
Josh Scurlock 08 had his second straight 100-yard rushing game and threw for 297 yards to lead Whittier College to a 28-7 victory in its SCIAC opener against Pomona-Pitzer Colleges at Memorial Stadium on September 29. The Poets are now 2-1 overall and the Sagehens fall to 1-2.
Josh Scurlock 08 scored four touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards to lead Whittier College to a 28-26 victory at the University of Puget Sound on September 22. The win evens the Poets record at 1-1 heading into conference play and avenges a 26-19 loss to the Loggers last season.
The storied history of the Whittier College football program began in 1907, and since the inception of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in 1915, the Poets have captured 26 conference titles. From 1957-1964, Whittier won eight straight SCIAC titles under the direction of legendary coaches Don Coryell (1957-59) and John Godfrey (1960-1979). Their most recent championships came back-to-back in 1997 and 1998. Twenty-two Poets have earned All-American honors, the most recent coming in 1998 with linebacker George Willacy.
Whittier College had nine football players earn All-Conference Awards from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference this week. Chasen Eddow '08 was named to the defensive first team. Eddow had 53 tackles this season and led the Poets with three interceptions.