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This Week in Saints History: June 12-18

June 12th

1985—Saints head coach Bum Phillips promoted scout Mark Hatley to defensive backs coach and moved Harold Richardson to wide receivers coach. The Saints also named Bruce Broussard as director of administration. Filling Broussard's former position of ticket manager was Sandy King.

2012—Former Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove (pictured center) had another eight games added to his suspension for what the NFL described as lying under oath according to an arbitrator.

Today's birthdays:

Jason David—Born in 1982 (Cornerback 2007-08)

June 13th

Today's birthdays:

Happy Feller—Born in 1949 (Kicker 1972-73)

Keno Hills—Born in 1973 (Tackle 1996-99) attended ULL

Larry Kennan—Born in 1944 (Tight ends coach 1995)

Chad Setterstrom—Born in 1980 (Guard 2004-05)

June 14th

1971—Saints traded away DT Mike Tilleman (who was voted MVP by this own teammates in 1970) to the Houston Oilers in return for a first round draft choice in '72 and a third round choice in '73 plus OT Glen Ray Hines and LB Jess Lewis (Lewis did not make the New Orleans regular season roster).

1972—NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle cleared Saints owner John Mecom Jr. of alleged underworld associations involving two real estate transactions. Rozelle further stated that he started this investigation on a tip from a U.S. Senator who told him one of the real estate partners has an IRS conviction over gambling but Mecom did not bring into transactions this person iwho was not considered an associate of Mecom's.

1973—Saints & WWL radio announced John Ferguson as the new radio network play-by-play man, replacing Bill McColgan who passed away six weeks earlier. Ferguson stepped down from his job at WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge to take a weekend sports anchor job at WWL-TV but continued to do LSU football radio network games.

1976—Saints claimed off of waivers former Steelers QB Joe Gilliam. Despite the chance of making it as a promising back-up, he ends up being cut after not showing up for several practices later in the off-season.

1982—Former Saints defensive end Don Reese was quoted in a Sports Illustrated cover story about his cocaine/drug abuse while with the Saints, Dolphins, and Chargers,. Reese said inthe piece that half the league's players were on drugs.  NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was so alarmed he eventually set up a meeting with owners and the players union to organize the NFL's first drug testing policy starting in 1983.

Today's birthdays:

Chris McAllister—Born in 1977 (Cornerback 2009)

Ricky Siglar—Born in 1966 (Tackle 1997-98)

Cephus Weatherspoon—Born in 1948 (Wide Receiver 1972)

June 15th

Today's birthdays:

Maurice Spencer—Born in 1952 (Cornerback 1974-76, 1978)

Everett Withers—Born in 1963 (Defensive asst. coach 1994)

June 16th

2010—The entire Saints organization were presented their Super Bowl XLIV championship rings at a private ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel.

Today's birthdays:

Eric Olsen—Born in 1988 (Guard 2012-present) Also on active roster for 2011 post-season

Steve Walters—Born in 1948 (Wide Receivers coach 1986-96)

June 17th

Today's birthdays:

Dean Kleinschmidt—Born in 1948, (Asst. trainer 1969-70, Head trainer 1971-1999) He was released by head coach Jim Haslett in March 2000

*Glen Redd—Born in 1958 (Linebacker 1981, 1983-86) Passed away November 17, 2007

*Royce Smith—Born in 1949 (Guard 1972-73) Passed away January 22, 2004

June 18th

1974—A strike by Tile Layers Local 11 union, who were doing work on the Louisiana Superdome, in part causes a delay in the building's completion. As a result the scheduled Super Bowl IX the following January is moved to Tulane Stadium. Weather issues also contributed to delays.

2012—Players involved in BountyGate were scheduled to have appeals heard but Jonathan Vilma and his attorney walked out on the process after disagreements over limited amount of evidence league was willing to present in addition to a delay in the scheduled hearings. The remaining players who waited through the delay had their appeals denied.

Today's birthdays:

Tom Clements—Born in 1953 (Quarterback Coach 1997-99)

Keith Poole—Born in 1974 (Wide Receiver 1997-2000)

 

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