Resigns At Russell;
Tank Ace Will Wear Portsmouth Uniform During Full Season
Glenn E. Presnell, former Nebraska star who wore the red Tank uniform three years and who last season outpassed the great Benny Friedman and outran the great Red Grange, as the Tanks trimmed both New York and Chicago of the National League, will grace the purple of the Portsmouth Spartans during the coming gridiron season.
Presnell put his signature to the dotted line of a Spartan contract Friday evening and the paper was received at the River City Saturday morning. In signing the Portsmouth contract Presnell automatically resigned as coach and instructor at Russell High School. His formal resignation of his position at Russell was received by the Russell school board secretary Friday evening.
All of Presnell's terms were met by Portsmouth, it was announced there today. He signed for the full schedule at a reported salary of $4,200 for the season, and will report on or before September 1 to start practice with the Spartans. He adds balance and power to the Spartan backfield of Lumpkin, Bennett, McClain, et al and both Ironton and Portsmouth fans look to him to establish himself as one of the leaders in the national pro league. He proved his mettle last season, with great performance against Portsmouth, Memphis, Chicago and New York. He is powerful on off-tackle smashes and end runs, a beautiful open-field performer, an exceptionally good defensive man, a superb "quick kicker" and a passer of such excellence that he outshone the great Friedman when the Tanks nosed out the New York Giants 13 to 12 at Redland Field in Cincinnati last Armistice Day. In fact Presnell can do just about anything a good football player is expected to do- and just a little better than the other man. His presence will add a versatility of attack to the Spartans- something the squad has lacked in previous seasons. Heretofore the Spartans have crashed through on power drives but with Presnell and his mates on the field the Purple is capable of pulling any trick.
In expressing satisfaction at Presnell signing with Portsmouth, hereby affording them an opportunity of seeing him in action again should the Tanks quit the field as expected, Ironton and Russell fans regret that the move necessitated his resignation at Russell. He was an able instructor at Russell High and carried that school to new heights athletically during the two years he was coach there. His team captured the Eastern Kentucky League grid championship last season, the first title the railroaders have ever held outside of county honors. In basketball Presnell's team reached its climax in defeating Ironton and carrying on battles for higher honors in the Kentucky district.
Presnell coached at Russell two years and had been reemployed for the coming season. His formal resignation was received Friday evening but no action has been taken by the board of education. No applications for the post have been received as Presnell was undecided about his future until this week. A new man will probably be secured as Ted Frans, instructor at the school last season, resigned some time ago and was succeeded as instructor by Miss Ruth Gilley. J.H. Bradshaw, former coach, is now principal and will be unable to take over the athletic duties.
Presnell came to Ironton in 1928, after a great senior year at Nebraska U. He brought a new class of football to the section and played a wonderful game his first year here. He was injured early in the 1929 season but in 1930 he was back in form and played probably the best game of his career. Immediately after it was announced the Tanks would not reorganize this year he was offered a Portsmouth contract. In addition he received offers from Brooklyn and the New York Giants of the National Pro League. Brooklyn wanted to feature him on their team and the Giants were after him because of his great performance against them at Cincinnati. Dick Powell, his partner in the aerial fireworks at Cincinnati, has already signed with the New Yorkers and Presnell was wanted to replace Benny Friedman, who has taken a coaching job.
"Potsy" Clark, now coach of the Spartans, was especially anxious to get Presnell. "Get him by all means" was his recommendation to directors of the River City aggregation. He was coach at Kansas U. when Presnell was carrying Nebraska U. to the front of the grid world. The teams met before 25,000 fans and "Potsy" pulled hair and wore out his trousers as Presnell passed, ran, and smashed his way thru Kansas for two touchdowns- the only two of the game.Source: Ironton Evening Tribune August 2, 1931