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In this file photo, a younger Eddie Paul, second from right, poses for photographers at Cameron’s media day. This feared defensive front also included, from left, Don Taylor, Richard DeLaCerda, Paul and Euell Pope. After a long coaching career, Paul is now serving as the athletic director at Norman North, one of the state’s largest, and most successful, Class 6A programs.

Paul has enjoyed long career in athletics

Staying connected has paid major dividends for Walters native Eddie Paul.

A phone call from Jim Frazier to fellow Ada alum Farrell Large started the ball rolling when Paul, the Constitution's Class B-C lineman of the year in 1967, transferred from Oklahoma State to Cameron University.

Paul was a two-year starter for the Aggies and he earned a degree in physical education with a minor in language arts.

"I taught journalism and speech for awhile," he said. "Tom Lane was one of our journalism instructors at Cameron. Joey (Goodman, the Constitution sports editor) and I were at Cameron together."

Paul also set out on a long coaching career that included stops in Clinton, Enid, Velma-Alma, Yukon, Woodward, Lindsay, back to Woodward, Plainview, DeSoto and Azle (Texas) and Bethel.

Paul served as head football and track coach at Bethel for two years and was content with life at the Pottawatomie County school.

Enter Frank 'Pogo' Thompson, an old friend from his days at OSU and a former catcher for the Lawton Pepsis semipro baseball team. Thompson was athletic director for Norman Public Schools and offered Paul the job as site AD at Norman North.

Paul, now 64, wrapped up his second season at Norman's newest school by watching his boys and girls soccer teams sweep Class 6A State championships last week.

"I've been very blessed," Paul said. "I've been able to be around some great coaches and great athletes. It's been great fun."

His head coach at Cameron was Bear Jensen, now a member of the CU Athletics Hall of Fame. Jensen lives in Norman.

"I don't see Bear very often," Paul said. "I stay hooked up."

He saw plenty of him during the 1971 and '72 football seasons. The '71 Aggies played a unique schedule that included an exhibition game with Oklahoma State Penitentiary and a visit to Las Vegas.

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