SMU and Navy to play for Gansz Trophy

Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson

The SMU and Navy athletic departments announced the creation of the Gansz Trophy, which the two teams will play for when they meet on Oct. 17 in Dallas.

The trophy honors late coaching legend Frank Gansz, who died after complications from knee replacement surgery in April. He was 70.

Gansz spent time at both SMU and the Naval Academy.

He played center and linebacker for the Naval Academy from 1957 to '59 and graduated in 1960. He also spent four seasons as an assistant coach at Navy (1969 to '72). He was entering his second season as special-teams coach at SMU when he passed away.

"Frank Gansz touched the lives of so many players and coaches in his lifetime, not just at SMU, but throughout the nation," SMU coach June Jones said in a statement. "The Frank Gansz Trophy is being established to honor Frank for his contributions to the game of football and to remember all the lives he touched along the way. We are excited that we are able to establish this trophy between the two schools he loved the most, Navy and SMU. We will play this 2009 game and all future ones between our two great schools in his honor."

After SMU and Navy finish their current four-game, home-and-home series in 2011, the series will resume in 2015 with another four-game, home-and-home series. SMU will travel to Annapolis in 2015 and 2017 and Navy will come to Dallas in 2016 and 2018. Future dates are also being discussed.