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The athletes Murphy coached were second-to-none as well, including fellow inductees Alvin Kraenzlein, Ted Meredith, Leroy Mercer, Walter Tweksbury, Mike Dorizas and T. Truxtun Hare, all of whom were Olympians. In addition, Murphy is credited with developing the modern crouched starting method for sprinters.
Today, a plaque erected by the Pennsylvania Varsity Club still stands in Franklin Filed, honoring Michael C. Murphy, with his most famous quote inscribed on it: “You can’t lick a team that won’t be licked.” He was much revered, even after his retirement. Upon his death, the University hung its flags at half-mast and cancelled all of its athletic competitions.