1883 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team
|1883 Minnesota Golden Gophers football|
|Head coach||Thomas Peebles (1st season)|
|Captain||John W. Adams|
|1883 college football records|
The 1883 Minnesota Golden Gophers football team represented the University of Minnesota during the 1883 college football season. The season was the only season under head coach Thomas Peebles, the first coach in the history of the program. He came to the University to teach philosophy and since he had played football with distinction at Princeton University, he was recruited to coach the football team. He was described as "having a twinkling eye, a moustache, winged collars and the bearing of a scholar so that even on the field of play he looked as though he were en route to the court of St. James.":311
Upon arrival in Northfield, Minnesota for the first game of the year, there was a dispute between the arriving players from Minnesota and the team representing Carleton College. Carleton insisted that a member of the faculty be allowed to play, and they also insisted on playing rugby style football. Coach Peebles preferred the soccer style of play,:4 but agreed to the conditions as long as he could act as the referee.:13 Carleton won the game 4-2.
Team of 1883: J.W. Adams (captain), Don Davidson, Mitchell, Blanding, Niles, Winchell, Graham, McNair, Bassett, Smith, Hammond, Crafts.":14
|October 29||at Carleton||Northfield, MN||L 2–4|
|November 3||vs. Hamline||W 5–0|
|Ex-Collegiates||Minneapolis, MN||L 2–4|
- University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics (2004). Jeff Keiser; Shane Sanderfeld, eds. Minnesota Football 2004 Media Guide. University of Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletics Communications.
- Papas Jr., Al (1990). Gopher Sketchbook. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Nodin Press.
- The General Alumni Association (1928). Martin Newell, ed. The History of Minnesota Football. The General Alumni Association of the University of Minnesota.