1896 Central Michigan Normalites football team

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1896 Central Michigan Normalites football
Conference Independent
1896 record 3–1
Head coach Pete McCormick (1st season)
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The 1896 Central Michigan Normalites football team represented Central Michigan Normal School, later renamed Central Michigan University, as an independent during the 1896 college football season. Central Michigan was founded in 1892 and fielded its first varsity football team in 1896. Under head coach Pete McCormick, the first Central Michigan football team compiled a 3–1 record and outscored their four opponents by a combined total of 62 to 22. All four games were played against high school teams.[1][2] On October 31, 1896, the Central Michigan football team lost to Alma High School, 14–5, in a game played in Mount Pleasant.[3] On November 21, 1896, Central Michigan defeated Bay City High School by a 14–4 score at Mt. Pleasant.[3][4]


Date Opponent Site Result
October 31 Alma High School Mount Pleasant, MI L 5–14  
November 21 Bay City High School Mount Pleasant, MI W 14–4  
Saginaw Arthur Hill HS W 35–0  
Alma High School W 8–4  


  1. ^ "Central Michigan 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Central Michigan University. 2015. pp. 100, 107. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Central Michigan Yearly Results (1896-1899)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Mt. Pleasant's Version". Detroit Free Press. November 25, 1896. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Didn't Know Where He Was At". Detroit Free Press. November 22, 1896. p. 9.