1897 Detroit College football team

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1897 record 1–2
Head coach William S. Robinson (2nd season)
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The 1897 Detroit College football team was an American football team that represented Detroit College (renamed the University of Detroit in 1911) as an independent during the 1897 college football season. In its second season under head coach William S. Robinson, the team compiled a 1–2 record and was outscored by opponents by a combined total of 36 to 28. The team played one game against the Michigan Military Academy (a 26–24 loss) and two games against Detroit High School (one win and one loss), the result of the loss was disputed due to the fact that the high school game had two players who were not students.[1][2]


October 16YMCA
  • Michigan Athletic Association grounds
  • Detroit
October 28at Michigan Military AcademyL 24–26[4]
November 4Detroit High SchoolL 0–10[1][2]
November 18Detroit High School
  • YMCA grounds
  • Detroit
W 4–0[5][6]


  1. ^ a b "Protested Their Men: Detroit College Objected to Two High School Players". The Detroit Free Press. November 5, 1897. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  2. ^ a b "Detroit High School Team Disbanded". The Detroit Free Press. November 6, 1897. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  3. ^ "First Game for Detroit College". The Detroit Free Press. October 16, 1897. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ "M.M.A. 26, Detroit College, 24". The Detroit Free Press. October 29, 1897. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ "Ended in Row Again: High School and Detroit College Teams Squabble Again". The Detroit Free Press. November 19, 1897. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ "Detroit Yearly Results (1896-1899)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved May 19, 2018.