1901 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season

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1901 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration September 28, 1901
through December 5, 1901
Number of teams 14
Regular Season
Season champions Vanderbilt
Football seasons
← 1900
1902 →
1901 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 4 0 0     6 1 1
Clemson 2 0 1     3 1 1
LSU 2 1 0     5 1 0
North Carolina 2 1 0     7 2 0
Tulane 2 1 0     4 2 0
Alabama 2 1 2     2 1 2
Texas 0 0 0     8 2 1
Auburn 2 2 1     2 3 1
Tennessee 1 1 2     3 3 2
Mississippi A&M 1 2 0     2 2 1
Cumberland 0 1 0     0 1 0
Kentucky State 0 2 0     2 6 1
Ole Miss 0 4 0     2 4 0
Georgia 0 4 2     1 5 2
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1901 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season was the college football games played by the member schools of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association as part of the 1901 college football season. The season began on September 28.

Amidst charges of professionalism, Georgia Tech and Nashville were blacklisted.[1][2][3] The 1901 game of LSU versus Tulane eventually ended up as a forfeiture. Tulane forfeited the game the November 16 due to a ruling from the SIAA. The 1901 edition of the Battle for the Flag against LSU was originally a 22-0 victory for Tulane. It was later forfeited after a petition to the SIAA, and was recorded as a 0-11 loss for Tulane. After the game, LSU protested to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, and alleged that Tulane had used a professional player during the game. Several months later, the SIAA ruled the game an 11-0 forfeit in favor of LSU.[4]

The 1901 team was likely the best football team in Nashville's history. Coached by Charley Moran, though they lost to southern power Vanderbilt, they "mopped up with about everything else."[5]

Season overview[edit]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 Vanderbilt Billy Watkins 6–1–1 4–0 22.3 1.5
2 Clemson John Heisman 3–1–1 2–0–1 38.0 7.6
3 (tie) LSU W. S. Borland 5–1 2-1
3 (tie) North Carolina Charles O. Jenkins 7–2 2-1
3 (tie) Tulane H. T. Summersgill 4–2 2–1
6 Alabama M. S. Harvey 2–1–2 2–1–2
7 Texas Samuel Huston Thompson 8–2–1 0–0
8 Auburn Billy Watkins 2–3–1 2–2–1
9 Tennessee George Kelley 3–3–2 1–1–2
10 Mississippi A&M L. B. Harvey 2–2–1 1–2
11 Cumberland J. S. Kuykendall 0–1 0–1
12 Kentucky State W. H. Kiler 2–6–1 0–2
13 Mississippi William Shibley 2–4 0–4
14 Georgia E. E. Jones 1–5–2 0–4–2

Key

PPG = Average of points scored per game
PAG = Average of points allowed per game

Regular season[edit]

Index to colors and formatting
Non-conference matchup; SIAA member won
Non-conference matchup; SIAA member lost
Non-conference matchup; tie
Conference matchup

SIAA teams in bold.

Week One[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference October 2 Nashville Mooney Franklin, TN W 11–0

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 5 Kentucky State Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 22–0
October 5 Guilford Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 122–0
October 7 Houston Town Team Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 32–0

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 12 Cincinnati Kentucky State Lexington, KY T 0–0
October 12 Oak Ridge Military Academy North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC W 28–0
October 12 South Carolina Georgia Augusta, GA W 10–5
October 12 King Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 8–0
October 12 Centre Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 25–0
October 16 North Carolina A&M North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC W 42–0
October 16 Tulane Meridian A. C. Meridian, MS W 15–0

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 19 Memphis University School Mississippi Oxford, MS W 6–0
October 19 Kentucky State Georgetown (KY) Georgetown, KY W 17–0
October 19 Guilford North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC W 42–0
October 19 Oklahoma Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 12–6
October 19 Nashville Auburn Birmingham, AL NASH 23–5
October 19 Clemson Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN T 6–6
October 19 Georgia Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 47–0
October 21 Georgia Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN SEW 47–0
October 25 Cumberland Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN SEW 44–5

Week Five[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 26 Mississippi Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL ALA 41–0
October 26 Vanderbilt Auburn Riverside Park • Montgomery, AL VAN 41–0 [6]
October 26 Mississippi A&M Christian Brothers Memphis, TN T 0–0
October 26 North Carolina Davidson Davidson, NC W 6–0
October 26 Clemson Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA CLEM 28–0
October 26 Kentucky University Kentucky State Lexington, KY L 27–0
October 26 Texas A&M Texas San Antonio, TX W 17–0
October 26 Tennessee Nashville Nashville, TN NASH 16–5
October 26 Tulane Mobile YMCA Mobile, AL L 2–0
October 28 LSU Louisiana Tech Ruston, LA W 57–0
October 28 Mississippi Mississippi A&M Starkville Fairgrounds • Starkville, MS MSA&M 17–0
October 29 Texas Baylor Waco, TX W 23–0
October 31 VPI Clemson Columbia, SC L 17–11

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 2 Mississippi A&M Meridian A. C. Meridian, MS W 11–5
November 2 Southwest Baptist Mississippi Oxford, MS W 17–0
November 2 New Orleans YMCA Tulane New Orleans, LA W 23–0
November 2 Kentucky University Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 6–0
November 2 Washington (MO) Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 12–11
November 2 Kentucky State Avondale A. C. Cincinnati, OH L 17–6
November 2 North Carolina Georgia Atlanta, GA UNC 27–0
November 4 North Carolina Auburn Auburn, AL UNC 10–0
November 7 Mississippi LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA LSU 46–0

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 9 Dallas A. C. Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 12–0
November 9 Georgia Alabama Highland Park • Montgomery, AL T 0–0
November 9 Mississippi A&M Tulane New Orleans, LA TUL 24–6
November 9 Tennessee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 22–0
November 9 Louisville YMCA Kentucky State Louisville, KY L 11–0
November 15 Auburn Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL ALA 17–0

Week Eight[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 16 Centre Kentucky State Lexington, KY L 5–0
November 16 Mississippi A&M Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL ALA 45–0
November 16 Texas Missouri Columbia, MO W 11–0
November 16 Davidson Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA L 16–6
November 16 LSU Tulane New Orleans, LA LSU 11–0 5,000
November 16 Georgetown Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 12–0
November 16 Sewanee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN T 0–0
November 19 North Carolina North Carolina A&M Raleigh, NC W 30–0
November 19 Texas Kirksville Osteopath Kirksville, MO L 48–0
November 20 Auburn LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA AUB 28–0

Week Nine[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 23 North Carolina Virginia Norfolk, VA L 6–23
November 23 Texas Kansas Lawrence, KS L 12–0
November 23 Kentucky State Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN TENN 5–0
November 25 Texas Oklahoma Norman, OK W 11–0
November 28 Cincinnati JV Kentucky State Lexington, KY W 16–0
November 28 Tennessee Alabama West End Park • Birmingham, AL T 6–6
November 28 Auburn Georgia Piedmont ParkAtlanta, GA T 0–0
November 28 New Orleans YMCA LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 38–0
November 28 Texas A&M Texas Clark FieldAustin, TX W 32–0
November 28 Clemson North Carolina Charlotte, NC CLEM 22–10
November 28 Mississippi Tulane New Orleans, LA TUL 25–11
November 28 2:00 p. m. Nashville Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 10–0 4,000 [7]

Week Ten[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
December 5 Arkansas LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 15–0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Southerns[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Will Meet At Chapel Hill". Asheville Citizen. December 11, 1901. p. 4. Retrieved August 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Athletic Blacklist Has Widespread Effect". The Charlotte News. December 14, 1901. p. 11. Retrieved August 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Fight Is Against Professionalism". Atlanta Constitution. December 22, 1901. p. 11. Retrieved August 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-26. Retrieved 2016-04-09. 
  5. ^ "Brown Calls Vanderbilt '06 Best Eleven South Ever Had". Atlanta Constitution. February 19, 1911. p. 52. Retrieved March 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Vanderbilt 41, Auburn 0". Atlanta Constitution. October 27, 1901. p. 9. Retrieved July 15, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Dixie Championship Goes To Vanderbilt". Atlanta Constitution. November 29, 1901. p. 2. Retrieved July 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read