Innis Brown was a college football player, referee and civil engineer. His sports articles were nationally known, writing for the New York Sun, Innis Brown was born on March 31,1884 in Franklin, Tennessee to Enoch Brown, Sr. and Lucinda Allen. Inniss younger brother Enock Nuck Brown was captain of the 1913 Vanderbilt Commodores football team, Innis was a prominent guard for Dan McGugins Vanderbilt Commodores football teams of Vanderbilt University. He was a Rhodes Scholar, in 1905 Brown was captain and selected All-Southern of the 1905 team. One publication claims The first scouting done in the South was in 1905, upon graduation, he went to Mexico as a civil engineer. By 1912 he was a referee throughout the South, chosen by the Atlanta Constitution to pick its All-Southern team that year, having served as editor on Vanderbilts campus newspaper, the Hustler, Brown began his writing career on the old Nashville American in 1906. He eventually took charge of the section of the Atlanta Journal. Brown was a golfer, being the managing editor of American Golfer in 1919 with Rice.
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1905 Michigan Wolverines football team
The 1905 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1905 Western Conference football season. The teams head coach was Fielding H. Yost. The Wolverines played their games at Regents Field. After winning the first 12 games of the season by a score of 495–0. The 1905 football team returned 11 varsity letter winners from the 1904 team, the only letter winners not returning from 1904 were Willie Heston and Babe Carter. Center Germany Schulz, who had played as a freshman in 1904, was expected to be the best center in the west during the 1905 season, the line returned Octopus Graham, Henry Schulte, and Joe Curtis. Fred Norcross returned as the starting quarterback. In the backfield, several players were in competition to replace Heston at left halfback, Tom Hammond returned at right halfback. At fullback, Frank Longman sustained an injury that was expected to keep him on the sidelines for the early part of the season. Track star John Garrels had shown promise in 1904 and was the fastest man on the Michigan team, in the first game of the 1905 season was played on a warm day with the field at Ferry Field in excellent condition.
Michigan defeated the team from Ohio Wesleyan University 65-0 and was reported to have over, Fred Norcross ran for 144 yards in the first half, including a 70-yard touchdown run. Hammond was Michigans high scorer with 25 points on four touchdowns, the game was played in halves of 18.5 minutes and 15 minutes. In the first game, Michigan scored 65 points in 33.5 minutes, Michigans starting lineup was Garrels, Love, Graham, Stuart, Dunlap, Hammond. In the second game of the season, played at Ferry Field, despite the one-sided score, The Michigan Alumnus complained, The whole offensive work was ragged and spiritless, the warm weather having much to do with this. The game was played in halves of 20 minutes and 15 minutes, through two games, Michigan had scored 109 points in 68.5 minutes. Michigans starting lineup was Garrels, Love, Graham, Stuart, Dunlap, the third game of the season matched Michigan against Case. With most of the game played by the scrubs, Michigan defeated Case 36-0, in his first start at left halfback, Paul Magoffin had a 75-yard run against Case.
The game was played in halves of 20 minutes each, through three games, Michigan had scored 145 points in 108.5 minutes
Fielding H. Yost
Fielding Harris Yost was an American football player and coach and college athletics administrator. During his 25 seasons as the football coach in Ann Arbor, Yosts Michigan Wolverines won six national championships, captured ten Big Ten Conference titles. From 1901 to 1905, his Point-a-Minute squads went 55–1–1, outscoring their opponents by a margin of 2,821 to 42, the 1901 team beat Stanford, 49–0, in the 1902 Rose Bowl, the first college football bowl game ever played. Under Yost, Michigan won four national championships from 1901 to 1904. In 1921, Yost became Michigans athletic director and served in capacity until 1940. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951, Yost was a successful business person and author, but he is best known as a leading figure in pioneering the development of college football into a national phenomenon. Yost was born in Fairview, West Virginia, in April 1871, Yosts family had settled in West Virginia, in 1925. He was the oldest of four children of Parmenus Wesley Yost and Elzena Jane Yost and his father was a farmer and Confederate veteran.
His family had been in Fairview since 1825 when his great, great grandfather, David Yost, settled there, Yost was educated in the local schools and became a deputy marshal in Fairview as a teenager. At seventeen, he got a teaching certificate. Yost began his education at Fairmont Normal School in Fairmont. He taught school at Patterson Creek, West Virginia, during the 1889–90 school year, Yost next enrolled at Ohio Normal School. Yost played for the Ohio Normal baseball team, after three years at Ohio Normal, Yost returned to West Virginia to work in the oil fields. In 1895, Yost enrolled at West Virginia University where he studied law and he played football for West Virginia University football team. A 6-foot,200 pounder, Yost was a standout at tackle at West Virginia into the 1896 season and he transferred in mid-season to join Coach Parke H. Daviss national championship team at Lafayette. Just a week playing against Davis in West Virginia, Yost was playing for Davis in Lafayettes historic 6–4 win over the Penn Quakers.
The fortuitous timing of Yosts appearance on the Lafayette roster did not go unnoticed by Penn officials and they called it the Yost affair. The Philadelphia Ledger quoted Yost as saying that he came to Lafayette only to play football, the fact that Yost appeared in a Lafayette uniform only once, in the Penn game, and that he returned to West Virginia within two weeks of the contest did not help appearances
James J. D. DePree, known as Jim DePree, was an American football player and coach of football and baseball. He was the head coach for the University of Tennessee Volunteers football team, coaching the 1905 and 1906 seasons. While at Tennessee, he started the schools first basketball team, depree married Fannie Wilson of Knoxville, who bore his three sons. He was born in Holland, Michigan in 1879 and died in Sarasota, DePree was a letterman in football from the University of Michigan. James DePree at the College Football Data Warehouse
Vanderbilt Stadium is a football stadium located in Nashville, Tennessee. Completed in 1922 as the first stadium in the South to be used exclusively for college football, Vanderbilt Stadium hosted the Tennessee Oilers and the first Music City Bowl in 1998 and hosted the Tennessee state high school football championships for many years. Vanderbilt Stadium is the smallest football stadium in the Southeastern Conference, the first facility was named for William Dudley, Dean of the Vanderbilt University Medical School from 1885 until his death in 1914. Dudley was responsible for the formation of the SIAA, the predecessor of the Southern Conference and Southeastern Conference, in 1895, in 1922, after a 74.2 winning percentage during the 18-year tenure of Coach McGugin, the Commodores had outgrown old Dudley Field. The football team played two games on the renamed Curry Field before moving to New Dudley Field in 1922, the new stadium, the first in the South built solely for football, was christened Dudley Field, and its capacity was 20,000.
As evidence of Vanderbilts stature at the time, it dwarfed rival Tennessees Shields-Watkins Field, the first game played at Dudley Field was between the home-standing Commodores and the powerful Michigan Wolverines. A goal-line stand by the Commodores preserved a 0-0 tie, the following Friday, nearby Hume-Fogg High School played a game at Dudley. Senior Jimmy Armistead returned the kick for a touchdown, providing the first touchdown ever recorded in the stadium. Armistead would go on to a career at Vanderbilt and was the captain. In 1949, Vanderbilt officials built a press box at Dudley Field. Additional seating was added to the western side of stadium. On September 25,1954, Vanderbilt hosted the No, 10-ranked Baylor Bears in the first night game ever played on the Dudley Field surface. The lights had been installed so that Dudley Field would be able to host the Billy Graham Crusade on campus, in 1960, nearly 7,000 more seats are added to the stadium, with an expansion on the east side of the stadium near Memorial Gym.
At a price of $250,000, officials installed what was a state-of-the-art Astroturf synthetic surface in 1970, over the winter and spring of 1980–81, most of the Dudley Field grandstand was demolished. The 12,088 seats on each sideline—the only vestige of the old stadium—were raised ten feet through the use of 22 hydraulic jacks on each side of the stadium, the new venue was rechristened Vanderbilt Stadium. However, the surface itself is still called Dudley Field. The rebuilt stadium and its Fred Russell Press Box were designed to resemble a United States naval vessel slicing through the water—a nod to Vanderbilts naval themed-mascot, the color scheme picked for the exterior of the stadium was battleship gray. The stadiums maximum capacity after the 1980–81 renovation was 41,000, the project cost $10.1 million, and the Commodores celebrated a sold-out dedication by taking a 23–17 comeback win over Maryland on September 12,1981
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Ann Arbor is a city in the U. S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Washtenaw County. The 2010 census recorded its population to be 113,934, the citys population was estimated at 117,070 as of July 2015 by the U. S. Census Bureau. The Ann Arbor Metropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Washtenaw County, the city is part of the larger Detroit–Ann Arbor–Flint, MI Combined Statistical Area with a population of 5,318,744. Ann Arbor was founded in 1824, named for wives of the villages founders, the University of Michigan moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor in 1837, and the city grew at a rapid rate in the early to mid-20th century. During the 1960s and 1970s, the city gained a reputation as a center for left-wing politics, Ann Arbor became a focal point for political activism and anti-Vietnam War movement, as well as various student movements. Ann Arbor is home to the University of Michigan, one of the foremost research universities in the United States, the university shapes Ann Arbors economy significantly as it employs about 30,000 workers, including about 12,000 in the medical center.
The citys economy is centered on high technology, with several companies drawn to the area by the universitys research and development infrastructure. In about 1774, the Potawatomi founded two villages in the area of what is now Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor was founded in 1824 by land speculators John Allen and Elisha Walker Rumsey. On 25 May 1824, the plat was registered with Wayne County as Annarbour. Allen and Rumsey decided to name it for their wives, both named Ann, and for the stands of Bur Oak in the 640 acres of land purchased for $800 from the federal government at $1.25 per acre. The local Ojibwa named the settlement kaw-goosh-kaw-nick, after the sound of Allens sawmill, Ann Arbor became the seat of Washtenaw County in 1827, and was incorporated as a village in 1833. The Ann Arbor Land Company, a group of speculators, set aside 40 acres of undeveloped land and offered it to the state of Michigan as the site of the state capital, but lost the bid to Lansing. In 1837, the property was accepted instead as the site of the University of Michigan, since the universitys establishment in the city in 1837, the histories of the University of Michigan and Ann Arbor have been closely linked.
Throughout the 1840s and the 1850s settlers continued to come to Ann Arbor, while the earlier settlers were primarily of British ancestry, the newer settlers consisted of Germans and African-Americans. In 1851, Ann Arbor was chartered as a city, though the city showed a drop in population during the Depression of 1873. It was not until the early 1880s that Ann Arbor again saw robust growth, with new immigrants coming from Greece, Russia, Ann Arbor saw increased growth in manufacturing, particularly in milling. Ann Arbors Jewish community grew after the turn of the 20th century, during the 1960s and 1970s, the city gained a reputation as an important center for liberal politics. Ann Arbor became a locus for left-wing activism and anti-Vietnam War movement, during the ensuing 15 years, many countercultural and New Left enterprises sprang up and developed large constituencies within the city
Ferry Field was the home field for the University of Michigan football team from 1893 to 1905. It was located along South State Street in Ann Arbor, the Board of Regents of the University of Michigan authorized $3,000 in 1890 for the purchase of land to build a new football field. The following May, they added $4,500 more for the purpose of fitting up the athletic field, the facility was simply named the Athletic Field upon completion. The first home game at the Athletic Field was a 6–0 victory over the Detroit Athletic Club on October 7,1893, the following year in 1894, the Athletic Association change the name of the field to Regents Field, which it would be known as until 1902. In 1902, Detroit businessman Dexter M. Ferry donated the land north of Regents Field to the university. In June 1902, Regents Field was renamed Ferry Field, when it opened, Ferry Field had a single wooden bleacher section that seated 400 people. The bleachers burned down in 1895 and were replaced the year with a new covered grandstand seating 800.
Because of the demand for tickets, additional open bleachers seating about 6,000 were built adjoining the covered grandstand, the Athletic Association had one thousand circus seats and materials for sloping platforms which will permit 8,000 more people to view a football game. Bleachers were constructed along the side of the field. The largest crowd ever at Ferry Field was for the second to last game at the old stadium, by one account,17,000 fans watched the Wolverines defeat Wisconsin in the 1905 homecoming game. In the 1890s a three dollar membership in the Athletic Association gained students admission to all athletic events, by 1904 a general admission ticket cost $3.00. Michigan compiled an record of 87–2–3 at Ferry Field from 1893 to 1905. Between 1901 and 1904, Fielding H. Yosts Point-a-Minute teams went 44–0 at Ferry Field, in 1904, the Wolverines beat the undefeated University of Chicago team at Ferry Field. Portions of the game and several shots of the field were filmed by the Edison Manufacturing Company in one of the earliest successful attempts to film a football game.
Ferry Field Michigan Wolverines football Edison Film of 1904 Football Game at Regents Field, Part 1 Edison Film of 1904 Football Game at Regents Field, Part 2
Nashville is the capital of the U. S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in the central part of the state. The city is a center for the music, publishing and transportation industries and it is known as a center of the country music industry, earning it the nickname Music City, U. S. A. Since 1963, Nashville has had a consolidated city-county government which includes six municipalities in a two-tier system. Nashville is governed by a mayor, vice-mayor, and 40-member Metropolitan Council, thirty-five of the members are elected from single-member districts, five are elected at-large. Reflecting the citys position in government, Nashville is home to the Tennessee Supreme Courts courthouse for Middle Tennessee. According to 2015 estimates from the U. S. Census Bureau, the balance population, which excludes semi-independent municipalities within Nashville, was 654,610. The 2015 population of the entire 13-county Nashville metropolitan area was 1,830,345, the 2015 population of the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Columbia combined statistical area, a larger trade area, was 1,951,644.
The town of Nashville was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and it was named for Francis Nash, the American Revolutionary War hero. Nashville quickly grew because of its location, accessibility as a port on the Cumberland River, a tributary of the Ohio River. By 1800, the city had 345 residents, including 136 African American slaves and 14 free blacks, in 1806, Nashville was incorporated as a city and became the county seat of Davidson County, Tennessee. In 1843, the city was named the permanent capital of the state of Tennessee, by 1860, when the first rumblings of secession began to be heard across the South, antebellum Nashville was a prosperous city. The citys significance as a port made it a desirable prize as a means of controlling important river. In February 1862, Nashville became the first state capital to fall to Union troops, the state was occupied by Union troops for the duration of the war. Within a few years after the Civil War, the Nashville chapter of the Ku Klux Klan was founded by Confederate veteran John W.
Morton, the city had reclaimed its important shipping and trading position and developed a solid manufacturing base. The post–Civil War years of the late 19th century brought new prosperity to Nashville and these healthy economic times left the city with a legacy of grand classical-style buildings, which can still be seen around the downtown area. Circa 1950 the state approved a new city charter that provided for the election of city council members from single-member districts. This change was supported because at-large voting diluted the minority populations political power in the city and they could seldom gain a majority of the population to support a candidate of their choice
1906 Vanderbilt Commodores football team
The 1906 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University during the 1906 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The teams head coach was Dan McGugin, who served his third season in that capacity, the 1906 Vanderbilt team had one of the best seasons in the schools history, outscoring opponents 278–16. Innis Brown rated the 1906 team as the best the South ever had, Vanderbilt won all of its home games, finishing the season on a 22-game home win streak. Their only loss came on the road to western power Michigan, 10–4, seven of the Commodores eight wins came by shutout – only two teams scored on them all season. Several teams failed to gain a single first down against the Commodores, the team most notably defeated northern power Carlisle by a single Bob Blake field goal 4–0. Back Owsley Manier was selected third-team All-America by Walter Camp, the Souths first, notable losses from the 1905 team included Bachelor of Ugliness Ed Hamilton, captain Innis Brown, and quarterback Frank Kyle.
At the end of 1905 football looked about to be abolished due to all of the violence during games. Football was a sport that had degenerated into dangerous tactics such as, the wedge, kicking, piling-on. Almost any violent behavior was allowed and injuries mounted during the 1905 season. As a result, the 1906 season was played under a new set of rules, the rules governing intercollegiate football were changed to promote a more open and less dangerous style of play. In a 28–0 win over Kentucky State College to open the season, G. A. Hall had a 33-yard punt return for a touchdown. The Commodores were penalized several times, Kentucky never had a first down and had to punt after second down. The starting lineup was, Pritchard, Wynne, Sherrill, E. Noel, like McGugin, Mississippis coach Thomas S. Hammond was a Michigan alumnus. One account reads, whatever hopes the spectators had of seeing a close, the stars of the contest were Dan Blake and Honus Craig. Mississippi failed to gain a single first down, umpire Henry D.
Phillips kicked Joe Pritchard out of the contest for roughing. The starting lineup was, V. Blake, E. Noel, McLain, Chorn, Blake, Costen, D. Blake, Manier. The only loss of the year for the Alabama Crimson Tide was its biggest ever loss to Vanderbilt, seven of Alabamas regular players were out with injuries. Vanderbilt executed several onside kicks from scrimmage, Owsley Manier scored five touchdowns as, the back field frequently went twenty-five or thirty yards over the line
John Spencer Big Joe Curtis was an American football player and coach. While playing for the University of Michigan, he was selected as a first-team All-Western tackle three consecutive years from 1904 to 1906 and as an All-American in 1904 and 1905. Curtis served as the football coach at Tulane University from 1907 to 1908 and at the School of Mines in Golden. A native of Pueblo, Curtis played three years of school football in Colorado. He enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1903 to play football for Fielding H. Yosts famous Point-a-Minute football teams and he played tackle for the Michigan Wolverines from 1903 to 1906. As a freshman in 1903, Curtis was selected by Yost to play on the varsity football team. He started all games at left tackle for the Michigan team that finished the season with a record of 11–0–1, outscored opponents 565–6. In 1904, Curtis started all ten games at tackle for the Michigan football team that compiled a 10–0 record, outscored opponents 567–22. At the end of the 1904 season, Curtis was selected as a first-team All-Western tackle by the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Journal, Chicago Post and Chicago News.
The Chicago Tribune selected Curtis for its 1904 All-Western team and noted, weighing 230 pounds, active, he has outplayed every opponent. Seldom has he been boxed in by end of tackle plays, on the offense he has developed into one of the best ground gainers on Yosts eleven, and has been most effective in disposing of his opponents when his team has had possession of the ball. Although Eastern football writer Walter Camp picked Curtis as a second-team All-American in 1904, in announcing the selection, that writer said, Hogan of Yale is the best tackle of the year. Next to him is Curtis of Michigan, a wonder on defense, there can be little doubt of the ability of this pair to make the real All-America. Curtis was considered one of the best defensive players in the West, curtiss individual scoring totals in 1905 included the following, In a 44–0 win over Kalamazoo College, Curtis scored three touchdowns. In a 36–0 win over Case, Curtis scored two touchdowns and kicked a goal from touchdown, in a 23–0 win over Ohio Northern, Curtis scored two touchdowns and three goals from touchdown.
In an 18–0 win over Vanderbilt, Curtis scored a touchdown and did service in advancing the ball. In a 31–0 win over Nebraska, Curtis scored a touchdown, in a 70–0 win over Albion College, Curtis scored a touchdown and ten goals from touchdown. In a 48–0 win over Drake, Curtis scored seven goals from touchdown, in a 40–0 win over Ohio State, Curtis scored a touchdown and a goal from touchdown
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association was one of the first collegiate athletic conferences in the United States. Twenty-seven of the current Division I FBS football programs were members of this conference at some point, the SIAA was founded on December 21,1894, by Dr. William Dudley, a chemistry professor at Vanderbilt, at the Kimball House in Atlanta. Dudley was a member of the Vanderbilt Athletic Association, formed in 1886 with Dr. W. M. Baskerville as president, most students at Vanderbilt were members. The early sports played on the Vanderbilt campus were baseball, Dudley was primarily responsible for the formation of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Sewanees opposition stopped it from occurring, the original members were Alabama, Georgia, Johns Hopkins, North Carolina, Sewanee and Virginia. Virginia and North Carolina soon dropped before the inaugural 1895 season, the conference was originally formed for the development and purification of college athletics throughout the South.
In 1903, a single-game football playoff occurred, but it seems to have been coordinated more so by the two competing schools than the conference itself, several other efforts over the years by individual schools to hold a conference title game fell through. Most SIAA titles claimed by schools in sports were actually more mythical in nature than officially sanctioned by the league. In 1915, a disagreement arose within the conference regarding the eligibility of freshman athletes, the larger universities opposed the eligibility of freshman players, while the smaller schools favored it. As a result, some of the universities formed the Southern Intercollegiate Conference. At the conferences annual meeting on December 10,1920, the SIAA rejected proposals to ban freshman athletes, in protest, some schools that had voted in favor of the propositions immediately announced they would seek to form a new conference. In 1922, the Southern Conference underwent an expansion and added six more members, all at the expense of the SIAA, Louisiana State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
With the departure of most of the colleges, the SIAA became a de facto small college conference in 1923. In the 1920s and 1930s, the SIAA increased its membership with the addition of additional small universities. The conference eventually disbanded in 1942 with the onset of American involvement in World War II, original charter members are denoted in boldface. Invited charter members are denoted with an asterisk, in the era in which the SIAA operated, teams tended to join in December, the first year of conference play in a given sport was often the following calendar year. Conference affiliations reflect those for the 2016–17 school year