Virginia Cavaliers football
The Virginia Cavaliers football team represents the University of Virginia in the sport of American football. The Cavaliers compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, starting in the early 1900s, the program has played an outsized role in the shaping of the modern games ethics and eligibility rules. Three traditional rivals—North Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Maryland—have all played the Cavaliers more times than any other among their chief rivals, however, Virginia and North Carolina have played 121 games against each other, whereas Georgia and Auburn have played 120. The Cavaliers also compete for the Commonwealth Cup against in-state rival Virginia Tech, both the Tarheels and the Hokies play in the Coastal Division of the ACC alongside the Cavaliers. The previous winners of the Cup have enjoyed far greater football successes, UVA has a Nike contract paying $3.5 million per year that is also significantly more lucrative than a similar agreement with its in-state rival. But no record has been found of the score of this contest, there is record of a game between Washington & Lee and VMI in 1873, the first such game in the south. In 1874, University students were introduced to the sport of rugby when they played to a tie against a team of Englishmen from Albemarle County. Eight years later, in November 1883, a club was reorganized, a constitution drawn up. 75 men competed against one another, but not against another collegiate club, the University Magazine describes how pluck is cultivated by throttling ones competitor and violently throwing him to the ground. Finally, in the fall of 1887, Willcox and Reid, after garnering interest in their fellow students throughout the year, but in these early days they had had no one to play. Fortunately, Pantops Academy, a school founded just up the road from the UVA Grounds. After playing to a tie, a rematch was scheduled for March 1888. The historic first touchdown was scored by quarterback Herbert Barry and the University won 26–0, the following season, on December 8,1888, UVA would play their first intercollegiate game, a 26–0 loss to Johns Hopkins. The loss did not dampen their enthusiasm for the sport, Virginia returned the favor with a 58–0 drubbing of Hopkins the following season when they went 4–2, with a 180–4 margin in its victories and two close losses to an eight-win Lehigh team and Navy. The 1889,1890,1892,1893,1894,1895,1896, the 116–0 drubbing by Princeton in 1890 signaled footballs arrival in the south. The Souths Oldest Rivalry started in 1892, when Virginia split games with North Carolina, the 1897 team had a scoreless tie with Vanderbilt in a game billed as the championship of the South. The 1900,1901,1902,1908,1914, and 1915 teams claim Southern championships, in 1900 the team gave the Sewanee Tigers its first loss since 1897. The teams captain was tackle John Loyd, Virginia lost to Pop Warners Carlisle Indians
William C. "King" Cole
William Cutler King Cole was a college football player and coach. He played as a tackle and end for the University of Michigans 1902 Point-a-Minute championship football team and he played for an undefeated national championship team at Michigan in 1902 and was assistant coach to Fielding H. Yost for a second undefeated national championship team in 1904. He later became the football coach at Marietta College, University of Virginia. He led the Nebraska Cornhuskers to two Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships, Cole was born on October 7,1881 in Washington County, Ohio. He attended high school at Charlottesville, Virginia before enrolling at Marietta College in Ohio and he played three years of college football for Marietta before graduating in 1902. In the fall of 1902, Cole enrolled in the law school at the University of Michigan, while attending law school, Cole played football for Fielding H. Yosts Point-a-Minute football team in 1902. He was one of the stars of the 1902 Michigan Wolverines football team finished the season 11–0, outscored opponents 644 to 12. Cole started three games at tackle and four games at right end for the 1902 Wolverines. In addition, Cole played Centerfield on the 1903 Michigan Baseball team, Cole received his law degree in 1905. With the performance of Yosts Point-a-Minute teams, his players were in demand as coaches by universities hoping to reproduce Yosts success. Accordingly, Cole agreed to serve as the coach at Marietta College in 1903—even before completing his legal degree at Michigan. In 1904, he returned to Ann Arbor to complete his legal education, as Yosts assistant, Cole helped lead the Wolverines to another undefeated season and national championship in 1904. In January 1905, Cole agreed to be the football coach at the University of Virginia after graduating in the spring. He was hired at a salary of $1,800, Cole coached the Virginia team to a 5–4 record in 1905. After the season ended, Cole decided to leave coaching and begin his career as an attorney, after leaving Virginia at the end of the 1905 football season, Cole practiced law in Toledo, Ohio. In late August 1906, Cole was persuaded to return to Virginia to serve as coach for another season. In 1906, his Virginia football team improved its record to 7–2, in January 1907, Cole was hired by the University of Nebraska to take over as head coach of its football program. From 1907 to 1910, he coached at Nebraska and compiled a 25–8–3 record, Cole developed many strong players at Nebraska, and his Cornhuskers teams twice won the Missouri Valley Conference championship
1905 VPI football team
The 1905 VPI football team represented the Virginia Polytechnic Institute in the 1905 college football season. Led by first year head coach Sally Miles, the team went 9–1, the team had the most wins in a Virginia Tech season for many years to come, and defeated rival Virginia for the first time. Tech outscored its opponents 305 to 24, hunter Carpenter scored 82 of those points. The team reported for practice on September 1, never in the history of the school have prospects for a winning team been so bright. Source, HokieSports. com,1905 Virginia Tech football schedule The season opened with an 86–0 defeat of Roanoke College, in the second week of play, VPI beat Cumberland 12–0. The upset of the week was VPIs 16–6 win over Army, Carpenter was the star of the game, and made a kick from placement. VPIs starting lineup was, Webber, Willson, Diffendal, Stiles, Strickling, Hines, Lewis, Nutter, Treadwell, Carpenter, VPI had no trouble in beating Gallaudet 56–0. The starting lineup was Webber, Varner, Diffendal, Stiles, Stickling, Hynes, Lewis, Harris, Nutter, Carpenter, during the second half VPI scored almost at will. Hunter Carpenter had returned to VPI in 1905 for a last shot at beating Virginia in his year of college football. Going into the game, UVA was 8–0 against VPI by a score of 170–5. The Cavalier Daily ran a story outlining Carpenters motives and move from VPI to UNC, Virginia accused Carpenter of being a professional player, as he had played college football already for nearly a decade. Carpenter signed an affidavit that he had not received payment to play against UVA, Virginia fumbled at midfield, and as a result Carpenter eventually got away for a 30-yard gain around left end. Virginia held VPI on downs at the 3-yard line, Virginias punt had to go high and short to avoid hitting the goal post. Carpenter called a catch in order for a free kick, but was tackled anyway. On third down, Murray Harlan skirted end for a touchdown, the second half was even more hotly contested than the first. Carpenter finally got off a punt, down to Virginias 5-yard line. VPI blocked Virginias ensuing punt, and on third down Carpenter dashed through left tackle for the final score. Carpenter was later ejected for throwing the ball at the face of a Virginia defender, Carpenter left immediately after the game and moved to Middleton, New York, never to return to the Commonwealth
Merritt Cooke Jr.
Merritt Todd Cooke Jr. was an American football player, coach, engineer, and banker. He served as the football coach at the University of Virginia in 1908. Cooke graduated from the University of Virginia in 1906 and he had played on the football team for four years, from 1903 to 1906. In 1910, Cooke was working as an electrical engineer, by 1921, Cooke had moved to Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania to work as an engineer for Baer, Cooke and Co. He was working as an investment banker in Philadelphia by 1931, Cooke died in 1967 after a long illness. Merritt Cooke Jr. at the College Football Data Warehouse