1908 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season

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1908 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season
League NCAA
Sport College football
Duration September 26, 1908
through November 29, 1908
Number of teams 13
Regular Season
Season champions LSU
Auburn
Football seasons
← 1907
1909 →
1908 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
LSU + 2 0 0     10 0 0
Auburn + 4 1 0     6 1 0
Vanderbilt 3 0 1     7 2 1
Tennessee 3 2 0     7 2 0
Georgia Tech 4 3 0     6 3 0
Georgia 2 2 1     5 2 1
Alabama 1 1 1     6 1 1
Sewanee 1 1 1     4 1 3
Mississippi A&M 1 3 0     3 4 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     3 5 0
Mercer 0 3 0     3 4 0
Clemson 0 4 0     1 6 0
Nashville            
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1908 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 1908 college football season. The season began on September 26.

LSU won the SIAA championship, but amidst fears of many players being ineligible under SIAA rules most sportswriters did not include them for consideration.[1][n 1] Its season was clouded by accusations of professionalism from Grantland Rice and rival school Tulane which was also undefeated in southern play, despite this, the SIAA eventually cleared LSU of any wrongdoing.[2] LSU featured Hall of Fame quarterback Doc Fenton.

Auburn and Vanderbilt were among those listed as alternative SIAA champions. The newspapers unanimously handed the title to Auburn.[3] Auburn featured first-year halfback Lew Hardage. Vanderbilt had a down year with a wealth of sophomores; guided shrewdly by McGugin to its success.[4]

The Tennessee Volunteers compiled four wins in SIAA play, the most in team history, it was widely considered the best Tennessee football season up to that point.[5] Vanderbilt coach Dan McGugin noted "All things considered, Leach was perhaps the best football player of the year in Dixie."[6]

Results and team statistics[edit]

Conf. Rank Team Head coach Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG
1 (tie) LSU Edgar Wingard 10–0 2–0 44.3 1.1
1 (tie) Auburn Mike Donahue 6–1 5–1 22.6 1.4
3 Vanderbilt Dan McGugin 7–2–1 3–0–1 20.7 6.1
4 Tennessee George Levene 7–2 3–2 13.8 3.9
5 Georgia Tech John Heisman 6–3 4–3 16.3 8.2
6 Georgia Branch Bocock 5–3–1 2–2–1 9.0 5.6
7 (tie) Alabama Doc Pollard 6–1–1 1–1–1 13.5 3.9
7 (tie) Sewanee Harry Van Surdam 4–1–3 1–1–1 11.8 2.5
9 Mississippi A&M Fred Furman 3–4 1–3 15.4 16.1
10 Mississippi Frank Kyle 3–5 0–2 12.4 15.6
11 Mercer Frank Blake 3–4 0–3 18.7 8.4
12 Clemson Stein Stone 1–6 0–4 3.7 14.9
13 Nashville

Key

PPG = Average of points scored per game
PAG = Average of points allowed per game[7]

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.

Unknown[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
? The Citadel Mercer W 10–0

Week One[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
September 26 Gordon Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC W 15–0
September 26 Rhodes Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 11–5

Week Two[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 3 Tennessee-Memphis Ole Miss Oxford, MS W 30–0
October 3 Mooney Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN W 29–0
October 3 Wetumpka Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 27–0 [8]
October 3 Howard Auburn West End Park • Birmingham, AL W 18–0
October 3 Dahlonega Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA W 16–0
October 3 Gordon Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA W 32–0
October 3 Locust Grove Mercer W 56–0
October 3 North Carolina Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 12–0
October 3 New Orleans Gym Club LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 41–0
October 3 Maryville Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 32–0

Week Three[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 10 Howard Alabama State Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL W 17–0 [8]
October 10 Gordon Auburn Auburn Athletic Field • Auburn, AL W 42–0 [9]
October 10 Castle-Heights Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN W 35–2
October 10 Florida Mercer Macon, GA W 24–0 [10]
October 10 Louisiana Tech Mississippi A&M Hardy Field • Starkville, MS W 47–0
October 10 Ole Miss Arkansas The Hill • Fayetteville, AR L 33–0
October 10 Mooney Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA W 30–0
October 10 Maryville Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 39–5
October 10 VPI Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, SC L 6–0 [11]
October 10 Rose-Hulman Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 32–0
October 11 Jackson Barracks-New Orleans LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 81–5

Week Four[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 17 Auburn Mercer Macon, GA AUB 23–0 [12]
October 17 Cincinnati Alabama State Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL W 16–0 [13]
October 17 Mississippi A&M Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA GT 23–0 [14]
October 17 South Carolina Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA W 29–6 [15]
October 17 Sewanee Virginia Norfolk, VA T 0–0
October 17 Texas A&M LSU New Orleans, LA W 26–0 [16]
October 17 Kentucky Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 7–0 [13]
October 17 Clemson Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 41–0 [15]

Week Five[edit]

Date Time Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 23 Louisiana-Lafayette Mississippi A&M Columbus Fairgrounds • Columbus, MS W 6–0
October 24 12:00 p. m. Sewanee Auburn West End Park • Birmingham, AL AUB 6–0 3,000 [17]
October 24 Georgia Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN TENN 10–0 [18]
October 24 Alabama Georgia Tech Ponce de Leon ParkAtlanta, GA GT 11–6 [18]
October 24 Ole Miss Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 29–0 [19]
October 26 Rhodes LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 55–0 [20]

Week Six[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
October 28 Davidson Clemson Columbia, SC L 13–0
October 29 Mississippi College Ole Miss Jackson, MS W 41–0
October 31 Chattanooga Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 23–6 [8]
October 31 Mercer Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA UGA 11–0
October 31 LSU Auburn Auburn Athletic Field • Auburn, AL LSU 10–2 [21]
October 31 Vanderbilt Michigan Ann Arbor, MI L 24–6
October 31 Kentucky University Mississippi A&M Hardy Field • Starkville, MS W 12–5
October 31 Sewanee Kentucky W 12–0 [21]
October 31 Tennessee Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA TENN 6–5 [22]
October 31 Ole Miss Tulane New Orleans, LA L 10–0

Week Seven[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 5 Clemson Georgia Augusta, GA UGA 8–0
November 7 Auburn Georgia Tech Ponce de Leon ParkAtlanta, GA AUB 44–0 [23]
November 7 Mississippi A&M LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA LSU 50–0 [23]
November 7 Saint Louis Sewanee McGee FieldSewanee, TN T 6–6
November 7 Tennessee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN VAN 16–9 [23]

Week Eight[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 10 Baylor LSU State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 89–0 [24]
November 10 Rhodes Ole Miss Oxford, MS L 9–5
November 14 Georgia Alabama State FairgroundsBirmingham, AL T 6–6 [23]
November 14 Sewanee Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA SEW 6–0 [23]
November 14 Mississippi A&M Tulane New Orleans, LA L 23–0
November 14 Ohio State Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN L 17–6
November 14 Clemson Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN TENN 6–5
November 16 Haskell LSU New Orleans, LA W 33–0 [25]

Week Nine[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 19 Mercer Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA GT 16–6
November 20 Haskell Alabama The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 9–8
November 21 Davidson Georgia Herty FieldAthens, GA W 2–0
November 21 Chattanooga Tennessee Waite FieldKnoxville, TN W 35–0
November 21 Washington (MO) Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 28–0
November 23 LSU Louisiana Tech Ruston, LA W 22–0

Week Ten[edit]

Date Visiting team Home team Site Result Attendance Reference
November 26 Tennessee Alabama State FairgroundsBirmingham, AL ALA 4–0 [26]
November 26 Clemson Georgia Tech Atlanta, GA GT 30–6 [23]
November 26 Georgia Auburn Montgomery, AL AUB 23–0
November 26 LSU Arkansas Little Rock, AR W 36–4
? Howard Mercer W 45–0
November 26 Ole Miss Mississippi A&M State Fairgrounds • Jackson, MS MSA&M 44–6
November 26 Sewanee Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN T 6–6 [26]

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Southern team[edit]

The consensus All-Southern team:

Position Name First-team Selectors Team
QB Ray Morrison NB Vanderbilt
HB Walker Leach H, DM, NB Tennessee
HB Lew Hardage DM Auburn
FB Lawrence Markley H, DM, NB Sewanee
E Vaughn Blake H, DM, NB Vanderbilt
T Frank Faulkinberry H, DM, NB Sewanee
G Louis Hasslock H, DM, NB Vanderbilt
C C. C. Countess Alabama
G James L. Harris Sewanee
T J. R. Davis H, DM Georgia Tech
E Walker Reynolds Auburn

Selectors include John Heisman (H), Dan McGugin (DM), and Nash Buckingham (NB).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ LSU is recognized as national champions by the National Championship Foundation for this season; however, LSU does not officially recognize this season as a national championship season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spalding's Football Guide. 1909. p. 75. 
  2. ^ "From 'The LSU Football Vault': The 1908 Season". 
  3. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 223
  4. ^ Edwin Pope. Football's Greatest Coaches. pp. 340, 342. 
  5. ^ Big Orange: a pictorial history of University of Tennessee football. 1982. p. 34. 
  6. ^ Spalding's Football Guide. 1909. p. 75. 
  7. ^ https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/conferences/independent/1908.html
  8. ^ a b c http://www.rolltide.com/documents/2016/8/18//1908_season.pdf?id=7602
  9. ^ "Runs Over Gordon", Montgomery Advertiser, October 11, 1908.
  10. ^ "Mercer 24; Florida 0". The Atlanta Constitution. October 11, 1908. p. 4. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 213
  12. ^ http://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/games/1908aubvsmerc/
  13. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 215
  14. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 214
  15. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 216
  16. ^ "Yellow and Purple Win; Texas A. & M. Defeated". The Times-Democrat. October 18, 1908. p. 15. Retrieved May 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  17. ^ "Auburn's Greatest Victory In Many Years". Orange and Blue: 204. November 11, 1908. 
  18. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 217
  19. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 218
  20. ^ "Big Score". The Tennessean. October 27, 1908. p. 6. Retrieved May 9, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  21. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 221
  22. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 220
  23. ^ a b c d e f Woodruff 1928, p. 222
  24. ^ "L.S.U. Football Team Defeats Baylor 89 To 0". The Times-Democrat. November 11, 1908. p. 11. Retrieved May 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. 
  25. ^ "Haskell Lost Second Game of Their Trip". Lawrence Daily World. November 17, 1908. p. 1. Retrieved May 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  26. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 223
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