1909 William & Mary Orange and White football team

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1909 William & Mary Orange and White football
Conference Independent
1909 record 6–4
Head coach George E. O'Hearn (2nd season)
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The 1909 William & Mary Orange and White football team[a] represented William & Mary during the 1909 college football season.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 18 at Virginia Madison Hall FieldCharlottesville, VA L 0–30  
1909 Norfolk Collegians Williamsburg, VA W 3–0  
1909 at VMI Lexington, VA (Rivalry) L 0–6  
1909 Medical College of Virginia Williamsburg, VA W 6–0  
1909 Episcopal High School Williamsburg, VA W 9–0  
1909 vs. Randolph–Macon Richmond, VA L 3–15  
1909 at Hampden–Sydney Hampden Sydney, VA L 3–22  
1909 at Norfolk High School Norfolk, VA W 11–0  
November 20 at Richmond Richmond, VA (I-64 Bowl) W 15–0  
1909 at Hampden–Sydney Hampden Sydney, VA W 15–8  


  • a Between 1896 and 1909 their nickname was "Orange and White," deriving that name from the school's former colors (William & Mary now uses green and gold).[1] Since white uniforms dirtied too quickly, they became known as the "Orange and Black" from 1910 through 1916.[1] Between 1917 and 1977 they were known as the Indians, and throughout this period a man dressing up as a Native American would ride around on a pony along the sidelines during games.[1] This practice was discontinued when the outcry of stereotyping Native Americans as well as the use of a live animal became controversial.[1] Since the 1978 season William & Mary has adopted the nickname "Tribe."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "A History of W&M Mascots and Nicknames". wm.edu. The College of William & Mary. 2008. Archived from the original on May 13, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2012.