1920 Central Michigan Normalites football team

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1920 Central Michigan Normalites football
Coach Joe Simmons from "The Chippewa" (1921)
Conference Independent
1920 record 4–3–1
Head coach Joe Simmons (1st season)
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The 1920 Central Michigan Normalites football team represented Central Michigan Normal School, later renamed Central Michigan University, as an independent during the 1920 college football season. In their first and only season under head coach Joe Simmons, the Central Michigan football team compiled a 4–3–1 record, shut out four of eight opponents, and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 166 to 41. The team's victories were against Ferris State (80–0 and 34–0), Olivet (7–0), and Hope (17–0), and the tie was with Detroit City College (6–6). The team lost to the 1920 Michigan State Normal Normalites football team (6–7), the Michigan Agricultural frosh team (6–14), and Hillsdale (10–14).[1][2]

Coach Simmons was a recent graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he earned 16 varsity letters in four sports. He later coached high school football in Milwaukee.[3]


October 9 Ferris InstituteW 80–0
October 16at Michigan State Normal (rivalry)L 6–7
October 23 Olivet
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
W 7–0
October 30at Ferris InstituteW 34–0
November 6 Michigan Agricultural frosh
  • Mount Pleasant, MI
L 6–14
November 13at HillsdaleL 10–14
November 20at HopeW 17–0
November 24at Detroit Junior CollegeT 6–6


  1. ^ "Central Michigan 2015 Football Media Guide" (PDF). Central Michigan University. 2015. pp. 100, 107. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Central Michigan Yearly Results (1920-1924)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Former Prep Coach Simmons Dead at 76". The Milwaukee Sentinel. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. March 6, 1973. Retrieved July 22, 2016.