Southern Miss Golden Eagles football
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles football program represents the University of Southern Mississippi in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The Eagles are members of Conference USA and play their games at M. M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg. Southern Miss first fielded a team in 1912, coached by Ronald Slay. That team posted a 2-1 record, dille coached the Golden Eagles from 1914–1916, posting a record of 6-10-1. USM did not field a team from 1917–1919 because of World War I. Allison Hubert was the Golden Eagles head football coach for six seasons. His Golden Eagles teams were known to be fast and fierce, Hubert departed after the 1936 season to accept the head football coach position at VMI. After Hubert came Reed Green, who coached USM for a total of nine years, the Golden Eagles did not compete in football from 1943 to 1945 because of World War II. During the coaching tenure of Thad Vann, the Golden Eagles became one of the nations most elite football programs, Vann compiled a 139-59-2 record, had only one losing season in his 20 seasons in Hattiesburg, his last.
His 1953 and 1954 Golden Eagles teams upset Alabama and posted records of 9-2 and 6-4, the Golden Eagles made it to the Sun Bowl in 1954. Vanns 1958 and 1962 teams claim a national championship, Vann retired after the 1968 season and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1987. P. W. Underwood returned to his alma mater from his post as an assistant coach at Tennessee, Underwood compiled a 31-32-2 record in his six seasons and engineered one of the biggest wins in school history in 1970, a 30-14 upset of fourth-ranked Mississippi. Bobby Collins was the Golden Eagles head football coach for seven seasons, Collins led the Golden Eagles to two bowl appearances, the Independence Bowl and the Tangerine Bowl after the 1980 and 1981 regular seasons. His 1981 team finished ranked #19 in the final Coaches Poll, under Carmodys tutelage, Carmodys Golden Eagles compiled a record of 37-29. Only one of six seasons did the Golden Eagles finish with a losing record. The Golden Eagles would only have one losing season until 2012.
During Carmodys tenure, the Golden Eagles defeated Alabama, 38-29, in Tuscaloosa in 1982 and it was the first time since 1962 that UA had lost there and proved to be the final loss of legendary coach Paul Bear Bryants career. Carmody recruited a young Kiln, Mississippi high school quarterback named Brett Favre to Southern Miss in 1987. Curley Hallman came to Southern Miss from his post as defensive coach at Texas A&M. Hallmans.676 winning percentage at USM is the highest of any coach in Southern Miss football history
The Yale Bowl is a football stadium in New Haven, Connecticut on the border of West Haven, about 1.5 miles west of the main campus of Yale University. The home of the Yale Bulldogs football team, it was built in 1913-14 with 70,896 seats, despite the renovations, no stadium in the United States is both older and larger than the Yale Bowl. The Yale Bowl is currently the largest university-owned stadium by capacity in the tier of college football. The Yale Bowl inspired the design and naming of the Rose Bowl, from which is derived the name of college footballs post-season games and the NFLs Super Bowl. In 1973 and 1974, it hosted the New York Giants of the National Football League while Yankee Stadium was being renovated, ground was broken on the stadium in August 1913. Fill excavated from the area was used to build up a berm around the perimeter to create an elliptical bowl. The façade was designed to echo the campuss Neo-Gothic design. It was the first bowl-shaped stadium in the country, and inspired the design of such stadiums as the Rose Bowl, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987 for its role in the history of American football.
The Yale Bowls designer, Charles A. Ferry, for unknown reasons not to include locker rooms. Players must dress in the Smilow Field Center and walk 200 yards to the stadium, when the New York Giants of the National Football League played at the Yale Bowl in 1973 and 1974, its players disliked the arrangement, but Yale players reportedly enjoy the walk. Fans cheer for the team as it marches to the stadium while the Yale Band plays, by the 21st century, many of the outside retaining walls and portal entries were deteriorating. In the spring and summer of 2006, the received a partial renovation. A previous scoreboard was added in 1958 and replaced during the 2006 renovations, during the 1970s, the Bowl hosted several concerts. The Grateful Dead played a show here on July 31,1971. A1980 concert featuring the Eagles and The Little River Band on June 14 proved to be the finale for the venue, as opposition from neighbors became increasingly vehement. A picture from this show can be seen in packaging of the vinyl edition of the Eagles double live album, issued that year.
A planned Paul McCartney concert was scheduled for June 1990, but because of opposition the New Haven show was cancelled. The stadium has hosted many matches over the years and served as home field for the Connecticut Bicentennials of the North American Soccer League during the 1976 and 1977 seasons
Navy Midshipmen football
The Navy Midshipmen football team represents the United States Naval Academy in NCAA Division I FBS college football. The Naval Academy completed its season as an FBS independent school in 2014. The team has coached by Ken Niumatalolo since December 2007. Navy has 19 players and three coaches in the College Football Hall of Fame and won the football national championship in 1926 according to the Boand. The 1910 team was undefeated and unscored upon, the mascot is Bill the Goat. The Naval Academys football program is one of the nations oldest, there were two separate efforts to establish a Naval Academy football team in 1879. The first was guided by first-classman J. H. Robinson, the team played the sport under rules that made it much closer to soccer, where the players were permitted only to kick the ball in order to advance it. The second effort, headed by first-classman William John Maxwell was more successful in its efforts, Maxwell met with two of his friends, Tunstall Smith and Henry Woods, who played for the Baltimore Athletic Club and officially challenged their team to a game with the Naval Academy.
A team was formed from academy first-classmen, which Maxwell led as a manager, the team would wake up and practice before reveille and following drill and meals. The squad received encouragement from some of the faculty, who allowed them to eat a late dinner and this was against the direct orders of the school superintendent, who had banned football and similar activities. The years sole contest was played on December 11 against the Baltimore Athletic Club, the oppositions team was reportedly composed of players from Princeton, Yale and Johns Hopkins. The Naval Academy hosted the Baltimore team on a temporary field drawn on part of the cow pasture. Rules decided upon between the teams established that the game was to be played under rugby rules. The Baltimore American and Chronicle, which covered the contest, described it as such, The game, played rugby rules, was a battle from beginning to end—a regular knock down. Both sides became immediately excited and the audience was aroused to the highest pitch of enthusiasm by the spirited contest, the ball oscillated backward and forward over the ground without any material result.
The scrimmages were something awful to witness—living, scrambling masses of humanity surging to and fro, each individual after the leather oval. If a Baltimorean got the ball and started for a run, he was caught by one of the brawny Cadets. The game was fought and was finally declared a scoreless tie by the referee about an hour after it began
Holy Cross Crusaders football
The Holy Cross Crusaders football team is the collegiate American football program of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. The team is a member of the Patriot League, an NCAA Division I conference that participates in Football Championship Subdivision, the team plays their home games at Fitton Field. Football began at Holy Cross in 1884 with games against teams from other schools beginning in 1891, starting in 1896 the Holy Cross Football team played at the Worcester Oval. The first home game played at Holy Cross was a 6–0 defeat of Massachusetts Agricultural College on September 26,1903, in 1908, the football field was moved to next to the baseball field which bears the same name. Since 1910, the Holy Cross Crusader Goodtime Marching Band has performed half time shows at football games. The original field was built wooden and concrete stands. These were replaced with steel stands in 1924 and aluminum seating in 1986, the largest crowd ever to pack Fitton Field was the 27,000 who showed up to see Holy Crosss All-American back Bill Osmanski in his last home game in 1938.
In 1896, Holy Cross and Boston College played the first football game between the two schools, starting the Boston College–Holy Cross football rivalry, for much of the early to mid 20th century, BC and The Cross drew some of New Englands largest sports crowds. To accommodate larger crowds, the Holy Cross game was held at larger venues off campus. A record 54,000 attended the 1922 game at Braves Field, on November 28,1942, Holy Cross beat BC in a huge upset 55–12. The game is still the most famous between the two foes, not only for its result but its aftermath, the Eagles had booked their victory party that night at the popular Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, but canceled after the loss. As a result, the BC team was absent when the club caught fire, but fortune did not always favor the Crusaders, and the series was suspended in 1986 after BC had won 17 games over a 20 year span. After an over three decade hiatus, the series will resume in 2018 as Holy Cross once again travels to Chestnut Hill to take on Boston College, the series will continue into the future, with a rematch already scheduled for 2020.
In 1946 Holy Cross brought their best team in history to the Orange Bowl only to feel the heartbreak they gave BC four years earlier. On January 1,1946, Holy Cross faced off against the University of Miami for the Orange Bowl title, with the score tied 6–6 and only seconds remaining in regulation, Holy Cross was intercepted by Miamis Al Hudson who ran the ball 89 yards for a touchdown. In 1969, Holy Cross had to cancel the final eight games of the season when a contaminated faucet on a practice field led to an outbreak of hepatitis. Through the 1970s Holy Cross continued to play major East Coast football powers, Holy Cross enjoyed a football renaissance for a decade starting in 1981 with coaches Rick E. Carter and especially Mark Duffner. In 1983 the team was No.3 in the nation in I-AA under Carter, under Duffner Holy Cross became the nations most successful I-AA program
Notre Dame Stadium
The Notre Dame Stadium is an outdoor football stadium in Notre Dame, the home field of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. It is located on the campus, just north of South Bend. Opened 87 years ago on October 4,1930, the seating capacity was nearly 60,000 for decades. More than 21,000 seats were added for the 1997 season, the playing surface was changed to FieldTurf in 2014, after 84 seasons on natural grass. The stadium opened its gates on October 4,1930, replacing Cartier Field, the total cost of construction exceeded $750,000 and the original seating capacity was 54,000. Head coach Knute Rockne played a key role in its design, the stadium is patterned, on a smaller scale, after Michigan Stadium, the main difference being the tunnel location. In 1929, plans were started by Osborn Engineering of Cleveland, selected for their experience in designing Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. The original stadium held 59,075 people, measured a half-mile in circumference, stood 45 feet high, the building was built by the Sollitt Construction Company of South Bend.
Earth preparation began in the fall of 1929, but due to an unusually cold fall and winter and this building was effectively built in six months. Over two million bricks were used in the construction of the walls and the concrete was placed in a continuous placement by section. There were over 300 workers on the site at most times and they worked five 10-hour days, the average worker was paid one dollar a day plus lunch with the more skilled workers earning up to five dollars a day. The construction of the project was brought to a head by the actions of Knute Rockne. The 1928 season had not been a one for the football team. Rockne was frustrated with the slow and cautious Holy Cross priests, Rockne could not believe that a decision could not be made when there was such a large amount of money in the bank. Because of this and a number of issues, Rockne submitted his resignation to Father O’Donnell. O’Donnell knew of Rockne’s history of submitting his resignations and he knew that nothing would ever completely satisfy Rockne.
O’Donnell was willing to find a compromise but was unwilling to put the university in debt to finance the stadium. O’Donnell devised the scheme to finance 240 six-person “reserved box seats”, the university raised over $150,000 on this idea alone
Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the U. S. state of Georgia, with an estimated 2015 population of 463,878. Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5,710,795 people, Atlanta is the county seat of Fulton County, and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County. In 1837, Atlanta was founded at the intersection of two lines, and the city rose from the ashes of the American Civil War to become a national center of commerce. Atlantas economy is considered diverse, with dominant sectors that include logistics and business services, media operations, Atlanta has topographic features that include rolling hills and dense tree coverage. Revitalization of Atlantas neighborhoods, initially spurred by the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, has intensified in the 21st century, altering the demographics, politics. Prior to the arrival of European settlers in north Georgia, Creek Indians inhabited the area, standing Peachtree, a Creek village located where Peachtree Creek flows into the Chattahoochee River, was the closest Indian settlement to what is now Atlanta.
As part of the removal of Native Americans from northern Georgia from 1802 to 1825, the Creek ceded the area in 1821. In 1836, the Georgia General Assembly voted to build the Western, the initial route was to run southward from Chattanooga to a terminus east of the Chattahoochee River, which would be linked to Savannah. After engineers surveyed various possible locations for the terminus, the zero milepost was driven into the ground in what is now Five Points. A year later, the area around the milepost had developed into a settlement, first known as Terminus, and as Thrasherville after a merchant who built homes. By 1842, the town had six buildings and 30 residents and was renamed Marthasville to honor the Governors daughter, later, J. Edgar Thomson, Chief Engineer of the Georgia Railroad, suggested the town be renamed Atlantica-Pacifica, which was shortened to Atlanta. The residents approved, and the town was incorporated as Atlanta on December 29,1847, by 1860, Atlantas population had grown to 9,554.
During the American Civil War, the nexus of multiple railroads in Atlanta made the city a hub for the distribution of military supplies, in 1864, the Union Army moved southward following the capture of Chattanooga and began its invasion of north Georgia. On the next day, Mayor James Calhoun surrendered Atlanta to the Union Army, on November 11,1864, Sherman prepared for the Union Armys March to the Sea by ordering Atlanta to be burned to the ground, sparing only the citys churches and hospitals. After the Civil War ended in 1865, Atlanta was gradually rebuilt, due to the citys superior rail transportation network, the state capital was moved from Milledgeville to Atlanta in 1868. In the 1880 Census, Atlanta surpassed Savannah as Georgias largest city, by 1885, the founding of the Georgia School of Technology and the citys black colleges had established Atlanta as a center for higher education. In 1895, Atlanta hosted the Cotton States and International Exposition, during the first decades of the 20th century, Atlanta experienced a period of unprecedented growth.
In three decades time, Atlantas population tripled as the city expanded to include nearby streetcar suburbs
Bobby Dodd Stadium
Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field is the football stadium located at the corner of North Avenue at Techwood Drive on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. It has been home to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team, often referred to as the Ramblin Wreck, in form since 1905. The team participates in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and it is the oldest stadium in the FBS and has been the site of more home wins than any other FBS stadium. The stadium is located on the east side of the Georgia Tech campus, across from freshman housing facilities and just a walk from the campus library. The facility is located in Midtown Atlanta, just off Interstate 75/85, the stadiums atmosphere is unique in its setting, with a picturesque view of the downtown and Midtown Atlanta skylines looming overhead during games. Grant Field is the oldest continuously used site for college football in the Southern United States.
Football has been played at the current site since 1905, in 1913, permanent grandstands were built for the first time, mostly by Tech students. It was originally named for Hugh Inman Grant, son of John W. Grant, from 1913 to 1919, the stadium grew from a capacity of 7,000 to one of 25,000. In 1988, the stadium was renamed in honor of Bobby Dodd, the playing surface is still named Grant Field. The stadium bears little, if any, resemblance to its original form, the original facility, roughly corresponding to the lower level of the current stadiums west grandstands, seated 5,600. The terrain in the area slopes upward from north to south, due to that natural grade, much of the field itself is below street level. The houses observable in the background of photos were replaced by dormitory buildings in the 1930s. By 1925, the east and south stands were completed, making the stadium a 30, the west stands were rebuilt and a large press box was added in 1947, bringing capacity up to 44,000. In 1985 the South stands were razed to make room for the William C, Wardlaw Center, a modern field house and athletic office facility to replace the facilities in the old Heisman Gym, which was located just to the north of the stadium.
The current, modern west grandstand covers the old concrete one, the high interstitial space is currently used for storage. The lighting was replaced in 1998, following the 2001 season, a major expansion and renovation project was started, which was done in two phases in order to play the 2002 season in the stadium. For the 2002 season, seating was returned to the South end in front of the Wardlaw Center, after the 2002 season, the expansion was completed by adding a massive free standing upper deck in the north end zone. This addition of an end zone upper deck brought Bobby Dodd Stadium to its current capacity
Cincinnati Bearcats football
The Cincinnati Bearcats football program represents the University of Cincinnati in college football. They compete at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision level as members of the American Athletic Conference and they have earned a bowl berth every year, with only two exceptions since the 2006 season. The Bearcat football program is one of the nations oldest, having fielded a team as early as 1885, in 1888, Cincinnati played Miami in the first intercollegiate football game held within the state of Ohio. That began a rivalry which today ranks as the eighth-oldest and 11th-longest running in NCAA Division I college football, robert Burch served as Cincinnatis head coach from 1909-1911, compiling a record of 16–8–2. It was during his tenure that Cincinnati joined the Ohio Athletic Conference, in March 1927, George Babcock was hired as a professor of athletics and physical training at the University of Cincinnati. From 1927 to 1930, he was the football coach of the Bearcats football. Sid Gillman, a member of the College and National Football League hall of fame shrines, was the architect of one of the top eras of Cincinnati football history.
He directed the Bearcats to three titles and a pair of bowl game appearances during his six seasons before leaving for the professional ranks. Cincinnati, with Gillman developing the passing offenses which would make him successful in the pro ranks, George Blackburn served as the Bearcats head coach from 1955-1960, compiling a 25–27–6 record. It was during Blackburns tenure, in 1957, that the Bearcats joined the Missouri Valley Conference, chuck Studley left UMass and became the Bearcats 25th head football coach. Under Studleys tutelage, the Bearcats won two championships in 1963 and 1964, Studleys teams struggled in his other four seasons. Oklahoma assistant coach Homer Rice was hired as Studleys replacement, after accepting the head coaching position at Cincinnati, Oklahomas coach Jim McKenzie died of a massive heart attack. Upon Jims death, Oklahomas athletic director and president called Homer Rice to request that he return to replace Jim as head coach at Oklahoma and he had already hired his staff at Cincinnati and turned down the Oklahoma job to stay committed to his staff at Cincinnati.
Rice compiled an 8–10–1 record in his two seasons at Cincinnati, in 1968, the Bearcats were the nations top passing team. Quarterback Greg Cook was the NCAAs total offense leader with receiver/kicker Jim OBrien the national scoring champ, a year later, Cook earned Rookie of the Year honors as a Cincinnati Bengal. Two years later, OBrien kicked the field goal for the Baltimore Colts in the Super Bowl. Ray Callahan was promoted assistant coach to head coach after Rices departure. After a 4–6 campaign in his first season, Callahans Bearcats posted back to back 7–4 records in 1970 and 1971, However, a 2–9 season in 1972 ended his tenure at Cincinnati
Memphis Tigers football
The Memphis Tigers football team represents the University of Memphis in college football at the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The Tigers currently play in the American Athletic Conference as an all-sports member and they play home games at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mike Norvell is the coach, as he was formally introduced on December 4,2015. Since their inaugural season in 1912, the Memphis Tigers have won over 450 games, the program has claimed 5 conference championships with the most recent title coming in 2015 as a member of the American Athletic Conference. West Tennessee State Normal School first fielded a team in 1912. The team was coached by Clyde Wilson, in 1922, Lester Barnard was the Tigers head coach. His team compiled a 5–2–2 record, from 1937 to 1938, Allyn McKeen coached the Tigers, compiling a 13–6 record. His 1938 team went undefeated at 10–0, McKeen departed the Tigers after two seasons to accept the head football coach position at Mississippi State and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1991.
West Tennessee State Teachers College changed its name to Memphis State College in 1941, the Tigers did not field a football team from 1943–1945 due to the events surrounding World War II. Billy Murphy served as football coach for the Tigers for fourteen seasons. Murphys 1963 team was the schools first undefeated team in twenty-five years, the team finished ranked #14 in the UPI Coaches Poll, the highest final ranking in school history. Murphy retired after the 1971 season, fred Pancoast came to Memphis from his post as offensive coordinator at Georgia. In three seasons, he led the Tigers to a 20–12–1 record, Pancoast left the Tigers after the 1974 season to accept the head football coach position at Vanderbilt. Richard Williamson, previously offensive coordinator at Arkansas, was hired to take over the Tigers after Pancoasts departure, Williamsons teams finished 7–4, 6–5, 4–7, 5–6, and 2–9. Williamson was honored with the Southern Independent Conference Coach of the Year award twice, Rex Dockery was hired away from Texas Tech as the Tigers new head coach after Williamsons firing.
He had an 8–24–1 record at Memphis State, starting his tenure with back-to-back 1–10 seasons, Dockery was killed in a plane crash on December 12,1983, in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, en route to an appearance before the Quarterback Club there. Also killed in the crash were Memphis State freshman Charles Greenhill, offensive coordinator Chris Faros, in December 1983, the playing surface at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium was named Rex Dockery Field. After the tragedy, Rey Dempsey was hired away from Southern Illinois as Memphis States new head football coach and his teams struggled to find success on the football field, posting a record of 7–12–3 in two seasons before Dempsey was fired