A head coach, senior coach, or manager is a professional at training and developing athletes. They hold a more public profile and are paid more than other coaches. In some sports, the head coach is instead called the "manager", as in association football and professional baseball. In other sports such as Australian rules football, the head coach is termed a senior coach. Other coaches are subordinate to the head coach in offensive positions or defensive positions, proceeding down into individualized position coaches. Head coaches in American football have different responsibilities depending on what level of the sport they are coaching; the head coach has a much more complete hold on the intricacies of the team. He may have to perform the duties of a offensive coordinator. High school head coaches have to do more work off the field than on, it is important that head coaches in high school hire a competent and proactive coaching staff because when the head coach is pulled away from practice he must be confident that his team is in good hands with his other coaches and staff.
One of the most difficult issues that head coaches must deal with off of the field is the parent, although many coaches do not allow parental interactions in many cases. He must be able to handle any issues that parents may have with the way that the head coach is running the program, all along while staying professional and not being demeaning. Furthermore, a high school's head football coach serves as his school's Athletic Coordinator or Director, which adds further responsibilities to his job. In some jurisdictions, a high school head coach must have a paying job within the school always as a teacher. One of the major features of head coaching in college football is the high turnover rate for jobs. With few exceptions college coaches routinely change jobs staying at a school for more than a decade; some coaches have been known to leave a school and return to the program after a period of time. Many head coaches at the college level have a paid staff and as such are more free to concentrate on the overall aspect of the team rather than dealing with the nuances of training regimens and such.
Unlike head coaches at other levels, college coaching staffs are responsible for the composition and development of players on the team. The ability to recruit and develop top players plays a major role in success at this level. A college coach acts as the face of a team, at an age when many young players do not wish to be hounded by media, they are called upon to discuss off-the-field incidents such as rule infractions or player antics. Sometimes, the coach becomes a celebrity in e.g. Lou Holtz. At the end of the year there are numerous college football coach of the year awards given out; the awards all go to the same coach but there are some discrepancies. Major annual coaching honors include the Home Depot Coach of the Year, The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award, the Associated Press College Football Coach of the Year Award, The Paul'Bear' Bryant Award. At the professional level, coaches may work for millions of dollars a year. Since he or she does not have to travel the country recruiting high school players, the head coach at the pro level has much more time to devote to tactics and playbooks, which are coordinated with staff paid more than at the college level.
They report to the General Manager. Head coaching, due to the lack of job security and long hours, is a stressful job. Since the money is good at high levels and firings are common, many coaches retire in their early fifties. Many factors are part of National Football League coaches' contracts; these involve the NFL's $11 billion as the highest revenue sport, topping the Major League Baseball's $7 billion. The NFL's coaches are the highest-paid professional coaches with professional football topping the list in Forbes' highest-paid sports coaches. Bill Belichick is in the number one spot for the second year in a row with no MLB or National Hockey League coaches making the list. Another major element of NFL coaches' contracts, negotiated between individual coaches and NFL "teams"/owners, are NFL demanded provisions in the coaches employment contracts, that authorize the employing NFL teams to withhold part of a coach's salary when league operations are suspended, such as lockouts or television contract negotiations.
The average salary for a head coach in the National Football League is $6.45 million a year. In association football, a head coach has the same responsibilities as in any other sport. A head coach has an option to pick his own coaching staff. In some countries there is a position of senior coach who acts as the first assistant of the head coach or runs a junior squad in the club. In the absence of a head coach, a senior coach temporarily fulfills his role as interim. There is the UEFA Convention on the Mutual Recognition of Coaching Qualifications that has three levels: Pro, A, B. In Australian rules football the head coach or senior coach is responsible for development and implementing an appropriate training program to the players so that they ensure they perform on game day; the senior coach in AFL has to be responsible for the rotations and team line up for the games. A senior coach in AFL is not the only coach involved in making the team operate, in AFL teams there are up to five different coaches that all have different responsibilities, for example, there is a forward and defence coach, these coaches focus on the particular positions on the grou
The Northwestern Wildcats are the athletic teams that represent Northwestern University, a founding member of the Big Ten Conference and the only private university in the conference. Northwestern has eleven women's NCAA Division I sports teams; the mascot is Willie the Wildcat. The athletic director is former Northern Illinois University Athletic Director Jim Phillips, who took office in April 2008. Northwestern is a charter member of the Big Ten Conference. Since the University of Chicago dropped out in 1946, Northwestern has been the only private institution in the conference. At only 8,200 undergraduates, it is by far the smallest; the second-smallest school, Iowa, is three times as large as Northwestern, at 21,000 undergraduates. Northwestern fields 19 intercollegiate athletic teams in addition to numerous club sports. Current successful athletic programs include football, men's soccer, men's swimming, men's golf, women's tennis, softball and women's lacrosse; the women's lacrosse team is the six-time NCAA national champion, went undefeated in 2005.
The 1930–31 Wildcats were retroactively named national champions by both the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll. The Northwestern Athletics' mascot is Willie the Wildcat. However, the team's first mascot was not Willie, but a live, caged bear cub from the Lincoln Park Zoo named Furpaw. In fall 1923, Furpaw was driven to the playing field to greet the fans before each game. After a losing season, the team decided that Furpaw was the harbinger of bad luck and banished him from campus. Willie made his debut ten years in 1933 as a logo, but did not come to life until 1947, when members of the Alpha Delta fraternity dressed up as him during the Homecoming parade; the Northwestern University Marching Band performs at all home football and lead cheers in the student section and the alma mater at the end of the game. In 1998, two former Northwestern basketball players were charged and convicted for sports bribery as a result of being paid to shave points in games against three other Big Ten schools during the 1995 season.
The football team became embroiled in a different betting scandal that year when federal prosecutors indicted four former players for perjury related to betting on their own games. In August 2001, Rashidi Wheeler, a senior safety and died during practice from an asthma attack. An autopsy revealed that he had ephedrine, a stimulant banned by the NCAA, in his system which prompted Northwestern to investigate the prevalence of stimulants and other banned substances across all of its athletic programs. In 2006, the Northwestern women's soccer team was suspended and coach Jenny Haigh resigned following the release of images of alleged hazing. Northwestern's athletic teams are nicknamed the Wildcats. Before 1924, they were known as "The Purple" and unofficially as "The Fighting Methodists." The name Wildcats was bestowed upon the university in 1924 by Wallace Abbey, a writer for the Chicago Daily Tribune who wrote that in a loss to the University of Chicago, "Football players had not come down from Evanston.
The team was referred to in the article as "a Purple wall of wildcats." The name was so popular that university board members made "Wildcats" the official nickname just months later. In 1972, the student body voted to change the official nickname from "Wildcats" to "Purple Haze" but the new name never stuck. During football games, students jingle their car keys before punt; when Northwestern is on defense, students extend their arms, make a claw with their hands, growl. The "official" cheer at Northwestern sporting events is the chant "Go U! NU!" Northwestern Wildside is the official student section of Northwestern athletics. They are led in their gameday cheers by the Wildside leaders and Northwestern University cheerleaders, who perform on the sidelines during all home games and accompany the football team to all away games; the NUMB performs on the field and in the stands at all home games and follows the football team to one Big Ten away game per season. For many years, students would throw marshmallows at the kick-off of football games.
Northwestern archivist Patrick Quinn says that students were "trying to get them into the tubas, started throwing them at each other", leading to the tradition of throwing marshmallows at the field. While Gary Barnett was football coach, he banned marshmallows because they detracted from the serious level of football that he wanted for the school. Northwestern's fight song is "Go U Northwestern" A secondary fight song is "Rise Northwestern", the final 4-measure tag of, played after first downs; the Northwestern University football team has evidence of organization in 1876. Northwestern achieved an all-time high rank of No. 1 during the 1936 and 1962 seasons, which has thus far not been duplicated. The football team plays at Ryan Field; the football team has a history of mediocrity: Its all-time record is 468–614–44 and until July 2012, the program held the official record for Division I-A losses. Other dubious distinctions include being on the losing end of the greatest comeback in Division I-A history and holding the record for the longest losing streak in Division I-A – 34 consecutive games between 1979 and 1982.
Until 2013, the Wildcats had been to nine bowl games since 1995 – 1996 Rose Bowl, 1997 Citrus Bowl, 2000 Alamo Bowl, 2003 Motor City Bowl, 2005 Sun Bowl, 2008 Alamo Bowl, the 2010 Outback Bowl, the 2011 TicketCity Bowl and 2011 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas—but had not won a postseas
The Cincinnati Bearcats are the athletic teams that represent the University of Cincinnati. The teams are members of the American Athletic Conference, which from 1979 to 2013 was known as the Big East Conference. Cincinnati and Wichita State University are the only members of The American that are located in the Midwestern United States; the Bearcats were members of Conference USA, where they were a founding member. The creation of Conference USA was the result of a merger between the Great Midwest Conference and the Metro Conference in 1995. Other collegiate athletic conferences which the school has belonged to includes the Missouri Valley Conference, 1957–1969; the Bearcat became the UC mascot on October 1914 in a football game against the UK Wildcats. The key players in the birth of the Bearcat were a star UC player named Baehr, a creative cheerleader, a talented cartoonist. During the second half of that hard-fought football game, UC cheerleader Norman "Pat" Lyon, building on the efforts of fullback Leonard K.
"Teddy" Baehr, created the chant: "They may be Wildcats, but we have a Baehr-cat on our side." The crowd took up the cry: "Come on, Baehr-cat!" Cincinnati prevailed, 14–7, the victory was memorialized in a cartoon published on the front page of the student newspaper, the weekly University News, on November 3. The cartoon, by John "Paddy" Reece, depicted a bedraggled Kentucky Wildcat being chased by a creature labeled "Cincinnati Bear Cat"; the name stuck, but not immediately. Following Teddy Baehr's graduation in 1916, the name dropped out of use, at least in print, for a few years. On November 15, 1919, Cincinnati played at Tennessee; the Cincinnati Enquirer writer Jack Ryder's dispatch on the game was the first time that the major media called UC's teams "Bearcats." From on, the university's teams were called Bearcats. In 2008 the Cincinnati Zoo adopted a three-month-old binturong or "bearcat"; the zoo had a public naming contest where they decided on the name "Lucy." Lucy is now a prominent figure at the University of Cincinnati and can be found on Sheakley Lawn before home football games.
The University of Cincinnati sponsors teams in eight men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports, competing in the American Athletic Conference. Cincinnati's men's basketball squads have been a perennial bracket team in the NCAA tournament. A prolific era in Bearcats basketball was during the late 1950s and early 1960s, when the Bearcats posted five consecutive Final Four appearances. Unanimous three-time All American guard Oscar Robertson led the nation in scoring during the 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60 seasons and posted a career average of 33.8 points per game, which ranks as the third all-time best in Division I. Cincinnati has won two national championships in 1961 and 1962; the 1961 and 1962 titles were won under rookie coach Ed Jucker. Cincinnati fell out of prominence during the early 1970s. After a brief resurgence in the mid-1970s, the program fell on hard times in the 1980s, but was revitalized under head coach Bob Huggins following his hiring in 1989. Under Huggins, the Bearcats compiled a 399–127 record in sixteen seasons, posted fourteen straight NCAA tournament appearances.
The most notable of the teams from the Huggins era was the 1991–1992 team, which lost to the Michigan Wolverines in the Final Four. In addition, Huggins was responsible for recruiting several future NBA players including Kenyon Martin, Corie Blount, Ruben Patterson, Nick Van Exel and DerMarr Johnson. Postseason tournaments The university has a diverse number of intercollegiate club sports teams. Notable teams include alpine skiing, men's baseball, lacrosse, men's soccer, the men's ice hockey team; the Tennis Club competes in the USTA Tennis on the Great Lakes Tennis Conference. The Waterski Team were 2008 DII National Champions; the University of Cincinnati Rugby Football Club was established in 1971 and competes in Division 1 college rugby in the MAC conference. The University of Cincinnati Women's Rugby Football Club was founded in 2012 and competes in Division 2 in the Ohio Valley Conference. In 2014 and 2015 UCWRFC competed in the Women's College Division 2 Fall Championship. Club sports at Cincinnati operate in a tier system.
The top tier are the Tier 5 sports. These clubs operate at a level similar to a varsity team in sports for which Cincinnati lacks varsity representation, the tier reflects the commitment these students dedicate to their club; the three Tier 5 semi-varsity sports as of 2013 are equestrian, men's ice hockey, men's and women's rowing. Cincinnati has won 2 NCAA team national championships. Men's Basketball: 1961, 1962 see also: American Athletic Conference NCAA team championships List of NCAA schools with the most NCAA Division I championships Below are 5 national team titles that were not bestowed by the NCAA: Women's Dance: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2015The Bearcats won the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship in 1961 and 1962, both times against Ohio State; the UC Dance Team has won 5 National Championships from 2004 through 2006, 2009 and again in 2015. They are the first team in UC history to capture three consecutive national titles, they remain one of the top dance programs in the country and are the winningest team in University of Cincinnati history.
In 2009 the dance tea
Myles Stanley J. Lane was a professional ice hockey player, college football player and coach, New York Supreme Court justice, he was the last surviving member of the 1929 Stanley Cup champion Bruins. A star player at Dartmouth College, Lane signed with the New York Rangers on October 1, 1928, he became only the third American-born player and the first American-trained player to join the National Hockey League. In 1928, Lane was offered by the Rangers to the Bruins for Eddie Shore and $5,000. Rangers President John S. Hammond believed that because Lane was such a hero in his home state, the Bruins would do anything to acquire him. According to former Rangers publicity director Stan Saplin, who got the story from Lester Patrick, the telegram Bruins' president, Charles F. Adams sent back read: GET A LIFE PRESERVER - YOU ARE MYLES FROM SHORE; the Rangers sold his contract to the Bruins for $7,500. He was with the Bruins when they won the Stanley Cup in 1929. From 1931-1934 played for the minor league Boston Cubs of the Canadian-American Hockey League.
Lane was an all-American halfback at Dartmouth College from 1925–1928, where he led the nation in scoring. After his playing career ended, Lane turned to coaching. In 1929 he was Dartmouth's backfield coach as well as the head coach of the freshman team. In 1932 he was head football coach at Boston University, he had a 2-3-2 record in his only season with the Terriers. He was the backfield coach at Harvard in 1933 where he coached, among others, his brother Francis Lane, he was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1970. After graduating from Boston College Law School in 1934, Lane joined the firm of Farber. Three years he was appointed an assistant United States attorney for the U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, he spent four years in the Navy in World War II. After the war he rejoined the US Attorney's office, he was a member of the prosecution team in the Rosenberg trial. In September 1951 he was appointed United States Attorney, a position he held until April 1953, when he returned to private law practice.
In 1958, he was appointed chairman of the State Investigation Commission by governor W. Averell Harriman. During his years with the commission, the agency looked into issues such as school building flaws, hospital abuses, narcotics problems, underworld activities and bid-rigging on New York City's purchases of rock salt, he was elected to the New York Supreme Court in 1968. One notable case Lane decided was known as the "dog case", he ruled that "the present circumnstances of rampant crime" allowed a woman to keep her schnauzer despite a lease forbidding dogs. He was subsequently overruled by an appeals court. Judge Lane was appointed to the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department in 1974, where he remained until his retirement in 1979. Biographical information and career statistics from Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database New York Times Obituary Myles Lane at Find a Grave A film clip "Longines Chronoscope with Myles J. Lane" is available at the Internet Archive
NCAA Division I Football Championship
The NCAA Division I Football Championship is a annual post-season college football game, played since 2006, used to determine a national champion of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision. From 1978 to 2005, the game was known as the NCAA Division I-AA Football Championship; the game serves as the final match of an annual postseason bracket tournament between top teams in FCS. Since 2013, 24 teams participate in the tournament, with some teams receiving automatic bids upon winning their conference championship, other teams determined by a selection committee; the reigning national champions are the North Dakota State Bison, who have won seven championship games in the past eight seasons. The FCS is the highest division in college football to hold a playoff tournament sanctioned by the NCAA to determine its champion; the four-team College Football Playoff used by the Football Bowl Subdivision is not sanctioned by the NCAA. In the inaugural season of Division I-AA, the 1978 postseason included just four teams.
The field doubled to eight teams in 1981, with champions of five conferences—Big Sky, Mid-Eastern, Ohio Valley and Yankee—receiving automatic bids. The top four teams were seeded, matched against the four remaining teams based on geographical proximity; the tournament was expanded to 12 teams in 1982, with each of the top four seeds receiving a first-round bye and a home game in the quarterfinals. Champions of the Southern and Southland conferences received automatic bids; the number of automatic bids has varied over time, due to changes in the number and size of conferences, with an automatic bid granted only to champions of conferences with at least six teams. The tournament was played in December; the playoffs expanded to a 16-team format in 1986, requiring four postseason victories to win the title. Only the top four teams were seeded, with other teams geographically placed in the bracket. From 1995 through 2000, all 16 teams independent of geography. In 2001, the number of seeded teams was reduced to four, with the seeded teams assured of home games in early tournament rounds, other teams once again placed in the bracket to minimize travel.
Home team designation in games between unseeded teams is determined based on several factors, including attendance history and revenue potential. In April 2008, the NCAA announced that the playoff field would expand to 20 teams in 2010, with the Big South and Northeast Conference earning automatic bids for the first time; that bracket structure included seeding of the top five teams. Twelve teams received first-round byes; the playoffs expanded to 24 teams beginning in 2013, with the champion of the Pioneer Football League receiving an automatic bid for the first time. The number of seeded teams was increased to eight, with the 16 unseeded teams playing in first-round games; the field is traditionally set the Sunday before Thanksgiving and play begins that weekend. At-large selections and seeding within the bracket are determined by the FCS Playoff Selection Committee, which consists of one athletic director from each conference with an automatic bid; as of the 2018 season, there are 10 conferences with automatic bids and the selection committee makes 14 at-large selections.
For the 2018 season, the committee was chaired by Dr. Brad Teague of the University of Central Arkansas; the tournament culminates with the national championship game, played between the two remaining teams from the playoff bracket. Played in December, with the 2010 expansion to a 20-team field, the championship game moved to January, with two or three weeks between the semifinals and final. From 1997 through 2009, the title game was played at Finley Stadium in Chattanooga, the home field of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In the five prior years it was held at Marshall University Stadium in West Virginia. Since 2010, the title game has been played in Frisco, Texas, a suburb north of Dallas, at Toyota Stadium, a multi-purpose stadium used by FC Dallas of Major League Soccer; the stadium was known as Pizza Hut Park until the day after the championship game of the 2011 season, as FC Dallas Stadium until September 2013. The original contract with Frisco ran through the 2012 season; the contract has since been extended three times.
Three FCS conferences do not participate in the tournament. The Ivy League, at the FCS level since 1982 and prohibits its members from awarding athletic scholarships in any sport, plays a strict ten-game regular season and does not participate in any postseason football, citing academic concerns; the Southwestern Athletic Conference and Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, two conferences consisting of black colleges and universities, opt to play the Celebration Bowl instead of the FCS tournament. MEAC gave up its automatic spot in the tournament prior to the 2015 season, while SWAC has not sent a team to the tournament since 1997. Teams from the MEAC and SWAC may accept at-large bids, so long as they aren't committed to other postseason games th
George Babcock (American football)
Richard George Babcock was an American football player and athletic director. He played college football for the University of Michigan from 1923 to 1925 and served as the head football coach at the University of Akron in 1926 and at the University of Cincinnati from 1927 to 1930, he served as the University of Cincinnati's athletic director from 1927 to 1932. Babcock was born in Illinois, grew up in Royal Oak, Michigan. In 1918, he was living in River Rouge and working as an electrician for the Great Lakes Engineering Works, a shipbuilding company. At the time of the 1920 United States Census, he was living in Detroit and working as a hotel clerk. Babcock attended the University of Michigan where he played college football for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1923 to 1925, he was 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighed 180 pounds while playing for Michigan. At age 26, he was a starter at tackle for the 1925 Michigan Wolverines football team that outscored its opponents by a combined score of 227 to 3 on the season.
While attending Michigan, Babcock studied education and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity and of the Sphinx and Michigamua. In February 1926, the Municipal University of Akron, now known as the University of Akron, announced that it had chosen Babcock as its new football and track coach. Babcock let the Akron Zips football team to a 5–2–2 record during the 1926 season. In March 1927, Babcock was hired as a professor of athletics and physical training at the University of Cincinnati. From 1927 to 1930, he was the head football coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team, compiling a 12–21–3 record. At the time of the 1930 United States Census, Babcock was living in Cincinnati with his wife, whom he married in 1929, his occupation was listed as the athletic director of the University of Cincinnati. In November 1928, Babcock, in his capacity as Cincinnati's athletic director, hired Frank E. Rice, another former University of Michigan athlete, to serve as the Bearcats' head basketball coach.
Babcock continued to serve as Cincinnati's athletic director until the fall of 1932. Babcock's overall record as a college football head coach was 17–23–5
Boston University is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. The university is nonsectarian, but has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church; the university has more than 3,900 faculty members and nearly 33,000 students, is one of Boston's largest employers. It offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctorates, medical, dental and law degrees through 17 schools and colleges on two urban campuses; the main campus is situated along the Charles River in Boston's Fenway-Kenmore and Allston neighborhoods, while the Boston University Medical Campus is in Boston's South End neighborhood. BU is categorized as an R1: Doctoral University in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. BU is a member of the Boston Consortium for Higher Education and the Association of American Universities; the university was ranked 42nd among undergraduate programs at national universities, 46th among global universities by U. S. News & World Report in its 2018 rankings.
Among its alumni and current or past faculty, the university counts eight Nobel Laureates, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, 10 Rhodes Scholars, six Marshall Scholars, 48 Sloan Fellows, nine Academy Award winners, several Emmy and Tony Award winners. BU has MacArthur, Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowship holders as well as American Academy of Arts and Sciences and National Academy of Sciences members among its past and present graduates and faculty. In 1876, BU professor Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in a BU lab; the Boston University Terriers compete in the NCAA Division I. BU athletic teams compete in the Patriot League, Hockey East conferences, their mascot is Rhett the Boston Terrier. Boston University is well known for men's hockey, in which it has won five national championships, most in 2009. Boston University traces its roots to the establishment of the Newbury Biblical Institute in Newbury, Vermont in 1839, was chartered with the name "Boston University" by the Massachusetts Legislature in 1869.
The University organized formal Centennial observances both in 1939 and 1969. On April 24–25, 1839 a group of Methodist ministers and laymen at the Old Bromfield Street Church in Boston elected to establish a Methodist theological school. Set up in Newbury, the school was named the "Newbury Biblical Institute". In 1847, the Congregational Society in Concord, New Hampshire, invited the Institute to relocate to Concord and offered a disused Congregational church building with a capacity of 1200 people. Other citizens of Concord covered the remodeling costs. One stipulation of the invitation was; the charter issued by New Hampshire designated the school the "Methodist General Biblical Institute", but it was called the "Concord Biblical Institute." With the agreed twenty years coming to a close, the trustees of the Concord Biblical Institute purchased 30 acres on Aspinwall Hill in Brookline, Massachusetts, as a possible relocation site. The institute moved in 1867 to 23 Pinkney Street in Boston, received a Massachusetts Charter as the "Boston Theological Seminary".
In 1869, three trustees of the Boston Theological Institute obtained from the Massachusetts Legislature a charter for a university by name of "Boston University". These trustees were successful Boston businessmen and Methodist laymen, with a history of involvement in educational enterprises and became the founders of Boston University, they were Isaac Rich, Lee Claflin, Jacob Sleeper, for whom Boston University's three West Campus dormitories are named. Lee Claflin's son, was Governor of Massachusetts and signed the University Charter on May 26, 1869 after it was passed by the Legislature; as reported by Kathleen Kilgore in her book, Transformations, A History of Boston University, the founders directed the inclusion in the Charter of the following provision, unusual for its time: No instructor in said University shall be required by the Trustees to profess any particular religious opinions as a test of office, no student shall be refused admission... on account of the religious opinions he may entertain.
Every department of the new university was open to all on an equal footing regardless of sex, race, or religion. The Boston Theological Institute was absorbed into Boston University in 1871 as the BU School of Theology. In January 1872 Isaac Rich died, leaving the vast bulk of his estate to a trust that would go to Boston University after ten years of growth while the University was organized. Most of this bequest consisted of real estate throughout the core of the city of Boston, appraised at more than $1.5 million. Kilgore describes this as the largest single donation to an American college or university to that time. By December, the Great Boston Fire of 1872 had destroyed all but one of the buildings Rich had left to the University, the insurance companies with which they had been insured were bankrupt; the value of his estate, when turned over to the University in 1882, was half what it had been in 1872. As a result, the University was unable to build its contemplated campus on Aspinwall Hill, the land was sold piecemeal as development sites.
Street names in the area, including Claflin Road, Claflin Path, University Road, are the only remaining evidence of University ownership in this area. Following the fire, Boston University established its new facilities in buildings scattered throughout Beacon Hill and expanded into the Boyls