Thursday, February 16, 2012

University of Chicago Football Series

UC Football Series

Although today, University of Chicago is known for its academic programs, in the early twentieth century, it also had a strong football team. The first Heisman Trophy winner, Jay Berwanger, played for the University of Chicago football team. The UC team was in the Big Ten Conference until university president Robert Hutchins banned football in 1939. (The sport was reinstated in the late 1960s - Sports Illustrated published a story about it in the 1950s.)

Hutchins once said, "Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away," so it's probably no surprise he wasn't an ardent fan of sports on campus.

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...