It’s Football Time in Tennessee! and a look back at the Iron Men of 1899…

It’s Football Time in Tennessee! Are you ready? Do you have the fever yet?

The traditions and passions run deep in the South when it comes to football and the state of Tennessee has produced some of the most successful and memorable champions, athletes and coaches throughout the years. August – a time for high school jamborees, college practices, NFL preseason games – all gearing up for the launch of a new football season at the end of the month. Good luck to the Titans, Blue Raiders, Governors, Bulldogs, Tigers, Volunteers and Commodores on the upcoming season. Here’s hoping each team exceeds their goals for this year’s football campaign!  2015 FOOTBALL SCHEDULES for Tennessee Titans, Austin Peay Governors, Cumberland Bulldogs, Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, Tennessee Volunteers, Tennessee State Tigers, Vanderbilt Commodores

University of the South: Sewanee 1899 Football Team

Sewanee_1899_Football_TeamThe Iron Men of 1899  One of Tennessee’s most impressive football campaigns was produced by the University of the South’s 1899 football squad which many consider one of the greatest football teams of all time!

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the Sewanee Tigers were a football powerhouse that would welcome all comers in gridiron play. Coming off of an undefeated 1898 season the 1899 team expected to have success but had some obstacles that would challenge the upcoming campaign. The small school depended heavily on gate receipts to support the football program but a couple of disputes with competition about the distribution of receipts, including Vanderbilt, required a scheduling adjustment and creative idea to acquire revenue. With a strong national reputation, the small school decided to schedule five away games in six days to build interest in attendance and support.

The 13 players on the squad (seven returning players), The Iron Men of 1899 took on this challenge and became one of the greatest teams in the history of football. The 1899 Sewanee Tigers were undefeated with a 12-0 record outscoring the opponents 322-10. The victories were against Georgia (12-0), Georgia Tech (32-0), Tennessee (46-0), Southwestern Presbyterian (54-0), Texas (12-0), Texas A&M (10-0), Tulane (23-0), LSU (34-0), Ole Miss (12-0), Cumberland (71-0), Auburn (11-10), North Carolina (5-0).

The next time you travel over Monteagle Mountain remember the majestic Sewanee University of the South and the Tigers as one of the great historic football programs.

Photo  “Sewanee 1899 Football Team” by The University of the South (Sewanee) – The University of the South (Sewanee) Public Relations department. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons



Author: Kenneth Bargers

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