Tusculum Pioneers football, 1901–1910

The Tusculum Pioneers football team represented Tusculum College (now known as Tusculum University) in American football. The program was founded in 1901.

1901Edit

1901 Tusculum Pioneers football
ConferenceIndependent
RecordUnknown
Head coach
  • Unknown
Seasons
← 1900
1902 →

The 1901 Tusculum Pioneers football team represented Tusculum College during the 1901 college football season as an independent. This year was the inaugural season for the school, but the results of games were not recorded.[1]

1902Edit

1902 Tusculum Pioneers football
ConferenceIndependent
Record0–1
Head coach
  • Unknown
Seasons
← 1901
1903 →

The 1902 Tusculum Pioneers football team represented Tusculum College during the 1902 college football season as an independent.[1] The school recorded one game, a 0–18 loss against the Washington College in Greenville, Tennessee.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
UnknownWashington CollegeL 0–18

1903Edit

1903 Tusculum Pioneers football
ConferenceIndependent
Record1–1
Head coach
CaptainWhitehurst
Seasons
← 1902
1904 →
 
The Tusculum Pioneers were the only team to score against the Baker-Himel football team (pictured) in 1903.

The 1903 Tusculum Pioneers football team represented Tusculum College during the 1903 college football season as an independent.[2] They played two games against Baker-Himel School, losing the first and winning the second. The team was coached by Stephen Andrew Lynch, who also at the time coached the football team at Maryville University.[3]

The Tusculum team opened the season in October 31, playing the local Baker-Himel School. The Pioneers were shut out, 0–18, on Baldwin Field. The first score of the game was made on the opening play, after Tusculum fumbled and Leach, of Baker-Himel, returned it for a touchdown.[3]

Another fumble on the next drive set up a second touchdown for the opposing team, making the score 0–12. After a punt made by Tusculum later in the game, "steady gains were made through the line" and "Little Kipp" ran for the game's third score. Though Tusculum "pulled together in great shape" and gave Baker-Himel "all that it could do" in the second half, they were not able to score and the game ended 0–18.[3]

Tusculum scheduled a rematch after the loss, and rebounded with a 13–0 shutout on November 9.[4] They were the only team to score any points against Baker-Himel during the 1903 season.[5]

Though the Tusculum team "was in good training and expect[ed] to engage in several contests during Christmas week", no other games were played.[6]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
October 31Baker-HimelKnoxville, Tennessee · Baldwin FieldL 0–18
November 9Baker-HimelW 13–0

1904Edit

1904 Tusculum Pioneers football
ConferenceIndependent
Record2–1
Head coach
  • Unknown
Seasons
← 1903
1905 →

The 1904 Tusculum Pioneers football team represented Tusculum College during the 1904 college football season as an independent.[1]

The team's first game was on October 21, against Bingham School. The Pioneers "seemed all out of sort", allowing 36 points in the first half while scoring none themselves. By the time Bingham had scored 63 points, they put in freshman members of the school to finish the game. Though the freshman team did not score, they were five yards away from the Tusculum goal line when the final whistle blew.[7]

A second game was played against Morristown High School, with Tusculum being victorious 22–0. It was played on the Pioneers' field, and was "clean from start to finish".[8]

They played another game on c. November 15, beating the Carson-Newman Eagles by a score of 35–0.[a] The game was played in four inches of snow.[9]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
October 21Bingham SchoolL 0–63
November 1Morristown High School[b]W 22–0
c. November 15Carson-NewmanW 35–0

1905Edit

1905 Tusculum Pioneers football
ConferenceIndependent
Record1–0
Head coach
  • Unknown
Seasons
← 1904
1906 →

The 1905 Tusculum Pioneers football team represented Tusculum College during the 1905 college football season as an independent.[2]

The season's only game was played on November 17, against the Bristol YMCA.[10] Tusculum won by a score of 16–6.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
November 17Bristol YMCATusculum, TennesseeW 16–6

1906Edit

1906 Tusculum Pioneers football
ConferenceIndependent
Record2–2–1
Head coach
  • Unknown
Seasons
← 1905
1907 →

The 1906 Tusculum Pioneers football team represented Tusculum College during the 1906 college football season as an independent.[2]

Their first game was against Morristown High School. The game was witnessed by "a large crowd", and Tusculum was victorious 23–0.[11]

A second game was played on November 26, at Baker-Himel Park, versus the Knox County Central High School. The Pioneers lost, 6–8. The following day, Tusculum played a game against the Baker-Himel School at the same venue, losing 0–6.[12]

Two other games were played on unknown dates, one against Greeneville High School and one against Knoxville High School, with the Pioneers winning the first and tying in the latter.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
November 2at Morristown High SchoolMorristown, TennesseeW 23–0"a large crowd"[13]
November 263:00 p.m.at Knox County Central High School
L 6–8[14]
November 272:30 p.m.at Baker-Himel
  • Baker-Himel Park
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
L 0–6
UnknownGreeneville High SchoolW 11–6
UnknownKnoxville High SchoolT 12–12

1907Edit

1907 Tusculum Pioneers football
ConferenceIndependent
Record0–0
Seasons
← 1906
1908 →

The 1907 Tusculum Pioneers football team was to represent Tusculum College in 1907 college football season as an independent. Though a game was scheduled against Central on October 5, it was not played, and the school did not field a team for the 1907 season.[15]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
October 5CentralTusculum, TennesseeCancelled

1908Edit

1908 Tusculum Pioneers football
ConferenceIndependent
Record0–3–1
Head coach
Seasons
← 1907
1909 →

The 1908 Tusculum Pioneers football team represented Tusculum College during the 1908 college football season as an independent.[2] The team was coached by F. W. Greg, who previously played for Sewanee and Cornell.[16]

The first game of the season was scheduled against King College. Tusculum had accepted and cancelled several other matches with King before accepting October 9 as the date for the game. As the King College players boarded a train to travel to the game, the Tusculum officials sent a telephone message saying that due to rain the prior night, they were postponing the game. The manager of King College, "not in a habit of postponing a football game", traveled to Tusculum anyway, before receiving message that the Pioneers refused to play. That upset the King coach so much that he cancelled the postponed matchup, which was scheduled on October 14.[17]

On October 13, the Pioneers played a game against Greeneville High School, losing 0–4. The game was played in two 25-minute halves.[18]

Four days later, Tusculum played a game against Baker-Himel School, losing by a score of 5–11. "The beginning was rough, but the referee soon made it go on without any trouble," wrote The Bristol Evening News.[19]

According to their media guide, four other games were played in the season. Two were against the Johnson City Athletic Association, with a 0–6 loss in the first matchup, and a 0–0 tie in the second. They also played a game versus Roanoke College, with an unknown score, and one with a team called "St. Albans", also with an unknown score.[2]

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteResult
October 9King CollegeCancelled
October 13Greeneville High SchoolL 0–4
October 173:30 p.m.Baker-HimelL 5–11
UnknownJohnson City AAL 0–6
UnknownJohnson City AAT 0–0
UnknownRoanoke CollegeUnknown
UnknownSt. AlbansUnknown

1909Edit

1909 Tusculum Pioneers football
ConferenceIndependent
Record0–3–1
Head coach
  • Unknown
Seasons
← 1908
1910 →

The 1909 Tusculum Pioneers football team represented Tusculum College during the 1909 college football season as an independent.[2]

The Pioneers opened the season against King College, on September 25, suffering a 0–12 defeat.[20]

A merger of Washington College and Tusculum's football teams played the Bingham School on October 7, losing 0–5.[21]

The team's next game was against Asheville School on an unknown date, where the Pioneers lost 0–23.[2]

They scheduled a rematch against King College on October 23, and played to a scoreless tie.[22] A third game with King was to be played on November 6, but was cancelled. The school later announced that they were cancelling football for the rest of the season after "numerous tragedies occurred on the gridiron".[23] They did not field a team again until 1913.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 25King CollegeL 0–12[c]
October 7Bingham SchoolRiverside ParkL 0–5
UnknownAsheville SchoolL 0–23
October 23King CollegeT 0–0
November 6King CollegeCancelled

1910Edit

The 1910 Tusculum Pioneers football team was to represent Tusculum College in the 1910 college football season as an independent. The school cancelled the 1910 season, and did not play again until 1913.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Tusculum University lists this game as a 0–35 loss.
  2. ^ Tusculum University does not list this game in their media guide.
  3. ^ Tusculum University lists 0–11 in their media guide.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "2010 Tusculum Football Media Guide". Issuu. p. 42–43.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "2010 Tusculum Football Media Guide". Issuu. pp. 42–43.
  3. ^ a b c "Baker-Himel Scored Another Shutout". The Journal and Tribune. November 1, 1903 – via Newspapers.com.  
  4. ^ "Untitled". Lyon's Advertiser. December 1, 1903 – via Newspapers.com.  
  5. ^ "Baker-Himel Boys Have Good Record". Knoxville Sentinel. November 27, 1903 – via Newspapers.com.  
  6. ^ "During Christmas Week". The Journal and Tribune. December 13, 1903 – via Newspapers.com.  
  7. ^ "Bingham School Had Easy Time Defending Honors From Tusculum". Asheville Citizen-Times. October 22, 1904 – via Newspapers.com.  
  8. ^ "School Notes". The Morristown Gazette. November 2, 1904 – via Newspapers.com.  
  9. ^ "Football Game In The Snow". The Courier-Journal. November 16, 1904 – via Newspapers.com.  
  10. ^ "Untitled". Chattanooga Daily Times. November 19, 1905 – via Newspapers.com.  
  11. ^ "The Football Game". The Morristown Gazette. November 7, 1906 – via Newspapers.com.  
  12. ^ "Baker-Himel Vs. Tusculum". The Journal and Tribune. November 27, 1906 – via Newspapers.com.  
  13. ^ "Football Game". The Morristown Gazette. October 31, 1906 – via Newspapers.com.  
  14. ^ "Football Game Next Monday". Knoxville Sentinel. November 24, 1906 – via Newspapers.com.  
  15. ^ "Untitled". Knoxville Sentinel. October 2, 1907 – via Newspapers.com.  
  16. ^ "Tusculum Vs. King College". The Holston Valley Farmer and Bristol Weekly News. October 8, 1908.  
  17. ^ "Tusculum Backed Down". The Bristol Evening News. October 10, 1908 – via Newspapers.com.  
  18. ^ "Untitled". The Holston Valley Farmer and Bristol Weekly News. October 15, 1908 – via Newspapers.com.  
  19. ^ "Baker--Himel Defeats Tusculum". The Bristol Evening News. October 24, 1908 – via Newspapers.com.  
  20. ^ "King College Colors Fly High". The Bristol Herald Courier. September 26, 1909 – via Newspapers.com.  
  21. ^ "Tennesseans Defeated By Bingham's Bunch". Asheville Gazette-News. October 8, 1909 – via Newspapers.com.  
  22. ^ "Tusculum And King Played The Game". The Journal and Tribune. October 26, 1909 – via Newspapers.com.  
  23. ^ "Tusculum Cuts Out Football". The Bristol Herald Courier. November 13, 1909 – via Newspapers.com.