Rutgers Trivia

Nov 10, 2013

The very first college football game...

was played between two neighboring New Jersey institutions, with Rutgers defeating Princeton, on November 6, 1869.

If ESPN had recorded that first collegiate game, we would not recognize it today……….it looked more like Rugby, with a little soccer thrown in.

From 1869 through 1904, Rutgers had NO Head Football Coaches who finished with a winning record, and only one Head Coach who reached the .500 level.

During the 1900 season, Mike Daly led the Scarlet Knights to a 4-4 record. 

Mike Daly was a starting halfback for Notre Dame, 1896-97.  He was from the home of Rutgers--New Brunswick, New Jersey.  His coach at ND was Frank Hering, who some have called “The Father of Notre Dame Football”.

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Rutgers Head Football Coaches:

William A. Reynolds

1869–1894

49–80–9 (.355)

H. W. Ambruster

1895

3–4 (.429)

John C. B. Pendleton

1896–1897

8–12 (.400)

William V. B. Van Dyck

1898–1899

3–15–1 (.184)

Michael F. Daly

1900

4–4 (.500)

Arthur P. Robinson

1901

0–7 (.000)

Henry Van Hoevenberg

1902

3–7 (.300)

Oliver D. Mann

1903, 1905

7–10–1 (.417)

Alfred Ellet Hitchner

1904

1–6–2 (.222)

Frank Gorton

1906–1907

8–7–3 (.528)


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