The New York Times looks for an historical forerunner of today's powerhouse college football teams and finds it in Sewanee’s Iron Men of 1899. The story in the Jan. 4 edition of the Times proposes that the early Tiger teams provided a blueprint for Southern college football domination. The story quotes Sewanee History Professor Woody Register, C’80, as well as Norman Jetmundsen, C’76, who is putting together a documentary about the Sewanee team. It also highlights Nathaniel Owens, C'70, Sewanee’s first African American varsity athlete and graduate, who was later elected a district court judge in Alabama. Read the full article.
The feats of the 1899 team were also conveyed recently in Sports Illustrated’s “The Narrative” podcast, which turned to Register, Athletic Director Mark Webb, and Larry Majors, C’64, to tell the story of the greatest college football team of all time. Listen to the story.
Learn more here about the upcoming documentary by Jetmundsen and David Crews, also C’76.