W. S. Whitney

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W. S. Whitney
Sport(s) Football
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1906–1907 Georgia
Head coaching record
Overall 6–7–2
College Football Data Warehouse

W. S. "Bull" Whitney was an American football coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Georgia during the 1906 and 1907 seasons. Whitney coached at Georgia when the forward pass became legal in 1906 and was the first coach there to implement passing plays. During his two-season stint as head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs, he compiled a 6–7–2 record, including the last three games of the 1907 season which were actually coached by Branch Bocock.

Whitney graduated from Syracuse University. In 1907, he was caught in the "ringer" controversy. At that time, there were no football scholarships, but enthusiastic alumni often raised money to pay professional players who were referred to as "ringers." After the 1907 game with Georgia Tech, it was revealed that there were at least four ringers on the Georgia and Georgia Tech teams. Thereafter, Georgia removed known ringers from its team and Whitney was forced to resign, handing the coaching duties over to Branch Bocock.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Georgia Bulldogs (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1906–1907)
1906 Georgia 2–4–1 1–3–1
1907 Georgia 4–3–1 2–3–1
Georgia: 6–7–2 3–6–2
Total: 6–7–2


The documentation on Whitney maintained by the Georgia Bulldogs states that he "came to the University in 1906 from North Carolina A&M, where he had gone undefeated the previous season."[1][2] Today, North Carolina A&M is known as North Carolina State University. Although NC State was coached by a man named Whitney in 1905, the team was not undefeated, but rather 4–1–1, and was coached by George S. Whitney.[3][4] In addition, George S. Whitney was not a graduate of Syracuse, but was a graduate of Cornell University in 1901.[5] Thus, the official Georgia records seem to be in error.


  1. ^ "Football Through the Years". UGA Athletics, University of Georgia. Retrieved 2010-05-06. [dead link]
  2. ^ UGA Sports Communications (2009-10-29). "Former Head Coaches". UGA Athletics, University of Georgia. Retrieved 2010-05-06. [dead link]
  3. ^ "George S. Whitney Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  4. ^ "North Carolina State Football History Database". NationalChamps.net, LLC. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  5. ^ "http://dspace.library.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/3170/11/008_11.pdf". Cornell Alumni News. 1905-12-13. 


  • Reed, Thomas Walter (1949). Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. History of the University of Georgia; Chapter XVII: Athletics at the University from the Beginning Through 1947 imprint pages 3485-3491
  • Stegeman, John F. (1966). The Ghosts of Herty Field: Early Days on a Southern Gridiron. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press. pp. 76–85. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 66-27606. 

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