1896 LSU Tigers football team

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1896 LSU Tigers football
Lsu tigers 1896.jpg
SIAA Co-Champions
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1896 record 6–0 (4–0 SIAA)
Head coach Allen Jeardeau
Home stadium State Field
Seasons
« 1895 1897 »
1896 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
LSU + 4 0 0     6 0 0
Georgia + 3 0 0     4 0 0
Tennessee 1 0 0     4 0 0
Vanderbilt 3 0 1     3 2 2
Auburn 3 1 0     3 1 0
Georgia Tech 1 1 1     1 1 1
Texas 1 1 0     4 2 1
Alabama 1 1 0     2 1 0
Kentucky State 1 1 0     3 6 0
Sewanee 2 3 0     3 3 0
Tulane 1 2 0     3 2 0
Nashville 0 1 1     0 1 1
Mercer 0 2 1     0 2 1
North Carolina 0 1 0     3 4 1
SW Presbyterian 0 1 0     0 1 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     1 2 0
Mississippi A&M 0 2 0     0 4 0
Clemson 0 0 0     2 1 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1896 LSU Tigers football team represented the LSU Tigers of Louisiana State University during the 1896 college football season. This was LSU's first season playing as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA).[1] The Tigers, led by coach Allen Jeardeau, went undefeated and were the SIAA co-champions. It was LSU's second undefeated season in football. The 1896 team was also the first LSU team to use the nickname "Tigers".

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 10, 1896 Centenary* State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 46–0  
October 24, 1896 at Tulane New Orleans, LA (Battle for the Rag) W 6–0  
November 13, 1896 vs. Mississippi (Ole Miss) Vicksburg, MS W 12–4  
November 16, 1896 Texas State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 14–0  
November 20, 1896 Mississippi A&M (Mississippi State) State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 52–0  
November 28, 1896 at Southern Athletic Club* New Orleans, LA W 6–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Roster[edit]

No. Player Position Height Weight Hometown High School
- J. H. "Hughes" Arrighi Tackle - - Natchez, MS -
- James S. Atkinson Quarterback - - Ruston, LA -
- A. T. Barbin - - - Marksville, LA -
- Edmund Auguste M. Chavanne Center - - Lake Charles, LA -
- Armand P. Daspit Halfback - - Houma, LA -
- Justin C. Daspit Halfback - - Houma, LA -
- Samuel A. Gourrier Quarterback, Halfback - - Baton Rouge, LA -
- James F. Harp - - - Bonita, LA -
- Phillip P. Huyck Guard - - Baton Rouge, LA -
- Sam Lambert Fullback - - Baton Rouge, LA -
- Wiltz M. Ledbetter Guard - - Summerfield, LA -
- Gordon B. Nicholson Fullback - - Baton Rouge, LA -
- Archie Ed Robertson Fullback - - Plaquemine, LA -
- John R. Salassi Guard - - French Settlement, LA -
- Frederick H. Schneider Guard - - Lake Providence, LA -
- George C. Schoenberger End - - Buras, LA -
Edwin A. Scott - - - Wilson, LA -
- William S. Slaughter End - - Port Hudson, LA -
- John T. Westbrook End - - Baton Rouge, LA -

† -Team Captain
Roster from Fanbase.com[2] and LSU: The Louisiana Tigers[3]

Game Notes[edit]

Tulane[edit]

The Tulane game of this year was forfeited during the game due to Tulane having fielded an ineligible player. At the time that the game was declared forfeit, Tulane was leading with a score of 2 to nothing. About 10 minutes into the second half, LSU was moving the ball toward the goal line when a Tulane player named Depleche was injured. The injured player was replaced by George H. Brooke. LSU ran another play and gained 5 yards before realizing the identity of this substitute Tulane player. LSU's team captain, Edwin A. Scott protested to the game's referee, Lieutenant Wall. Scott cited the rules of the SIAA and the mutual pre-game agreement between the schools as reasons that Brooke should be declared ineligible to play. Tulane's team captain, Louis J. Genella, refused to take Brooke out of the game and stated that Tulane refused to play without him. After a lengthy debate, the referee ruled that Brooke could not play, and that Tulane forfeited the game by refusing to play without him. During the debate, Tulane argued that Brooke, who was previously a two time All-American at Pennsylvania, planned to enroll as a graduate student at Tulane. Brooke refused to sign an affidavit of his intention to enroll at Tulane. Due to the forfeiture, the official score was set at LSU 6, Tulane 0 by the game's referee. Dr. William Dudley, of the SIAA, later ruled that the game referee was right to declare the game forfeited and that men planning to enter a school were not eligible to play. Dudley ruled that prospective players should be enrolled for two weeks before being allowed to play in a game.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saylor, Roger. "Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association". pg. 15.
  2. ^ http://www.fanbase.com/LSU-Fighting-Tigers-Football-1896/roster
  3. ^ Hardesty, Dan. "LSU: The Louisiana Tigers". The Strode Publishers. Huntsville, Alabama. 1975. P. 334-345.
  4. ^ Hardesty, Dan. "LSU:The Louisiana Tigers". The Strode Publishers.Huntsville, Alabama. 1975. pg 24-25.
  5. ^ "Baton Rouge Wins Without Winning". The Daily Picayune. October 25, 1896. pg. 8.