1896 LSU Tigers football team

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1896 LSU Tigers football
Lsu tigers 1896.jpg
SIAA co-champion
State champion
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1896 record 6–0 (4–0 SIAA)
Head coach Allen Jeardeau (1st year)
Captain Edwin A. Scott
Home stadium State Field
Seasons
← 1895
1897 →
1896 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
LSU + 3 0 0     6 0 0
Georgia + 2 0 0     4 0 0
Vanderbilt 3 0 2     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
SW Presbyterian 0 1 0     0 1 0
Nashville 0 1 1     0 1 1
Mercer 0 2 1     0 2 1
Central 0 2 1     0 3 1
Mississippi A&M 0 2 0     0 4 0
Cumberland            
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1896 LSU Tigers football team represented the LSU Tigers of Louisiana State University during the 1896 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association 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".

Before the season[edit]

Allen Jeardeau was hired as head coach.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 10 4:00 p. m. Centenary* State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 46–0   -
October 24 at Tulane New Orleans, LA (Rivalry) W 6–0   -
November 13 3:25 p. m. vs. Mississippi* Vicksburg, MS W 12–4   -
November 16 3:30 p. m. Texas State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 14–0   -
November 20 Mississippi A&M State FieldBaton Rouge, LA W 52–0   -
November 28 3:00 p. m. at Southern Athletic Club* New Orleans, LA W 6–0   500
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.

Roster[edit]

Player Position Height Weight Hometown High School
J. H. "Hughes" Arrighi Tackle - - Natchez, MS -
James S. Atkinson Center - 150 Ruston, LA -
A. T. Barbin - - - Marksville, LA -
Edmund Auguste M. Chavanne Center - - Lake Charles, LA -
Armand P. Daspit Halfback - 145 Houma, LA -
Justin C. Daspit Halfback - 150 Houma, LA -
Samuel A. Gourrier Quarterback, Halfback - 150 Baton Rouge, LA -
James F. Harp - - - Bonita, LA -
Phillip P. Huyck Guard - 180 Baton Rouge, LA -
Sam Lambert Fullback - 150 Baton Rouge, LA -
Wiltz M. Ledbetter Guard - - Summerfield, LA -
Gordon B. Nicholson Fullback - 160 Baton Rouge, LA -
Archie Ed Robertson Fullback - 165 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† Guard - 170 Wilson, LA -
William S. Slaughter End - 150 Port Hudson, LA -
John T. Westbrook End - 145 Baton Rouge, LA -

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

Game Notes[edit]

Centenary[edit]

1 2 Total
Centenary 0 0 0
LSU 24 22 46

LSU easily defeated Centenary 46–0. Robertson went around right end for the first touchdown.[4] The starting lineup was Westbrook (left end), Nicholson (left tackle), Huyck (left guard), Atkinson (center), Scott (right guard), Robertson (right tackle), Slaughter (right end), Gourrier (quarterback), J. Daspit (left halfback), A. Daspit (right halfback), Lambert (fullback).[4]

Tulane[edit]

Tulane tried to use George H. Brooke (pictured).

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.[5]

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. 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.[6]

Mississippi[edit]

1 2 Total
LSU 6 6 12
Miss. 0 6 6

LSU defeated Mississippi 12–6. The game was "close and hard" for the first ten minutes, then LSU made a touchdown.[7] LSU scored again in the second half after continuous gains.[7] Then Mississippi scored late, "by the hardest sort of playing".[7] The extra point attempt hit the crossbar.[7]

The starting lineup was A. Daspit (left end), Arrighi (left tackle), Huyck (left guard), Chavanne (center), Schneider (right guard), Scott (right tackle), Slaughter (right end), J. Daspit (quarterback), Schoenberger (left halfback), Gourrier (right halfback), Nicholson (fullback).[7]

Texas[edit]

1 2 Total
Texas 0 0 0
LSU 10 4 14

The Cadets defeated the Texas team 14–0. Sam Gourrier made the first touchdown around Texas' left end.[8] The Times Picayune reported "The cadets are wild tonight over the victory".[8]

Mississippi A&M[edit]

1 2 Total
Miss. A&M 0 0 0
LSU 14 38 52

The Cadets slaughtered the Mississippi Aggies 52–0.[9]

Southern A. C.[edit]

1 2 Total
LSU 6 0 6
Southern 0 0 0

On a cold, dreary day, LSU defeated the Southern Athletic Club 6–0 to secure the state championship.[10] LSU's Robertson got the deciding touchdown.[10] Rain started to pour as soon as the game ended.[10]

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. ^ a b "Louisiana State University Cadets Defeat The Centenary College Team". The Times-Democrat. October 11, 1896. p. 12. Retrieved February 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ "Baton Rouge Wins Without Winning". The Daily Picayune. October 25, 1896. pg. 8.
  6. ^ Hardesty, Dan. "LSU:The Louisiana Tigers". The Strode Publishers.Huntsville, Alabama. 1975. pg 24-25.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Victory For Louisiana State University". The Times-Picayune. November 14, 1896. p. 8. Retrieved February 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ a b "Football". Times-Picayune. November 17, 1896. p. 8. Retrieved May 12, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Cadets Slaughter The Mississippians". The Times-Picayune. November 21, 1896. p. 8. Retrieved February 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ a b c "Baton Rouge Boys State Champions". The Times-Picayune. November 29, 1896. p. 8. Retrieved February 21, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read