1896 William & Mary Orange and White football team

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1896 William & Mary Orange and White football
1896 record0–2
Head coachBill Armstrong (1st season)
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The 1896 William & Mary Orange and White football team represented the College of William & Mary during the 1896 college football season.[a]


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  • a Between 1896 and 1909 their nickname was "Orange and White," deriving that name from the school's former colors (William & Mary now uses green and gold).[1] Since white uniforms dirtied too quickly, they became known as the "Orange and Black" from 1910 through 1916.[1] Between 1917 and 1977 they were known as the Indians, and throughout this period a man dressing up as a Native American would ride around on a pony along the sidelines during games.[1] This practice was discontinued when the outcry of stereotyping Native Americans as well as the use of a live animal became controversial.[1] Since the 1978 season William & Mary has adopted the nickname "Tribe."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "A History of W&M Mascots and Nicknames". wm.edu. The College of William & Mary. 2008. Archived from the original on May 13, 2011. Retrieved February 12, 2012.