College of Emporia Fighting Presbies football

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
College of Emporia Fighting Presbies
University College of Emporia
Association NAIA
Conference Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
Location Emporia, Kansas
Football stadium Schaffner Field[1]
Basketball arena Mason Gymnasium[2]
Mascot "Presbie Pete"
Nickname Fighting Presbies
Colors Red and White

The College of Emporia Football Team was a college football team at the College of Emporia in Emporia, Kansas. The team competed from 1893 until the college closed in 1972[3] and was known for its high quality play for the size of the school as well as its early adoption of modern football methods.

The final coach of the program was Dan Taylor.[4]

Innovative play[edit]

The team was one of the earliest schools to regularly call the forward pass[5] and the option pass[6] under head coach Bill Hargiss and quarterback Arthur Schabinger. The school was using the forward pass as a regular play three years before Knute Rockne and Notre Dame Football.[7]

Conference play and season successes[edit]

Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference[edit]

The team competed in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference from 1933 until 1970.[8] The program was known for success among the small colleges which included three consecutive undefeated regular seasons (1953–1955) under head coach Wayne J. McConnell and two back-to-back undefeated seasons (1962–1963) under coach Bill Schnebel. Both coaches were recognized as Little All-American Coach of the Year.[1]


Year Result Notes
1913 conference champions
1918 undefeated (6 - 0) conference champions
1919 undefeated (8 - 0)
1925 undefeated (8 - 0)
1927 conference champions
1928 undefeated
1951 undefeated (8 - 0)
1953 undefeated (8 - 0)
1954 undefeated regular season Mineral Water Bowl (8 - 1)
1955 undefeated (9 - 0)
1959 (9 - 1) KCAC Champions Won Mineral Water Bowl
1962 (9 - 1) KCAC Champions NAIA Bowl appearance
1963 (9 - 1) KCAC Champions NAIA Bowl appearance
1966 (8 - 1) KCAC Co-Champions

Table data source[9]

Bowl games[edit]

The school also played in the 1954 Mineral Water Bowl, losing 20-14 to Hastings College, and then returned in 1959 to defeat Austin College by a score of 21-20.[10]

Date Result Bowl Opponent Score Head Coach
1954 L Mineral Water Bowl Hastings College 14 - 20 Wayne J. McConnell
1959 W Mineral Water Bowl Austin College 21 - 20 Bill Schnebel

Notable players[edit]

Two players from the College of Emporia played professional sports. Jim Jacquith played professional baseball in 1926.[11] Lem Harkey was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1955 and ended up playing for the San Francisco 49ers for one year.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b College of Emporia History Archived 2008-11-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ College of Emporia Campus Tour
  3. ^ College Football Data Warehouse College of Emporia records
  4. ^ Lawrence Journal-World "C of E Grabs Taylor as New Grid Mentor" June 29, 1971
  5. ^ Homer Hargiss History Definitive use of forward pass
  6. ^ Hargiss's Option Play
  7. ^ Emporia Gazette, "The Emporia Gazette Give Credit to C. of E." by E. T. Lowther
  8. ^ Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, History
  9. ^ College of Emporia Alumni Association "Championship Teams"
  10. ^ Mineral Water Bowl game history
  11. ^ "Col. of Emporia: All Players". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Lem Harkey Jr.". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved March 16, 2013.