College of Emporia Fighting Presbies football
|College of Emporia Fighting Presbies|
|University||College of Emporia|
|Conference||Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference|
|Football stadium||Schaffner Field|
|Basketball arena||Mason Gymnasium|
|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 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 team was one of the earliest schools to regularly call the forward pass and the option pass 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.
Conference play and season successes
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference
The team competed in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference from 1933 until 1970. 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.
|1918||undefeated (6 - 0) conference champions|
|1919||undefeated (8 - 0)|
|1925||undefeated (8 - 0)|
|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
|1954||L||Mineral Water Bowl||Hastings College||14 - 20||Wayne J. McConnell|
|1959||W||Mineral Water Bowl||Austin College||21 - 20||Bill Schnebel|
Two players from the College of Emporia played professional sports. Jim Jacquith played professional baseball in 1926. Lem Harkey was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1955 and ended up playing for the San Francisco 49ers for one year.
- College of Emporia History Archived 2008-11-23 at the Wayback Machine.
- College of Emporia Campus Tour
- College Football Data Warehouse College of Emporia records
- Lawrence Journal-World "C of E Grabs Taylor as New Grid Mentor" June 29, 1971
- Homer Hargiss History Definitive use of forward pass
- Oberheide.org Hargiss's Option Play
- Emporia Gazette, "The Emporia Gazette Give Credit to C. of E." by E. T. Lowther
- Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, History
- College of Emporia Alumni Association "Championship Teams"
- Mineral Water Bowl game history
- "Col. of Emporia: All Players". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved March 16, 2013.
- "Lem Harkey Jr.". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved March 16, 2013.