Xavier Musketeers football

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Xavier Musketeers football
Xavier Musketeers logo.svg
First season 1901
Last season 1973
Stadium Corcoran Stadium
Year built 1929
Seating capacity 15,000
Location Cincinnati, Ohio
Conference None
All-time record 302–222–22 (.573)
Bowl record 1–0–0 (1.000)
Colors Navy Blue, White, and Gray[1]
              

The Xavier Musketeers football program represented Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier discontinued football in 1973, citing cost concerns.

History[edit]

The program began in 1901. The school then called itself St. Xavier College; the team the Saints. In their first season they played a mix of colleges and high schools, but gradually improved their schedule. In 1907 they began a rivalry against the University of Dayton, then named St. Mary's Institute.[2]

The team name became the Musketeers in 1929, the same year St. Xavier became Xavier University and built Corcoran Stadium. The high point came under coach Edward Kluska, who posted a 35–12–2 record between 1947 and 1951. The 1949 team went 10–1 and received an invitation to the 1950 Salad Bowl, in which they defeated Arizona State University 33–21. Seven players from the 1950 and 1951 teams would later play in the National Football League.[2] Xavier declined an invitation to the 1952 Salad Bowl.[3]

The Xavier Board of Trustees ended the football program in 1973 following a determination that it lost $200,000 every year.[2]

As recently as 2013, Xavier fielded a club football team in the National Club Football Association.

Head coaches[edit]

Tenure Coach Record Pct.
1900–1917 None / staff 26–6–5 .770
1918–1919 Albert B. Lambert 10–3–1 .750
1920–1935 Joe Meyer 85–44–6 .652
1935–1943 Clem Crowe 46–32–2 .588
1946 Philip H. Bucklew 3–7 .300
1947–1954 Edward L. Kluska 42–33–4 .563
1955–1958 Harry W. Connelly 24–15 .615
1959–1961 Ed Doherty 15–15 .500
1962–1968 Ed Biles 40–27–3 .593
1969 Irvin A. Etlar 1–9 .100
1970–1971 Richard J. Selcer 2–18 .100
1972–1973 Tom Cecchini 8–13–1 .386
Totals 11 coaches 302–222–22 .573

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Stadium[edit]

The Musketeers played their games in Corcoran Stadium, which opened in 1929 after a $300,000 fundraising drive led by future Governor of Ohio Myers Y. Cooper. The stadium could seat 15,000 spectators. Xavier demolished the stadium in 1988.[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Xavier Graphic Standards: Athletics (PDF). 2015-07-15. Retrieved 2016-01-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d Schaber, Greg (Fall 2004). "Legends of the Fall". Xavier University. Retrieved 2009-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Xavier Turns Down Salad Bowl". Daily Chronicle. November 30, 1951. Retrieved 2009-12-30. 
  4. ^ Xavier University. "XAVIER UNIVERSITY CAREER COACHING RECORDS" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-12-16. 

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