Ric A. Kabat


When Coach W. W. Hughes looked out at his football team in the autumn of 1902, he was under no pressure to improve on the previous year’s season. Recently hired to teach Latin at Florida State College (FSC), Professor Hughes had played football at Vanderbilt University and, when he arrived in Tallahassee, had volunteered to coach FSC’s fledgling team. Practicing on the newly graded gridiron west of campus (a renovated cow pasture), the FSC Eleven prepared for their first game against a city team from nearby Bainbridge, Georgia. Hughes, pleased with the team’s progress, anticipated success.