By Maynard Brichford
Bob Zuppke used to be head soccer trainer on the collage of Illinois from 1912 to 1941, a interval that observed global wars, a huge financial melancholy, and important adjustments in greater schooling and the position of activities, as significant intercollegiate competitions turned fundamental public kinfolk occasions for the main aggressive universities. usually credited with numerous major soccer suggestions together with the huddle, Zuppke gained nationwide championships and received or tied for seven sizeable Ten convention titles. This biography of Zuppke is a examine of his ardour for soccer, his advocacy for its academic price and his skill to advertise and industry the sport to the tutorial group and most of the people. It locations him within the context of a number of subject matters, together with the advance of interscholastic, intercollegiate soccer; presidential help and public family members; activities psychology; stadium construction and advertisement activities; educational feedback; the fraternity method; boosters; and activities in a state-supported public collage.
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7 With the championship at stake, Illinois closed its season on November 22 at Ohio State’s homecoming in Columbus. Chic Harley, the undefeated All-American half back, and the Buckeyes had a 7–6 lead. Four of the best Illinois players were on the bench with injuries. The powerful defensive line of Illinois, the team’s mastery of the fundamentals of blocking and interference, Zuppke’s last-minute time-out and substitution, and a ﬁeld goal by Bob Fletcher halted Harley’s twenty-game winning streak, 9–7.
His coaching qualiﬁcations were unusual. Most university coaches had been outstanding football players and were often alumni of the institutions where they coached. They usually had coaching experience at other colleges. 9 4 Zuppke Installs the System As a normal school graduate and high school teacher, Zuppke was at home in an academic setting. The physical location was a new experience. Arriving at their apartment on Oregon Street in Urbana, Bob and Fannie found a small town bordering a rapidly expanding state university with 4,369 students.
Ohio State had ﬁnished its ﬁrst year in the conference without playing another conference team. Zuppke won his ﬁrst three games against Kentucky, Missouri and Northwestern, but closed the season by tying Purdue and losing to Chicago and Minnesota. At a rally before the Homecoming game with Purdue, he said that his team was very green. While they were big boys and had scored 77 points against the freshmen, they were not good tacklers. ” On November 1, 1913, Illinois lost to Chicago 28–7 before 19,000 fans on Stagg’s 26 Bob Zuppke home ﬁeld.