DU Today Blog: DU Football Died 50 Years Ago

(above) DU Today has a feature on the history of DU football

From: DU Today

by Steve Fisher

The DU Bookstore sells a shirt that says, “University of Denver Football — Undefeated Since 1961.” It was 50 years ago this month — on Thanksgiving Day 1960 — that the University of Denver played its last football game.

At the time, no one knew it was the last game, but after much deliberation the University announced its decision to terminate the program the following January. Chancellor Chester Alter noted an annual football deficit of $100,000 as a deciding factor [read rest of article]

9 comments:

puck swami said...

Our football history is richer than most people realize:

1) DU played in the first game west of the Mississippi in 1885 against CC. CC won 12-0, but CC later admitted to using non-students in the game.

2) DU played aganist the legendary Jim Thorpe in 1908. DU lost 8-4 at home to the Carlisle Indian School.

3) DU played in the Sun Bowl, Alammo Bowl and Pineapple Bowl in the 40s and 50s. Didn't win any of them.

4) The $100,000 deficit that killed the program in 1960-61 would be about $750,000 in today's dollars.

5) DU prouduced a number of NFL players. One was John Woudenberg, who had never played the game prior to arriving at DU. He went on to 10 year NFL career. DU also produced Sam Etchevarry, who went to the CFL Hall of Fame.

Anonymous said...

.... and 53 years ago, Colorado College won it's last NCAA Ice Hockey Championship. Need I remind you - that CC Sucks?

Anonymous said...

What was the score the last time DU faced CC?

Anonymous said...

Wait...I know this one...It's all coming back to me...it was 9-2...you can suck a fart out of my ass dude.

Anonymous said...

Hey cellar dwellers, how's the view from the bottom? What's CC's record again?

Wow, so you won one frickin game 9-2. How 'bout trying to win a few more? Oh, yeah, cc sucks ass, so that's out. Oh well....

Runninwiththedogs said...

Just a heads up on more Bad Boyz:

http://www.collegehockeynews.com/news/2010/11/23_mercyhurst_freshmen_arraigned.php

dggoddard said...

Thanks for the heads up.

Anonymous said...

I had an offer from CC to play football for them after college - Chose to go to DU even without football because ...

1) Always thought CC sucked - almost laughed at the guy when he asked after All-State game

2) Daniels College of Business

3) Knew football wasn't going anywhere beyond HS anyway except to joint pain land (already there anyway though).

4) Did I mention that CC sucks?

puck swami said...

I am kind of amazed that CC hung on to D-III football as long as they did before dropping the sport a few years ago (2008?).

There were no D-III opponents anywhere near here...