Butler University Yearbook Online

Saturday, March 19, 2011


So in lamenting Pitt's annual early exit from the NCAA tourney I felt obligated to look into Butler University because I have no idea who Butler is, where they are from and why they have to stir up trouble for the basketball powers that be.

While my main passion is college football, I graduated from Pitt so, of course, I love Pitt's basketball team unconditionally as well.
Needless to say I was disappointed by Butler's 71-70 dismissal of Pittsburgh.

After the game I had to look up a little bit about Butler. How many scholarships do they have?.. What conference do they play in?.. Do they have a Div. 1 football team?

Ultimately, I was convinced enough that Butler is an actual college, so I entered "Butler University Yearbooks" into the search bar and I was surprised to see that Butler University has their yearbooks posted online.


The yearbooks have had several names over the years, The Carillon, The Gallery and the name the yearbook started with and has come back to time and time again: The Drift.

The earliest yearbook Butler has available online is from way back in 1891, and butler boasted a solid football team even way back then.

One of the interesting things regarding any early yearbook the occasional bias exhibited by student writers.
I particularly liked this page from the 1891 Drift where the writer directly refutes a score on account of the ref not knowing the rules.



That is definitely a possibility in those early days- especially considering that there were two sets of rules committees even as late as 1896, but I have found no evidence thus far to suggest that Butler was robbed of 16 points vs Hanover and lost the 1887 Indiana state championship as a result. 


So while these texts can certainly offer us some more clarity on football's salad days - the accounts can be biased and may raise as many new questions as they answer.


In all, this is another great surprise addition to the yearbooks collection. This one was produced by the Internet Archive and looks great, is easy to use and is keyword searchable. Pitt's loss to Butler in the round of 32 was hard to swallow, but at least I found this one positive in another painful Pitt tournament loss.



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A Few Notes from the Football Team

Friday, March 18, 2011

Danny Wild has some photos up from Spring practice, if you haven't visited Danny's Wildlife blog, check it out.

Danny's photography gives him access to the team, so while players' medical status are always unofficial until they come full term, I am encouraged by the latest Army personnel rumor:

"Football-related, I heard Army linebacker Andrew Rodriguez may return for 2011 and may also have a shot at being the first captain of the Corps — pretty exciting on both fronts."

Sal's take on A-Rod estimates Rodriguez's 2011 return at a 50/50 probability.

"From everything I’ve heard, there’s probably less than a 50 percent chance that Rodriguez plays in the fall.
Rodriguez, a top student, is a potential candidate to be first captain of the Corps of Cadets for the 2011-12 school year.
If he doesn’t play football, there’s a good chance that Rodriguez could stay with the team as a student coach."

You can follow Danny Wild's photography work on his flickr site:

His collection of Army football football photos on flickr can be found here.


It's been a slow time for football news, so to catch up on some of the changes from 2010 to 2011 Phil Steele has lists of the college football coaching changes, and the 2011 conference alignment.


I don't know if I posted the post spring game interview before, but here is a talk with Steve Erzinger courtesy of GoArmySports.com.




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Yearbook: South Carolina

Sunday, March 13, 2011

 
South Carolina has their Garnet and Black yearbooks available online.

There are some significant gaps in the years that they have online, but the earliest edition of the Garnet and Black they have available is from way, way back in 1899. That volume gives us a look at the then brief history of southern football as well as recapping South Carolina's 1898 season.
 
 
 
I like finding major college scores and records that aren't listed on my favorite games database, and the earliest online volume of the Garnet and Black yearbook has several items listed that fall under that category. 
 
 None of those pre-1900 scores are listed with Soren Sorensen,which is the true value of these records of early football. No matter how biased a publication can be, the true history of the game is captured in the game recaps and  scoring summaries of each  game and in each year. 
I hope these yearbooks can clarify those early years as we move forward.
Make sure to check out the yearbook collection  for more historically relevant football content. The more we examine these sources the more we can find out about the game that remains America's #1 sport: 
college football

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It is the mission of The Unbalanced Line Online Library to present important and interesting historical texts to college football fans. Items will be added regularly as blog postings and can be easily indexed in the Yearbooks button on the site bar.

Copyrighted material is used expressly under the fair use guidelines of U.S. Code 17 #107 through #118 stating that the criticism, comment, news reporting, educational use or research of copyrighted material is not held in violation of copyright laws.

_______________ © 2011 The Unbalanced Line _______________








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