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Timeline February 22, 1855 Penn State University is founded as Farmer’s High School. June 16, 1866 Baseball becomes Penn State’s first intercollegiate contest. Fall 1871 Six women are admitted into Penn State. November 12, 1881 Football, rugby style, is first played against the University at Lewisburg (Bucknell). 1887 The Athletic Association is formed by Penn State students. March 18, 1890 The Athletic Association adopts blue and white as school colors. April 30, 1891 Students hire a physical educator and football and baseball trainer. June 1891 Atracksurroundsafootballandbaseballfield,soonnamedBeaver Field. October 1891 A football training table is created with special lodging for athletes. January 25, 1892 George Hoskins becomes physical director and football coach. May 1892 Spring practice begins in football. February 6, 1894 The Alumni Advisory Committee of the Athletic Association is formed to control athletic money. November 21, 1894 President George W. Atherton allows a failing football player to continue playing. June 17, 1896 Silvanus Newton replaces George Hoskins as physical director and coach. Fall 1898 “Brute” Randolph becomes Penn State’s first Walter Camp allAmerican . July 31, 1900 W. N. “Pop” Golden is hired as physical director and coach. Athletic scholarships are offered by the Board of Trustees. April 1901 Professor Fred Pattee’s “Alma Mater” is published in the Free Lance. November 22, 1902 Students pay for band expenses to Williamsport for a football game. July 11, 1903 Trustees agree to build an athletic dormitory with a training table. September 7, 1905 Trustees approved “Pop” Golden’s request of twenty-five athletic scholarships. September 29, 1905 “Pop” Golden is named head coach by the Athletic Association. January 27, 1906 “Pop” Golden is officially named athletic director. Fall 1906 William T. “Mother” Dunn is the first Penn State first-team allAmerican . November 28, 1907 An Alumni Advisory Committee of the Athletic Association recommends a graduate manager after a Pitt loss. January 1908 A graduate manager of athletics is created by the Alumni Association . Smith_text.indd 185 12/7/15 11:11 AM 186 Timeline 1908 The Faculty Senate votes that it has jurisdiction over athletic contests. June 15, 1908 Trustees establish the Department of Physical Culture. May 7, 1909 New Beaver Field for track, baseball, and football is dedicated. Fall 1909 Bill Hollenback becomes football coach and produces winning teams. July 14, 1910 The Alumni Advisory Committee advises physical education for all students. May 1, 1911 TheAlumniAdvisoryCommitteeproposesfouryearsofeligibility. June 1913 The Alumni Advisory Committee proposes eliminating the position of athletic director. November 1913 A letterman’s club, Varsity Club, is organized by alumni. October 24, 1914 Tying Harvard in football is considered Penn State’s greatest victory to date. 1918 The Penn State Women’s Athletic Association is founded. August 25, 1918 Hugo Bezdek is named football coach and director of physical education. May 13, 1919 Hugo Bezdek’s plan for mass athletics is presented to the Board of Trustees. September 1, 1920 Winning produces a seven-year contract at $10,000 per year for Hugo Bezdek. 1921 An eastern conference of Ivy Schools, Penn State, Pitt, and Syracuse is suggested by Hugo Bezdek. November 23, 1921 Hugo Bezdek’s salary is raised to $14,000 after two undefeated seasons. September 1, 1922 Hugo Bezdek is given a ten-year contract to remain at Penn State. December 1922 Hugo Bezdek turns down an offer to manage the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. January 1, 1923 Proceeds from Penn State participation in the Rose Bowl game go to build a new athletic dorm. March 13, 1923 The Alumni Advisory Committee of the Athletic Association donates twenty-three acres of land to Penn State. June 10, 1923 President John Thomas gives athlete eligibility control to the Faculty Senate. November 28, 1923 The Alumni Advisory Athletic Committee pledges $100,000 for an indoor arena. September 15, 1924 Varsity Hall, now Irvin Hall, becomes the athletic dorm. October 23, 1924 The Board of Trustees limits the number of athletic scholarships to seventy-five. Fall 1925 Alumni in Pittsburgh are upset at Hugo Bezdek for losses to Pitt. January 8, 1926 The Carnegie Foundation begins investigating intercollegiate athletics. June 14, 1926 The Alumni’s White Committee is appointed to study Penn State athletics. September 8, 1926 NotreDame’sKnuteRockneokaysbroadcastofPennStatefootball game. September 24, 1926 Ralph Hetzel is chosen president and leads the Great Experiment failure. Smith_text.indd 186 12/7/15 11:11 AM Timeline 187 December 21, 1926 Joseph Vincent Paterno is born in Brooklyn, New York. February 26, 1927 The J. Beaver White Committee...



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  • Pennsylvania State University -- Sports.
  • Pennsylvania State University -- Football.
  • Paterno, Joe, 1926-2012.
  • Sandusky, Jerry.
  • Pennsylvania State University -- Sports -- Administration.
  • College sports -- Corrupt practices -- Pennsylvania -- University Park.
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