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 2 Football and Caves George Morgan Chinn considered several factors in his decision to leave the Centre College football lineup he so devoutly loved. He had traveled out of the state only once, when the Praying Colonels trounced Harvard 6–0. He treasured the memory of this trip to Boston and Cambridge and their environments, and obviously wanted to experience more of the world. The injury to his shoulder kept him always on the sidelines, which put him in the coach’s company rather than the players’. Charlie Moran began to depend on Chinn, whose sharp eye for the field helped to gain Centre advantages. Chinn was not assured participation as a player in any future Centre football programs, and he worshipped “Uncle Charlie.” Moran’s departure meant a new beginning for Chinn himself. Moreover, public opinion of Centre’s football program had apparently slipped by 1923. Though it had nothing to do with the Praying Colonels, a rock-throwing incident helped to instill a paranoia that Centre’s football program was not as welcome as it once had been. Details are somewhat unclear, but it seems that George Morgan and two of his friends, Minos Gordy and Rodes Ingerton, were on their way to Danville late one night when, about two miles from Gentry Lane, someone threw a large rock into their car.1 George Morgan suffered a deep gash close to his cheek, which ultimately required several stitches. Furious, George and his comrades hurried to Danville, got a pistol and, somewhat foolishly, returned to the scene. George Morgan, still Kentucky Maverick 32 covered with blood, and Gordy and Ingerton beat up the rock throwers until they told them who was the instigator. All said Porter Shelly.2 The case was ultimately settled out of court. The incident, however, soured George Morgan Chinn’s opinion of both the citizens of Danville and the “gung-ho” supporters of Centre’s football team. Another incident that helped instill in Chinn a negative attitude toward the football program was when a “belle” from Memphis invited the entire team to her home for tea. (This was not unusual; the Centre football team was frequently invited to luncheons , dances, and theater parties.) Chinn wanted to accept the debutante’s invitation, but team captain Edward Kubale ordered that a vote be taken on the matter. George Morgan very much wanted to go, arguing that “there’s very little difference between a tea and a weenie roast, except the nourishment served.” But the vote was 27–1 against going to tea with the Memphis debutante .3 George Morgan Chinn did not like to be overruled, even by a definite majority; this was a trait he carried with him for the rest of his life. After the victory over Harvard in 1921, even while he helped Moran coach the Praying Colonels on into the 1920s, George Morgan Chinn worked for a company named Lowe and Campbell.4 His main job was to sell golf clothes and equipment throughout the state. Although not a golfer himself, he learned the rudiments of the game so he could talk intelligently with golfers, pro and amateur alike. He liked his life as a traveling salesman because it gave him the chance to travel, at least within Kentucky, and an opportunity to banter with people at country clubs and college and university campuses. He stayed in this position for about two years, until Coach Moran “rescued” him by asking him to go to Bucknell with him. Another incident, the one that all but clinched the deal in favor of Bucknell, occurred on December 6, 1923, in Richmond, Virginia. The executive committee of the Southern Association Football and Caves 33 of Colleges and Preparatory Schools (SACP) held a meeting in that city, and it was far from a pleasant experience. Inquiries and statements from some members led to raucous confrontations between the committee and Centre’s president, Dr. R. Ames Montgomery. In short, Centre was accused of paying players to play football. Also, it was alleged, Uncle Charlie Moran was paid more for his services than the college’s president himself. Dr. C. E. Allen, the faculty’s chairman of the athletic committee, was outraged at these accusations. He read from a list to prove his points: when Coach Moran came to Centre in 1917, he coached football the entire year without pay; in 1918, he received the “huge” sum of $200; and in 1919 his salary came in at a whopping $500...


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