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University of Tennessee vs American Temperance University

{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

Even though it is a few months away from the start of the football season, it is interesting to note that the University of Tennessee football team played a game in Harriman, Tennessee. The American Temperance University in Harriman, under Chancellor John A. Tate, fielded both a football team and a baseball team beginning in 1903. From 1903 to 1906 the football team played the University of Tennessee three times.

In Knoxville, on October 7, 1905, the teams met, and the final score was 104 for the U.T., 0 for the American University. The next year the teams played again in Knoxville, and surprisingly enough U.T. only scored 10 points. Unfortunately, the American University didn’t score any points.

Fifteen days later another game was played between U.T. and the American University. This time it was in Harriman. It was to mark the dedication of the football field at Harriman. A fight broke out during the game, and the American University players walked off the field and refused to play. The game was forfeited when the American University players would not come back onto the field. U.T. was declared the winner by 6-0 by virtue of the forfeit. After this, the teams never played again.

Originally written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, July 2017.

American Temperance University

1903 Tennessee Volunteer Uniform