“That’s a lot of B.S.,” Brown told The Triangle in 1973. “Big 5 schools would never allow Drexel to share the spotlight. There seemed to be a growing frustration with the lack of interest in the sport. Most of Drexel’s athletic teams play in the Colonial Athletic Association. The win over Gettysburg still sticks out in the minds of Cole and Spagnolo to this day. Gettysburg — one of the tougher opponents on Drexel’s schedule — was trying to ruin the party. Fortunately, they were able to resume a year later in 1944. meet our dream team team. That’s the name of the university’s improv comedy club. Luckily, practice was indoors. Some thought that football was cut because of an institutional bias towards basketball. Graduating linebacker Ed Shubert pleaded to The Triangle for football to be reinstated, even though he had just played his final game as a senior. Pages in category "Drexel Dragons football seasons" The following 69 pages are in this category, out of 69 total. The odd fact about the two World Wars is that after each, Drexel saw increased football success. Recreation Center - Rec Athletics Office Suite, 1st Floor 215-571-3236 | intramuralsports@drexel.edu The Intramural Sports Program is designed to offer various leagues, tournaments, and special events throughout the year to serve a large & diverse student body. 2019 Football Season. Sterling Brown was at the helm to coach the team. They were led by head coach Edward Allen’s stout defense, which held all eight opponents in the year to 14 points or fewer. Over the last 40 years, Drexel administrators have been handing out the convenient Kool-Aid that cost is the real issue and that football is too expensive a sport to fund. In 1951, the first Homecoming Queen was crowned. Drexel unfortunately does not. The Cougars had the talent: The top six scorers returned from a 25-win team. Basketball now serves as the sport at the center of homecoming week, although often times more of the campus focus is on the annual concert. Alumni flocked back to campus to join in the fun and relive their college days. He pointed out — and this would be in the 1965 time frame — that the football team took 50 percent of the total athletic budget.”. Good luck this fall! Seriously, why doesn’t Drexel have a football team? The official athletics website for the Drexel University Dragons. The College of Charleston appeared to be in line for a conference championship before the season even began. Although they have not been competing for long, the team just recently brought home third place in the Liberty Bell Regional at the College Improv Tournament. “Someone was out to get rid of football,” head coach Sterling Brown told The Triangle of the decision. Each year, more than 9,000 students participate in club or intramural sports. This will be based on an idea from USA Football 7 on 7 tackle football played on a smaller field. Virginia Halas McCaskey — George’s daughter and Walter’s niece — is the current owner of the Bears. Following the 1973 season, the football team was discontinued in order to redistribute the funds among other intercollegiate sports and intramural programs. Drexel lacks unity, which may be due to a lot of reasons. I hear Drexel students try to justify their lack of school spirit by using that sad, pathetic excuse. There were big parties at night. Drexel lost the game 16-15 on a last-minute field goal that tipped off of the upright and in to give LIU Post the victory. What makes Drexel in 2014 different from the schools that the 1973 football team played? The year will forever live as the peak of Drexel football. It was Drexel’s first of three losses in their final four games. Greek life came alive. The CAA also has football, which includes many of Drexel’s rivals like the University of Delaware and Towson University. “We sort of felt like we owned Powelton Avenue,” he added, with his former teammate Steve Spagnolo giving a nod and wry smile of approval next to him. If the voices of Brown and the players weren’t heard, then fans and alumni certainly tried to make theirs loud enough. In 1928, the team went 8-1, and in the 1930s, the University saw increases in funding, interest and enrollment. The official athletics website for the Drexel University Dragons. At the time, nobody would have guessed that in less than 20 years time, Drexel football would be clinging to life support. The high point of Halas’ 15-year career as Drexel’s head coach was winning the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference Championship in 1937, perhaps the most important win of the 71 he had during his career at the school. Utilize the left navigation to find past seasons, game schedules, rosters and more. In terms of athletics, Godfrey was the first to really see their value and put a university-wide focus on them. It was a trip that the players made every day on their way to practices or games. Those who remained saw the hopes of yet another season dashed and a long offseason of training ahead. They established A.J. But on homecoming, the trip drew a special importance. THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF THIS THREE-PART SERIES CAN BE ACCESSED HERE. Football was already the biggest mouth for the athletic department to feed, and it was about to get bigger as well. Who is that guy yelling at the basketball games? A 1959 graduate, Vidas is the only player in Drexel history to be named to two All-American teams. Florida State University had just defeated Auburn University in an epic National Championship Game as part of the Bowl Championship Series the week before. “We scored a touchdown before the half to cut it to 21-7.”. The Triangle reported that the new center cost about $8.6 million to build and would cost $250,000 annually to operate. Shubert went on to try out for the hometown Philadelphia Eagles but didn’t make the cut. It was a turning point for the University, and it solidified Godfrey as one of the most important presidents in Drexel history. Everybody would go to the football game. Prior to the game, Drexel running back Andrew Stopper, who was from the Reading, Pa., area, not far from Albright, was fielding bets on the game, a majority of which were placed on Albright. In 1927, Drexel hired W.H. And it all centered around one football game, the capstone of the week’s events. Hagerty said in the same issue, “It was a matter of eliminating five or six different sports or football to balance the budget.”, “I got to interview [Hagerty] on about a weekly basis,” former news and managing editor of The Triangle Pat Joy said. Drexel University has 18 Division I varsity sports teams, but football isn’t one of them. In the press release sent out to make the announcement public, the school cited the budgetary issues with continuing to fund football as well as opening the new Physical Education Athletic Center. Most universities this large have football teams. Recreational Athletics is an office within the Department of Athletics and works closely with the Office of Campus Activities to provide oversight and guidance for officially recognized student organizations that meet the criteria of being a Club Sport. Division I was for the big boys, the powerhouse football and basketball teams that were a way of life in some parts of the country. If you were a senior, you were done your senior year. The Nov. 30, 1973, issue of The Triangle reported that the overall athletics budget was about $320,000 and football ate $142,873 alone, mostly in operating expenses and scholarships. Halas as their coach for football, basketball, and baseball. One of the committee members was a professor, John Savchak, who had played basketball at Drexel as an undergraduate, so some saw that as a conflict of interest. And university president John A. Fry thinks other schools should follow suit. It was a brisk mid-January night, and the Drexel University football team had practice. Division II, where many of Drexel’s local rivals would look to play, was too expensive for the football team. There was also uproar over the fact that there was no football player represented on the committee; the team felt that their voices should have been heard. The third-place finish was their best tournament finish ever, and they may have also brought home a new rival in tournament, winner Johns Hopkins University. Surely, they will fill the 2,500-plus seats of the Daskalakis Athletic Center, but some of the tradition feels lost. The administration put a fund drive in place to help raise $700,000 per year to make payments on the building. In 1973, the Drexel football team defeated Albright College in their annual Pretzel Bowl. This causes Drexel to push back their Homecoming to winter, featuring a men’s basketball game as the Homecoming game. After dropping their third game of the year to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Drexel got back on track and improved to 3-1 with a tough win over Gettysburg College in the 1973 homecoming game. Homecoming used to be a tradition unlike any other at Drexel. “The reality is we paraded up that street every day because we largely walked up to practice,” Barry Cole, a wide receiver on the team from 1971-73, said. Homecoming just isn’t the same without football…. Albright was a strong opponent, and nobody really expected Drexel to hang around with them. He and Cole met in summer training camp as freshmen and have been best friends ever since. Sports Offered Intramural Sports Office. Letters poured in, some by mail and some by Western Union. Drexel is getting more and more attention and accreditation from peers and employers. Drexel wouldn’t go away, though. Feb 27 @ UNC Wilmington, Drexel (13-17) Loss vs. North Carolina-Wilmington, 65-76 31. ©2021 The Triangle. Schedule; Posted Tue, Mar 5 2019 Football is a highly militaristic game, and perhaps Drexel reaped the rewards of the public’s growing obsession with the game. The Drexel Football Team (noun) No, Drexel does not have an actual football team. Post Campus, in a game that should have served as a cautionary tale for the bad luck that was to come. Not too small, there's still so many people I have yet to meet. Godfrey is the one responsible for developing the co-op system that we know today. Scholarships would be honored and transfers would be granted if so desired, but that was it. THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF THIS THREE-PART SERIES CAN BE ACCESSED HERE. Attendance at the football games was always higher for the homecoming game than any other game, especially in the late 1960s and early 1970s when the team struggled to draw a crowd. Those teams compete at the Football Championship Subdivision level … The successes all culminated in 1955, when Drexel had its best football season in history. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window). But it didn’t change the fact that football was gone and the hopes for reinstatement were reduced to the outside chance at revival. Their name serves as an ode to the past, somewhat of an ironic answer to one of the three essential questions every Drexel student will ask at some point during their four or five years at the school: What is the Drexel Shaft? When Drexel had a football program, Homecoming was similar to the standard Homecoming held at other colleges and universities. The purpose is to introduce the tackle game to the younger players. They pressed on, though; they had notes to review and improvements to make. The end of Drexel football came Nov. 19, 1973. “From our standpoint, we were just totally floored,” Cole said about the cut. That final win of the 1973 season came against Albright College in their annual Pretzel Bowl. The Dragons won the game in upset fashion by a score of 16-7. THE SECOND PART OF THIS THREE-PART SERIES CAN BE ACCESSED HERE. It was late and the temperature was plunging. Welcome to Drexel Hill Raiders Football As game attendance grew post-WWII, so did the team’s on-field success. When football was cut, it was taking up somewhere in the range of 40-50 percent of the athletics budget. Football at Drexel University was born from humble beginnings. Its the perfect size, not too big, I run into people I know on the way to class. Who is that guy yelling at the basketball games? The board of trustees had taken issue with the amount of money that football was taking from the athletics budget starting in 1971. The Triangle is an independent student organization and is not owned nor operated by Drexel University. There would now be three divisions — I, II and III — so Drexel would have to make a decision on where they stood athletically. He told them that Drexel was going to win, for which he was met with crazy looks. A year later, students again made a push for football. All of these other schools still play football, and Drexel does not. Godfrey ended up being the president who transformed the school completely. Drexel fielded a football team from 1895 to 1973, with the sport being discontinued after the 1973 season in order to increase funding for other sports teams. LIU Post came out “looking like the Green Bay Packers,” as Cole remembered, and proved to be a tough test. Why doesn’t Drexel have a football team? “Why take away the ability to relive old memories?” another asked. It took three years for the team to have its first scheduled season and 15 years for the University — then known as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science and Industry — to even sanction intercollegiate athletics. The most current information will appear at the top of the wall dating back to prior seasons. There needs to be a football team and a track team to get full campus pride. The official Softball page for the Drexel University Dragons. They would have had to pour more resources into a program that they felt was already overfunded. THE FINAL INSTALLMENT OF THIS THREE-PART SERIES CAN BE ACCESSED HERE. Halas also served 15 years as the school’s Director of Athletics and was inducted into the Drexel Athletics Hall of Fame in 1972. They were all good-looking and all put together.”, They explain what they do as a mix of games and long-form skits, or more simply, stuff you would see on the television show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”. Under McAvoy’s direction, Drexel joined the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletics Conference. “We had some pretty exciting games.”. Halas is the older brother of legendary Chicago Bears founder and National Football League icon George Halas. It would prove to be the program’s final victory, as the team was cut at the conclusion of the season. The first semblance of a team came in 1892 and was entirely student-run. Club Sports Overview. The 1899 Drexel Dragons football team did not have a head coach. Under Halas’ direction, the football team made its turnaround. The NCAA, the main governing body and rule-maker for college sports, was reorganizing their competition structure. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window). And just because they have traded in the gridiron for bright lights and a stage doesn’t mean they lack a fierce competitive edge. “They were really good, and they deserved to win,” Drexel Football Team treasurer Frieda Beckerman said later, joking, “We hate them because they’re better than everyone. We’re here. Feb 29 @ College of Charleston, Drexel (13-18) Loss vs. College of Charleston, 66-75 Get The Triangle's top stories directly to your inbox every Friday, THE INDEPENDENT STUDENT NEWSPAPER AT DREXEL UNIVERSITY SINCE 1926. There were other theories, too. McAvoy, was hired in 1920. Vidas also played a season of basketball and lacrosse, and was named to the Drexel Athletics Hall of Fame in 1973. Homecoming festivities were in full swing, students and alumni were back together, beer and spirits were ever-flowing. Contact Us “It was late October, early November. Drexel Athletics are a big part of campus culture. However, the bus ride back dashed the hopes of the very future of the Drexel football program. A class of seniors was graduating, including standout linebacker Ed Shubert, who Cole and Spagnolo both said was the best player with whom they had ever played. Stopper looked like a genius and happily collected his winnings. Hagerty told The Triangle that the low student interest and the sport’s “impingement” on other sports in the athletic department were considered. The Drexel Dragons have … There's no one type of Drexel student and the University's clubs and activities reflect its diversity. The college football season was over, but that didn’t stop Drexel’s team. Some thought that football lacked the proper alumni support for long-term sustainability. 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