Sport: Chicago Quits

In the paleolithic age of football, Chicago was a fearsome name. Under Coach Amos Alonzo Stagg, co-founder of the Big Ten Conference in 1896, the Maroons won more undisputed Conference championships than any of their nine rivals, went down in football history as the only team to beat Fielding H. Yost's early-century, point-a-minute monsters during their five-year reign of terror.

Seven years ago Coach Stagg was ousted when he reached three score and ten (Chicago's faculty retirement age). Young University President Robert Maynard Hutchins, a newcomer, had radical ideas about football. It received less attention than anthropology, no more than chess....

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