1903 East Florida Seminary football
ConferenceIndependent
Record3–2–1
Head coach
  • Bob Kennedy
Home stadiumThe Ballpark
Seasons
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1903 Southern college football independents records
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Livingstone     3 0 0
Kentucky University     7 1 0
West Virginia     7 1 0
VPI     5 1 0
South Carolina     8 2 0
Stetson     2 1 1
Virginia     7 2 1
Georgetown     7 3 0
VMI     2 1 0
Texas A&M     7 3 1
North Carolina     6 3 0
Maryland     7 4 0
East Florida Seminary     3 2 1
Florida State College     3 2 1
Oklahoma     5 4 3
Louisiana Industrial     1 1 0
North Carolina A&M     4 4 0
Oklahoma A&M     0 0 2
Southwestern Louisiana Industrial     1 1 0
Tusculum     1 1 0
Arkansas     3 4 0
Navy     4 7 1
Howard (AL)     2 3 0
Columbian     2 5 0
Florida     1 3 0
Goldey College     0 1 1
Davidson     1 4 0
Tennessee Docs     0 4 0
TCU     0 7 0

The 1903 East Florida Seminary football team represented the East Florida Seminary in Gainesville, Florida in the sport of American football during the 1903 college football season. This was not the modern Florida Gators of the University of Florida, which began in 1906, but one of its four predecessor institutions. The team split two games with the University of Florida at Lake City, defeated in-state rivals Florida State College and Stetson by identical scores of 16 to 0, then wrapped up the campaign with a tie and a loss to an amateur squad from Tampa.[1][2]

Seminary player-coach Robert Kennedy reportedly left town with $91 in gate receipts after the contest in Tampa on Christmas Day, leaving the rest of the team scrambling to pay their hotel bill.[3] The controversy was rectified in time for the teams' rematch on New Years Day, in which Kennedy was again Seminary's starting quarterback.[4]

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultSource
University of Florida (Lake City)W
University of Florida (Lake City)L
October 31Florida State CollegeW 16–0[1]
November 13StetsonW 16–0
December 25Tampa town teamT 0–0[5]
January 1Tampa town teamDeSoto ParkL 0–5[4]

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References

  1. ^ a b "Our Boys". The Gainesville Star. November 6, 1903. Retrieved September 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ "E. F. S. Won Game Defeated Tallahassee State College 16 to 0". Florida-Times Union. November 1, 1903. p. 2.
  3. ^ "Clipped from the Tampa Tribune". The Tampa Tribune. 27 December 1903. p. 1.
  4. ^ a b "Clipped from the Tampa Tribune". The Tampa Tribune. 2 January 1904. p. 1.
  5. ^ "The Football Game". The Tampa Tribune. December 27, 1903. p. 1. open access
  6. ^ "America's Lost Colleges".
  7. ^ "1903 Football Schedule".