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MONSTERS OF THE MIDWAY: The Worst Team in College Football?
Jeff Rasley

Summary: Was this ragtag band of precocious intellectuals the worst, or the most courageous, team in college football? From 1892 until the 1930s the legendary Monsters of the Midway dominated college football. The University of Chicago team was coached by the most successful coach in college football, Amos Alonzo Stagg. However, in 1929 Robert Maynard Hutchins, who viewed athletics and especially football as a waste of resources, became president of U of C. He forced Stagg out after the 1932 season. In 1939, at Hutchins urging, Chicago dropped out of the Big Ten and killed its varsity football program. But now, it's 1969 and football is back. The resurrection of Chicago football hasn't brought the Monsters back to life. The team plays more like the lab mice of the Midway. The new Maroons are called the worst team in college ball by People Magazine. But this under-sized and outnumbered team is also compared to the hero of Troy courageously facing Achilles. They lose game after game. Yet, guys whose IQ is greater than their weight refuse to give up their mission to win one for their old coach, Wally Hass. Wally's goal is to win one more game before he retires which would make his 100th victory as a coach. The book is inspired by the author's experience of playing on the resurrected University of Chicago Maroons a/k/a the Monsters of the Midway.

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