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Old-School: 1923

Old-School: 1923

November 17, 1923. Randolph-Macon vs. Gallaudet, playing in Washington, D.C. The outcome: Gallaudet 21, Randolph-Macon 0. View full size. National Photo.


Gallaudet huddle

Gallaudet is generally credited with initiating the use of the huddle to call plays. Since is was a college for the deaf, they believed that another team was reading there hand sign language and instituted the huddle to prevent the other team from seeing them call there plays.


I thought Randolph-Macon was a women's college?

[You're thinking of Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg. Which is my mother's alma mater! And is now coed and called just Randolph College. These guys were playing for Randolph-Macon College in Ashland. There's also a Randolph-Macon prep school, a military academy. - Dave]

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