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All this time the faculty were looking on the development of
football not without some uneasiness. The game was reported as
dangerous to life and limb, which assertion, though angrily denied,
was believed by the faculty. If students were to have their necks
broken on the football field teachers were unwilling to take the
responsibility for it; those who were more than twentyone years of
age could look out for themselves, but if minors were to play they
must have the permission of their
After the Trustees, in June,
1889, had refused to relieve the faculty of their responsibiilty in the
matter, the faculty could only wait and pray that nothing untoward
would happen until the end of the season; the end came with only a
few broken legs and clavicles and flattened noses to account for; then,
on November 22, 1889, on the recommendation of a committee
consisting of the President, and Professors Mills and Poteat, the
faculty passed a resolution that the students should not be allowed to
leave the State to play athletic games, though the action was not to
apply to games already scheduled. In June, 1890, President Taylor
was ready to recommend to the Board of Trustees that intercollegiate
games of football should be forbidden altogether, which the Trustees
with all speed authorized the faculty to do. This was more readily
done, since President Taylor reported that the Trustees of the
University of North Carolina had already taken similar action and its
faculty had forbidden teams to leave the
Wake Forest, Wake Forest, 64; University of Tenn., 0.
November 18, Raleigh, Wake Forest, 0; University of N. C., 40. 1895, October
19, Raleigh, Wake Forest, 4; State A.&M., 4.
Minutes of Faculty, March 12, 1889.
5 Battle, History of the University of North Carolina, II, 513. President Taylor
said in his report, June 1890: "As was suggested in the last annual report, there is
reason to fear that intercollegiate games of football are inimical to the best interest
of the College and its students. This danger is proved by the many accidents which
have occurred during the past year. They cause interruption to study and could
easily produce irritation between the colleges. Directly and indirectly evil has come
from them during the past session. This is coming to be seen even by the students
themselves. As a result of correspondence between the President of Wake Forest
and some of the authorities of Chapel Hill, a resolution has been passed by the
Trustees of the latter institution which prohibits the students from participating in
intercollegiate football games. It is earnestly to be hoped that you will take similar
action. The more violent and dangerous forms of exercise are now rendered
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