314 History of Wake Forest College
According to Professor Venable (Battle, History of Univ. of N. C.,
II, 513), on account of the irritation of which President Taylor speaks,
"bad blood" had already been engendered. The University students,
however, with much manipulation had the matter referred to a
committee and continued their playing; but Wake Forest played no
intercollegiate football games in the scholastic year 1890-91. Yet
football was far from dead, though its demise was facetiously
declared in the Wake Forest Student for October,
1890.6
The faculty
found it necessary to legislate about it at their meeting on December
5, 1890, when they voted not to allow the students to play match
games except among themselves. A week later they were reminded
that football was still alive by a petition from the students, not
granted, to plow the football grounds. On the 16th of the following
January the faculty voted to suspend the football regulations and
allow the team to play the University of North Carolina at Wake
Forest on February 14, salving their consciences with the statement
that "this is not a regular intercollegiate match game." The game,
however, was not played.
Whether by accident or design the crop of new students entering in
the year 1891-92 contained more good football material than ever
before, chief among them being a big Moore County poet, .R. O. Fry,
who tipped the scales at 230 pounds with no superfluous flesh; him no
six of the strongest of the Senior Class could hold to the
ground.7
At
the same time another able player, E. W. Sikes, had been chosen
Director of Athletics and was eligible
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sary by the very efficient Department of Physical Culture which was organized and
equipped last September."
6
"In Memoriam. Football, Obiit Thanksgiving Day, 1889." R. B. White, Editor of
"In and About College."
7
This was "Baby" Fry, afterwards famous for his work both on the team of Wake
Forest College and that of the University of North Carolina. Such departure from
one gridiron to another was not then crime. He was afterwards an able member of
the Troy, N. C., bar, and one of the election registrars in the "White Supremacy
Campaign" of 1900, when the party in power thought physical strength a
qualification for holders of that office. For his faithfulness in duty he was one of
many registrars threatened with indictment in the Federal Court, but nothing came
of it, since the party in power had impeachment proceedings against certain judges
of the State Supreme Court and got a compromise for indicted registrars.
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