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No. 100
While today’s football Saturdays at Veterans Memorial Stadium
feature an up-tempo, high-scoring Trojan offense, the early days of TROY football
didn’t always light up the scoreboard. The 1911-12 team went 5-0-1 on the season,
averaging a little better than 8 points a game. The State Normal School team, coached
by G.W. Penton, held all six of its opponents scoreless. The lone blemish on the season’s
mark was a 0-0 tie.
No. 101
Twin brothers Fob and
Ebb James were standout members of the
1925 Troy State Normal School football
team. Both would later fnish their athletic
and academic careers at Auburn. In 1934,
Fob and Rebecca Ellington James would
welcome a son, Forrest Hood “Fob”
James Jr., into the world. Fob Jr. would
later become the frst person to be elected
governor of the state of Alabama as a
Democrat and later as a Republican.
No. 102
In 1934, TROY’s Pace Field
became the frst on-campus college feld
in Alabama to be lighted so that football
games could be played at night. Other
Alabama college teams played night
games at municipal stadiums. TROY
would win the frst of four night games
to be played at the on-campus feld during
the 1934 football season on Sept. 28 with
a 19-12 win over South Georgia Teachers
College of Statesboro, Ga. In the Tropoli-
tan student newspaper’s account of the
game, 1,500 watched the TROY victory
as the feld was “fooded with light from
48, 1000-watt bulbs with 24 refectors
directing the light onto the feld.”
No. 103
In 1935, Troy
State Teachers College sought admission
into the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic
No. 106
played in its frst post-season bowl game
on Dec. 18, 1948 in the frst-ever Camellia
Bowl in Pensacola. Jacksonville State
defeated TROY 19-0.
No. 107
The TROY Red Wave
basketball team toured Europe in late
1967 and early 1968 as a part of a People
to People program. The Red Wave took
on teams from Iceland, France and
Oxford University in England.
No. 108
Football is not the
only sport in which TROY has seen
success through the years. In 1966, TROY
offered wrestling as a varsity sport with
Rudy Argenti serving as the team’s coach.
The frst season featured wins over
Florida State and Georgia Tech freshman-
sophomore teams.
No. 109
The Troy State
football team wins the 1968
National Association of Intercol-
legiate Athletics (NAIA) football
national championship, the frst of
11 national championships TROY
has won in four sports.
No. 110
In September 1973,
students voted 1,471 to 570 to change
the school’s nickname from Red Wave to
No. 111
1984 proved
to be a tremendously successful year for
Trojan athletics. The football team won
the NCAA Division II National Champi-
onship with an 18-17 victory over North
Dakota State on a play, which will forever
be known in TROY athletic lore as “the
kick.” Place kicker Ted Clem nailed a feld
goal from 50 yards out as time expired to
give the Trojans the win.
Troy University has a long and storied athletics tradition. The next several items touch on some of
the school’s athletic achievements and history.
No. 99
TROY’s frst athletics program began
in 1909 under the leadership of faculty
athletic committee members Professor
Vergil Parks McKinley and Dr. Clarence
McCartha. McKinley led the frst-ever
TROY football team that year
No. 105
In 1948, construction began on
TROY’s current football stadium.
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No. 104
Sherrill Busby is named
TROY’s frst football
All-American in 1939.