Caption: Book - Overview of University of Illinois for Chicago Alumni (1926)
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I N CHICAGO AND V I C I N I T Y
LLINOIS' football squad sped eastward last fall, followed by thousands of loyal Illini alumni and students, while the middle-west appealed to the players to battle for the honor and prestige of the west. The team was to play Pennsylvania, undefeated for two years, victor over Yale and Chicago. Illinois, although it was led by Harold Grange, was known to have a green and inexperienced line. It was the first invasion of the east by a Zuppke-coached Illinois team. How the Illini decisively defeated Penn before a mighty crowd on Franklin field is history. The team that did it will always be known as " T h e Team that Came.Back." The. Saturday before it had battled the champion Michigan team to a standstill, losing by a field goal. The green linemen who were overcome in the early season games by Nebraska and Iowa came into their own at Penn. The Illini finished the season gloriously, defeating Chicago and Ohio. At Illinois the humblest substitute knows he will get his chance if he deserves it. To Penn Coach Zuppke took a squad of 34 players and all but one, a cripple at the time, got into the game. There is no danger that a good player will be lost in the shuffle. Nobody is dropped from the freshman squad which is supervised by a number of excellent coaches. Every freshman has an opportunity to show his mettle. Many of the famous names in Illinois football are those of men who came with no unusual fame or promise. Hard schedules, such as the 1925 team played, are typical of fllinois under Eobert C. Zuppke. It is significant that in thirteen years of coaching at Illinois, Bob Zuppke's teams have a margin of at least one victory over every other conference team, with the exception of Michigan. When the Wolverines defeated the Illini by a scant three points last fall, they evened up the score. On top of this " Z u p " has coached five teams to championships, of which two were shared with other teams. The record follows: