Go Stagg!

Amos Alonzo Stagg and his Monsters of the Midway

It's not quite tailgating season, but UChiBLOGo editors and Phoenix phanatix (hat tip to the Chicago Maroon's Tim Murphy, AB'09) are gearing up for this autumn's sweep of touchdowns thanks to new buzz about the Maroons' most famous coach: Amos Alonzo Stagg.

Today Sporting News ranked the football pioneer 40th on its list of the 50 greatest coaches of all time, and earlier this month Sports Illustrated writer Stewart Mandel dedicated a column to his picks for all-time coaching legends. Of Stagg—the leader of the original "Monsters of the Midway" during Chicago's football heyday—and Pop Warner, Mandel writes: "As the sport's unofficial founding fathers, they're unquestionably legends."

We dug through our archives for Stagg stories and trolled the Web for fun UChicago football write-ups and photos to satisfy your pigskin fever. Here's to "the old man" and a winning fall season!


July 30, 2009