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Arnold Horween '21 will be head coach of the University football team next season. Such was the announcement broadcasted over the telephone to newspapers by W. J. Bingham '16 at midnight last night after the new faculty director of athletics had obtained an oral vote from every member of the committee on the Regulation of Athletic Sports.
Horween is the younger of the two brothers who made Harvard football history in 1915, 1916, 1919, and 1920 and who immortalized the so-called Horween toe. In 1919 Arnold Horween played fullback for the team that tied the Tiger 10-10 and downed Yale 10-3, the team that journeyed to Pasadena, California, to defeat Oregon 7-6 on January 1, 1920. Horween captained the eleven his Senior year, again tying Princeton and topping Yale 9-0.
Since being graduated Horween has made a careful study of modern football as played in the Middle West and West and last fall coached the Chicago Bears, on which Red Grange starred. A fortnight ago Horween traveled to Cambridge to confer with Mr. Bingham and to consult with the committee regarding the appointment of assistant coaches for next year, the names of whom will be announced later.
"Horween was an inspiring fellow to work under," said George Owen '23, when waked up by a CRIMSON reporter in the small hours of the morning. "He was captain in my Sophomore year and was a great man to get along with. He knows a lot about modern football tactics because he and Ralph have been closely connected with the game since they left college. He is quiet, and the kind of man who goes ahead and does something without making a lot of talk about it. He is the type that is a great example to those under him and I'm certain will turn out to be a most inspiring coach."
C. D. Coady '27, captain of the 1927 University team, gave out the following statement: "I am heartily in favor of the appointment of Horween as coach. I hope that every undergraduate will get behind the new regime and support the team for all he is worth. This selection will be a fine thing for the future of Harvard football."
In an article describing the last minute march of the Crimson forces in the Oregon game of January 1, 1920, which Horween saved by a superhuman effort, R. T. Fisher '12, retiring coach says: "During this march Arnold Horween appeared badly used up and just as we were preparing to send in a fresh man to take his place he suddenly burst through the center of the Oregon line and ran 25 yards before being downed. It was the most exciting play of the game."
The settlement of the football coaching problem comes after a long period of uncertainty on the part of the public and of discussion on the part of those intimately connected with the University football problems. The announcement of the resignation of the Graduate Football Advisory Committee on February 9 indicated to the outside world that this committee and the one of the regulation of athletics had reached an impasse On March 1, W. J. Bingham '16 was appointed Director of Harvard Athletics, a new position created so that the supervision of all athletics might be placed under one head.
Shortly after this appointment the Committee on the Regulation of Athletics met with Mr. Bingham. It was at this meeting, held a week ago, that Horween was chosen coach. Certain details, however, had to be arranged before the Committee could take official action. This official vote was taken by Mr. Bingham last night over the telephone. Mr. Bingham gave no statements except the announcement of the new coach
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