Chance For Glory

 The Innovation and Triumph of the 1916 WSU Rose Bowl Team 

Chance for glory

The beginnings of a champion

 In 1915, American football was still in  its infancy. The first Rose Bowl was just in its planning stages. East  Coast teams were becoming household names, but what chance did a West  Coast team with a losing streak have in achieving any fame or notoriety? 

William "Lonestar" Dietz

 Everything changed in the fall of 1915  when William “Lone Star” Dietz, half Native American, was hired to coach  Washington State College’s football team. His experience and knowledge  would help a group of undersized players to become giants on the  football field, and soon the team would become household names across  America. 

A Journey Into History

 Much more than just a football story,  Chance for Glory is a microcosm of American history. Author Darin  Watkins places the 1915 WSC team and the first Rose Bowl in the context  of two Washington schools trying to compete academically for their very  existence. We get glimpses into early Hollywood movie making, we meet  people with their roots in a legacy of Indian Wars from just a few  decades earlier, and we hear in the distance the guns on the European  battlefields of World War I. 

Chance for Glory

One of the greatest football stories ever told

 Intrigue, romance, courage, determination,  strategy, and serendipity all meet in these pages to catapult the story  of the winning Cougars into becoming one of the greatest football  stories of all time. Relive the moments as the players go from being farmhands and the sons of laborers to national champions.

WSU's Keith Jackson - A broadcast legand

"The Rose Bowl has become a masterpiece of our society - and Washington State was there from the very beginning."

                                             Keith Jackson

                                              (WSU '54) 

                                              ABC Sportcaster

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