The team found themselves cast in not one but two movies while in Hollywood preparing for the Rose Bowl contest.
You won't believe what the players did with the money they made!
Coach William "Lonestar" Dietz remains one of the most winning coaches in Washington State history - and the only coach to post an undefeated record
The University of Washington had considered Washington State such a poor quality football opponent they refused to schedule any games with Washington State.
The book documents the unlikely rise of football at Washington State College, a school that at the time was struggling for its very existence as an emerging land-grant school.
It was amazing!
A MUST read for all Cougar fans, plus those with an interest in the early history of the state universities in Washington State and for the STRONG influence Native Americans had on the shaping of what we know as the modern look and feel of football.
The basis of the book is the untold story of the Washington State University football team of 1915 when William “Lone Star” Dietz, a Native American, was hired as the new coach. His innovative strategies and knowledge would help a group of undersized players to become giants on the football field, and soon Washington State would be a household name across America.
"Chance for Glory" is the kind of book from which great sports movies are made. It has everything in it that a true sports fan or just the lover of a good story desires, from a compelling plot to interesting characters, a blend of history, a lot of action, and a fair dose of humor. And it’s being released just in time to celebrate the one-hundred-year anniversary of the first Rose Bowl game played by Washington State College against Brown University in 1916.
More than just a story about football, Chance for Glory is an example of American history. Watkins gives readers glimpses of early Hollywood film making, the legacy of Indian Wars, and the impact of World War I.
“I have decided to put my fate in your hands,” said Washington State College football coach William “Lone Star” Dietz to his players, as they prepared to take on Brown University in the 1916 Rose Bowl after an astounding 1915 season. Dietz promised to return as coach if WSC won.
The team fought hard, using Dietz’s radical play-calling system, and defeated Brown on that rainy New Year’s Day, 14–0.