The Untold Story of the 1916 WSU national Champions

The men of the Washington State 1915-16 Football Team

 Chance to Glory is the untold story of the  Washington State University football team of 1915. How a group of  undersized players followed an innovative coach to a Northwest college  football championship and a trip to the first national championship  Tournament of Roses game in Pasadena.

More than just a football  story, this book chronicles the battle of a fledgling college in a fight  for its very existence facing a determined challenge from the  University of Washington.

Follow this story from its deep roots  in East coast football with the Cinderella team from the Carlisle Indian  School and learn how one game would influence Washington State football  for years to come.

Learn about the coach William “Lonestar”  Dietz, who’s imaginative style steeped in the traditions of his mentor  Glenn “Pop” Warner, led his team to greatness.

There is even a love story involving two unlikely students who forged a bond that would endure.

With names like Bohler, Clark and Bryan, Chance to Glory is a ‘must—read’ for any Coug fan, with a story that’s richly textured in the traditions of Washington State University. 

No team had ever won the Rose Bowl without being named National Champions. 

What people are saying about Chance for Glory

This  book reminds us champions are found within ourselves. Cougs everywhere  can stand proud knowing the first Rose Bowl Championship was our  championship. 

                              Bill Moos
                              Former  WSU Athletic Director

Watkins  does a really fabulous job making the games and various plays come to  life. I'm not even a football fan but I'm cheering on WSU!


                               Tyler T. 

 I can't wait for the movie...

                               Kelly F.

It is especially important for us to remember and honor the past. For Washington State Cougars, it is a part of our history that goes beyond names on buildings; it defines the game we lay today

                                Bob Robertson

                                WSU Voice of the Cougars

About the Author


Darin Watkins is a 1984  WSU graduate and lifelong Coug fan. Darin worked as a television news  reporter for 25 years in Washington with his last nine years at Seattle  television station KING-TV, and can still be found filling-in at KHQ-TV and KXLY-TV in Spokane.

Among  his favorite stories were covering Apple Cup games, traveling to both  Rose Bowls and following Mike Price to Alabama for his first day on the  job. 

He previously served as the spokesperson for WSU under President Elson S. Floyd.

He  lives in Spokane with son Garrick, and goes back to Pullman often  where his daughter Delaney is now a second-generation Coug!