On this day in 1892, the Banner newspapers advocated for the students who were "very desirous of entering into collegiate games of football."
Adapted from rugby, football was primarily a running game (the forward pass was not implemented until 1906, as a safety concession), and players wore little padding or other protection during the course of the game.
At the time, Georgia had club and fraternity teams that participated in a variety of sports, including a campus Field Day with races, but also such events as "greased pig chases." Sports had faculty advisors, similar to the way high school sports often operate today. There was a football team that had played two games in the winter of 1892, beating Mercer College 50-0 at what is now Herty Field on North Campus, and losing to Auburn 0-10 at Piedmont Park in Atlanta.
In 1893, the school had its first real football season with a five-game schedule that ran from November 4th to December 9th. Georgia went 2-2-1.
- Weekly Banner, Jul. 1892 - Dec. 1893 on Microfilm in the Heritage Collection.
- Athens Historic Newspaper Archive collection in the Digital Library of Georgia.
- The Ghosts of Herty Field: Early Days on a Southern Gridiron by John F. Stegeman in the Heritage collection.
- The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football by John J. Miller via PINES.
- Between the Hedges: 100 Years of Georgia Football by Loran Smith in the general collection.
- What It Means to Be a Bulldog by Tony Barnhart in the general collection.
- A Whole New Ball Game: An Interpretation of American Sports by Allan Guttmann in the general collection.
- A Very Different Age: Americans of the Progressive Era by Steven J. Diner in the general collection.
- Walter Camp biography on the Walter Camp Football Foundation website.
- History of Athletics at the University of Georgia page on the Georgia Athletic Association website.