In 1899 the University of Chicago won its first Big Ten championship in football. The Maroons won again in 1905, 1907, 1908, 1913, 1922, and 1924, for a total of seven titles.
In 1939 University president Robert Maynard Hutchins famously got rid of varsity football. UChicago’s massive stadium—with space for more than 50,000 fans—was later demolished to make room for the Regenstein Library.
In 1969 football returned as a varsity sport, though not in Division I. UChicago is now part of the Division III Midwest Conference, playing against institutions such as Grinnell College, Knox College, and Washington University in St. Louis. This year’s team ended the season with a record of 6–3. Go Maroons!
“Never before has such a heterogeneous conglomeration of Hyde Park weirdos ever supported the same event.”—Chicago Maroon, October 14, 1969, on UChicago’s first home varsity football game in 30 years