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Mr. Fielding H. Yost

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  • law degree
    University of West Virginia
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AFCA Code of Ethics Summary, 5 Oct 2011 [cached]
They included the AFCA's founder, Major Charles Daly of the U.S. Military Academy; John Heisman of the University of Pennsylvania; Amos Alonzo Stagg of the University of Chicago; Fielding Yost of the University of Michigan; and J.W. Wilce of Ohio State University, who wrote the original AFCA Constitution.
In 1927, Yost prefaced his Ethics Committee report with remarks that included these excerpts: "Everyone of us here likes to think of the immense values that come to us from intercollegiate athletics and especially football. In my judgment, this hinges entirely on the fact of whether you have real good sportsmanship and fine efforts. The object of all intercollegiate competition should be the result in college friendliness and confidence and goodwill. That never can be developed unless we have good sportsmanship and good ethics..."
Included in his report were 10 'ethical standards,' "only a few of the more important factors that should be a part of every coach's ethical code," according to Yost.
1927: Fielding H. Yost, Michigan
1928: Fielding H. Yost, Michigan
Michigan Wildlife Conservancy [cached]
Then in 1943, according to Massie, "Fielding Yost was named head football coach at the University of Michigan and soon launched the golden era of the gridiron for Ann Arbor… but he was no naturalist or historian.
NAIC Online - NAIC Stock Selection Guide, 1 Oct 2001 [cached]
Some of the philosophy behind the development of the Guide came from Fielding Yost, Mr. Nicholson's football coach at the University of Michigan.Mr. Yost was a proponent of "a strong defense and a long-scoring play."
IHSA - Illinois H.S.toric: A Century of Intersectional Football Contests, 7 Dec 2007 [cached]
In 1901, the University of Michigan hired a new coach for its football team, Fielding Yost. He was a West Virginia native who had just come off three years of extraordinary success coaching a variety of high school and college teams in the Midwest and Far West. Yost introduced a new speedy game to the institution spearheaded by his captain and quarterback, Harrison "Boss" Weeks and an extremely fast halfback, Willie Heston.
By the end of the 1902 season, Yost had yet to have an opportunity to show what his Michigan team could do against the Eastern powers. In 1901 he had a contest with one Eastern team, Buffalo, but the opponent was so unskilled and so unrepresentative that Michigan walloped them 128 to 0. During the 1902 season, Michigan had outscored its opponents 644 to 12 in garnering 11 wins with 0 losses. Aside from games with Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Chicago, the remaining opponents were cupcakes. Not one Eastern team was on his schedule. Fielding was itching to show the superiority of his style of football to that of the East, which he considered slow and cumbersome.
The Friday prior to game day, Fielding Yost came in from Michigan to work with Stagg and the Hyde Park team. Yost's contribution was mainly strategy talk, but he did give a few pointers to Tom Hammond on placekicking. Yost expressed appreciation for Hyde Park's fast style, noting that it resembled Michigan's.
Yost was quoted as saying, "The game makes the Eastern methods look bad. The Chicago American had Yost write a commentary on the game for the next day's edition. Said Yost awkwardly (he was probably being quoted by a reporter who did the actual piece), "If as a scholastic team they reflected the collegiate football of that section as high school teams usually reflect the college football about them, that Eastern football didn't seem to be in it with the West. He also said that, "Brooklyn was most frightfully slow."
Coach Yost was naturally asked if Hyde Park reminded him of his Michigan game, and he enthusiastically agreed, automatically thinking "Michigan's ball" whenever Hyde Park recovered a fumble. Coach Stagg made the point that in regard to the college game that since the last meeting of the East and West the Western game had "improved so much" that a "match with the Eastern champions versus the Western champions might open the eyes of the East. The Chicago Chronicle reporter during the massacre had looked up in the stands at Yost getting animated over the Hyde Park feats and mused, "He wondered no doubt just how a game between Yale and Michigan would have resulted."
Unlike the in the previous year, this Cook County representative did not attract Stagg or Yost in its preparation. Both Stagg and Yost were still in the midst of their season and were busy coaching their respective teams for their key match-up on Thanksgiving Day.
After Michigan beat Chicago on Thanksgiving Day 28 to 0, capping an 11-0-1 season in which they outscored opponents 565 to 6, Yost was reported anxious to prove Michigan's mettle against the East by announcing it plans to play an eastern opponent the following year.
Fielding H. Yost, the ..., 20 Aug 2003 [cached]
Fielding H. Yost, the architect of Michigan Football | Yost, Fielding | May 12, 2001 - Feature of the Week: Fielding H. Yost | May 12, 2001 - Feature of the Week: Fielding Yost
Fielding H. Yost, the architect of Michigan Football | Yost, Fielding | May 12, 2001 - Feature of the Week: Fielding H. Yost | May 12, 2001 - Feature of the Week: Fielding Yost
Beginning with his inaugural club of 1901, Yost led the Michigan football program on an unprecedented victory run over a five year period.Known as the "Point-a-Minute" teams, those Yost led squads played 56 consecutive games without a loss fro1901-1905, which remains the longest winning streaks in school history In those five season the Wolverines outscored their opponents 2,821 to 42 an average Michigan victory of 50-1.In his first season, 1901, Yost led the Wolverines to a perfect 10-0 record, a Big Ten Championship, a 49-0 victory over Stanford in the First Rose Bowl game and the school's firt national championship.The Wolverines went on to win the national title again in 1902, 1903, and 1904.Under Yost, the maize and blue won ten Big Ten championships and 20 of his players earned All-American recognition.
Along with his accomplishments as the head football coach, Yost served as Michigan's Director of Athletics from 1921-41.For his leadership of the athletic department, Yost is viewed by many as the consummate pioneer and visionary of the field.As athletic director, Yost continued Michigan's tradition of accepting only the highest personal, academic, and athletic standards, while spreading that ideal to the facilities which support Michigan's athletic pursuits.Yost conceived and engineered today's modem athletic campus in Ann Arbor.Among the projects constructed under Yost's direction were Michigan Stadium, the university's 18-hole golf course, the nation's first Intramural Sports Building and the nation's first multi-purpose field house-now known as Yost Ice Arena.
Yost received a law degree from the University of West Virginia, yet also attended school at Ohio Northern University and Lafayette.He began his coaching career at Ohio Wesleyan University and led them to the school's only victory over Ohio State.After leaving Ohio Wesleyan, Yost held brief coaching stints at the University of Kansas and the University of Nebraska.In 1900, he continued his move to the west coast and took the over as the head coach at Stanford University, where he remained for a year before Stanford enacted a rule allowing only graduates to coach its football teams.
Arguably no one has left a larger mark on University of Michigan Athletics than Fielding Yost.Long time football coach (165-29-10) and athletic director his career was marked with great achievements both on and off the field.From 1901-05 Yost's football teams were undefeated in 56 straight games.During those five seasons Michigan outscored its opponents 2,821 to 42 leading these teams to be referred to as "Point-a-minute" squads.Yost won Michigan's first football National Championship and as athletic director oversaw the construction of Michigan Stadium, the University golf course, the nation's first intramural building, and the field house which now bears his name (Yost Arena).
Detroit News article on Fielding H. Yost from October 20, 1996
Michigan Daily article on Fielding H. Yost from March 26, 1999
Detroit Free Press article on Fielding H. Yost from October 21, 1999
Report submitted by Fielding Yost to Athletics Director on May 31, 1924
Yost asked to be buried at the highest point in Ann Arbor, and his grave lies in Forest Hill Cemetery next to campus.On his tombstone there is a quote from Yost, who was born in West Virginia but was never happier than when he was in Ann Arbor:
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