MICHIGAN FOOTBALL COACH ASKS PLAYERS TO 'DO A MAN'S PART' FOR THEIR COUNTRY
Ann Arbor, Michigan (JFK+50) One hundred years ago this evening, April 21, 1917, Michigan University's head football coach, Fielding H. Yost*, gave a speech here in Ann Arbor announcing practice would be discontinued and calling upon his players to "do a man's part in the defense of their country."
Expressing sentiments along the same lines as President John F. Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country," Coach Yost said...
"There has been entirely too much preaching about what the country owes us. Little has been said of what each of us owes the country. You expect a free man's rights, you should do a man's part."
*Fielding Hams Yost (1871-1946) was born in Fairview, West Virginia. He attended Ohio Northern School (Ohio Northern University) for 3 years & earned his law degree at the University of West Virginia where he played football.
FHY began his coaching career at Ohio Wesleyan in 1897 where his team won the conference championship. He later coached at Nebraska, Kansas & Stanford before being hired at Michigan. Coach Yost led the Wolverines to national championships in 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1918 & 1923. His career coaching record is 198-35-12.
Coach Yost served as Director of Athletics at UM 1921-1941. He was admitted to the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951.
"F. H. Yost," University of Michigan Football Coaches, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, www.bentley.umich.edu/
"STOPS FOOTBALL, YOST TELLS BOYS 'DO MAN'S WORK'," The Chicago Daily Tribune, April 22, 1917, www.archives.chicagotribune.com/