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The Washington and Lee Generals football team represents Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The Generals compete at NCAA Division III level as members of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
The school's teams are known as "The Generals" and compete in NCAA Division III in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the Centennial Conference for wrestling. Washington and Lee has 11 men's teams (baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, and wrestling) and 10 women's teams (basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, riding, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field, and volleyball). Washington and Lee will be adding a women's golf team in 2012. Washington and Lee holds two NCAA National Championship titles. In 1988, the men's tennis team won the NCAA Division III National Championship title. In 2007, the women's tennis team claimed the NCAA Division III National Championship title. In 2006, 2010, and 2012, The Generals football team won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference championship.
Washington and Lee football dates back to 1873 with a one-game season, featuring a 4–2 win over the VMI Keydets. No player or coaching records are known from that game. UVA historians also remark on a game played between Virginia and Washington and Lee in 1871 with no records. The Generals would not have another intercollegiate team until 1890.
The first golden era of W&L football began in 1905. Between 1905 and 1917 the Generals reeled off 13 straight winning seasons. From 1912 to 1915, W&L went 32–3–1 and won the South Atlantic Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SAIAA) championship in 1914. The 1914 team, coached by Jogger Elcock, was the first team in school history to go undefeated (9–0). Members of that team include All-Southern lineman Ted Shultz and College Football Hall of Fame running back Harry Young. It secured a share of the title when it finished the season with a victory over North Carolina A & M. The school temporarily gave up football in 1954.
- ↑ "A History of Washington and Lee Athletics". http://www.generalssports.com/information/athletics_history/index. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
- ↑ Ratcliffe, Jerry (2008). University of Virginia Football Vault. Atlanta, Ga.: Whitman Publishing, LLC. p. 8. ISBN 978-0-7948-2647-5. http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/u4812190.
- ↑ "Year by Year Results". http://www.generalssports.com/sports/fball/info/allyears/index. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
- ↑ "Washington and Lee". The Washington Post: p. 39. November 26, 1905. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/3106551/the_washington_post/. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
- ↑ "Washington & Lee Generals football media guide". 2014. http://www.generalssports.com/sports/fball/2014-15/files/2014_Media_Guide.pdf. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
- ↑ "The Indianapolis Football Game". Indiana University Alumni Quarterly 2: 322. 1915. https://books.google.com/books?id=NYkmAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA322.
- ↑ "Washington and Lee Gives Up Football". Toledo Blade. July 24, 1954. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1350&dat=19540724&id=2HVhAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ngAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1905,276799&hl=en.