What Yale and Princeton are to the Atlantic states, Stanford and California are to the Pacific slope. The sectional isolation of these two large universities has bound them close together in athletic ties and the annual game between the two elevens representing these institutions is the athletic event of the year west of the Rockies.
Stanford has been coached largely by graduates of the Yale school of play. while California has received her instruction in football very largely from Princeton men. Very naturally, such coaches as Walter Camp. "Pop" Bliss, Harry Cross, Chamberlain and others have developed a distinctively Yale style at Stanford, while "King" Kelly and Cochran of Princeton have promulgated the Nassau doctrine on the gridiron of California. Yost and Brooke have also coached at Stanford, while such well known stars in their day as Heffelfinger, Gill, Butterworth and Brown have coached California teams.
Athletic relations on the gridiron have been maintained between Stanford and California ever since 1891, and games have also been played between the Pacific coast teams and elevens from institutions farther east who have made a post-season tour to the Pacific slope. In all of these games the Californians from both institutions have shown their ability to play the game well.
Football in the south, like football in the west, was taken direct from the game as it originated in the eastern colleges. As early as 1888 a number of schools in the south had football teams, and there has been a general increase of interest in the game until now it is universally recognized in colleges, high schools and preparatory schools south of the Mason and Dixon line. Public interest has been excited in the game until now the south, in all her festivity, gathers around the gridiron to witness the contest between two well known colleges. And as the colleges grow older and as their crowds grow more numerous the time will come when football games will draw as large attendance as is being drawn in similar cities in the north and east.
After the entrance of the game into the southern colleges, the schools depended, like the schools of the west, upon eastern men for coaches. At present a great many of the schools have engaged coaches who have played during their course upon the teams of the well known western institutions. The game as it is now played in the east has markedly different characteristics from the game as it is played in the west. There is more so-called open play in the west, less of compact formations and of the slow pull-together game. Another characteristic of the western game, as distinguished from the eastern, consists of faster consecutive execution of the plays. Therefore much interest is evidenced in the south when teams representing the eastern and western systems meet in contest.
It was thought by many that football would not be popular in the south, the warmth of the climate being assigned as the cause. This has not proved to be true.