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This Day in Georgia History

September 15, 1895

Pop Warner UGA Coach

To view an image of Pop Warner, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Glenn “Pop” Warner arrived in Athens, Georgia, as the University of Georgia’s new head football coach. Warner came to Georgia at a salary of $340 for ten weeks. As Warner recounted later, he arrived homesick and discouraged to find that Georgia had no athletic facilities. The only place for playing football or any other sport was a bare field behind New College where rocks stuck out of the red clay. The University of Georgia’s entire student body in 1895 consisted of just 248 students, and only 13 of those showed up to play football. As a result,Warner’s first team - the 1895 squad - had 3 wins against 4 loses. Warner was rehired for the 1896 season at a salary of $40 per week. The 1896 squad - Warner’s last Georgia team - went 4-0, giving the University of Georgia its first undefeated season.