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bentley historical library
Saw this on the Twitters and it is pretty damn cool. As part of their ongoing series on the 150th Anniversary of Michigan athletics, Bentley today posted a PDF of Yost's first contracts with Michigan from 1901, in addition to some background info on the deals.
Yost agreed to coach the team for a salary of $2,300.00 [edit: salary went up to $2,750 for the 1902-04 seasons] (Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator only goes back to 1913, but conversion to that year would be a little over $55,000 today. A pittance compared to coaches salaries at even the worst FBS schools today, but not a bad haul for Yost considering this is at the very dawn of big time college athletics and the contract called for the school to pay for his living and travel expenses).
At two pages, the contract is juuuuusssst a few thousands of words shorter than the contract with our current head coach and has no provisions for camps, media appearances, assistant salaries, or use of private aircraft. Although since Yost's deals were signed two years before the Wright brothers' flight at Kitty Hawk, the latter provision would not have been of much use.
For any students of Michigan football history and college football history in general, I highly recommend checking out this artifact:
Mike Murphy, Michigan's first head coach
Got word from The Bentley Library today that they'll be offering extended hours on November 8 (Friday before the Nebraska game), staying open from 5pm to 8 pm. Greg Kinney and Brian Williams will be giving a presentation on some of Michigan's football firsts showing some of the unique photos and documents available at the Bentley.
They'll also offer extending viewing hours for the "Harmon of Michigan" exhibit and at least one showing of the 1965 TV program "One Saturday Afternoon" celebrating the 25th anniversary of Harmon's extraordinary 1940 season featuring game footage and interviews with Harmon, Crisler and Forest Evashevski. They'll also show Yost's 1st contract, the original team #1 photo and other gems to highlight some unique aspects of Michigan's football history.