I'm currently taking a Leadership in Sport class, and we're writing reports on -- try not to guess it -- leaders in sport. The leader I chose to do was the Old Man, Fielding Yost. You probably all know that professors won't allow you to cite your brain in research papers, so I did a quick google search to find some sources for my facts. One of the pages that came up was Yost's profile on the Nebraska athletic site.
As some of you may know, Yost made quite a few stops before landing at Michigan in 1901. His second stop was Nebraska in 1898 where he led the Bugeaters (yes, that was their nickname then) to an 8-3 record. This marked the first time a Nebraska team had ever won eight games. Yost later was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
The bio goes on to detail Yost's coaching career at Michigan, giving praise to his teams and success. However, they choose a peculiar way to describe his six national titles:
He guided Michigan to four consecutive mythical national championships as head football coach in his first four years in Ann Arbor from 1901 to 1904. Overall, he coached the Wolverines for 25 seasons from 1901 to 1923 and again in 1925 and 1926. He led Michigan to eight undefeated seasons, and they claimed six mythical national titles during his tenure.
Now I know that Yost's national championships weren't won in "the modern era" of football, but I don't think that deserves the distinction of being "mythical," especially for someone inducted into your own hall of fame. Naturally, the bios for Devaney and Osborne simply state they had won national titles.
EDIT: The term "mythical national championship" definitely has grounds for being labeled as such, with many supporting facts listed below. Perhaps instead of "snubbing" Coach Yost, NU is more "flattering" their other coaches by not adding the same distinction to their accomplishments.