Ian Curtis

Ian Curtis is a Sports Columnist at Grit Daily. A sports and history buff, he has a penchant for memorizing useless trivia. He is based out of College Station, Texas.

A Look at Temple’s New 1935 Sugar Bowl Throwbacks

It’s the fall of 1934. The US was in the midst of the Great Depression. Dizzy Dean had just led the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series victory. And the Temple Owls were undefeated with a 7-0-2 record. Coached by Pop Warner, the Owls were a force to be reckoned with. That year, they would earn the honor of playing in the first ever Sugar Bowl against Tulane on New Years Day, 1935. This year, Temple is seeking to commemorate that game with a brand new throwback uniform. The new set...

A Closer Look at Mississippi State’s New Tech-Inspired Uniforms

While many schools have unveiled alternate uniforms for this season, the Bulldogs certainly have one of the more unique designs. Inspired by the T.K. Martin Center for Technology and Disability, the uniform is one of the seven Adidas “Selfless” kits that intend to showcase the positive impact that schools are having on their community. With the research in assistive technology that the T.K. Martin Center has done for the disabled all over Mississippi, they certainly fit the bill. A...

The Sgt. York Trophy: The New Four-Way FCS Rivalry

College football is full of countless rivalries and trophy games–and it isn’t always just between two schools. The Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, the Beehive Boot, and the Florida Cup are all contested by three different schools. But there is another lesser known trophy series, one of only a few between four different programs. This is the story of the Sgt. York Trophy. Trophy History The award is contested by four Tennessee schools from the Ohio Valley Conference: the Austin...

Rice vs. Texas: a Game, a Speech, and a Lost Football Rivalry

The Texas Longhorns and the Rice Owls. One is one of the most prestigious programs in college football history, while the other is a C-USA bottom feeder. Most fans wouldn’t speak of them in the same breath. Yet these two teams share quite a bit of history, and are forever linked by one presidential quote. Forgotten Rivals Rice University first clashed with the Longhorns in 1914. In a game that wouldn’t look too out of place today, Texas played host to the Owls and crushed them...

The Dynasty from Dakota: NDSU and how they Became King of the FCS

Bison? Really? The North Dakota State Bison have built an unprecedented football dynasty this decade. They’ve earned seven national championships in eight years, eight conference titles, and even a number two overall pick in the NFL draft, all since 2011. Here’s how the Bison became one of the greatest football stories of all time, and what happens next. In the Beginning NDSU was originally known as North Dakota Agricultural College, and fielded their first football team in 1894....

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