H. W. "Bill" Hargiss
Letter from OSU
Oregon Stater article
Pro football hall of fame
1918 OSU team
AP article
Hargiss declaration
Foster affidavit
Brougham letter

Letter from Royal BroughamRoyal Brougham of Seattle Post-Intelligencer letter as witness to Bill Hargiss' use of huddle in 1918

April 1, 1971

Dear Mrs. Oberheide-

I am happy to answer your letter about your father and the huddle.

As far as I am concerned Coach Hargiss was the fertile brain who contributed this important maneuver to football.

I remember how puzzled the writers were when the Oregon A. C. team lined up in a group five or ten yards behind the line like they were holding a prayer meeting or something. The year was 1918 and the game was held at the Washington stadium.

Your father certainly changed the entire aspect of signal-calling.

His name should go down as a real innovator.

Please give him my best regards, from one old timer to another.

With best regards,


Royal Brougham
Associated editor
Seattle Washington