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Ebin "Tug" Wilson
Ebin Wilson cropped from 1901 Michigan team photograph
College University of Michigan
Sport College football
Born c. 1870
Died December 18, 1948
Career highlights
Overall 20-14-2 (0.58333)
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career
1899-1901 Michigan
Position Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Ebin Wilson in 1899

Ebin "Tug" Wilson (c. 1870 - December 18, 1948) was an American football player and coach. He was a starter on the 1901 Michigan Wolverines football team that outscored its opponents 550-0 and later coached football at Wabash College and Alma College.


Wilson grew up in Merrill, Michigan, and began his college football career playing for the State Normal College (now known as Eastern Michigan University) at Ypsilanti, Michigan. During his senior year in 1898, Wilson was captain of Normal's football team.[1]

After graduating from the State Normal school, Wilson enrolled at the University of Michigan as a law student. He played for the University of Michigan football team as a reserve in 1899 and as the starting center in 1900. He was the starting right guard on the 1901 Michigan Wolverines football team that won the national championship and outscored its opponents by a combined score of 550 to 0. After the 1901 season, the Michigan Daily-News wrote of Wilson: "He has a great many qualities which combine to make a good guard, but there is one that stands out above all the rest and that is -- strength."[1] He was also the University of Michigan's champion heavyweight wrestler and an expert boxer.[1] At the end of the 1901 season, Wilson was selected as an All-Western player by Rhinehart.[1]

After playing in the 1902 Rose Bowl and graduating from Michigan, Wilson became the 15th head football coach for the Wabash College Little Giants located in Crawfordsville, Indiana. When the hiring of Wilson was announced, the college newspaper at Wabash reported:

"Wabash college students believe that they have this year a coach who will do more toward strengthening the team and promoting interests of football in general than has been done in many years in the past. Coach Wilson is the man in whom we place this confidence. Through many years of experience on college elevens, he has certainly gained no mean knowledge of the find points of the game and what is more he has the ability of imparting this knowledge to the players. He states that in drilling the team he expects to follow closely the tactics which he learned in Michigan under Coach Yost, and, in addition, to teach some new plays of his own invention which he is sure are winners."[2]

After Wilson took over as coach in the fall of 1902, the Wabash team compiled a 2-4-2 record in the 1902 college football season. However, in 1903, Wilson turned the Wabash program around and led the team to a record of 9-3, including shutout victories over Indiana University (5-0), Butler (46-0), Hanover (51-0), and DePauw (10-0), and an 87-5 win over Franklin. The 1903 Wabash team outscored its opponents by a combined score of 274 to 74.[3] and he held that position for two seasons, from 1902 until 1903. In the final game of the 1903 season, Wabash was beaten by Notre Dame 34-0.[3] His career coaching record at Wabash was 11 wins, 7 losses, and 2 ties. This ranks him 13th at Wabash in total wins and 12th at Wabash in winning percentage (0.600). [4]

Wilson became the football coach at Alma College in 1904. In addition to coaching football, Wilson was the school's physical director and instructor of physical training for men.[5][6]

Wilson died in 1948 at Saginaw, Michigan; he was 78 years old at the time of his death.[7][8][9]


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