Finally, Suzzallo released a statement that concluded: “The chief function of the university is to train character. Dobie failed to perform his full share of this service on the football field.Therefore, we do not wish him to return next year” (, 56).
On November 11, 1889, Washington officially became the 42nd state of the United States.In a Seattle region that has transformed radically since 1889, the University of Washington's football team has been one of the few constants. Most notable have been the Pac-10 sanctions of 1993 that led to Don James's resignation, and series in 2008 detailing the turmoil surrounding the 2000 UW team that won the Rose Bowl.Washington has appeared in 14 Rose Bowls, which is second only to USC (University of Southern California) and Michigan. Formative Years 1889-1907 The Seattle of 1889 was not a shiny metropolis with Starbucks, white collar execs from Microsoft, and massive sports stadiums.The Territorial University therefore became the University of Washington.It was amid a backwoods setting that the University of Washington played its first-ever football game on Thanksgiving Day, 1889.