Invention of the Huddle -- G. Herbert McCracken
G. Herbert McCracken coached Lafayette's football program for 12 seasons (1924-35) and guided the Leopards to the 1926 National Championship with a perfect 9-0 record. His place in football history will forever be known as the inventor of the huddle.
As documented in The New York Times, Coach McCracken devised the first huddle system in 1924 after discovering that the Penn football team had been scouting and decoding Lafayette's hand signals. Lafayette became the first team to huddle before each offensive play and this practice was immediately adopted by other teams across the nation.
Lafayette College is home to an incredibly storied and tradition-rich 23-sport intercollegiate athletics program. In addition to boasting four national championships and 64 Patriot League regular season and tournament championships, the Leopards have shaped the game of college football with the invention of the helmet, the invention of the huddle and the game's most played rivalry.
The Leopards' success extends well beyond the competitive venues, annually ranking among the nation's leaders in student-athlete graduation success rate and individual scholar-athlete honors.