|Photo of Rollins College football team in 1923.|
Taken from the Tomokan, 1924, p.58.
Unlike the University of Florida's trip in 1912, Rollins College's trip did not end in controversy and despite playing a Cuban police squad, no one was arrested.
In December of 1923, the Rollins College "Tars" traveled to Cuba to play three football games against the Cuban National Police, the University of Havana, and the Cuban Athletic Club (CAC). The Rollins basketball team, consisting of mostly football players, also played two games against University of Havana's team.
|Taken from the Tomokan, 1924, p.63.|
|Headline from Havana Post, Dec. 24, 1923, p.3.|
|Headline from Havana Post, Dec. 26, 1923, p.2.|
Rollins faced its stiffest competition against the CAC. In front of a crowd numbered somewhere between 10 and 12 thousand, the Tars countered the Tigres's rough defensive attack by employing line and backfield shifts made popular by the Amos Alonzo Stagg's University of Chicago teams and perfected by Knute Rockne's Notre Dame squads. Rollins also used an early form of the spread formation and threw the ball more effectively than any team the CAC had faced.
|Headline from Havana Post, Dec. 31, 1923, p.3.|
The University of Havana exacted a measure of revenge for the football losses by defeated the Rollins basketball team in two games on December 24 and 26.
The Rollins traveling party departed Havana on New Year's Day 1924. While this was not the first trip by a Rollins football team to Cuba (first in 1908), this trip began a fairly regular series between Rollins football teams and Cuban teams during the 1920s and the 1930s.