Multiple Teams · Iconic two-tone pants still suit Wildcats’ style

Even with seven decades having gone by, it may be more amazing now than ever that the doodling on a drug-store napkin would still hold up as one of the most iconic designs in Texas high school football and a rallying point for the Temple Wildcats faithful.

The story of the origin of Temple’s blue-front, white-back pants has been told, and many veteran followers of Wildcats football know it well.

But as time marches on, the origins of a famed tradition become fuzzy while the tradition itself takes on a life of its own. So it never hurts to remind each generation how a symbolic treasure that has motivated generations of up-and-coming Wildcats football players came to be.

No one knows the story or can tell it better than the man who was there when the unique idea of two-tone pants was birthed. Marcine Cottle, who turned 94 last month, was the first person to see the sketch made by coach Ted Dawson.

“Ted was a great guy,” said Cottle, the patriarch of all former Temple coaches, and coached with Dawson. “He loved the kids and the kids loved him.”

Click here to read the entire article in the Temple Daily Telegram by Tim Waits.