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Ike's Cafe, a popular Maryville College gathering place today, occupies the old basketball court in Takahashi's Bartlett Hall.

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Ike's Cafe, a popular Maryville College gathering place today, occupies the old basketball court in Takahashi's Bartlett Hall.

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  • The first man to carry a football in East Tennessee may have been a young Japanese student named Kin Takahashi.
  • One writer remembered 'his lightning-like dashes around the ends, puzzling the opposing teams with this catlike agility.' Perhaps inevitably, Kin Takahashi became known in Tennessee as 'Kentucky Hossie.'
  • Maryville College's Bartlett Hall, under construction, was Takahashi's idea. In keeping with his example, student volunteers did much of the construction work.
  • Maryville College's Bartlett Hall, under construction, was Takahashi's idea. In keeping with his example, student volunteers did much of the construction work.
  • Ike's Cafe, a popular Maryville College gathering place today, occupies the old basketball court in Takahashi's Bartlett Hall.

Was Kin Takahashi the father of East Tennessee football?

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