THE GEM OF THE MOUNTAINS-1927
was indeed fortunate last spring in '-"' VJ securing for the position of head foot ball coach Charles Freeman Erb, who was quarterback of the three first and greatest of Andy Smith's "California Wonder Teams." Coach Erb, already known on the campus as "Charlie," is not only highly respected by the men training under him, but also admired by the student body. Coming from the University of Nevada, where his teams have met with great success, "Charlie" made his debw at Idaho as a coast conference coach last fall under several handicaps. Erb was not named as coach until after spring practice. Thus he lost the advantage of looking over his men two or three weeks in the spring. and grounding them in his particular idea of fundamentals. He had to start on September 15 at the beginning, while all the other mentors were taking up where spring practice had left off. Faced with a tough road schedule and a dearth of experienced lettermen Erb set to work; before long he was able to present his opponents with a wonderfully well coached fighting machine, whose power, aggressiveness and high spirit astonished the football critics all along the coast. With these handicaps overcome, great things are expected in Idaho foot ball next year.
1927 Gem of the Mountains, Volume 25 - University of Idaho Yearbook