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College football : history, spectacle, controversy

College football : history, spectacle, controversy

Author: John Sayle Watterson
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : John Hopkins paperback editionView all editions and formats
A century of college football is chronicled in this illustrated story of the sport that has created legends and stirred controversy from its earliest days, discussing the evolution of the game from an Americanized version of rugby into today's lucrative, high-pressure sport.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version of hardcover:
Watterson, John Sayle.
College football.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Sayle Watterson
ISBN: 080187114X 9780801871146
OCLC Number: 1124856228
Notes: Updated 2006 printing (with 478 pages) appears to have same ISBN as 2002 paperback edition (with 456 pages).
Description: xiv, 456 pages, 28 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Injuries --
The origins of big-time football, 1876 to 1894 --
The first football controversy, 1893 to 1897 --
Spreading scandal : football in the 1890s --
Football's longest season : the fall of 1905 --
Football in crisis, 1905 to 1906 --
The game in flux, 1906 to 1909 --
The invention of modern football, 1910 to 1917 --
Subsidies --
Playing and coaching for pay in the 1920s --
The growth of subsidized football, 1920 to 1929 --
Overcoming hard times : gridiron strategies in the 1930s --
Saints and sinners, 1941 to 1950 --
Crisis and reform, 1951 to 1952 --
De-emphasis or demise : gridiron decisions of the 1950s --
Half-truths and halting reforms --
The flight from disorder : big-time football in postwar America --
The professional paradigm, 1956 to 1974 --
The accidental reform : African Americans at predominantly White schools --
The revolt of the pigskin elect, 1975 to 1984 --
Sudden death at SMU [Southern Methodist University] : football scandals in the 1980s --
Epilogue: "The Great God Football." --
Appendixes: Casualties in college football --
Subsidies --
Attendance at college football games and the influence of television coverage. --
Notes --
Bibliographic essay --
Responsibility: John Sayle Watterson.
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Ultimately, however, Watterson concludes that the history of college football is one in which the rules of the game have changed, but those of human nature have not.  Read more...


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Watterson provides a broad overview of the rise, demise, and rise again of college football over the past century... His coverage of the facts-the scandals, the commissions, committees, and Read more...

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