College Football History, Spectacle, Controversy. Professor John Sayle Watterson.

College Football History, Spectacle, Controversy

The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000. First edition. Hardcover. First printing. Fine in fine dust jacket. Hardcover. xiv+456 pp. Illustrated. Important, comprehensive hundred-year history of college football in America. The author shows how the game evolved from a simple game played by college students into the lucrative semi-professional industry of the 21st century. He looks at the development of rules (a 0-0 tie resulted when, without the first-down rule, Yale retained the ball for an entire game), decribes the vicious brutality of kicks, punches and eye-gouging that almost caued the demise of the game, and tells of the 1910 rules change that led to the forward pass. The game exploded into popularity in the years between the World Wars and in the post War years became involved in the inevitable scandals involving recruitment and subsudies for student athletes. Fine / fine. Item #E24498
ISBN: 9780801864285

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