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Books Available at the Marriott Library
Bowls, Polls, and Tattered Souls by
Publication Date: 2008
"Stewart Mandel writes about college football's major controversies with a wit and depth of knowledge that will impress even the most obsessed fans. And because he's both fair and objective, there is something in this book to infuriate nearly everyone."
----Warren St. John, author of the bestselling Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Road Trip into the Heart of Fan Mania
Breaking the Line by
Call Number: GV950 .F74 2013
Publication Date: 2013-08-13
In September 1967, after three years of landmark civil rights laws and three months of devastating urban riots, the football season began at Louisiana's Grambling College and Florida A&M. The teams were led by two extraordinary coaches, Eddie Robinson and Jake Gaither, and they featured the best quarterbacks ever at each school, James Harris and Ken Riley.... Together they helped compel the segregated colleges of the South to integrate their teams and redefined who could play quarterback in the NFL, who could be a head coach, and who could run a franchise as general manager.... He captures a pivotal time in American sport and society, filling a missing and crucial chapter in the movement for civil rights.
College Football and American Culture in the Cold War Era by
Publication Date: 2009
"In this book, Kurt Kemper charts the steadily increasing investment of American national ideals in the presentation and interpretation of college football, beginning with a survey of the college game during World War II. From the Army-Navy game immediately before Pearl Harbor, through the gradual expansion of bowl games and television coverage, to the public debates over racially integrated teams, college football became ever more a playing field for competing national ideals. Americans utilized football as a cultural mechanism to magnify American distinctiveness in the face of Soviet gains, and they positioned the game as a cultural force that embodied toughness, discipline, self-deprivation, and other values deemed crucial to confront the Soviet challenge."
College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy by
Call Number: GV950. W28
Publication Date: 2000
"In March  Stanford and California had played the first college football game on the Pacific Coast in San Francisco... The pregame activities included a noisy parade down streets bedecked with school colors. Tickets sold so fast that the Stanford student manager, future president Herbert Hoover, and his California counterpart, could not keep count of the gold and silver coins. When they finally totaled up the proceeds, they found that the revenues amounted to $30,000--a fair haul for a game that had to be temporarily postponed because no one had thought to bring a ball!"--from College Football: History, Spectacle, Controversy, Chapter Three
Football U.: Spectator Sports in the Life of the American University by
Call Number: GV959.5 T66
Publication Date: 2003
"The Big Ten . . . the SEC . . . the Final Four . . . sometimes it seems that American higher education is more about sports than studies. Not so, says this well-researched, evenhanded study of athletics in university life. Sports--particularly football--play a key role in defining institutions that might otherwise be indistinguishable and are an indispensable tool in building a sense of community on campus, as well as an important factor in mustering alumni and political support.
While abuses exist, the "football school" is not only a legitimate member of the academic community but an inevitable one as well--and football provides much-needed identity at every level from the local to the national scale...."
Football: The Ivy League Origins of American Obsession by
Call Number: GV958.5 I9 B47
Publication Date: 2001
"...Most are unaware that this most popular American sport was created by the teams that now make up the Ivy League. From the day Princeton played the first intercollegiate game in 1869, these major schools of the northeast—Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale—shaped football as we now know it. Almost every facet of the game still bears their imprint: they created the All-America team, produced the first coaches, devised the basic rules, invented many of the strategies, developed much of the equipment, and even named the positions. Both the Heisman and Outland trophies are named for Ivy League players.
Crowds of 80,000 no longer attend Ivy League games as they did seventy years ago,... they can still be a step ahead of the rest of football, as in 1973 when Brown and Penn started the first black quarterbacks to face each other in major college history.
In this rich history, Bernstein shows that much of the culture that surrounds American football, both good and bad, has its roots in the Ivy League. The college fight song is an Ivy League creation (Yale's was written by Cole Porter), as are the marching bands that play them. With their long winning streaks and impressive victories, Ivy teams started a national obsession with football in the first decades of the twentieth century that remains alive today. But football was almost abolished early on because of violence in Ivy games, and it took President Theodore Roosevelt to mediate disagreements about rough play in order for football to remain a college sport. Gambling and ticket scalping were as commonplace then as now, as well as payoffs and recruiting abuses, fueled by the tremendous amount of money generated by the games, revenue that was oftentimes greater than that collected by the rest of the university. But the Ivy teams confronted those abuses, and in so doing helped develop our ideals about the role of athletics in college life...."
Fourth and Long by
Call Number: GV950 .B33 2013
Publication Date: 2013
"Why we love the game, what is at risk, and the fight to save it. In search of the sport's old ideals amid the roaring flood of hypocrisy and greed, bestselling author John U. Bacon embedded himself in four programs--Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Northwestern--and captured college football's oldest, biggest, most storied league, the Big Ten, at its tipping point. He sat in as coaches dissected game film, he ate dinner at training tables, and he listened in locker rooms. He talked with tailgating fans and college presidents, and he spent months in the company of the gifted young athletes who play the game. None of Bacon's discoveries is more poignant than this: the last, true defenders of the student-athlete ideal are the players themselves, who, even as money changes everything around them, are left to carry the future of the league, the game, and more than a century of tradition on their backs every fall Saturday. "Fourth and Long" reveals intimate scenes behind closed doors, from a team's angry face-off with their athletic director to a defensive lineman acing his master's exams in theoretical math. It captures the private moment when coach Urban Meyer earned the devotion of Ohio State's Buckeyes on their way to a perfect season. It shows Michigan's athletic department endangering the very traditions that distinguish the college game from all others. And it recreates the euphoria of the Northwestern Wildcats winning their first bowl game in decades, even as they do honor to the student-athlete ideal. Most unforgettably, "Fourth and Long" finds what the national media missed in the ugly aftermath of Penn State's tragic scandal: the unheralded story of players who joined forces with Coach Bill O'Brien to save the university's treasured program--and with it, a piece of the game's soul. This is the work of a writer in love with an old game--a game he sees at the precipice. Bacon's deep knowledge of sports history and his sensitivity to the tribal subcultures of the college game power this elegy to a beloved and endangered American institution."
King Football by
Call Number: GV 950. O73
Publication Date: 2001-11-26
"This landmark work explores the vibrant world of football from the 1920s through the 1950s, a period in which the game became deeply embedded in American life. Though millions experienced the thrills of college and professional football firsthand during these years, many more encountered the game through their daily newspapers or the weeklySaturday Evening Post
, on radio broadcasts, and in the newsreels and feature films shown at their local movie theaters. Asking what football meant to these millions who followed it either casually or passionately, Michael Oriard reconstructs a media-created world of football and explores its deep entanglements with a modernizing American society.
Football, claims Oriard, served as an agent of "Americanization" for immigrant groups but resisted attempts at true integration and racial equality, while anxieties over the domestication and affluence of middle-class American life helped pave the way for the sport's rise in popularity during the Cold War. Underlying these threads is the story of how the print and broadcast media, in ways specific to each medium, were powerful forces in constructing the football culture we know today."
The King of Sports by
Call Number: GV950 .E27 2013
Publication Date: 2013
".... Easterbrook tells the full story of how football became so deeply ingrained in American culture. Both good and bad, he examines its impact on American society. The King of Sports explores these and many other topics:
*The real harm done by concussions (it's not to NFL players)The real way in which college football players are exploited (it's not by not being paid).
*The way football helps American colleges (it's not bowl revenue) and American cities (it's not Super Bowl wins)
*What happens to players who are used up and thrown away (it's not pretty).
The hidden scandal of the NFL (it's worse than you think).Using his year-long exclusive insider access to the Virginia Tech football program, where Frank Beamer has compiled the most victories of any active NFL or major-college head coach while also graduating players, Easterbrook shows how one big university "does football right." Then he reports on what's wrong with football at the youth, high school, college and professional levels. Easterbrook holds up examples of coaches and programs who put the athletes first and still win; he presents solutions to these issues and many more, showing a clear path forward for the sport as a whole.
Mac attack!: The story of University of Utah Football Coach Ron McBride
Call Number: GV939.M2975 J3 1998
Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting by
Call Number: GV958. M56 F45
Publication Date: 2008
"In this unprecedented look at college football’s secret season, Bruce Feldman rips the cover off the game’s frenzied pursuit of raw talent, taking you deep inside the SEC war room of recruiting legend Ed Orgeron,the combustible Cajun who helped build national championship teams at the University of Miami and at USC. In a stunning, blow-by-blow account of the year leading up to National Signing Day 2007, the award-winning journalist shadows Orgeron and his Ole Miss assistants as they set about hunting high school students, pleading, plotting, and inventing ways to lure them to their sleepy Oxford campus. Packed with candid confessions and outrageous off-the-field action, Meat Market makes what happens on the field seem almost tame by comparison."
Newton's Football by
Call Number: GV951 .S73 2013
Publication Date: 2013
In the bestselling tradition of "Freakonomics" and "Scorecasting" comes a clever and accessible look at the big ideas underlying the science of football. Did you hear the one about the MacArthur genius physicist and the NFL coach? It's not a joke. It's actually an innovative way to understand chaos theory, and the remarkable complexity of modern professional football. In "Newton's Football, " journalist and "New York Times" bestselling author Allen St. John and TED Speaker and former Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez explore the unexpected science behind America's Game. Whether it's Jerry Rice finding the common ground between quantum physics and the West Coast offense or an Ivy League biologist explaining--at a granular level--exactly how a Big Mac morphs into an outside linebacker, "Newton's Football" illuminates football--and science--through funny, insightful stories told by some of the world's sharpest minds. With a clear-eyed empirical approach--and an exuberant affection for the game--St. John and Ramirez address topics that have long beguiled scientists and football fans alike, including: - the unlikely evolution of the football (or, as they put it, "The Divinely Random Bounce of the Prolate Spheroid") - what Vince Lombardi has in common with Isaac Newton - how the hardwired behavior of monkeys can explain a head coach's reluctance to go for it on fourth-down - why a gruesome elevator accident jump-started the evolution of placekicking - how Teddy Roosevelt saved football using the same behavioral science concept that Dreamworks would use to save "Shrek" - why woodpeckers don't get concussions - how better helmets actually made the game more dangerous Every Sunday the NFL shares a secret with only its savviest fans: The game isn't just a clash of bodies, it's a clash of ideas. The greatest minds in football have always possessed an instinctual grasp of science, understanding the big ideas and gritty realities that inform the game's rich past, as well as its increasingly uncertain future. Blending smart reporting, counterintuitive creativity, and compelling narrative, "Newton's Football" takes gridiron analysis to the next level, giving fans a book that entertains, enlightens, and explains the game anew.
No, Excuses, No Regrets by
Call Number: GV939.W363 T66 2013
Publication Date: 2013-05-13
Patriotic Games: Sporting Traditions in the American Imagination by
Publication Date: 1997
"In Patriotic Games, historian Stephen Pope explores the ways sport was transformed from a mere amusement into a metaphor for American life. Between the 1890s and the 1920s, sport became the most pervasive popular cultural activity in American society. During these years, basketball was invented, football became a mass spectator event, and baseball soared to its status as the "national pasttime." Pope demonstrates how America's sporting tradition emerged from a society fractured along class, race, ethnic, and gender lines...."
Principles of Football by
Call Number: GV951 .H45 2000
Publication Date: 2000-10-01
"... Available for the first time since the 1920s, this classic book (which includes over 40 of Heisman's game plays) is perfect for every young player and coach alike, as well as lovers of the game.
Heisman's coaching style and philosophy are unparalleled by the likes of Vince Lombardi, Bear Bryant, Mike Ditka, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, and others and his innovations influence the game to this day: he invented of the Heisman shift (forerunner to the T formation) and legalized the forward pass, for example.... Heisman articulately maps out the benefits of the game in terms of sportsmanship, gentlemanly skilles, self-control, will power, and clear thinking, along the way demonstrating his clear love for the his coaches and players alike...."
The Rise of Gridiron University by
Call Number: GV959.5 I64
Publication Date: 2012
Shaping College Football: The Transformation of an American Sport, 1910-1930 by
Call Number: GV950. S395
Publication Date: 2007
"Although the intercollegiate gridiron game was already a half-century old by the close of World War I, probably no other sport ever experienced such sweeping transformations as did college football during the 1920s. These transformations were significant changes that combined to migrate the game of college football from its semicloistered world of prewar days to one that by the end of the decade bore many of the characteristics of any late-twentieth-century American sport, or, in some cases, at least established the foundation stones for the completion of that migration in the following decades...."
The System by
Call Number: GV959 .B36 2013 (Browsing Collection)
Publication Date: 2013
"... The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama had a viewership of 26.4 million people, second only to the Super Bowl. Billions of dollars from television deals now flow into the game; the average budget for a top-ten team is $80 million; top coaches make more than $3 million a year; the highest paid, more than $5 million. But behind this glittering success are darker truths: "athlete-students" working essentially full-time jobs with no share in the oceans of money; players who often don't graduate and end their careers with broken bodies; "janitors" who clean up player misconduct; football "hostesses" willing to do whatever it takes to land a top recruit; seven-figure black box recruiting slush funds. And this: Despite the millions of dollars pouring into the game, 90 percent of major athletic departments still lose money. Yet schools remain caught up in an ever-escalating "arms race"--at the expense of academic scholarships, facilities and faculty. ..."
Against Football by
Call Number: GV 954. A56 2014 (Browsing Collection)
Publication Date: 2014
In light of conclusive medical evidence that football causes serious brain injury, a life-long football lover (who happens to be a New York Times bestselling author) tells why he's turning away from the game-- and you should, too.
Reading Football by
Call Number: GV950 .O75 1993
Publication Date: 1998
Is football an athletic contest or a social event? Is it a game of skill, a test of manhood, or merely an organized brawl? Michael Oriard, a former professional player, asks these and other intriguing questions in Reading Football, the first contemporary book about football's formative years....According to Oriard, televised football now plays a cultural role of enormous importance for men, yet within the field of cultural studies the influence of football has been ignored until now.
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