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Shaping College Football: The Transformation of an American Sport, 1919-1930 (Sports and Entertainment) Hardcover – June 30, 2007


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  • Series: Sports and Entertainment
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd) (June 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0815608861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0815608868
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #822,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Raymond Schmidt is the author of Two-eyed League: The Illinois-Iowa of 1890-1892 and Football's Stars of Summer. He lives in Ventura, Ca.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John S. Watterson III on July 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Looking for a good read? Hooked on college football? Interested in knowing how college football matured into today's national spectacle?
If so, you have to read Raymond Schmidt's history of football in the 1920s (college football because the NFL was still in its infancy). Whether it's the Haskell Indians, traditionally African-American schools, or the rising Catholic powers, Schmidt ranges far and wide. He portrays a gridiron landscape no longer dominated by the traditional eastern schools (think Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Penn, and Army). The Midwest flanked by the South and West Coast now became the regions that produced big-time coaches,teams,and star players.
Schmidt's research is truly remarkable. No doubt most of us know something of the Golden Age of Sport--the age of prosperity and consumerism that produced sports legends like Knute Rockne and Red Grange. Yet how many are familiar with the bitter controversies that raged after Grange quit college to join the Chicago Bears? Or the national football machine created by Knute Rockne consisting of former players turned coaches who fed him insider information. Or the forward passes (just legalized in 1906) like burgeoning aircraft that filled the gridiron stratosphere.
Not that there weren't controversies and scandals. Schmidt airs the endless disputes and the conniving by teams for whom winning had become obsessive. The University of Iowa, a flagrant example, accumulated a slush fund that brought the wrath of today's Big Ten down on its head--not a conference team, many of them also tainted, would play the Hawkeyes. In 1929, the Carnegie Commission catalogued the numerous sins against the "amateur ideal." Unfortunately for the Commission, the report was released the same week as the stock market crash.
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