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From the Publisher"An impressive and realist assessment of college football's recent history."
-Journal of American Studies
"Oriard provides an overwhelmingly positive contribution to the growing field of sport history with this work… leav[ing] the reader pondering whether or not college football will survive its current crises or if major changes may be on the horizon."
-Northwest Ohio History
"A gripping and insightful exploration of many of the issues that have affected big-time football programs in the sixties, seventies, and beyond."
"A solid work that will certainly contribute to the dialogue of sports history and the management of college football. It is well-written, persuasively argued, and, above all, deeply insightful….[The] book can effectively contribute to two audiences: scholars and general readers."
-Florida Historical Quarterly
"The most thorough, balanced, and eviscerating examination of contemporary big-time college athletics to date. . . . Oriard has cemented his position as the definitive interpreter of football in American culture."
-Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"A solid resource for those interested in the culture of sport. . . . Highly recommended."
"Oriard writes with considerable grace and offers a realistic interpretation of the evolution of college football over the last half-century. . . . Original and effective. . . . An immensely interesting and important study of college football."
-Journal of the Review of Politics
"Should appeal to the general reader. . . . [A] well-written book."
-Enterprise and Society