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Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era

Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era

by Michael Oriard
     
 

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Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era

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Bowled Over: Big-Time College Football from the Sixties to the BCS Era

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Library Journal
Oriard (American literature & culture, Oregon State Univ.; King Football), former center for Notre Dame and the Kansas City Chiefs, lends a personal perspective to his thesis that college football has been transformed into a multibillion dollar industry within academia, turning the student-athlete into the athlete-student. Oriard finds this change rooted in the evolving American culture of the 1960s and early 1970s, when colleges maximized their leverage over athletes by converting the traditional four-year athletic scholarship to a one-year renewable version. In conjunction with instituting freshman eligibility and lowering academic standards, the new policies saw conversion of a game previously subservient to the academic mission into an expensive business with more direct connection to professional football than to the university. This will be of greater interest to collegiate educational and athletic reformers than to general football fans.—J.M.
From the Publisher
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469617541
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
08/31/2014
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 3.20(d)

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Sprightly, well researched, and unusually insightful, Bowled Over makes a wonderful addition to football history.—Benjamin G. Rader, University of Nebraska

Meet the Author

Michael Oriard is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of American Literature and Culture and former Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University. He was offensive captain and a second-team All-American at the University of Notre Dame and played four years with the Kansas City Chiefs. He is the author of six previous books on sports in American literature and culture, including Brand NFL: Making and Selling America's Favorite Sport (UNC Press).

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