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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A solid resource for those interested in the culture of sport. . . . Highly recommended.--Choice

A gripping and insightful exploration of many of the issues that have affected big-time football programs in the sixties, seventies, and beyond.--Nebraska History

An impressive and realist assessment of college football's recent history.--Journal of American Studies

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

Should appeal to the general reader. . . . [A] well-written book.--Enterprise and Society

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

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

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.

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The University of North Carolina Press
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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

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