Pigskin Pulpit: A Social History of Texas High School Football Coaches

Pigskin Pulpit: A Social History of Texas High School Football Coaches

by Ty Cashion
     
 

ISBN-10: 0876112211

ISBN-13: 9780876112212

Pub. Date: 01/28/2007

Publisher: Texas State Historical Association


High school football is one of the identifying institutions of twentieth-century Texas. It is not unusual to see youthful football players placed on the same pedestal as the cowboy, oil man, or other icons of the Lone Star State. In fact, it is shaped in the image of its coaches who are, by and large, an enigma to most of us. We think of them as caricatures, men…  See more details below

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High school football is one of the identifying institutions of twentieth-century Texas. It is not unusual to see youthful football players placed on the same pedestal as the cowboy, oil man, or other icons of the Lone Star State. In fact, it is shaped in the image of its coaches who are, by and large, an enigma to most of us. We think of them as caricatures, men who are alternately revered and vilified (usually depending on how many games they have won recently), but they have always been members of a traditional, closed society, and we do not really know them in their complexities.

Pigskin Pulpit opens the Texas high school coaching profession to historical scrutiny for the first time, examining this breed of men who shaped the game—and generations of players—in their own images. Tracing side-by-side the development of the game and the coaching profession from its beginnings to today, author Ty Cashion explains how this avocation wove itself so tightly into the fabric of Texas culture.

Football fans and critics of the game alike will be drawn into this probing, analytical study that is sure to become a Texas classic.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780876112212
Publisher:
Texas State Historical Association
Publication date:
01/28/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
962,943
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction1
Pt. IOverview
Ch. 1The Coaches and the Game13
Pt. IIThe Development of Coaching and Texas High School Football, 1890-1945
Ch. 2Pioneers on a Hundred-Yard Long Frontier: Football in Texas, 1890-193049
Ch. 3Growing Up on Black-Eyed Peas and Football: Coaches' Childhoods, 1920s-1940s75
Ch. 4A Rough Sport for Tough Times: Football in the Great Depression91
Ch. 5Down at the Stadium and Other Theaters of War: Football in the 1940s115
Pt. IIIThe Golden Age of Texas High School Football, 1945-1970
Ch. 6The Last Days of the Iron Man: Texas High School Football at Its Peak141
Ch. 7A Glorious and Bittersweet Career: Coaching in the Golden Age175
Ch. 8Autumn Widows and Other Dependents: The Coaches and Their Families207
Pt. IVAn Era of Change and Crisis: The 1960s and Beyond
Ch. 9Falling Out of Step: Coaches and Changing Values225
Ch. 10Circling the Wagons: Coaches' Reflections on Their Lives and the Game255
Appendix281
Notes287
Index295

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