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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.
|Ch. 1||The Coaches and the Game||13|
|Pt. II||The Development of Coaching and Texas High School Football, 1890-1945|
|Ch. 2||Pioneers on a Hundred-Yard Long Frontier: Football in Texas, 1890-1930||49|
|Ch. 3||Growing Up on Black-Eyed Peas and Football: Coaches' Childhoods, 1920s-1940s||75|
|Ch. 4||A Rough Sport for Tough Times: Football in the Great Depression||91|
|Ch. 5||Down at the Stadium and Other Theaters of War: Football in the 1940s||115|
|Pt. III||The Golden Age of Texas High School Football, 1945-1970|
|Ch. 6||The Last Days of the Iron Man: Texas High School Football at Its Peak||141|
|Ch. 7||A Glorious and Bittersweet Career: Coaching in the Golden Age||175|
|Ch. 8||Autumn Widows and Other Dependents: The Coaches and Their Families||207|
|Pt. IV||An Era of Change and Crisis: The 1960s and Beyond|
|Ch. 9||Falling Out of Step: Coaches and Changing Values||225|
|Ch. 10||Circling the Wagons: Coaches' Reflections on Their Lives and the Game||255|