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

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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: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,304,854
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

TY CASHION, the author of many books and articles on Texas history and culture, is professor of history at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. I Overview
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
Appendix 281
Notes 287
Index 295
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