Whittingham covers most aspects of college football of interest to the fan: from the development of the sport, beginning with the first game in 1820, to the better-known players and coaches who have graced the playing field, from bands and cheerleaders to fight songs and team nicknames. He also discusses in detail individual records, conference championships, college rivalries, Bowl games. Among the pleasant surprises: Robert Kennedy's humorous remarks at the Heisman Award presentation in 1962 and a retelling of some incredible plays in college football history. This book is wonderful for the novice and great medicine for those who have difficulty surviving the off-season. February
This work sketches the historical highlights of collegiate football. Predominating are the ``first'' and ``best'' lists: first game, first forward pass, first homecoming, first team to fly; best games, best rivalries. Also touched on are the famous cheers, half-time songs (including lyrics), and the game as portrayed by Hollywood. A wrap-up segment on rosters and records and an excellent index give this substantial reference value. A lively layout makes it an even better browsing item. For popular collections. William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.