History of American College Football
Anderson, Christian K. and Amber C. Fallucca (Eds.). (2021). The History of American College Football: Institutional Policy, Culture, and Reform. New York: Routledge.
ISBN 9780367687168 (hardback)
ISBN 9781003138761 (e-book)
ISBN 9780367687175 (paperback)
Use code "FLR40" for 20% off when you purchase from Routledge. Book flyer.
Those with library access at UofSC can access it here. The book is part of the Perspectives on the History of Higher Education series.
Table of Contents
Students at UofSC conducted interviews with the authors, which can be viewed on YouTube. The editors give a brief introduction and the author interviews are linked below with each chapter. The editors were interviewed about the book for UofSC's Breakthrough magazine (Spring 2022).
Chapter 1: Myths and Stories from College Football’s First One Hundred Years by Christian K. Anderson
Chapter 2: "As Good as the Best": Gallaudet Football and the Battle Against Normalization at the Turn of the Twentieth Century by Richard Ian Kimball
Chapter 3: Football Culture at New South Universities: Lost Cause and Old South Memory, Modernity, and Martial Manhood by J. Hardin Hobson
Chapter 4: "The Great Dartmouth Team is No Longer": The 1925 Dartmouth Big Green, "The Present Evil," and the Transformation of College Football by Derek Charles Catsam
Chapter 5: Redefining Reform: Presidents, Football, and Athletic Policy in the Southeastern Conference, 1929-1936 by Eric Moyen
Chapter 6: Saints Embrace Savagery: BYU Football and the Making of Modern Mormonism by Hunter M. Hampton
Chapter 7: Football, Athletic Protest, and Reform at Cal State Campuses in the 1960s by Marc A. VanOverbeke
Chapter 8: Mugs, Jugs, Bells, and Bowls: Traveling Football Trophies as Campus Traditions and Windows into Institutional Culture at Division III Institutions by Deborah Worley
Chapter 9: Last Stand for a Less Commercialized Game: Contesting Football’s Place in Higher Education in NCAA v. Board of Regents, 1984 by Robert L. Kerr
Chapter 10: Conclusion: Understanding Current Controversies in College Football through Its Colorful Past by Amber C. Fallucca
Reviews & Interviews
What can the past tell us about the future of the PAC-12? Interview on Soundside, Seattle public radio (August 8, 2023).
Interview in "Breakthrough" magazine, Spring 2022 issue (magazine for the Office of Research at the University of South Carolina).
Review in CHOICE (July 2022).
Editors & Curators
Christian K. Anderson & Amber C. Fallucca
Christian K. Anderson Ph.D. and Amber C. Fallucca, Ph.D. are editors of The History of College Football and serve as the Faculty Guest Curators for the Museum of Education’s Fall 2021 exhibit, which serves a companion and complement to the book.
Dr. Anderson is associate professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies. He's watched a lot of football but has never worn football pads.
Dr. Fallucca is affiliate faculty in the Department and Director of the quality enhancement plan (QEP) and Associate Director for the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning (CIEL) at the University of South Carolina, US. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Program.
They appreciate the assistance and input of Erin York, graduate assistant, and students from Anderson’s course on the History of Higher Education in America (EDHE 730) and Fallucca’s course on Intercollegiate Athletics in Higher Education (EDHE 832).
“Big Thursday Tailgate” kickoff for Exhibit on the History of College Football at the Museum of Education (125 Wardlaw College) on Thursday, October 28th at 3:00 p.m. During the event we will also have items on display from Gamecock football history, provided by the McKissick Museum and the South Caroliniana Library, including a program and tickets from the last “Big Thursday” game in 1959. (Flyer)
“What If? A Closer Look at College Football’s Great Questions” with Matt Brown, publisher of Extra Points, on Zoom on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. Matt is author of What If? A Closer Look at College Football’s Great Questions. In this talk he will took on a few examples from our book and play with this question of “What If?” (Flyer | Video)
Eddie Comeaux, Professor of Higher Education and Executive Director of the Center for Athletes’ Rights and Equity at the University of California-Riverside, gave the Richard T. Greener Lecture, “Choosing Their Battlefields: Paul Robeson and Other Black College Football Players’ Activism for Racial Equity” on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, followed by a special session for students will immediately follow. (Flyer | Video)
Screening of “Schooled: The Price of College Sports” and Discussion with Dr. Richard Southall on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. (ET) in the Museum of Education (125 Wardlaw College). (Flyer)
The Fall 2021 exhibit on the History of American College Football at the Museum of Education at the University of South Carolina is an extension of and companion to the edited book on the history of college football. While many themes from the book and the exhibit overlap, the exhibit is more than just a copy of the book. The exhibit runs through January 15, 2022.
Visitors are welcome whenever Wardlaw College is open. You can enter from inside the building or from Greene Street (between Sumter and Main Streets on the south side of Wardlaw).
Contact us if you would like a tour or for us to speak to your class or group about the exhibit or book.
We don't pretend to cover every single aspect of college football history but hope the exhibit spurs discussion and exploration of this important part of American history.
"The Autumnal Madness" discusses the oversized role that college football plays in American life, including topics such as the Mythical National Championship and college rivalries.
Football During a Pandemic shows the effects the 1918 and 2020-21 pandemics had on college football and how the game persisted despite the serious health risks to players and fans.
College Football as a University’s “Front Porch” gives an overview of some of the scandals and reforms that have shaped the game.
Costs and Rewards of Advancing Social Justice provides examples of how players have used their platform to attempt to bring about social change.
On TV and in the Movies shows how football has been portrayed on film, in documentaries, and on TV.
The images in this video are provided by the Moving Image Research Collections (MIRC) at the University of South Carolina from its Fox Movietone News Collection. The footage is from the 1920s and 30s, showing coaches, players, games, and practices of teams from around the country.