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SPT 06 — A History of College Football: 150 Years

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Tuesdays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Jan 15—Mar 19
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 28
Units: 2
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $480
Instructor(s): Ivan Maisel
Status: Open
Winter
On-campus
Tuesdays
7:00—8:50 pm
Date(s)
Jan 15—Mar 19
10 weeks
Drop By
Jan 28
2 Units
Fees
$480
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Instructor(s):
Ivan Maisel
Open
Over its century and a half of existence, college football has evolved from campus sideshow to “the front porch” of the university, from a nickel-anddime existence to a multi-billion-dollar industry. We revel in the exploits of the athletes even as we question whether they are being exploited by the schools. Each week, we will explore a different theme over the lifespan of a sport that began 150 years ago on November 6, 1869, when Rutgers defeated Princeton. We will travel from the culture that has developed around “Saturday’s America,” to the search for safety that dates to the game’s origin and yet remains more urgent than ever, to the rivalries that continue to sustain our interest (why is it so important to beat Cal anyway?), to the Supreme Court case that radically changed the structure of the game. We will also discuss the game’s torturous struggles with integration, its stubborn adherence to the notion of amateurism, and how TV made—and changed—the sport. And, lest we forget, we will discuss the great games, players, and coaches that have captivated the American sports fan for 150 years.

Confirmed guest speakers include:

David Shaw, Head Coach, Stanford Football

Jim Knowlton, Director of Athletics, UC Berkeley

Gene Wojciechowski, Emmy-winning Reporter, ESPN

Stewart Mandel, Editor-in-Chief, The Athletic

Ivan Maisel, Senior Writer, ESPN.com

Ivan Maisel is editor-at-large for ESPN CFB150, the celebration of college football’s 150 years of history that will span across all ESPN platforms during 2019. He has covered college football nationally since 1987, the last sixteen years for ESPN.com, where he also appears on ESPN TV and ESPN Radio and co-hosts the podcast Campus Conversation.
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