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American College of Sports Medicine

The Crisis in College Sports, 1951

American College of Sports Medicine

What’s to Become of College Sports?

Television and College Sports as Mass Entertainment

Title IX and U.S. College Sports Contemporary Challenges to Compliance

Abolishing the Sanity Code and Launching the Modern College Sports Establishment

Taking a Timeout to Ensure Well-Being: Social Work Involvement in College Sports

Assessing the enduring residual neuropsychological effects of head trauma in college athletes who participate in contact sports

Onward to Victory: The Crises That Shaped College Sports. By Murray Sperber. (New York: Holt, 1998. xxviii, 578 pp. $32.50, ISBN 0-8050-3865-5.)

Ronald A. Smith. Play-by-Play: Radio, Television, and Big-Time College Sports. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 2001. Pp. viii, 304. $45.00

Charles H. Martin Benching Jim Crow: The Rise and Fall of the Color Line in Southern College Sports, 1890–1980. (Sport and Society.) Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. 2010. Pp. xxiv, 374. Cloth $95.00, paper $30.00

WOODS, Reginald Salisbury (Rex Woods) (1891 - 1986), Médaille d’Honneur de l’Education Physique et des Sports, République Française, 1946; Hon. Life Member, British Association of Sport and Medicine; retired from general practice, 1983; Surgical Specialist to numerous insurance companies; Honorary Medical Officer: Cambridge University Boxing Club (also President); Cambridge University Point-to-Point and Cambridgeshire Point-to-Point; Cambridgeshire Warden King George’s Jubilee Trust; Past Assistant of Glaziers’ Company; a Patron of Cambridge Branch, Old Contemptibles and of British Legion; Past President, Downing College Association, 1962


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Organized sports within the university setting, from specific US team sports such as basketball, American football, and baseball, to track-and-field, and individual sports from tennis to golf and swimming. In the USA, college sports have been long-established routes into professional sporting competition. Golfer Tiger Woods and tennis player John McEnroe both attended Stanford University. Sporting scholarships were available in most US universities for promising athletes from the early 20th century onwards, and a common route became to excel at the Olympic Games as an amateur and then pursue a professional career. For team sports such as basketball and American football, college sports have become feeders for the professional game. Controversies have arisen over athletes' rights and questions of exploitation in relation to the purported academic programme that student athletes follow. Novelist Tom Wolfe's I am Charlotte Simmons (2005) took Stanford as a model for his biting and satirical depiction of ‘Dupont University’, where less well-off academic students sold their skills to athlete superstars from the basketball team, writing their essays for them and tending them through academic assessment hurdles. College sports have become an essential part of the US sport culture and system, in turn talent-spotting for stars of the future, and generating giant revenues linked to old university rivalries and alma mater nostalgia. See also National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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