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Before March Madness: The Wars for the Soul of College Basketball

Kurt Edward Kemper

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043260
eISBN:
9780252052149
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043260.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

Before March Madness examines the power dynamics of mid-century college sports when their meaning in higher education was still uncertain, when their future in American culture was still ... More


Introduction

Kurt Edward Kemper

in Before March Madness: The Wars for the Soul of College Basketball

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043260
eISBN:
9780252052149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043260.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

The introduction begins with a thumbnail sketch of some of the schools that played in the 1958 NCAA College Division Basketball Championship and the varying identities with the NCAA that each ... More


Searching for Champions and Finding Enemies: The Rise of Tournament Basketball (1937-1939)

Kurt Edward Kemper

in Before March Madness: The Wars for the Soul of College Basketball

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043260
eISBN:
9780252052149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043260.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

Chapter 2 focuses on the rise of the NAIA, NIT, and NCAA postseason college basketball tournaments and the forces and rivalries that shaped their early identities. Like the civil war between the ... More


Barbarians at the Gate: Basketball, the NAIA, and the Promise of a Small College Revolt (1941-1953)

Kurt Edward Kemper

in Before March Madness: The Wars for the Soul of College Basketball

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043260
eISBN:
9780252052149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043260.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

The difficulties that smaller schools faced in gaining competitive equity in the AAU Tournament and entrance to the NCAA Tournament led Emil Liston to found the NAIA Tournament as a haven for ... More


Rebels with a Conscience: Race, the NAIA, and College Basketball in Mid-Century America (1939-1953)

Kurt Edward Kemper

in Before March Madness: The Wars for the Soul of College Basketball

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043260
eISBN:
9780252052149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043260.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

The membership growth of the NAIA and growing prominence of its basketball tournament gave it greater exposure, but this cut both ways when it was revealed in 1948 that the tournament excluded black ... More


Defending the Kingdom: The NAIA War and the Di vision of the NCAA (1955-1957)

Kurt Edward Kemper

in Before March Madness: The Wars for the Soul of College Basketball

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043260
eISBN:
9780252052149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043260.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

This chapter examines the NCAA’s response to its liberal arts reformist critics, its small state school competitive equity critics, and racial activists allied with HBCs. Beginning in 1955 as a ... More


Conclusion

Kurt Edward Kemper

in Before March Madness: The Wars for the Soul of College Basketball

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043260
eISBN:
9780252052149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043260.003.0009
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

Throughout much of the NCAA’s first half century, the organization maintained an uneasy collection of commercialized schools that pursued highly competitive athletics for publicity and profit; ... More


Championships and Civil Rights

Derrick E. White

in Blood, Sweat, and Tears: Jake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781469652443
eISBN:
9781469652467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652443.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter explores how Black college football and FAMU reckoned with the civil rights movement. Gaither preferred interracial cooperation rather than direct action as a means for racial change. ... More


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