How the 60s Changed Big-Time College Football

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College football functioned as a kind of public theater in the 1960s, providing stories about racial conflict and integration. Here, the Michigan State U. player Jimmy Raye discusses strategy with his head coach, Duffy Daugherty, in 1966.

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College football functioned as a kind of public theater in the 1960s, providing stories about racial conflict and integration. Here, the Michigan State U. player Jimmy Raye discusses strategy with his head coach, Duffy Daugherty, in 1966.

Football has changed enormously since I grew up with the game in the 1950s and 60s. Most broadly, today there seems to be a general sense of a continuous path from youth leagues all the way to the NFL. Boys of my generation knew little about the NFL beyond what they figured out from watching the weekly game on Sunday. Boys today know everything about the NFL that SportsCenter and the rest of our 24/7 sports media and entertainment industries show and tell them. Boys of my generation might