Alternative Models of Sports Development in America
Solutions to a Crisis in Education and Public Health
By B. David Ridpath
· Foreword by Tom Farrey
B. David Ridpath offers clear steps to address the exploitative entanglement of sports and education in America and to create a new status quo. He lays out four possible alternative models that draw various elements from academic, athletic, and European approaches.
The vast majority of student-athletes dreaming of athletic stardom won’t make it to the pros. Yet, the discipline and skills they’ve developed while balancing a sport and academics make them ideally suited for satisfying careers elsewhere.
The 20th century was the defining era of high school football, and during that time a select group of programs across the country solidified their reputations as the nation’s greatest. These programs—with legendary coaches like Paul Brown, Wright Bazemore, Gerry Faust, and Bob Ladouceur—produced national championship teams at schools with names like Massillon, Valdosta, Moeller, and De La Salle. But which of these teams was the greatest?
A history of semiprofessional football clubs in Ohio — the Ironton Tanks, the Portsmouth Spartans, and others — and an intimate study of how the citizens and organizations that made up these cities worked to put themselves on the map.