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Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football$
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Roger R. Tamte

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041617

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041617.001.0001

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Rivalry Demands Rules

Rivalry Demands Rules

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22 Rivalry Demands Rules
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Walter Camp and the Creation of American Football
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Roger R. Tamte

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041617.003.0022

Harvard alleges Princeton’s 1889 football team includes professional players, paid for playing baseball in the summer. Camp proposes the first eligibility provision in the Intercollegiate Football Association constitution, barring professionals (paid for any sport, not only football) from IFA teams, and the Graduate Advisory Committee approves the provision. Later, by a 3–2 vote, the GAC refuses to apply the provision against Princeton because Harvard’s action was filed too late for Princeton to prepare a defense. Harvard leaves the IFA, and some supporters of both Harvard and Yale promote a “dual league” limited to those two schools; negotiations proceed but do not result in an agreement, and Camp says it was never contemplated that the schools would limit their contests to only one another.

Keywords:   Intercollegiate Football Association, Constitution, eligibility provision, professional, summer baseball, dual league

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