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

Kurt Edward Kemper


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 undetermined, and when the ascendance, indeed the very survival, of the NCAA was not yet assured. The book identifies the institutional struggles of college athletics from the late 1930s to the late 1950s and the multiple stakeholders and varied interests contained therein, showing a complex, and often conflicting, view of both college sports and higher education. The NCAA’s insistence on defining college athl ... More

Keywords: NCAA, NAIA, college basketball, college athletics, athletic reform, liberal arts college, historically black colleges

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043260
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043260.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kurt Edward Kemper, author
Dakota State University