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From Taylor Branch’s controversial article about college sports for The Atlantic to the tragic scandal uncovered at Penn State, the relationship between higher education and college athletics has provided some of the most heated controversies of the year. But why do sports even exist at colleges and universities?
As the nation readies itself for another round of football championships and college bowls, BackStory brings you some historical perspective. The American History Guys unpack the origins of college sports, and the ways universities have justified athletics on campus. Peter, Ed, and Brian take us to Amherst College in the 19th century, where the first collegiate Phys. Ed. program blossomed. They also recount a little-known story about the integration of the University of Alabama’s football team.
Visit our site for more in-depth resources about today's topic, including a full show transcript and background on the people we interviewed: http://backstoryradio.org/turf-war-a-history-of-college-sports/
Listen to individual episode segments here: Turf War: A History of College Sports by BackStory