The American History Podcast

A Program Of Virginia Foundation for the Humanities


Turf War [2016]

With less than 2% of ESPN March Madness brackets still perfect, the madness may be more like sadness for many college basketball fans right now. Don’t let that stop you from learning more about the history of college sports.

In this episode, the American History Guys unpack the origins of college sports and the ways universities originally justified athletics on campus. The U.S. is the only country in the world that combines big money sports teams and higher education. From the first collegiate PHYS ED program at Amherst College to the little-known story about the integration of the University of Alabama’s football team, Peter, Ed and Brian discover why college sports even exist in the first place.