Published: March 22, 2013
Just in time for the latest round of March Madness and Final Fours, we’re taking on the history of college sports. The sometimes-uneasy relationship between higher education and sports has provided some especially heated controversies over the past few years, but as it turns out, the relationship between higher ed and athletics has been controversial for many generations. From Amherst College in the 19th century, where the first collegiate Phys. Ed. program blossomed, to the University of Alabama — one of the last university football teams to integrate — the History Guys look at how colleges and universities have justified the presence of sports on their campuses in the first place.