Friday, 24 July 2015

'Essential reading': Library Journal

Library Journal, a trade publication for librarians, calls John Kryk's Stagg vs. Yost: The Birth of Cutthroat Football "essential reading for those interested in the early history of college football."

The book from Rowman & Littlefield went on sale this week.

In a review posted to the web on Thursday, July 23 and appearing in the August print edition of Library Journal, John Maxymuk of Rutgers University's Paul Robeson Library wrote, in part:

"Using archival materials, Kryk (Natural Enemies) chronicles the lives of two pioneering coaches: the University of Michigan's Fielding H. Yost (1871-1946) and the University of Chicago's Amos Alonzo Stagg (1862-1965). While Yost is mostly forgotten today, his fast-paced 'point-a-minute' offense was an early precursor to modern no-huddle attacks.

"The venerated Stagg, who coached into his 90s, carefully burnished his pristine reputation as a paragon by moralizing about corruption in college football while demonizing the professional game as pure evil. Kryk discovered Stagg to be a shady recruiter and found that his dubious sportsmanship was expressed by publicly questioning the eligibility of players on rival teams . . . .

"Kryk doesn't dispute Stagg's greatness as a coach and innovator but suggests a fuller perspective of him, also advocating a reassessment of Yost as an imaginative strategist in football history."

Library Journal's "verdict" on Stagg vs. Yost: "Essential reading for those interested in the early history of college football."

Click here for the full review.

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