By Wiley L. Umphlett

ISBN-10: 0313284040

ISBN-13: 9780313284045

John W. Heisman (1869-1936) was once a guy of many faces whose public picture has suffered from a subtle, enigmatic, and commonly misunderstood inner most character. seeing that his dying the preferred reception of the memorial trophy named in his honor has additionally obscured his id. In singling out his many leading edge contributions to the improvement of intercollegiate soccer, this booklet makes an attempt to give a real photo of Heisman as either guy and trainer. simply because he coached at colleges in the course of the kingdom in the course of one of the most eventful years in our heritage, Heisman's lifestyles pertains to major political, financial, and social advancements that impacted on American society in addition to activities. in spite of the fact that, this ebook is far greater than the tale of John Heisman's 36-year training profession. it's also the tale of the way an indigenous American public ritual--the substantial Game---came approximately and the way university soccer developed into the advanced, challenging, and hugely established significant enterprise that it really is this present day.

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T h a t coaching was a learning process for John Heisman at this time, though, is attested to by Heisman himself as the most severe critic of his THE GAME SPREADS 33 own coaching methods. " Alas. Those words went to my players' heads. They played that second half as though nothing of any importance depended upon what happened. Case scored one touchdown and very nearly another. I was never gladder in my life to hear the timekeeper's whistle ending the game. It was a lesson to Heisman, and in the same article he said that thereafter he never told his teams how good they were but instead dished out criticism even when they played at their best.

He demanded. "W'hat are you going to do—shoot at the lights? " We explained about Pop Thaver's kicking—or tried to. "Gwan," he scoffed. "Do you know how high those lights are? " "Show him, Pop," I said, tossing Thayer a tight ball. Pop took a little hitch and then threw his foot against the ball. There was a horrid smash above us and a rain of broken glass descended. 40 Heisman further revealed his awareness of the early game's peculiarities as he rationalized the upright stance of linemen during his college football days: Nearly all linemen, as a rule, lined up squarely against those who played the same position on the opposing team.

Because of extensive arguing between teams, the two umpires were eliminated the following year and only the referee was allowed to officiate. T h e 1885 season introduced rule changes under which a player could be ejected from the game for a first fighting offense, and teams were now subject to a five-yard penalty for being offside. By 1887, two officials were back on the field: a referee to make on-field decisions concerning progress of the ball and an umpire to watch for fighting violations. Even so, some players still managed to make a practice of deceiving the officials.

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