The Rise of the Gridiron University

The Rise of the Gridiron University

Brian Ingrassia

11.9.2012

Brian Ingrassia

Brian Ingrassia teaches American history at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Formerly, he taught at Georgia State University in Atlanta. His book, The Rise of Gridiron University: Higher Education’s Uneasy Alliance With Gig-Time Football,” is published by the University Press of Kansas (2012).

Ingrassia has also published several peer-reviewed articles, numerous book reviews, and other publications. He is currently working on a project about early automobile racing and urban life.

A visiting professor of history at Middle Tennessee State University, Brian Ingrassia discusses his book, “The Rise of the Gridiron University: Higher Education’s Uneasy Alliance with Big-Time Football,” which documents the history and impact of college football’s role in shaping the modern American university. Beginning with the origins of college football in the late 1800s, Ingrassia traces the evolution of the sport from a gentlemen’s pastime to a multi-million dollar enterprise that shapes American culture