Bayou Classic: The Grambling-Southern Football Rivalry

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LSU Press, 2010 - History - 284 pages
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The annual clash in New Orleans between the Grambling State University Tigers and the Southern University Jaguars represents the fiercest and most anticipated in-state football rivalry in Louisiana. The most significant national game to feature historically black colleges and universities is more than a contest; the Bayou Classic is a lavish event, featuring celebrities, a fan festival, and a halftime "Battle of the Bands" that offers an intensity equal to that of the gridiron. "To appreciate the rivalry," Coach Eddie Robinson once noted, "you have to realize Grambling and Southern fans are close friends, as well as relatives." In Bayou Classic, Thomas Aiello chronicles the history of the game and explores the two schools' broader significance to Louisiana, to sports, and to the black community.

 

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Contents

The Happening
1
1 Competitive Disadvantages
8
2 The Direction of Depression and Progress 19321939
18
3 The Birth and Death of a Legitimate Rivalry 19401948
30
4 Civilities and Civil Rights 19591965
40
5 Black Power White Power 19661971
62
6 The Greatest Game Never Played 1972
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7 The Second Battle of New Orleans 19731974
98
10 Winters of Discontent 19871992
155
11 Southern Renaissance 19932000
172
12 And the Flood Waters Drove Them Away 20012007
192
Yes We Can 2008
213
Appendixes
223
A Note on Sources
249
Notes
251
Index
273

8 The Mother Ship Lands 19751979
118
9 Last Night of the Tiger Dynasty 19801986
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Thomas Aiello, an assistant professor of history at Valdosta State University, is the editor of Dan Burley's Jive and David Lawson's Paul Morphy: The Pride and Sorrow of Chess.

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