Author John Miller Discusses The History Of College Football And His New Book "The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football"

This event was held on November 30, 2011 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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John J. Miller, U-M graduate and author of "The Big Scrum: How Teddy Roosevelt Saved Football," will discuss his new book, the history of college football and the social changes in America that made college football popular. This event includes a book signing and books will be on sale.

In this fascinating new book, Miller delivers the intriguing, never-before-told story of how Theodore Roosevelt saved American Football--a game that would become the nation's most popular sport. Miller's sweeping, novelistic retelling captures the violent, nearly lawless days of late 19th century football and the public outcry that would have ended the great game but for a crucial Presidential intervention. Teddy Roosevelt's championing of football led to the creation of the NCAA, the innovation of the forward pass, a vital collaboration between Walter Camp, Charles W. Eliot, John Heisman and others, and, ultimately, the creation of a new American pastime.

John J. Miller writes for National Review, the Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. He is also the author of "The First Assassin," a historical thriller set during the Civil War. The Chronicle of Higher Education has called him "one of the best literary journalists in the country."

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