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Blood, Sweat, and TearsJake Gaither, Florida A&M, and the History of Black College Football$
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Derrick E. White

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469652443

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652443.001.0001

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Florida A&M Develops a Sporting Congregation

Florida A&M Develops a Sporting Congregation

(p.40) 2 Florida A&M Develops a Sporting Congregation
Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Derrick E. White

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the development of Florida A&M’s football program. From its beginnings in 1896 through the early 1930s, FAMU’s football teams were not very good. Ironically, FAMU’s football program improved during the Great Depression to propel the football program forward. Notably, FAMU launched its Orange Blossom Classic football game in 1933. This was followed by the hiring of William Bell as head coach in 1936, and Gaither as an assistant coach in 1937.

Keywords:   Florida A&M University (FAMU), Orange Blossom Classic, Great Depression, College Football coaching, William Bell, Jake Gaither

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