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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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The Golden Age of Black College Football Begins

The Golden Age of Black College Football Begins

(p.73) 4 The Golden Age of Black College Football Begins
Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Derrick E. White

University of North Carolina Press

The post-World War II period began the highwater mark for Black college football generally and Florida A&M specifically. Gaither returned to coaching in 1945 after brain surgery. FAMU expanded its sporting congregation through the development of a coaching clinic, which began to place alumni as head coaches at a majority Florida’s segregated high schools. The Orange Blossom Classic moved to Miami, becoming the preeminent black college classic. HBCU student enrollment grew rapidly after the war, allowing public HBCUs to displace private HBCUs as the leading athletic programs. Gaither began to emerge as a leading head football coach through the development of his Split Line-T offense and by utilizing changes to college football substitutions rules to create separate “Blood, Sweat, and Tears” units.

Keywords:   Orange Blossom Classic, Miami, Orange Bowl, Coaching clinics, Split Line-T Formation, Coaching philosophy, College football rules

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