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  • Professor chronicles how Big Ten brought order to college football, then lost its way

    University of Chicago football coach Amos A. Stagg talks with three of his players during a game in 1916.

    University of Chicago football coach Amos A. Stagg talks with three of his players during a game in 1916. Chicago and Illinois were among the original members of the Western Conference, later the Big Ten, formed in the wake of an 1895 meeting of university presidents concerned about football’s alleged brutality. It’s part of the story in Winton Solberg’s “Creating the Big Ten,” about the conference’s first half-century.

    Image from the cover of “Creating the Big Ten.” Original photo courtesy of the University of Chicago, Special Collections Research Center.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    To contact Winton Solberg, email wsolberg@illinois.edu.

    “Creating the Big Ten: Courage, Corruption and Commercialization” is published by the University of Illinois Press.