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The Coach Who Strangled the Bulldog: How Harvard's Percy Haughton Beat Yale and Reinvented Football (Hardback)
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The Coach Who Strangled the Bulldog: How Harvard's Percy Haughton Beat Yale and Reinvented Football (Hardback)

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Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 10/08/2018
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This book details the life of Percy Haughton, college football's first modern coach. A true innovator of the game, his Harvard squads went 71-7-5 during his tenure and were deemed national champions three times. In many ways, college football in the 1910s resembled what we still see today. A half century old, there were already concerns about violence and corruption. There were skyrocketing coaches' salaries, stadium arms races, bragging rights, and meddling boosters. There were recruiting excesses and cheating. And from Harvard coach Percy Duncan Haughton, there was a sophistication of football that would surprise many fans today. In The Coach Who Strangled the Bulldog: How Harvard's Percy Haughton Beat Yale and Reinvented Football, Dick Friedman tells the fascinating story of a football genius. The sport's first modern coach, Haughton systematized the game and utilized passing, speed, and deception. In nine seasons at Harvard, Haughton's squads went 71-7-5 and three times during his tenure the Crimson were deemed national champions. Haughton's system perfected line blocking, employed tactics such as the delayed handoff, and eschewed huddles. His practices were scripted to the minute and he had revolutionary ideas on conditioning. The Coach Who Strangled the Bulldog is not only a captivating biography of an influential coach from the early days of college football; it is also a history of the sport itself. Featuring timeless photos and tirelessly researched, this book provides valuable insight into the game today-how it has evolved and how it has stayed surprisingly the same.

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781538107546
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 581 g
Dimensions: 235 x 161 x 27 mm


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Mr. Friedman does an excellent job of tracing the history of Coach Haughton.... [T]his book was a great historical read of that time frame of the game and the intense rivalry between Harvard and Yale. I recommend it for any football library. * Gridiron Greats *
Friedman captures the beginning of Big Time Football in America in a colorful and interesting read about a Harvard football legend. -- Tim Murphy, head coach, Harvard football
With wit and grace, Dick Friedman conjures a vanished era of American football, when young men bereft of helmets drop-kicked four-point field goals, Harvard bestrode the gridiron like colossi, and the redoubtable Percy Haughton midwifed the modern game into existence. If the Harvard coach has largely been forgotten, The Coach Who Strangled the Bulldog restores him to his proper place alongside Pop Warner, Amos Alonzo Stagg, and Walter Camp as a giant of a golden age. This is a masterly account, persuasive and entertaining. -- Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated columnist and author of Sting-Ray Afternoons

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