"Support it properly or drop it": The development of Canadian football at Acadia University, 1956-1979
LE3 .A278 1998
Bachelor of Arts
History & Classics
This thesis traces the development of Canadian football at Acadia University between 1956 and 1979. It explores the question of whether a Canadian university football programme can develop successfully without the full support of a university administration. At Acadia , as elsewhere, students initiated the football programme because of their desire to compete against other universities. Initially, however, the team did not receive adequate support from the administration and experienced many disappointing seasons as a result. after Dr. James Beveridge became presidnet of Acadia University in 1964, the programme received the support from administrators it needed to prosper. Many new strategies were implemented by the administration so that the football programme would become a national success. By the 1970's, the programme was solidified, eventually winning the national championship in 1979.
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