Bentley, Jake 1971-08-12

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Jake Bentley, former Abilene coach, discusses his playing and coaching career in Abilene from the 1920s to the early 1950s.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Jake Bentley

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Date: August 12, 1971

Location: Abilene, Texas

Interviewer: Perry McWilliams

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Junior high and high school experiences in sports recalled, Coaching techniques described, Advantages of calisthenics and workouts cited, State championship game, Waco vs. Abilene - 1928, Mentions services of Texas Coaches Association Review of coaching schools, Coach Dewey Mayhew characterized, Football as a means of social mobility explored, Inter-community rivalry a factor in enthusiastic football, Recollection of individual players

Tape 1, Side 2: Problems of conflict between coaches and community examined, Mention of recruiting practices, Comment on coaching career, Mayhew's psychological techniques in dealing with team "stars", Instances and anecdotes involving football workouts, Changes in football theory discussed, Discipline policy related, Recalls embarrassment in traveling with football team, Attitude toward the duties of the athletic director, Testing for athletic potential remembered, Social and economic changes

Range Dates: 1928-1950s

Bulk Dates: 1928-1950s

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