Kerbel, Joe 1972-07-27

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Joe Kerbel discusses his coaching career at Breckenridge and Amarillo high schools, his decision to enter university athletics at Texas Tech, and some important aspects of football at Tech. He compares and contrasts football with other sports and talks about the significance of football’s evolving rules.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Joe Kerbel

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 27, 1972

Location: Amarillo, Texas

Interviewer: Neil Sapper

Length: 1 hour, 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Review of coaching career, Review of playing career, Outstanding players at Oklahoma University, Coaching career at Oklahoma, Coach at Breckenridge, Texas (1952-1954), Previous coaches at Breckenridge, Football teams in oil field areas characterized, Football record, Preference for all-green uniforms, Community support reflected through drive-in broadcasts, Outstanding players named, Mass media coverage, Community support (again), Coaching staff and size of school, Voted into class 3-A, Move to Amarillo.

Tape 1, Side 2: Coaching career at Amarillo (1955-1957), Coaches as teachers, Lost 5 games (1955), Joke about being replaced, Football record at Amarillo High School, Changed system of lettering, Community support, Attitude toward discipline, Outstanding players named, Community support (again), Current pay for head coaches in South Texas, Coaching career at Texas Tech (1958-1960), Decision to go into university coaching, Tech’s attempts to get into the Southwest Conference, and effect on recruiting, Coaching staff, Sees "no change" in attitude of athletes.

Tape 2, Side 1: "No change" in attitude of athletes (continued), Attitudes toward various sports, Description of football workout, Pro-football players discussed, Description of a "football personality", Importance of football to high schools and colleges, Relation of climate to development of sports, Changes in football rules, Emphasis on decreasing injuries, Change in goalposts, Different kinds of football rules.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1940s-1972

Bulk Dates: 1952-1972

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