WWU examines ‘The Curious Case of College Football’

William Woods University doesn’t field a football team, but students will learn about corruption, violence and scandal in college football tonight during a program billed as “The Curious Case of College Football.”

Hunter M. Hampton, an instructor and Ph.D. candidate in the history department at the University of Missouri, will speak about athletics and higher education at 6 p.m. today (Oct. 26) in the Library Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Hampton’s research interests include sports history, cultural history and American religious history. His presentation is expected to be both entertaining and informational.

“College football is almost a lifestyle, especially in large university towns,” Caroline Boyer Ferhat, assistant professor of psychology, said. “Yet, there is hardly a week that goes by without a story of scandal at one university or another.”

She added, “I think students will really enjoy learning more about how the NCAA was formed and how its influence impacts college sports across the nation.”

Hampton attended the University of Arkansas, where he began as a business major but eventually switched to history. He went on to receive his master’s degree in theology with an emphasis in church history at Fuller Theological Seminary.

The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Hampton was named Professor of the Year during the University of Missouri ROAR Awards in 2015 and was chosen as a finalist for the Distinguished Teaching Award at Stephens College, where he was an adjunct instructor.