Herman Boone, a black assistant coach who came to T. C. Williams High in 1969, had less experience than his job competitor.
Herman Boone did - and that led to even more unrest in the city of Alexandria. After all ... so the arguments went ... the history of high school football with Coach Yoast was already known. He, therefore, was the "obvious" choice.
Football itself, especially in its unique American form, has an interesting history. How did it change from ancient times when people played "ball" with their "feet?"
Many historians believe American football was initially based on Rugby (the fast-paced game invented at the famous boy's school in Rugby, England) and later shaped by Walter Camp ("the father of American football"). The Rugby boys' school is still standing and rugby balls are still made by hand in the village. But the fast-paced, non-stop nature of today's rugby is much different from today's American football.
No matter the version, football is a team sport:
By all accounts, the school's football program was in shambles. "Built-in" beliefs about other people are tough to shed.
But ... the Titans and their coaches would soon rise above long-held misconceptions. They began to perform together and became a winning championship team. Along the way, they would learn a few important lessons about how to live life.
Gerry Bertier, one of the Titans' stars, had his life turned upside down the night of the 1971 football banquet. He'd just won the "Defensive Award in Football," but his football-playing days would end that night.