Department of Classics

The Great Debate: Thomas Palaima and Lino Graglia square off over football

Wed, October 28, 2009
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Palaima and Graglia will debate the question: Is college football a positive influence in American universities? Professor Palaima will take the affirmative position, Professor Graglia the negative. Rhetoric and Writing major Emma Tran will moderate the debate.

Palaima, the University of Texas representative on the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA), has been critical of money's influence on NCAA football while upholding the concept of "amateur sports within a true educational context." Graglia, an outspoken opponent of large college football programs, has called big-time college football a "fraudulent enterprise."

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Gary Susswein, College of Liberal Arts, 512-471-4945 or

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