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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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First Advisor

Lee A. Opheim


Statement of Problem This study investigates the recruiting behavior of North Central Intercollegiate Athletic Conference football programs and identifies spatially the geographic points of origin and migration patterns of football players for a ten year period between 1977 and 1986. The geographical significance of such a study lies in the use of geographic techniques required to analyze the data presented. Hypotheses It is hypothesized that through an investigation of actual records of college football participation the locational arrangement of high school athletic production will be identified spatially by using geographic techniques. It is also hypothesized that through geographical analysis certain points of athletic production will indicate regions of significant recruiting influence in relationship to -the location of respective consuming points.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

North Central Conference
Football players -- Middle West
College athletes -- Recruiting -- Middle West
Football -- Scouting -- Middle West



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