Communal Living In College Football

June 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

The idea of a subgroups in the subculture allow subcultures such as college football team to maintain a high team unity. Many programs use dorms or off campus to house athletes. The dorms and housing provide social, cultural, and statistical background in the thought that race determines a lot of factors in football such as team unity, divisions, or how a team will win. In review I will take the Duke football team and review the living arrangements of the freshman class to determine how it contributes to racial boundaries.

Communal living also enforces a sense of unity. When you live with a certain person you get to know them through various circumstances. This has benefits for a football team. Many players that have lived together can over come many obstacles by the trust and familiarity with teammates.

Teammates together enforces team unity, it helps because many of the roommates have chosen a person of same race or social standards. In review of the housing assignment statistics nearly 80% of the 2015 Duke football freshman class rooms with a fellow athlete of the same race.

After talking to Will Monday (white punter) who rooms with a fellow black athlete he notice some nominal differences in how they lived. One very small thing is the way that Will and his teammate dress. One key difference is the brands that they put on each morning. While Will puts on dominantly Polo Ralph Lauren or Guy Harvey shirts, his roommate tends to wear other brands such as FUBU and Graphic t-shirts. This is a very topical difference in their lifestyle but one thing that inhibits the dorm equilibrium is the difference in the overall lifestyle and upbringing.

Knowing where both Will (Georgia) and his roommate (Maryland) came from, it will bring up differences in their lifestyles as depicted earlier. Following this theme this must force both of them to leave their comfort zones and turning these dorms into a more hostile environment that say a one with two athletes of the same race.

Providing all the previous observations and statistics, this backs up why most athletes choose a “safe” roommate. Choosing one of the same race, culture, and even position. With all this, it reinforces and ideal of racial divisions in a team. In my evaluation of summer workouts so far is that running depicts the team unity. When we run our sprints you even see the racial ties. We run in three lines; big skill (offensive and defensive lineman), combo skill ( tight ends and linebackers), and skill (cornerbacks and running backs). If one were to some observe they would realize the difference in these lines it would be quite obvious. The first line is predominately white with the second is mixed and the third is mostly black.

Now the question here is what does running have to do with communal living. Well in relation to the thought that many of players choosing certain roommates due to race and position, it makes a certain unity among those players and positions. When one man struggles to finish you can normally see either that persons roommate or position group encourage him on. Also reinforcing the backgrounds that many athletes come from allowing certain players to know what to say and what not to say. Communal living doesn’t just affect how clean a dorm room is or what music is played in there, it affects all aspects of the game.

In summing this up the observations of the freshman football class at Duke shows that racial ties to roommates is very pivotal in how the football team dynamic is cultivated. Without the brother hood or family feeling inside a college football program then, that makes it to where that team cannot win or be a “team”. Thus making the idea of communal living with a person of the same race, social, and cultural backgrounds allows a team to thrive and grow closer and eventually become a booming subculture. Even though the race boundaries are clearly defined in college football, most of the time it is the difference in being a good team and a great team.


§ One Response to Communal Living In College Football

  • ethnolust says:

    I really like the idea of using communal living as a way to understand creating community amongst large numbers of people from diverse backgrounds. In a lot of cases, we might think of identity as an issue that is all about individuals, but you have a project that is clearly about developing the individual as a communal subject. Despite the fact that unity might allude to notions of equality, I would love to see you address the ways that hierarchy are produced. Essentially, who has more power within the team structure? How is that power made visible? There are some examples that may show themselves during practice or competition. Some types of power may become visible in the day-to-day interactions. What could these be? Give examples. Show what people are saying.

    Nice post!

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