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football comes to tcu by ezra hoodRiff, Ram, Bah, Zoo! Football Comes to TCU

by Ezra Hood

128 pages, 6 x 9 • Paper $20.00
ISBN 978-0-87565-566-6

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Riff, Ram, Bah, Zoo! Football Comes to TCU, traces the origins of Texas Christian University, a tiny liberal arts college in Waco, Texas, to its induction into the Southwest Conference in 1922 as an up-and-coming collegiate football power.


Hood begins with the university’s conception in 1873, when it was known as AddRan Male and Female College, and describes the rise of football’s popularity in Texas. From there, the book chronicles each of TCU’s football seasons from its first year in 1896 to its final year in TIAA play, before it joined the Southwest Conference and went on to become, in Hood’s words, “the prince of the Southwest in the 1930s.”


Hood captures particular details of each season—noting significant coaching changes and highly-touted recruits—all the while providing anecdotes from local newspapers as a way to capture the community response to TCU football in both Waco and Fort Worth.


Drawing from numerous newspaper sources—most notably from the TCU Daily Skiff—Hood’s book provides an in-depth, game-by-game history of a football program that struggled to find its place amongst established Texas football programs in the early twentieth century. Thanks to Hood’s detailed historical account, this book will be a valuable reference for both fans and historians of TCU and the game of football.


Ezra Hood graduated from Texas Christian University in 2005 with a degree in music composition. He received his JD from George Mason University School of Law in 2009 and currently works as an attorney advisor in Fort Worth. As a student, he wrote for the TCU Daily Skiff and remains an enthusiastic fan of TCU athletics.


  • "All TCU fans will enjoy this interesting account of our football team's earliest years.  Thanks to Ezra Hood and TCU Press, the stories and photos offer fascinating insight into how the game of football came to TCU."

    TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr.

  • "TCU has a proud football tradition, and we’re excited that TCU Press is capturing its early years with this very special publication. It’s a must read for any Horned Frogs football fan.”

    TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte

  • “Ezra Hood has cast a bright light on the early years of TCU football, when games were played on East Campus. No TV, no bowls, not even Davey O’Brien . . . it’s an inside look at the cornerstone days of a program that continues to honor its pigskin pioneers. Riff Ram!”

    TCU Sports Network Color Analyst John Denton

tcu football team in 1897

"The Boys from the Heights" - TCU's first football team in 1897.