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the 1930 NCAA long jump revisited


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  • the 1930 NCAA long jump revisited

    looking at the Decatur Review for that year and it notes that long jump winner Ed Gordon of Iowa, a junior winning the second of what would be 3 titles wasn't actually part of the team.

    He had been dropped for "disciplinary" reasons, so ended up paying his own way to Chicago!

    That kind of freedom wouldn't be allowed these days, of course.

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    You're right about not allowing that kind of freedom today. Actually Ed Gordon never did graduate from Iowa, but he was the first athlete to win three consecutive NCAA titles. I think he could have won an Olympic medal in Amsterdam (1928) had he not been injured, however he did come back in 1932 to win the Los Angeles Olympic long jump on his first jump. Gordon was a talented athlete.