The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 17, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 432 pages
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NCAA football is big business. Every Saturday millions of people file into massive stadiums or tune in on television as "athlete-students" give everything they've got to make their team a success. Billions of dollars now flow into the game. But what is the true cost? The players have no share in the oceans of money. And once the lights go down, the glitter doesn't shine so brightly. Filled with mind-blowing details of major NCAA football scandals, with stops at Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Missouri, BYU, LSU, Texas A&M and many more, The System explores and exposes the complex, and perhaps broken, machine that churns behind the glamour of college football. 

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This is probably one of the most important books ever written about college football. It is both glorious and devastating at the same time. No sport seems to have as much majestic pageantry and ... Read full review

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Although I did not plan it this way, I finished reading The System just the day before The University of Oregon and Ohio State University played for the first college football playoff national ... Read full review


Title Page
BUILT BY BAMA In a class by itself
THE COACH Part II Terminated
REBUILDING A PROGRAM There is no gray with
THE BOOSTER What 248 million will buy
THE TUTOR Friends with benefits
THE SYSTEM AT WORK Ohio State and the consequences of 3 07
THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Part II Its going to be expensive
THE WALKON I want to play football 18 SABANS WAY The New Testament of college football 19 THE WOUNDED Pain is relative
THE BLUECHIP RECRUIT The Ricky SealsJones sweepstakes
THE COACH Part III The starting lineup is voluntary too 22 CRIME AND PUNISHMENT The SEC leads the nation
THE GAME I hate losing more than anything
THE COACH Part IV The letter
THE DRAFT PICK To go pro or not to go pro 26 GAMEDAYThe genius of ESPN

THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Part I We have no money Nobody is giving money We are not on TV 14 THE INVESTIGATORS Biggame hunting

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JEFF BENEDICT is one of the country’s top investigative reporters. He is a special features contributor for Sports Illustrated and the author of eleven critically acclaimed books, including Pros and Cons and Out of Bounds. His essays and articles have appeared in the New York TimesNewsweek and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.
ARMEN KETEYIAN is a CBS News correspondent based in New York and the lead correspondent for 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime. An eleven-time Emmy Award winner, he is widely regarded as one of the finest investigative journalists in the country. He is also the author or coauthor of nine previous books, including Money Players and Raw Recruits.

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