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Sports Illustrated columnist Stewart Mandel tackles the ten issues that confound college football fans

If your heart beats faster on Saturday afternoons as your team takes the field, this book will give you new insight into the fanaticism and chaos that characterize college football today. Stewart Mandel takes a provocative, hard-hitting look at the hot-button issues: the controversial BCS; the polls and their largely arbitrary rankings; the ego-inflating recruiting craze; ...

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Bowls, Polls, and Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and Controversy that Reign Over College Football

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Overview

Sports Illustrated columnist Stewart Mandel tackles the ten issues that confound college football fans

If your heart beats faster on Saturday afternoons as your team takes the field, this book will give you new insight into the fanaticism and chaos that characterize college football today. Stewart Mandel takes a provocative, hard-hitting look at the hot-button issues: the controversial BCS; the polls and their largely arbitrary rankings; the ego-inflating recruiting craze; cheating and recent scandals; the huge pressures and salaries heaped on coaches; the Heisman hype-fest; the NFL draft; the clunky conference expansions; privileged Notre Dame, college football's greatest juggernaut; and the proliferation of bowl games. You'll getbehind-the-scenes insights on how the issues evolved and why some are almost impossible to resolve.

You'll see how tradition, politics, and money influence college football today. You'll discover that, while the rules of the game are hard and fast, the rules governing college football are blurred and pliable. And you'll find a book that's as entertaining, passionate, and thought-provoking as the game itself.

"Stewart Mandel writes about college football's major controversies with a wit and depth of knowledge that will impress even the most obsessed fans. And because he's both fair and objective, there is something in this book to infuriate nearly everyone."
—Warren St. John, author of the bestselling Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Road Trip into the Heart of Fan Mania

"In a book dripping with sarcasm, Stewart Mandel plays tour guide on an interesting ride through the college football nuthouse."
—Bruce Feldman, author of Meat Market and senior writer for ESPN the Magazine

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"In a book dripping with sarcasm, Stewart Mandel plays tour guide on an interesting ride through the college football nuthouse."
—Bruce Feldman, author of Meat Market and senior writer for ESPN the Magazine

"Stewart Mandel writes about college football's major controversies with a wit and depth of knowledge that will impress even the most obsessed fans. And because he's both fair and objective, there is something in this book to infuriate nearly everyone."
—Warren St. John, author of the bestselling Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Road Trip into the Heart of Fan Mania

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470049174
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/24/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Stewart Mandel is a bylined columnist for Sports Illustrated and the lead college football columnist for SI.com, where his "College Football Mailbag" and other columns received tens of millions of page views in 2006. Mandel has been a featured guest on hundreds of radio sports talk shows and has appeared on CBS, ESPN2, ESPN News, and CNN Headline News. He previously worked at ABC Sports Online and ESPN the Magazine.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

1 One Nation, Under the BCS.

2 Pulling Rank.

3 HeWon the Heisman?

4 FireMyCoach.com.

5 What’s the Deal with Notre Dame?

6 Invasion of the Recruiting Geeks.

7 How Boston College and Clemson Became Neighbors.

8 Tonight, It’s the MPC Motor City Car Care Credit Union Bowl.

9 That’s Great, Now Run a 40.

10 Everybody Cheats—Just Not My School.

Afterword.

Acknowledgments.

Index.

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