The Hundred Yard Lie: The Corruption of College Football and What We Can Do to Stop It / Edition 1

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The lead college football writer for Sports Illustrated examines the myths that surround college football and obscure the reality of the game.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Bad things are happening'' to college football, according to former Sports Illustrated writer Telander ( Heaven Is a Playground ), and he explains here why the sport has reached such a lamentable pass. The crux of the problem, he argues, is hypocrisy--on the part of colleges, which claim they are producing ``student athletes,'' when they are cheating players academically; coaches, who assert they are building character when, instead, they care only about winning; boosters, who help colleges ``buy'' the best talent; and the NCAA, which produces little but sanctimonious platitudes in defense of a corrupt system. Telander's plans to remedy matters include establishing professional teams of 18-to-22-year-old non-students, headquartered at colleges, with no undergraduates allowed on the teams. His righteous indignation is infectious and potent. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252065231
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: Illini Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 1,417,775
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 5
Foreword 9
1 You Can't Let a Few Isolated Incidents Ruin the Sport for You 15
2 Playing for Free Is Noble 39
3 Your Coach Is the Greatest Teacher You'll Ever Have 81
4 A Winning Team Makes a Fortune for Its School 123
5 Football Is Play 140
6 College Football Promotes the Values America Needs 184
7 There's Nothing We Can Do 211
Afterword 225
Acknowledgments 231
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