The College Football Problem: How Money and Power Corrupted the Game and How We Can Fix That

The College Football Problem: How Money and Power Corrupted the Game and How We Can Fix That


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A detailed expose on the corruption in college football by acclaimed sportswriter Rick Telander, with a foreword by Rick Reilly!
In 1989, when Rick Telander first published The Hundred Yard Lie, he proposed that big-time college football should be professionalized. 

In doing so, Telander was ahead of his time, for the problems that he outlined more than thirty years ago are still relevant today—and in some cases are more severe. In The College Football Problem, a newly revised edition of the 1989 book, Telander reveals that more than thirty years later there still exists the dominance of multimillionaire coaches whose only goal is winning regardless of cost to athletes; the presence of wealthy boosters, board members, and athletic department bigshots who have little regard for the academic side of universities; and, of course, the exploited players themselves—many of whom are impoverished minorities—who too often leave school without degrees or real world working skills but with physical injuries and mental betrayals that often will haunt them for the rest of their lives. Many of these concerns have come to a head in California, where in the Fall of 2019 the governor passed the Fair Pay to Play Act, whereby college athletes can hire  agents to help them with business deals.

With a new foreword by Rick Reilly, this book frames these longtime issues in a new light and offers solutions from Telander in an attempt to put an end to the corruption once and for all.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683583523
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/06/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 724,849
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Rick Telander is a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a former senior writer for Sports Illustrated and ESPN: the Magazine. Telander has won the Illinois Sportswriter of the Year Award nine times, and in 2018 he was awarded the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the author of eight books, including Heaven is a Playground and In the Year of the Bull.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rick Reilly ix

Foreword Murray Sperber xi

Intro to The Hundred Yard Lie Re-Issue xv

Chapter 1 You Can't Let a Few Isolated Incidents Ruin the Sport for You 1

Chapter 2 Playing for Free Is Noble 29

Chapter 3 Your Coach Is the Greatest Teacher You'll Ever Have 79

Chapter 4 A Winning Team Makes a Fortune for Its School 129

Chapter 5 Football Is Play 150

Chapter 6 College Football Promotes the values America Needs 204

Chapter 7 There's Nothing We Can Do 237

Acknowledgments 253

About the Authors 254

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