System The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football

ISBN-10: 0385536615

ISBN-13: 9780385536615

Edition: 2013

Authors: Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian

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An explosive and revelatory portrait reported from deep behind the scenes of big-time NCAA football: the passion, the thrilling action—and the shocking realities that lie beneath this colossal, multibillion-dollar business College football has never been more popular, or more chaotic. Millions fill 100,000-seat stadiums every Saturday; tens of millions more watch every weekend on television. The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama had a viewership of 26.4 million people, second only to the Super Bowl. Billions of dollars of television deals now flow into the game; the average budget for a top-ten team is $80 million; top coaches make more than $3 million a year, the highest paid, more than $5 million.      But behind this glittering success are the darker truths: “athlete-students” working essentially full-time jobs with no share in the oceans of money, who often don't graduate and end their careers with broken bodies; “janitors” who clean up player misconduct; football “hostesses” willing to do whatever it takes to land a recruit; paid test takers; recruiting slush funds. And this: Despite the millions of dollars pouring into the game, 90 percent of major athletic departments still lose money. Yet schools remain caught up in an ever-escalating “arm’s race”—at the expense of academic scholarships, facilities and faculty.      Celebrated investigative journalists Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian were granted unprecedented access during the 2012 season to programs at the highest levels across the country. Through dogged reporting they explored every nook and cranny of this high-powered machine and reveal how it operates from the inside out. The result: The System through the eyes of athletic directors and coaches, high-flying boosters and high-profile TV stars, five-star recruits and dogged NCAA investigators and the kids on whom the whole vast enterprise depends.      Both a celebration of the power and pageantry of NCAA football and a groundbreaking, thought-provoking critique of its excesses, The System is the definitive book on the college game.
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/17/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

Bruce Coville was born in Syracuse, New York, on May 16, 1950. He spent one year at Duke University in North Carolina. Coville started working seriously at becoming a writer when he was seventeen. He was not able to start selling stories right away, so he had many other jobs, including toymaker, gravedigger, cookware salesman, and assembly line worker. Eventually, Coville became an elementary teacher, and worked with second and fourth graders. Coville married Katherine Dietz an artist, and they began trying to create books together. It wasn't until 1977 that they finally sold their first book, The Foolish Giant. They joined together on two other books after that, Sarah's Unicorn and The Monster's Ring, and followed them with Goblins in the Castle, Aliens Ate My Homework, and The World's Worst Fairy Godmother.

Prologue Game on
The Coach Part I, Mike Leach after midnight
The Closer The life of a college football hostess
The Brand Going all in at Michigan
Big Man On Campus A pretty awesome asset
The Victim "They had suffered enough. They lost their scholarships"
The Coach Part II, Terminated
The Sacrificial Lamb Towson University plays with the big boys
Ohio State V. Michigan The return of "The Senator"
The Janitor "I fix shit"
Rebuilding a Program "There is no gray with Bronco"
The Booster What $248 million will buy you
The Tutor Friends with benefits
The Athletic Director Part I, "We have no money, Nobody is giving money, We are not on TV"
The Investigators Big-game hunting
The System at Work Ohio State and the consequences of $3.07
The Athletic Director Part II, "It's going to be expensive"
The Walk-On "I want to play football"
Saban's Way The New Testament of college football
The Wounded Pain is relative
The Blue-Chip Recruit The Ricky Seals-Jones sweepstakes
The Coach Part III, "The starting lineup is voluntary, too"
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
Gameday The genius of ESPN
Built By Bama In a class by itself
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