Dowling tells a sad and very personal story of the failed struggle at Rutgers, but readers at other institutions will have no difficulty in substituting the names of their own presidents and athletic directors. Dowling is not against athletics. He is for education."
--Stanley N. Katz, Princeton University, president emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies
"Big-time college athletics are helping to ruin higher education at Rutgers and elsewhere, writes insider and star professor of literature, William Dowling. In his personal story of involvement with athletics at Rutgers, Dowling pleads for Rutgers and other universities to become places that are student-centered and intellectually challenging." --Ronald A. Smith, author of Sports and Freedom: The Rise of Big-Time College Athletics
Before picking up Confessions of a Spoilsport, I had no idea that it's about Rutgers University. While reading the book, I can see why I felt the way I felt. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Mr. Math Expert
This book offers a great look at the effects of win-at-all costs Div 1 football on a university. It shows the incompatibility of recruiting athletes for scholarships and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Alexander Kirby
This is a terribly written book, from a man that has an agenda against Rutgers and its students. He has made racist comments towards athletes, and generally has disdain for the... Read morePublished on September 9, 2011 by Ed5781
This well-written book has added facts to my fears about the impact of an exaggerated emphasis on football. Read morePublished on April 26, 2008 by Chuck Sherman
Dowling, a Rutgers English professor, argues that commercialized division 1a athletics negatively effect the intellectual rigor and atmosphere of the colleges and universities that... Read morePublished on January 2, 2008 by Frank L. Greenagel Jr.
This timely and riveting book beautifully describes what happens when big-time college sports, in this case football, take precedent over the quality of education at an Eastern... Read morePublished on December 11, 2007 by BADREIKORN
The flaws in Professor Dowling's arguments are that he takes much space to equate high SAT scores with high academic achievement. Read morePublished on August 23, 2007 by S. L. Nachbar