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Varsity Green: A Behind the Scenes Look at Culture and Corruption in College Athletics Hardcover – December 3, 2009
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"Mark Yost tells a readable story that presents recent research on college athletics in a very stimulating manner. The title of the opening chapter on the student athlete says it all: 'The Entertainment Product.'"Phil Miller, Minnesota State University, Mankato
"Mark Yost ranks among the elite of 'sport and business of sport' writers. Honest and fearless, Varsity Green will excite both the hard core fan, as well as the casual NCAA observer. A Great read!" Roy Green, nationally syndicated radio talk show host, Canada
More About the Author
"Mary's Fate," the third book in the series, is due out in August 2015. Rick Crane's first two tales are "Cooper's Daughter" and "Jimmy's Nephew."
Mark Yost has also written four nonfiction books, including "Tailgating, Sacks and Salary Caps," a look at the business of the NFL; as well as "Varsity Green: A Behind the Scenes Look at Culture and Corruption in College Athletics."
Mark Yost has written for The Wall Street Journal for more than 20 years.
He was an editor and writer for the Journal editorial page in New York and Brussels, as well as a reporter for the Dow Jones Newswires in Detroit covering the auto industry.
More recently, Yost has been a regular contributor to the Journal's Arts in Review and Book Review sections.
Mark Yost lives in Chicago, but calls the Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn "home."
Top Customer Reviews
I can easily see that nobody engaged in this world will be happy with what Mark Yost finds after he turns his keen eye on it. Those boosters who claim that the current system is a win-win, giving colleges great teams and youngsters a chance at an education, will be infuriated by Yost's damning indictment of an educational system that encourages young people to believe that they have a real shot at going pro via a college team (in fact, in a too-often repeated statistic, he notes that 3% of high school athletes will get a college scholarship; only 2% of those will have any kind of pro career) and then after coddling them and sheltering them from reality, abandons them to sink or swim when they tear a ligament and can't generate any revenue for the institution. On the other hand, those on the academic side will likely not enjoy Yost's even-handed analysis: he points out that a lot of the revenue from successful and profitable athletic teams actually helps subsidize academic programs and that so far, there is little proof that athletic donations are cannibalizing those to academic chairs and other programs.
This is an intriguing look behind the scenes at some of the top coaches, the top donors, the administrators and the boosters.Read more ›
I would have given the book 5 stars but for a few problems. On the positive side, Yost's writing style is engaging and well-paced. And the insight that he provides gives one the feel of being an insider in the business of college sports. Still, there are a few problems with the book. First, he relies quite a bit on other books, leaving me wishing that he had gotten more direct quotes from people in college athletics and related businesses. Perhaps they were reluctant to talk to him. Second, at times he repeats himself. The worst case of this is in the Epilogue, where he repeats a lot of material, for example, the discussion of the critic Nathan Tublitz and APR and GSR rates.
But my complaints aside, I found this book to be an easy, engaging read and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in college athletics, higher education, and the uneasy relationship between the two.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mark Yost tries to make the case for a culture surrounding college sports but simply repeatedly returns to a small number of anecdotes. Read morePublished on January 5, 2013 by K. Miller
With book being a couple years old and college football is changing everyday its hard to keep up with up-to-date information.Published on December 7, 2012 by Matt Whitten
Right from the beginning, this book is an easy read. Yost's writing style is fun, informative, and really eye-opening. Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by snowbear725