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The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football Paperback – August 26, 2014
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"The best book on the sport written in years. . . . There's just no way a college football fan won't devour this book."--Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
"[A] harrowing and occasionally uplifting journey--or literary trip--through recent history and across the country's most football-obsessed campuses."--The New York Times
“Throw[s] the penalty flag on the troubled and troubling state of college football.”—The Chicago Tribune
“The authors are superb at humanizing figures like the college presidents struggling to maintain a balance and even longtime Ohio State booster Bobby DiGeronimo, who became a fall guy for the scandal-beset school.”—The Christian Science Monitor
"One of the most sweeping yet meticulously researched books ever written on big-time college football. . . . A vital read."—The Hartford Courant
"The System is a broad survey of the machinery of college football."--The Wall Street Journal
About the Author
JEFF BENEDICT is one of the country’s top investigative reporters. He is a special features contributor for Sports Illustrated and the author of eleven critically acclaimed books, including Pros and Cons and Out of Bounds. His essays and articles have appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.
ARMEN KETEYIAN is a CBS News correspondent based in New York and the lead correspondent for 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime. An eleven-time Emmy Award winner, he is widely regarded as one of the finest investigative journalists in the country. He is also the author or coauthor of nine previous books, including Money Players and Raw Recruits.
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From the NCAA's bogus claims that these athletes are "Student's First," to the blatant cover ups of sexual assaults by college football athletes, the System goes into detail of a lot of things that I have always known to be true but have "turned a blind eye to." When you stop and think about it, the System describes a billion dollar enterprise that will stop at absolutely nothing to ensure the sustainability of the money making engine that is college football.
For any major college football fan out there, the System is well worth the read. It will take you on a ride deep into the inter-workings of the billion dollar enterprise that is college football, and when you finish, I believe that this book might cause you to look at your favorite program in a slightly different light.
In closing ... "For one night, everything glorious about college football was on display. The vivid pageantry, collective excellence, communal celebration and fierce competition provided the grand spectacle only NCAA football played at its highest level can deliver. One could almost forget the unremitting pressure, the scandals haunting the sport - the bidding wars for top recruits; the booster payoffs; the horrific injuries; the academic cheating; the rising tide of criminal acts; the brute fact that the young men who sacrificed on the field were interchangeable pieces who received exactly none of the billions of dollars of revenue the game generated.... ALMOST."
The title "Glory and Scandal" fits the book well, as it focuses exclusively on neither, rather taking the reader on an emotional rollercoaster through the highs and lows of the lives associated with college football. Points are balanced, well researched, and consistent with other sources.
For the diehard college fan, or the casual observer interesting in learning more on how college football works, this book is one of the few must reads.
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1. The have nots and how daunting it is.
2. The process of j.c.'s and where they fit to keep the system flowing.