Upgrade to the Flash 9 viewer for enhanced content, including the ability to browse & search through your favorite titles.
Click here to learn more!
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year
NCAA football is big business. Every Saturday millions of people file into massive stadiums or tune in on television as "athlete-students" give everything they've got to make their team a success. Billions of dollars now flow into the game. But what is the true cost? The players have no share in the oceans of money. And once the lights go down, the glitter doesn't shine so brightly. Filled with mind-blowing details of major NCAA football scandals, with stops at Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Missouri, BYU, LSU, Texas A&M and many more, The System explores and exposes the complex, and perhaps broken, machine that churns behind the glamour of college football.
With a New Afterword.
"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