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The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football
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The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football [Format Kindle]

Jeff Benedict , Armen Keteyian

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Revue de presse

"The best book on the sport written in years (and that's coming from someone who has written a couple). The System will shock fans as the saturation reporting peels back the veneer on everything from coaching politics, to sexual tension in tutoring labs, to the role of recruiting hostesses, to back-stabbing conference realignment, to super boosters, and so on. Even the hardcore fans, though, will be surprised -- everyone knows this is a wild business, just not in such detail...There's just no way a college football fan won't devour this book."
--Dan Wetzel, Yahoo!Sports

"The System is hands-down the best college football book I've ever read. It is that rare non-fiction book that reads like a great crime novel in that you just can't put it down. The System covers the good, the bad and the ugly in the world of college football, including an inside look at a walk-on being picked in the first round of the NFL draft, big-time college football scandals and an epidemic of criminal behavior by players on campus. It's a completely unvarnished look at the second-most popular sport in the country that will leave you aghast at the underworld that exists beneath college stadiums."
--Jim Weber,

"There is a major storm brewing on college football's horizon. At the eye of the storm is a book that is a must-read for hardcore college football fans who want to know the truth about 'The System.'"
--Frank Cooney, The Sports Exchange

"[A] harrowing and occasionally uplifting journey -- or literary trip -- through recent history and across the country's most football-obsessed campuses."
--Harvey Araton, The New York Times

"One of the most sweeping yet meticulously researched books ever written on big-time college football...."The System" isn't just a good read. For anyone who cares about major college athletics, it is a vital read. "The System" isn't about one aspect of college football. It's about every the end, the beauty is not in the shock value, but in the detail, shocking and mundane, that is so carefully presented."
--The Hartford Courant

"The System is a broad survey of the machinery of college football: the money and marketing, the recruiting and classroom pampering, the off-the-books privileges. The authors trace the efforts of various programs and coaches who try to avoid the excess and trickery and do right by their student-athletes. But clearly the system is hard to beat, and it has a corrupting effect on nearly everyone involved."
--The Wall Street Journal

"I just read and can't stop extolling The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian (reviewed below). I expected scandal, I expected feel-good stories; what I didn't expect was a book so riveting that I missed my bus stop...Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian have given us a thrilling read."
--Marilyn Dahl, editor, Shelf Awareness for Readers

Présentation de l'éditeur

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

Détails sur le produit

  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 6238 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 433 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0385536615
  • Editeur : Doubleday; Édition : Updated (17 septembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00C0AM2XG
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Eye opening and insightful! 19 septembre 2013
Par blue32 - Publié sur
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As a father of a 17 yr old athelete who is just now experiencing he recruiting process for a D1 program, we eagerly read this book to help us prepare for the next 12 months of chaos.

While there were no blockbuster revelations, it has given us great insight in to the inner workings of college football. It is very well written, and at times both heartbreaking and hopeful.

I must point out, amid the scandal, rumor and secrecy of most college football programs, the authors have inadvertently shined a light on the program that stands in stark contrast to all the others.

BYU deserves praise for their program that puts football well behind the spiritual, intellectual, and character building of their young men.

All I knew about BYU was Danny Ainge, Steve Young and tea-totalling students. After my son and I read the book, without speaking a word, we moved BYU to the top of our list of potential programs.

I believe that this exceptional book will be a catalyst for change and a long needed overhaul of the college football system.

Fantastic read for any fan--casual or diehard alike.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Good, The Bad and the Ugly 20 septembre 2013
Par michaela - Publié sur
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Released earlier this week, The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football is sure to raise our collective eyebrows. While this book is definitely a must read for college football fans, it is sure to grip even the most apathetic of sports fans. But this sports book isn't all fun and games. Instead, it takes a hard look behind the scene to widen our football lens. The authors cover seat-squirming topics with unprecedented research into issues like the use of college co-eds (or Hostesses) to lure high school recruits to big-time programs, or female co-eds using their physical assets to reward the student-athletes they tutor. The ugly story of a rape case is followed by a good story of faith and second chances. Finally, The System addresses the elephant in the locker room: money. Is college football all about money? The money it takes to build multi-million dollar football stadiums and facilities? The millions it takes to hire big-time football coaches? The millions most college football programs lose every year? Meanwhile, college tuitions rise to help cover athletic department budgets, student-athletes receive injuries to last a lifetime, and the NCAA gets their knickers in a twist over dollars received by student-athletes while these players endure boot camp-like experiences in the name of conditioning while receiving zero pay. Perhaps The System will leave you scratching your head: almost everyone involved in the game of college football has a paycheck--except the guys with the numbers on their jerseys receiving concussion-causing hits. The System includes stories of players who make it Pro, but it also makes clear that most college football players will never play on Sundays. The System is a well-written, painstakingly detailed book for both the sports fan and the indifferent onlooker as its research illuminates the good, the bad and the ugly of the religion America calls college football.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Super interesting 19 septembre 2013
Par J. Ahlander - Publié sur
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It's promoted as a book about the scandals in college football, which it has...but I really liked the human-element stories about the struggles and personalities of some college football coaches and players. Good read, but be prepared for a lot of profanity.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 YOU CAN`T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN 20 septembre 2013
Par Steven B. Western - Publié sur
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I bought "The System" then I immedicately began to read. Eleven hours later I put it down too sleepy to hold the Kindle up any longer. If you love college football you will love "The System". It's a fly on the wall look at the best coaches and programs what they stand for, and how they operate. The authors had incredible access to both the players and coaches. Jeff Benedict is a very gifted writer for SI and maybe a dozen other books. You may not recognize his name but you have read his work. You won't have to deal with Buyers Regret when you purchase this one.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The System 19 septembre 2013
Par hwaite - Publié sur
The System is a first class, freight train that steers right into the unbelievable world of college football. The book is both academic and eye-opening, with tons of insight into what really goes on in college football, and how some athletes are treated and taken care of, without anybody or anything ever truly holding accountability. With loads of passion and exitement, this book is a perfect 10 for me! Both Jeff and Armen have unearthed so many realities about the business of recruiting that its hard to even put the book down.
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