By Stewart Mandel
Activities Illustrated columnist Stewart Mandel tackles the 10 matters that confound university soccer fansIf your middle beats speedier on Saturday afternoons as your group takes the sphere, this publication offers you new perception into the fanaticism and chaos that represent university soccer this present day. Stewart Mandel takes a provocative, hard-hitting examine the hot-button concerns: the arguable BCS; the polls and their principally arbitrary ratings; the ego-inflating recruiting craze; dishonest and up to date scandals; the massive pressures and salaries heaped on coaches; the Heisman hype-fest; the NFL draft; the clunky convention expansions; privileged Notre Dame, collage football's maximum juggernaut; and the proliferation of bowl video games. you are going to getbehind-the-scenes insights on how the problems developed and why a few are virtually most unlikely to resolve.You'll see how culture, politics, and funds impression university soccer this present day. you will discover that, whereas the principles of the sport are tough and speedy, the principles governing university soccer are blurred and pliable. and you will find a publication that is as interesting, passionate, and thought-provoking because the online game itself."Stewart Mandel writes approximately university football's significant controversies with a wit and intensity of information that may provoke even the main obsessed lovers. and since he is either reasonable and goal, there's something during this booklet to infuriate approximately everyone."—Warren St. John, writer of the bestselling Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A highway journey into the center of Fan Mania"In a booklet dripping with sarcasm, Stewart Mandel performs journey advisor on a fascinating trip during the university soccer nuthouse."—Bruce Feldman, writer of Meat marketplace and senior author for ESPN the journal
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Extra info for Bowls, Polls, and Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and Controversy that Reign Over College Football
Uh-oh—potential lawsuits. Soon the BCS’s Presidential Oversight Committee was holding a series of peace summits with Cowen’s Coalition for Athletic Reform, with NCAA president Brand serving as a facilitator, and on February 29, 2004, the two sides announced a stunning agreement that caught even the BCS’s own commissioners by surprise. * In a teleconference from Miami’s Fontainebleu Hilton Resort, site of the meeting where this historic agreement was brokered, Cowen proclaimed, “Today is a very good day for intercollegiate athletics and higher education.
In the meantime, fans would best be advised to save their voices. There’s going to be a lot more yelling to come. *Machen has seen the other side of it firsthand, however: he was Utah’s president in 2004 when the Utes went undefeated but had no chance to play for the national title. †No one has ever managed to pin down with any certainty exactly how much more lucrative a playoff would be than the current system. Television experts have estimated anywhere from a 60 percent spike in rights fees to about triple the current amount.
When the leaders of the six major conferences (and Notre Dame) originally set up the BCS, they hadn’t given much thought to including their less prestigious colleagues because 1) that would mean having to share the money with them, and 2) it’s not like there was any precedent that said they should be included. * Since World War II, all but one national champion (BYU in 1984) fit the same category. The Alabamas and Penn States of the world had been beating up on the Louisiana Techs and Toledos of the world for the better part of a century, so you’ll have to excuse the BCS founders if they didn’t spend a whole lot of time in those original meetings discussing their mostly harmless little stepbrothers.
Bowls, Polls, and Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and Controversy that Reign Over College Football by Stewart Mandel