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The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football

Brad and I have many similar interests, but one of the things we find it HARD to do is to find a movie, TV show, or book that we both want to watch or listen to at the same time.  When we go on a road trip, we like to listen to books on tape.  The last time we drove to Colorado, we listened to The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football.   I am not nearly the die hard college football fan that my husband is but I still really enjoyed the book.

This is a book that many dads, husbands, brothers, and friends (women and men) would enjoy getting for Christmas.

 System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football takes an inside look at college football and reveals many interesting things to this unique system.  There were many well known names of coaches and football players that even non die hard fans will recognize.  It was an interesting read because of the variety of things covered about college football (the good, the bad, and the ugly).  I am posting two amazon reviews because I think they do a great job in summarizing what the book is about. 

By michaelaon September 19, 2013

Format: Kindle Edition

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.

By blue32on September 19, 2013

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase

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.


Brenham, Texas


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