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John U Bacon
|Description:||vii, 343 pages ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||"The stakes couldn't be higher" --
Paterno's legacy --
Urban's story --
The outsider --
Four teams, four goals --
Night of the lettermen --
We know who we are --
"It all starts Saturday" --
Pain at the pleasure dome --
The brainiac bowl --
"If we could just win one" --
The richest rivalry --
A toast to open hearts --
Inferno at the Horseshoe --
Sing to the colors --
It matters to us --
"All the things we admire" --
The battle for the brown jug --
"You can't manufacture tradition" --
"Twenty years from now, this is what we'll all be talking about" --
Epilogue : "How much money do they need?"
|Responsibility:||John U. Bacon.|
Bacon take a warts-and-all look at the present and future of college football. He embedded himself in four programs: Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Northwestern. He ate dinner at training tables, and he listened in locker rooms. None of Bacon's discoveries is more poignant than this: the last, true defenders of the student-athlete ideal are the players themselves, who, even as money changes everything around them, are left to carry the future of the league, the game, and more than a century of tradition on their backs every fall Saturday.
"John Bacon's exploration of the uncontrolled greed, intellectual corruption, and sheer mendacity that have captured college football would be depressing - if it weren't so wonderfully reported,
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