By Mike McIntire

A searing exposé of ways the multibillion buck university activities empire fails universities, scholars, and athletes.

With little public debate or introspection, our associations of upper studying became hostages to the rapacious, smash-mouth leisure conglomerate identified, quaintly, as intercollegiate athletics. In Champions Way, New York Times investigative reporter Mike McIntire chronicles the increase of this growing to be scandal during the event of the Florida country Seminoles, some of the most winning groups in NCAA history.

A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his instances research of faculty activities, McIntire breaks new flooring the following, uncovering the workings of a process that permits athletes to violate educational criteria and steer clear of felony prosecution for activities starting from shoplifting to inebriated using. on the center of Champions Way is the untold tale of a whistle-blower, Christie Suggs, and her wrenching fight to carry a corrupt method to account. including stunning new information about in demand activities figures, together with NFL quarterback Jameis Winston and previous FSU trainer Bobby Bowden, Champions Way shines a gentle at the moral, ethical, and criminal compromises inherent within the making of a championship activities program.

Beyond the tale of Florida nation, McIntire takes readers on a trip during the historical past of school soccer, from its origins as a roughneck hobby coached by means of nineteenth-century professors to its present incarnation as a gold-plated behemoth that some time past outgrew its scholastic environs. Illuminated in wealthy and tense aspect is the hidden monetary surroundings that nourishes hundred-million-dollar groups, from the hustlers who recruit avid gamers for faculties and the athletic departments managed by way of wealthy boosters to the schools whose educational challenge and ethical authority were undermined. greater than stating flaws, McIntire examines their factors and gives desire to people who could reform collage sports.

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