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Bowls, Polls & Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and Controversy That Reign Over College Football Stewart Mandel

Bowls, Polls & Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and Controversy That Reign Over College Football

Stewart Mandel

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ISBN : 9780470373552
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284 pages
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SI.com College Football Mailbag author Stewart Mandel tackles the ten issues that confound college football fans--with a new chapter on the 2007 seasonAn intricate tour through the ills of the college football world (and there are many), but stillMoreSI.com College Football Mailbag author Stewart Mandel tackles the ten issues that confound college football fans--with a new chapter on the 2007 seasonAn intricate tour through the ills of the college football world (and there are many), but still manages to take on a breezy, airy tone.----The Quad, NYTimes.comStewart Mandel writes about college footballs major controversies with a wit and depth of knowledge that will impress even the most obsessed fans. And because hes both fair and objective, there is something in this book to infuriate nearly everyone.----Warren St. John, author of the bestselling Rammer JammerYellow Hammer: A Road Trip into the Heart of Fan ManiaIn a book dripping with sarcasm, Stewart Mandel plays tour guide on an interesting ride through the college football nuthouse.----Bruce Feldman, author of Meat Market and senior writer for ESPN the MagazineIf youre confused by the world of college football, particularly the BCS and how the present polls are conducted, then I will recommend to you Bowls, Polls & Tattered Souls.----Football OutsidersPresents history and insights on all aspects of the sport, from recruiting to the bowl system to why certain teams play in certain conferences. A great read for fans with thirty days or thirty years of experience.----Orlando SentinelIf your heart beats faster on Saturday afternoons as your team takes the field, this book will give you new insight into the fanaticism and chaos that characterize college football today. Stewart Mandel takes a provocative, hard-hitting look at the hot-button issues: the controversial BCS- the polls and their largely arbitrary rankings- the ego-inflating recruiting craze- cheating and recent scandals- the huge pressures and salaries heaped on coaches- the Heisman hype-fest- the NFL draft- the clunky conference expansions- privileged Notre Dame, college footballs greatest juggernaut- and the proliferation of bowl games. Youll get behind-the-scenes insights on how the issues evolved and why some are almost impossible to resolve in a book thats as entertaining, passionate, and thought-provoking as the game itself.