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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    College football has never been more popular - or more chaotic. Millions fill 100,000-seat stadiums every Saturday; tens of millions more watch on television every weekend. The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama had a viewership of 26.4 million people, second only to the Super Bowl. Billions of dollars from television deals now flow into the game; the average budget for a top-ten team is $80 million; top coaches make more than $3 million a year; the highest paid, more than $5 million.

    Brady says: "Excellent!"
    "Very interesting behind the scenes look!"
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    If you could sum up The System in three words, what would they be?

    Somebody's Getting Paid!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Recruitment of Kyle Van Noy and the "walk-on" Ziggy Ansah.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    There seems to be a lot of connections to BYU and more than its share of the chapters. It actually seems to paint them as the only team out there with a honest program. Some of the information about College Coaches doesn't surprise me, but the amounts of money they are talking about for football vs the rest of the University is unbelievable. Its no wonder the students want to get paid!


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the way each chapter looks at a different aspect of the system. It was very well written and included lots of great behind the scenes stories about Kevin Leach situation at Texas Tech and Saban's decision to coach at Alabama.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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