The Dan Wetzel College Football Podcast ditched its normal rotation of often low-brow Southern talk-radio hosts and went cerebral: author, former CBS News investigator and 60 Minutes Sports lead reporter Armen Keteyian.
Keteyian, along with Jeff Bendict of Sports Illustrated, wrote the new book "The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football" that is the buzz of the sport this week.
Keteyian discusses the genesis of the idea to write the book and the challenges of both getting a publishing deal and diving into an immense, two-year reporting and writing project.
He then gets into a number of the freshly reported findings in the book, including:
• The Ohio State violations case included getting booster Bobby DiGeronimo to speak on the record about how the Buckeyes handled the case and why mitigating evidence that seemed to downplay some allegations weren't pursued by the school.
• Lacey Pearl Earps, the infamous Tennessee recruiting hostess, speaking on the record for the first time and how what she said shines a light on the role recruiting hostesses play in the game.
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• The reporting that Texas A&M freshman Ricky Seals-Jones and his family were offered hundreds of thousands of dollars by two schools (not the Aggies) during his intense recruiting process. And what all of that says about how the business works.
• A general take on the state of the game and the state of the business of the game, as well as a brief look at some of the positive stories told in "The System."
This is undoubtedly a terrific book. Here's hoping the podcast lives up to it. Check it out here. It's free.
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