Bowls, Polls, and Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and by Stewart Mandel

By Stewart Mandel

Activities Illustrated columnist Stewart Mandel tackles the 10 matters that confound university soccer fansIf your middle beats swifter on Saturday afternoons as your staff takes the sphere, this e-book offers you new perception into the fanaticism and chaos that signify collage soccer this day. Stewart Mandel takes a provocative, hard-hitting examine the hot-button matters: the debatable BCS; the polls and their principally arbitrary scores; the ego-inflating recruiting craze; dishonest and up to date scandals; the large pressures and salaries heaped on coaches; the Heisman hype-fest; the NFL draft; the clunky convention expansions; privileged Notre Dame, university football's maximum juggernaut; and the proliferation of bowl video games. you will getbehind-the-scenes insights on how the problems developed and why a few are nearly very unlikely to resolve.You'll see how culture, politics, and funds impression university soccer this present day. you will discover that, whereas the foundations of the sport are difficult and quick, the foundations governing collage soccer are blurred and pliable. and you will find a booklet that is as unique, passionate, and thought-provoking because the video game itself."Stewart Mandel writes approximately collage football's significant controversies with a wit and intensity of data that might galvanize even the main obsessed enthusiasts. and since he is either reasonable and goal, there's something during this publication to infuriate approximately everyone."—Warren St. John, writer of the bestselling Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A highway journey into the guts of Fan Mania"In a publication dripping with sarcasm, Stewart Mandel performs travel consultant on a fascinating journey in the course of the university soccer nuthouse."—Bruce Feldman, writer of Meat marketplace and senior author for ESPN the journal

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I take a quick look at my preseason ballot, drop FSU two spots, from twelfth to fourteenth, and Miami six spots, from seventeenth to twenty-third, then send the thing in so I can try to get a few hours’ sleep before heading to the airport. The next day, it will be pointed out to me that as a result of dropping the ’Noles two spots for beating a ranked team on the road, Iowa moved up two spots, from thirteenth to eleventh, for beating I-AA Montana on its own field. Whoops. We are a society of people obsessed with rankings, and personally, I blame Casey Kasem.

That year’s biggest BCS controversy revolved around which two teams out of Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Oregon would secure the Fiesta Bowl’s two at-large berths. Ducks coach Mike Bellotti voted his team fourth and the Irish ninth; Ohio State’s Jim Tressel put his team fourth and Bellotti’s team ninth. A year later, fifteen of the eighteen coaches who voted for their own team ranked them higher than the general electorate, most notably Rutgers’s Greg Schiano (tenth vs. seventeenth), West Virginia’s Rich Rodriguez (seventh vs.

In fact, there are plenty of presidents who are diametrically opposed to his viewpoint. “A number of [presidents] in the Big Ten and Pac-10 would rather go back to the old bowl system than go to a playoff,” said Oregon’s Frohnmayer. No word whether they would also cheerfully return to the days of horse and buggy or outdoor plumbing. The fact is, the precedent has now been set for a true national championship in college football, and there will be no turning back. In fact, the large majority of fans would happily spit in the face of tradition altogether if it meant finally resolving the sport’s repeated, frustrating end-of-season controversies.

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