By Stewart Mandel

Activities Illustrated columnist Stewart Mandel tackles the 10 matters that confound collage soccer fansIf your middle beats swifter on Saturday afternoons as your workforce takes the sphere, this ebook provides you with new perception into the fanaticism and chaos that represent university soccer this day. Stewart Mandel takes a provocative, hard-hitting examine the hot-button matters: the debatable BCS; the polls and their mostly arbitrary ratings; 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, collage 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 most unlikely to resolve.You'll see how culture, politics, and funds impression university soccer this day. you will discover that, whereas the principles of the sport are difficult and quick, the foundations governing collage soccer are blurred and pliable. and you will find a ebook that is as pleasing, passionate, and thought-provoking because the video game itself."Stewart Mandel writes approximately university football's significant controversies with a wit and intensity of information that might provoke even the main obsessed fanatics. and since he is either reasonable and aim, there's something during this booklet to infuriate approximately everyone."—Warren St. John, writer of the bestselling Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A street journey into the center of Fan Mania"In a e-book dripping with sarcasm, Stewart Mandel performs travel advisor on an enticing trip in the course of the collage soccer nuthouse."—Bruce Feldman, writer of Meat marketplace and senior author for ESPN the journal

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Now, I’m trying to construct my AP ballot (because there’s no point *This number would later rise back up to as high as seventy-four in the 1990s before falling back down to its current total of sixty-five. †USA Today took over administration of the coaches’ poll from UPI in 1991. CNN co-sponsored the poll until 1997, ESPN until 2004. qxp 7/10/07 7:09 AM Page 40 B O W L S, P O L L S & TAT T E R E D S O U L S joining the traffic on College Avenue before I have to) and realizing that the SEC teams have created one colossal mess.

It is absolutely classic cartel behavior,” State University of New York at Buffalo president William R. Greiner said of the BCS. “What we have is some people who think they are the ‘haves,’ and for reasons that escape me . . ” They don’t think they’re the haves, William—they know they’re the haves. In a teleconference with national reporters in July 2003, Cowen’s group called the BCS a bunch of nasty names, then called for an allinclusive Division I-A playoff, an utterly unrealistic goal considering the BCS-conference presidents’ steadfast opposition to any sort of playoff.

Sports Illustrated’s Top 20 Hottest Female Athletes. ’s Top 10 Celebrity Breakups of All Time. Of course, those rankings are mostly for amusement. The issue of ranking college football teams is a decidedly more serious matter—at least to fans of those teams being ranked. qxp 7/10/07 7:09 AM Page 37 PULLING RANK Here’s how it usually works. On Saturday, they play the games. Late Saturday night or early Sunday morning,* most likely while you’re sleeping, a panel of sportswriters and coaches evaluates the results of those games and compiles their rankings of the twenty-five best teams in the country for that given week.

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