College Football Season Is Upon Us, So Read Up

By posted at 11:00 am on August 25, 2013 1

With college football season officially upon us, I’d like to take some time to recommend some books and articles on the subject of my favorite game. For starters, check out Nick Ripatrazone’s Millions piece about Don DeLillo, sports scandals, and growing up with the game. Next, Taylor Branch’s quintessential ebook on the NCAA’s cartel-like stranglehold on the sport deserves a read from anybody who’s ever participated in or watched college athletics of any kind. (You can get a good idea of the book from his Atlantic piece, too.) And lastly, I recommend checking out John U. Bacon’s latest book, Fourth and Long, which examines how “money, influence and power haunt the league.” (You may recall Bacon’s name from when I reviewed his earlier book on college football last year.)

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One Response to “College Football Season Is Upon Us, So Read Up”

  1. Lucy
    at 7:40 am on August 26, 2013

    I’d add “Football is dead. Long live football.” from J.R. Moehringer. It’s a good piece of writing and recreates the tension between the beauty and the violence of football really well. Here:

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