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ftoc.qxp 7/10/07 11:39 AM Page iii C O N T E N T S Introduction 1 1 One Nation, Under the BCS 9 2 Pulling Rank 35 3 HeWon the Heisman? 63 4 FireMyCoach.com 87 5 What’s the Deal with Notre Dame? 111 6 Invasion of the Recruiting Geeks 135 7 How Boston College and Clemson Became Neighbors 159 8 Tonight, It’s the MPC Motor City Car Care Credit Union Bowl 185 9 That’s Great, Now Run a 40 209 10 Everybody Cheats—Just Not My School 231 Afterword 253 Acknowledgments 257 Index 260 iii.
cintro.qxp 7/10/07 7:07 AM Page 2 BOWLS, POLLS & TATTERED SOULS Since 2003, I’ve been interacting with these fans on a weekly basis, thanks to the Mailbag column I pen for SI.com. The idea of the Mail- bag is to answer several reader-submitted questions, usually pertaining to particular events in the news that week. Most readers, understand- ably, are primarily concerned about their own favorite teams and are seeking my opinion about something. Do I think they’ll win this week- end? Do I think their coach is the right guy for the job? Do I think their star running back has a chance at the Heisman? And, of course, the obligatory, “Why don’t you give my team more respect?” College foot- ball fans seek validation for their teams from the national media the way a two-year-old seeks attention from his mommy. They can’t help it—they’re an extremely proud bunch.
cintro.qxp 7/10/07 7:07 AM Page 3 INTRODUCTION explain, in detailed yet still (I hope) easy-to-understand terms, why exactly college football is the way it is. Each chapter of Bowls, Polls & Tattered Souls tackles a different hot-button issue that I know from reading all those e-mails is a source of much consternation, confusion, and, in some cases, even anger and resentment among fans from Miami to Minnesota, Cal to Clemson. The much-despised BCS is obviously the most pervasive and divisive of all college football topics, which is why it’s also ﬁrst on the list of chapters, but in truth, there’s almost no element of the sport that does not generate its own share of controversy.