Synopses & Reviews
In 2010 allegations of an utterly corrupt academic system for student-athletes emerged from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, home of the legendary Tar Heels. As the alma mater of Michael Jordan, Larry Brown, Marion Jones, Lawrence Taylor, Rashad McCants, and many others; winner of forty national championships in six different sports; and a partner in one of the best rivalries in sports, UNCand#8211;Chapel Hill is a world-famous colossus of college athletics. In the wake of the Wainstein report, however, the fallout from this scandaland#8212;and the continuing spotlight on the failings of college athleticsand#8212;has made the school ground zero in the debate about how the $16 billion college sports industry operates.
and#160;Written by UNC professor of history Jay Smith and UNC athletics department whistleblower Mary Willingham, Cheated exposes the fraudulent inner workings of this famous university. For decades these internal systems have allowed woefully underprepared basketball and football players to take fake courses and earn devalued degrees from one of the nationand#8217;s top universities while faculty and administrators looked the other way. In unbiased and carefully sourced detail, Cheated recounts the academic fraud in UNCand#8217;s athletics department, even as university leaders focused on minimizing the damage in order to keep the billion-dollar college sports revenue machine functioning. Smith and Willingham make an impassioned argument that the and#8220;student-athletesand#8221; in these programs are being cheated out of what, after all, is promised them in the first place: a college education.and#160;
"A must for any sports-history collection in ACC territory."
"These are the stories that laid the foundation for the most dominant conference in the sport. Any reader curious about how it got that way will find the book well worth their time."
"A lively account of the ACC's rise as a basketball powerhouse."
-The Wall Street Journal
"One hopes that a sequel is in the works."
"Recommended. All Readers."
"A timely and enjoyable text that exposes tensions endemic to big-time college athletics and is a must-read for serious fans of men's college basketball and the ACC."
-Journal of American History
"Walker recreates not only the excitement of basketball competition in the early days of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) but also the constant struggle of its member institutions to maintain high academic standards while seeking national prominence in college sports. . . . This fine book demonstrates that sport history and higher education policy can be successfully integrated into one inclusive monograph."
-Journal of Southern History
"ACC Basketball has become an economic and cultural behemoth. It is beloved by the multitudes, continually challenged to blend the disparate goals of winning championships and entertaining fans with real college students. Walker admirably tells the story of how that challenge began."
-North Carolina Historical Review
and#8220;There were many memorable moments in the UConnand#8211;Tennessee rivalry. The author captures them all in exquisite detail, plus many more. This is a must-read for any womenand#8217;s basketball fan, let alone those who follow the Huskies and Lady Vols.and#8221;and#8212;Mel Greenberg, Womenand#8217;s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (2007), former womenand#8217;s basketball writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, and creator of the weekly Associated Press womenand#8217;s basketball poll
andldquo;The underlying fraud in big-time college athletics is academics. With the most comprehensive accounting, Smith and Willlingham paint an absolutely devastating picture of how so-called student-athletes are shamelessly exploited. . . . Cheated is nothing less than an American tragedy.andrdquo;andmdash;Frank Deford, author of The Entitled and senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated
andldquo;This book informed me that, as a black athlete and a student, more awareness and information about the universities you attend must be thoroughly analyzed before making a decision about your future. The details of fraudulent education and unprepared black athletes in this book should shame our society. I am a living testimony that this book is the Pandoraandrsquo;s box of university secrets and black athlete exploitation. It is a must-read.andrdquo;andmdash;Rashad McCants, former NBA player and UNC NCAA Champion
andldquo;Smith and Willinghamandrsquo;s exposandeacute; of the corruption at the University of North Carolina reads like a suspense thriller but unfortunately is nonfiction. The authors offer concrete recommendations for college sports reform that should serve as a blueprint for all American universities.andrdquo;andmdash;Gerald Gurney, president of the Drake Group and assistant professor of adult and higher education at the University of Oklahoma
andquot;[Cheated] offers a stinging critique of UNC-Chapel Hillandrsquo;s handling of the academic and athletic wrongdoing that kept student athletes eligible to compete and persisted for nearly two decades.andquot;andmdash;Jane Stancill, News and Observer
andquot;Those who care about the soulandmdash;and economicsandmdash;of the $16 billion-a-year college sports industry should clear their reading calendar for Cheated.andquot;andmdash;Paul Barrett, Bloomberg Business
andquot;Cheated sounds an important call for reform.andquot;andmdash;Gregg Easterbrook, Wall Street Journal
andquot;All readers interested in education, public affairs, and college athletics will find this book essential.andquot;andmdash;John Maxymuk, Library Journal
Since the inception of the Atlantic Coast Conference, intense rivalries, legendary coaches, gifted players, and fervent fans have come to define the league's basketball history. In ACC Basketball
, J. Samuel Walker traces the traditions and the dramatic changes that occurred both on and off the court during the conference's rise to a preeminent position in college basketball between 1953 and 1972.
Walker vividly re-creates the action of nail-biting games and the tensions of bitter recruiting battles without losing sight of the central off-court questions the league wrestled with during these two decades. As basketball became the ACC's foremost attraction, conference administrators sought to field winning teams while improving academic programs and preserving academic integrity. The ACC also adapted gradually to changes in the postwar South, including, most prominently, the struggle for racial justice during the 1960s. ACC Basketball is a lively, entertaining account of coaches' flair (and antics), players' artistry, a major point-shaving scandal, and the gradually more evenly matched struggle for dominance in one of college basketball's strongest conferences.
For twelve years the womenand#8217;s basketball rivalry between UConn and Tennessee was the most iconic matchup in womenand#8217;s sports. Even now, twenty years since the annual series started, the competition between these two storied programs still provokes heated argument and bitter resentment.
Led by Hall of Fame coaches Geno Auriemma and Pat Summitt, UConn and Tennessee combined for nine national championships, with the UConn Huskies winning fiveand#8212;including four against the Tennessee Lady Vols. In all, UConn won thirteen of twenty-two matchups during the rivalry, and along the way the two coachesand#8212;with distinctive and brash personalities and a shared determination to rule their sportand#8212;clashed privately and publicly, generating enough heat to make womenand#8217;s basketball relevant in the national sports landscape as never before.
On the court, the two teams produced a series of memorable games, from overtime thrillers to timeless classics that defined the sport. Off the court, the coachesand#8217; encounters were often marked by their seemingly genuine dislike for each other, until the conflict reached a breaking point in 2007 and Summitt stunned the basketball world by canceling the series for reasons neither side has ever revealed.
Now, eight years after the last game, Unrivaled uncovers the on-court and behind-the-scenes story of this intensely personal rivalry between coaches, players, and the two most passionate fan bases womenand#8217;s sports has ever known.
About the Author
Jay M. Smith is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has servedand#12288;in a variety of administrative capacities involving the management of undergraduate education.
Mary Willingham worked in the Center for Student Success and Academic Counseling at UNCand#8211;Chapel Hill until 2014. Both she (in 2013) and Smith (in 2014) received the Robert Maynard Hutchins Award from the Drake Group for integrity in the face of college sport corruption, making UNC the only institution with two Hutchins award winners. Willingham is the founder of Paper Class, Inc. (paperclassinc.com), an organization dedicated to fighting on behalf of student-athletes for a fair and proper education.