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Joining -- now in studio man knows the reality of our college sports from the inside out.
Co author of the system the glory -- scandal big time college football.
Jeff Benedict welcome back by the way could follow Jeff that author -- on Twitter chip pretty exciting news first off.
Yeah we just found out last night -- that we the book will debut at number seven on the New York Times either vocalist and number twelve on the -- last.
Well which is -- in the books only about a week so it's amazing it is amazing and it shows you how big college football is quite frankly it's.
It's not a regional sport it crosses every -- you can imagine race class geography.
And people get more passionate about college football I think than than than anything sports wise right now.
You call rate the book -- -- another very reputable journalist now army -- -- lot on HBO showtime.
Now it is sixty minutes I think you have.
Six in his sports so you guys -- -- how did you break up the responsibilities.
Where we started this book.
Brian because -- and I collaborated I did the Sports Illustrated side needed to CBS news site on.
I'm two big stories on and on college football.
And then we just said let's let's do a book and let's divide up the country and Armon said you know I'll take Michigan Alabama.
-- State and a and I started looking into schools like you do and I took Oklahoma State and that Washington stay with Mike -- Brigham young university and by the time we were done.
We had major programs in every major conference and that we were profiling and and we literally went on our own separate ways like I never went to Alabama that was -- -- you know and in -- never went to Oklahoma State to -- that was -- me and that's how we did it.
So you had to go inside the program deep and why did they let what -- these programs -- Well who didn't.
Some Tennessee was not particularly excited Ohio State was not particularly -- coming up sanctions yeah and because of that -- things we rafter and those programs Tennessee we're looking at a hostess scandal Ohio State we're looking at a booster scandal.
But the other schools it just took some time to develop some trust -- them Michael each lesson at Washington State -- shattered him -- year.
Literally in the huddle in the locker room in the coach's meetings in his house at midnight I mean to really see who who's this guy -- -- -- tech.
Did -- -- made his name reputation for his high wired up into Texas at Texas Tech or yeah yeah and being fired at Texas Tech for putting Craig James -- signed.
Allegedly and you know in a closet.
We dug into that case at BYU we we got permission from the school and the NCA.
To shadow and all American linebacker through his senior year.
And that really plays into the hole pave business because when you follow us a football player.
On a regular basis like I did and you see what they do.
Out of 365.
Days in the calendar year this all American why America went home for four days.
For four days -- the training working yeah how -- never ends date they have more physical contact.
Then NFL players have if he was in the NFL -- have more leisure time and less contact on his body.
And that's I think what people eat you don't I didn't even appreciate that I was a guy who thought they shouldn't be paid until I wrote the system went on.
And by the time -- get done writing the system there were two things I thought that I didn't think before.
I no longer was convinced that coaches are overpaid.
Because these million dollar salaries when -- when you realize what they have to do.
And that they fill stadiums and that -- hundred million dollar construction contracts.
Ride on whether these coaches win so maybe they deserve -- big salaries but on the other hand the players.
These guys have got to be compensated.
They've got that there's an American there's a million ways that you can do it I mean you don't have -- -- -- in the NFL does and he bidding war but there has to be a system of payment to these players for what they're doing and all you have to do his shadow a couple of these kids.
You mentioned in your preloaded you know some of these kids come from tough backgrounds we shatter kid from Compton California through the recruiting process.
In LA in here and these coaches making millions of dollars coming into a neighborhood that they would never go into otherwise.
And they're trying to get a kid who lives with his mom who's been on you know.
Assistance for fifteen years and his ill and they got nothing I mean nothing.
When he lands in Utah on you go to his apartment which I did and I opened the cupboards there's top -- -- -- the -- -- -- -- the refrigerator and there's nothing -- It's so these kids go and there's still had to take about poverty for four years if deploying clean now we also know some situations they present with Cam Newton.
Anybody who's got the discerning -- those -- some type of money floating back and forth to his dad in order to get him.
Where he was they got in the Heisman Trophy I mean this I was at Miami back it up you staggered out.
They -- to a junior college and then he goes to college in he has all the success and then -- -- -- -- number one of prior to that something comes out about it.
Right in and we wanted to see what how does that what everyone asked how do you get how does that have.
Happen my -- that actually work -- at all over at -- Auburn so we went into paying got a kid from Texas who is considered when the top recruits in the country.
Ricky -- Jones who's now catching passes for John -- actually he just got hurt but he's a freshman this year caught a touchdown in the first game for Texas and -- And -- we got -- with his family -- actually did that story and they were -- you know upwards of 600000.
For their -- to sign a scholarship commitment where.
Well we don't disclose the name of the school and and we know what it is but we didn't disclose it but.
The point is is there was a bidding war I mean initially it was the numbers around half apathy kept climbing because that's.
Now that doesn't happen every guy -- we're talking about -- -- players.
Where the demand is so high that schools are willing to do stuff like this which is break the rules -- I mean we all have to facilitate regular could have -- in this thing if you compensated players a lot of this foolish as -- go away.
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