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Ivy League Athletes
Profiles in Excellence at America’s Most Competitive Schools
Sal Maiorana; Ryan Fitzpatrick, fwd.

Available only as an ebook.

2014 • 324 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"
Sports & Recreation Essays / Higher Education

$24.99 Ebook, 978-1-55553-840-8

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“Written in a friendly manner that connects with each subject to let them tell his or her own story, Maiorana also brings a journalistic detachment in the playful, narrative prose... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly

Ten profiles that show what sets Ivy League student athletes apart

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is the governing body for some 400,000 college athletes in the United States. During football’s bowl season and basketball’s March Madness, the NCAA likes to remind its millions of TV viewers that it represents student athletes: most of its members compete as amateurs and will never go pro. Somehow, that message seems increasingly lost in a sea of multimillion-dollar TV deals, recruitment scandals, back-channel payouts, fan hysteria, player misbehavior both civil and criminal, and the routine bending—or flouting—of college and NCAA rules about player academic eligibility.

Far from this madding crowd, the nation’s oldest, most prestigious private colleges and universities go about the business of making scholar-athletes from the ranks of their admitted classes, without special recruitment or scholarship money, and demanding and getting the best from them both on the field and in the classroom. Using a model that has changed very little since it was founded in 1954, the Ivy League offers a bracing corrective to the excesses of big-money college sports. In Ivy League Athletes, veteran sportswriter Sal Maiorana follows nine student-athletes from seven Ivy League campuses through the 2011–2012 season. Along the way he shows us the qualities of heart, mind, and body that got them there and allow them to prosper on the field and in the classroom. The book includes a foreword by former Harvard and current NFL quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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"Written in a friendly manner that connects with each subject to let them tell his or her own story, Maiorana also brings a journalistic detachment in the playful, narrative prose that ties the stories together. Though Maiorana could have given a little more information about the athletes' academic lives, he captures the distinct qualities it takes to be an Ivy League student-athlete and has created a lively tribute to these special young men and women."—Publishers Weekly

“Maiorana has captured the essence of what collegiate athletics should be all about. The Ivy League, where intercollegiate athletics was born, still adheres to the concept of what the words ‘student athlete’ mean.  Through these engrossing stories about nine of those true student-athletes, representing schools and teams from the Ancient Eight, we learn that athletic competition does not build character—it reveals character.”—Marv Levy

“If you are a fan of intercollegiate athletics you must read this book. Sal Maiorana delivers incredible insight into the lives of nine people who fit the true definition of the phrase ‘student athlete.’ Their personal stories, in the classroom and on the playing fields, are incredibly compelling.”—John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, production

SAL MAIORANA is a sportswriter for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, covering the NFL. He is the author of seventeen previous books, including Buffalo Bills—The Complete and Illustrated History. He lives in Walworth, New York.

Tue, 15 May 2018 13:21:51 -0500