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By Allen L. Sack

Allen Sack's ebook, Counterfeit Amateurs, is an insightful, first-hand account of the issues in intercollegiate game. Sack masterfully intertwines his reviews as an athlete at Notre Dame with the issues dealing with collegiate activity at the present time. he's in a position to move from the previous to the current seemlessly and provides proof that the the realm of intercollegiate game has turn into significant enterprise with a spotlight on commercialization and getting cash and clear of the athletes who're generating the profit. therefore, Sack makes a severe argument for athlete's rights.

This e-book is a really very important contribution to the sector. I require it of my graduate path in recreation and better schooling and the scholars enjoyed it. I hugely suggest this e-book to somebody who's a fan or teaches approximately collegiate recreation.

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Between exhaustion and the heat, I simply could not get my body interested in playing football. 1 Early in the scrimmage I came across the line, shed a block thrown by a running back, and had a clear shot at the quarterback, who was dropping back to pass. Somehow, and I really do not know how this happened, Jim Lynch, the outside linebacker, and I tripped over each other when we were about to make the tackle, allowing the quarterback to run for fairly significant yardage. I might well have been at fault.

From the time I entered the stadium until I arrived back at my dorm, I was part of an athletic system finely tuned for producing a national championship team. Even in the off season (spring and summer), football remained at center stage. For me, it was a challenge to keep much physical or mental energy in reserve to concentrate on schoolwork. Even with the awesome demands of football, however, I always viewed myself as a student first, and I felt like an integral part of the student body. I did not need the hyphenated term “student-athlete” to remind me why I was in college.

Rhoads was able to fill in for me, and he played a great game even though his shoulder was still hurting. We beat Oklahoma 38–0, the worst Oklahoma defeat in twenty-one years. Notre Dame had come into the Oklahoma game ranked number one and had no trouble staying at the top of the rankings for the next three weeks. I missed most of the Navy game because of my injury. We won 31–7. We cruised past Pittsburgh 40–0 and annihilated Duke 64–0. Against Duke, everyone who dressed for the game played. These teams simply did not have the depth that Notre Dame did.

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