By Allen L. Sack

Allen Sack's booklet, Counterfeit Amateurs, is an insightful, first-hand account of the issues in intercollegiate recreation. Sack masterfully intertwines his reports as an athlete at Notre Dame with the issues dealing with collegiate activity this day. he's in a position to pass from the previous to the current seemlessly and provides proof that the the realm of intercollegiate recreation has turn into massive company with a spotlight on commercialization and earning profits and clear of the athletes who're generating the profit. hence, Sack makes a severe argument for athlete's rights.

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In the 1960s there were still ncaa policies in place that served as constant reminders that athletes were students, regardless of the demands of their sport. As noted above, for instance, freshman were not allowed to participate in varsity competition because the university viewed us as students and wanted us to have time to adjust to the demands of academic life. Many athletes did not like the rule, and many coaches, including Ara, opposed it. Nonetheless, the message it conveyed was clear. Education came first.

Tose had graduated in 1937 from Notre Dame, where he had played on the freshman football team. Later in his life, he bought the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a compulsive gambler. By his own estimate, he lost more than $20 million at Resorts International and more than $14 million at the Sands. He ultimately had to sell the Eagles as well as his trucking firm to pay off his gambling debts. When he died, in 2003, he was living modestly in the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia’s Center City, the same hotel where I first met him in 1963 after I followed Gus Cifelli’s advice and gave him a call.

I cut more than my share of classes, took advantage of “friendly faculty” when I could find them, and continued to feel that the rules that applied to other students did not apply to me. The recruiting experience left me with a feeling of entitlement that is the root cause of some of the most boorish forms of jock behavior. What saved me from academic disaster was that I arrived in college with the basic skills needed for academic survival. I think it is important to ask what would have happened to me had the media exposure and aggressive recruiting begun in junior high school or earlier.

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