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Confessions of a Spoilsport : My Life and Hard Times Fighting Sports Corruption at an Old Eastern University
Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007

William C. Dowling

Confessions of a Spoilsport

Confessions of a Spoilsport is the story of an English professor who, having seen the University of New Mexico sink academically in the period of a major basketball scandal, was galvanized into action when Rutgers joined the Big East. It is also the story of the Rutgers 1000 students and alumni who set out against enormous odds to resist the decline of their university—eviscerated academic programs, cancellation of minor sports, loss of the “best and brightest” in-state students to the nearby College of New Jersey—while tens of millions of dollars were being lavished on Division IA athletics. Ultimately, however, the story of Rutgers 1000 is what Milton Friedman of theNew York Times called, "a struggle for the soul of a major university."