Cover for smith: Pay for Play: A History of Big-Time College Athletic Reform. Click for larger imageLast month the Penn State football program was hit with NCAA sanctions over the Jerry Sandusky abuse scandal. Yale law professor Stephen L. Carter supports the punishment in a Bloomberg View piece and references the recent University of Illinois Press book Pay for Play in support of his argument.

“The historian Ronald A. Smith, in his book ‘Pay for Play: A History of Big-Time College Athletic Reform,’ reminds us that corruption in big-time college athletics is nothing new: We have been fretting about the tendency of colleges to cheat for more than a century. One reason scandals keep arising in collegiate sports is the relative weakness of the punishments meted out.”

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