Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Football Reads for National Signing Day

Tomorrow is National Signing Day.  If you're a college football nut, like I clearly am, you know this is the first day for high school athletes to sign their letters of intent to where they plan to play.  There are definitely negative things to be said of college sports these days, but thankfully there are plenty of good stories too.  Take the recent Heisman winner, Robert Griffin III as a good example of what happens when your determined and work hard to achieve your goals.  With that in mind, here are some good college football titles.

Meat Market by Bruce Feldman is a terrific (and somewhat disturbing) book about college football recruiting.  It shows the tactics that former University of Mississippi head coach Ed Orgeron used during one year of recruiting as he tried to attract talent away from other SEC schools.  A new book, Illegal Procedure, is due out soon.  It promises to bring to light many of the corrupt dealings between sports agents and college athletes.  Every Week a Season is another interesting look at how big college football has become.  Although it deals with high school football, Friday Night Lights is still a favorite of mine. The movie and television series were both great, but the book really hits on the struggles of being a high school athlete. 

For something a bit more positive, check out Michael Oher's uplifting story in The Blind Side.  Oher's amazing transition from outcast to nationally recruited athlete and the support he had along the way makes for inspirational reading.  Learn more about some of college football's most famous players in The Heisman: Great American Stories of the Men Who Won.

And, of course, who doesn't want to discuss the possible Death to the BCS?

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