ATHENS, Ohio (PRWEB) April 08, 2012
In B. David Ridpath’s “Tainted Glory: Marshall University, the NCAA, and One Man’s Fight for Justice” (published by iUniverse), the seasoned athletic administrator chronicles an eye-opening story about the business of college sports, providing a microcosm of and window into the behind-the-scenes world of intercollegiate athletics.
Ridpath’s personal story is a captivating one:
In 1997, Dave Ridpath walked onto the campus of Marshall University as a sports-loving athletic administrator with a career on the rise. Less than five years later, Ridpath’s quest to reform one of the most corrupt athletic departments in college sports, while simultaneously standing up to the behemoth governing body that is the NCAA, had all but destroyed that career.
While serving as assistant athletic director for compliance and student services at Marshall University from 1997 through 2001, Ridpath unearthed violations of several NCAA rules. These violations included overt academic fraud and impermissible, booster-devised employment for members of the Marshall University football team – a team had taken the nation by storm because of its incredible success on the field.
Instead of being hailed as a conquering hero determined to clean up an outlaw program, Ridpath had the tables turned on him and found himself out of a job.
Few books give a first-hand account of the daily happenings of college sports where NCAA violations are spotlighted. Ridpath exposes this often suppressed topic in “Tainted Glory.”
“I would like people to realize that it is empowering to stand up for what is right and for what you believe in, even in the face of insurmountable odds.”
About the Author
Dr. B. David Ridpath, currently an assistant professor of sports administration at Ohio University, holds a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, an M.S.A. from Ohio University, and a doctorate of education from West Virginia University. He is prominent scholar and speaker on intercollegiate athletic issues. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have two children and reside in The Plains, Ohio.
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