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New book sheds light on corruption in intercollegiate athletics

B. David Ridpath to talk about his stint at Marshall University


Ohio University Associate Professor of Sports Administration B. David Ridpath will discuss his new book, "Tainted Glory: Marshall University, the NCAA, and One Man's Fight for Justice," from 3-5 p.m. at Little Professor Bookstore (located at 65 S. Court Street, Athens, Ohio) on Wednesday, April 11.

Several copies of the book, which was published by iUniverse and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, will be available for sale and the author will sign all copies sold at the event.

In the book, Ridpath 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. Here is an excerpt from the book:

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 that 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 was 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," Ridpath said.