Sports at Any Cost

Why are college students footing the bill for an athletics arms race?

Source: HuffPost
Published: Nov 17, 2015
Length: 15 minutes (3,888 words)

Confessions of a College Athletics Fixer

How one former coach perpetuated a cheating scheme that benefited hundreds of college athletes.

Published: Dec 28, 2015
Length: 22 minutes (5,550 words)

The Courting of Marvin Clark

Inside the pursuit of a high school basketball star:

The day after Mr. Clark returned from Iowa State, Mr. Weber arranged floor seats for him and four of his teammates for the Wildcats’ game that night against Kansas, which was then ranked No. 1 in the country. When Kansas State pulled off an overtime upset, Mr. Clark was there to rush the floor with the fans.

Kansas State’s coaches brought him into the locker room to enjoy the celebration. One coach later texted, “That could be you on that floor next year!!”

Published: Jun 1, 2014
Length: 21 minutes (5,402 words)

The Education of Dasmine Cathey

How a semiliterate University of Memphis football player educated himself while facing countless obstacles:

You can’t hide for long in college when you’re semiliterate. But somehow Mr. Cathey slipped through his freshman year with just under a C average, taking classes like elementary algebra and music appreciation. Then he saw the syllabus for HIST 2010: U.S. to 1877, his sophomore history class. How would he ever finish five books in four months?

He knew there was only one way: He had to go back to the beginning.

After practice every night, he would close the door to his room in the Carpenter Complex, reach under his bed, and pull out his 10 learn-to-read books. Twenty minutes, he thought, looking down at his watch. I’ve got to beat 20.

Published: Jun 3, 2012
Length: 23 minutes (5,986 words)