Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, Backboards and Blackboards: College Athletics and Role Engulfment. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991, pp. 274. $ 17.50 (Paper)

Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, Backboards and Blackboards: College Athletics and Role... BOOK REVIEWS Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, Backboards and Blackboards: College Athletics and Role Engulfment. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991, pp. 274. $ 17.50 (Paper). Intercollegiate Athletics have been a major department of most American colleges and universities since the earliest years of this century. College professors have always had at least a nominal role in the oversight of Athletics. It is surprising, therefore, that intercollegiate athletics has been largely closed to scholarly research. Athletes have been thoroughly studied by psychologists and physiologists, but organizational aspects of athletics-administrative practices, policy formation, treatment of athletes- have been left to muckraking former athletes (eg, Dave Meggyesy, Jack Scott, Gary Shaw) or critics who were by virtue of their criticism outsiders (eg, Harry Edwards, Allen Sack). What goes on inside intercollegiate athletic programs has been best revealed by news exposes of recurrent scandals and by some excellent journalism like Jack Olsen's "The Black Athlete: A Shameful Story." Patricia Adler and Peter Adler have provided a rare "inside" glimpse into the everyday world of a major intercollegiate basketball program. In contrast to programs examined by the press, this one was not beset by any public criticism about professional- ism or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Comparative Sociology (in 2002 continued as Comparative Sociology) Brill

Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, Backboards and Blackboards: College Athletics and Role Engulfment. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991, pp. 274. $ 17.50 (Paper)

International Journal of Comparative Sociology (in 2002 continued as Comparative Sociology) , Volume 34 (3-4): 272 – Jan 1, 1993

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BOOK REVIEWS Patricia A. Adler and Peter Adler, Backboards and Blackboards: College Athletics and Role Engulfment. New York: Columbia University Press, 1991, pp. 274. $ 17.50 (Paper). Intercollegiate Athletics have been a major department of most American colleges and universities since the earliest years of this century. College professors have always had at least a nominal role in the oversight of Athletics. It is surprising, therefore, that intercollegiate athletics has been largely closed to scholarly research. Athletes have been thoroughly studied by psychologists and physiologists, but organizational aspects of athletics-administrative practices, policy formation, treatment of athletes- have been left to muckraking former athletes (eg, Dave Meggyesy, Jack Scott, Gary Shaw) or critics who were by virtue of their criticism outsiders (eg, Harry Edwards, Allen Sack). What goes on inside intercollegiate athletic programs has been best revealed by news exposes of recurrent scandals and by some excellent journalism like Jack Olsen's "The Black Athlete: A Shameful Story." Patricia Adler and Peter Adler have provided a rare "inside" glimpse into the everyday world of a major intercollegiate basketball program. In contrast to programs examined by the press, this one was not beset by any public criticism about professional- ism or

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