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1-2-13: College Football Madness
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The seemingly endless stream of college football bowl games has been underway for the last few days. Two of the four Bowl Championship Series games, the Rose Bowl and the Orange Bowl, were played yesterday. The Sugar Bowl is tonight. The Fiesta Bowl is tomorrow night, and on Monday night, the BCS National Championship Game will pit undefeated Notre Dame against Alabama.
The Pulitzer Prize winning historian Taylor Branch has taken a keen interest in college sports. In September of 2011, he wrote a controversial Atlantic Magazine cover story and e-book called “The Shame of College Sports". Frank Deford called that piece “the most important article ever written about college sports". Last August, in a lengthy article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Branch argued that the National Collegiate Athletics Association, the governing body for college athletics, is a big part of the problem when it comes to reforming college sports, and the tremendous financial incentives that drive the current system. Tom Hall talks with Branch about it.
Find out more about this year's college football bowl games here.
Taylor Branch has a new book coming out next week. It’s called The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Righs Movement. He will be appearing at the Enoch Pratt Library on January 29th, and he’ll back with us here on Maryland Morning that morning to give us a preview.