Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Bad Sports: The Rutgers Scarlet Knights Quest 4 Bigger-Time Collegiate Sports by Emmett L. Gill is a book that will delight sports fans, a book that explores the dirty games that take place behind-the-scenes when it comes to sporting activities in institutions like colleges. In this intriguing exposé, the author takes the lid off the boiling pot to reveal the scandals in collegiate sports, taking Rutgers as a case study. Readers are introduced to the hullabaloos within the sporting programs and the root causes of the scandals. The reader will understand why Rutgers makes a lot of investment in the emerging football program and women’s basketball, while being immersed in the details of scandals that have rocked the school for two decades.
Why have the Scarlet Knights consistently failed to deliver? The answer to this question will surprise readers, and the author comes across as an authority in this area. The book is well-researched and skillfully structured, with chapters that look at each scandal with forensic diligence — the Davon Clark murder case, the Bannon vs RU stripping game, the Mike Rice basketball abuse scandal, and a lot more. Emmett L. Gill's writing is strong and his voice compels the reader to read on. The book is well-researched and features interesting references. Bad Sports: The Rutgers Scarlet Knights Quest 4 Bigger-Time Collegiate Sports is an informative and very interesting exposé of the sports scandals at Rutgers and the role of some of the key players. The author weaves his personal experiences into the narrative and features compelling and verifiable facts to substantiate his points.