10-05-2011 07:56 PM

When one thinks of the college arms race, recruiting scandals, and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) infractions, the Ivy League is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. Ivy League schools and the athletes they recruit are normally thought to be “above” this type of behavior, demonstrating the highest degree of moral and ethical responsibility. These Ivy schools are thought to perceive athletics as merely a spoke in the educational wheel, not the wheel itself. In “Playing the Game,” Chris Lincoln attempts to argue that the entire Ivy recruiting process is flawed, resulting in less deserving athletes gaining admission over other more deserving students, athletes lying to schools, schools misrepresenting themselves to athletes and to each other, and endowment sizes determining which teams are most successful.

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