College Football 2011: The Year of the Scandal

by Jim Weber

What's in the book?

The best of 2011 college football from those who know it best -- the Lost Lettermen blog!

    • Coaches new and old: Joe Paterno, Jim Tressell & Urban Meyer
    • In-depth analysis of conference realignment and 2011's title games
    • Predictions for the 2012 season
    • Reader commentary

Description

ABOUT THE BOOK

The college football and men’s basketball fan site and former player database, LostLettermen.com was launched in March 2009 to answer one question: “Where Are They Now?” Complete with an IMDB-like database of over 150,000 former players detailing their current whereabouts and college accomplishments, Lost Lettermen has expanded to create its own content, such as player interviews with past legends and features and Top 10 lists on both sports.

LostLettermen.com receives nearly 900,000 unique visitors a month as of October 2011 and has a content partnership with Yahoo.com, Bleacher Report and AOL Fanhouse, regularly appearing on the home page of the world’s fourth-most trafficked web site. Lost Lettermen has also been featured in USA Today, ESPN.com, SI.com, and Mashable.com, as well as dozens of sports talk radio shows around the country, such as ESPN Radio’s “Doug Gottlieb Show” and “The Michele Tafoya Show.”

 

MEET THE AUTHOR

With previous experience at ESPN The Magazine, NBC Sports and CBS Sports, Weber launched Lost Lettermen with one question as his premise: “Where Are They Now?” Weber oversees the site’s business endeavors and content. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and currently resides in New York City.

EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK

Of course the Penn State scandal had to involve two very well-known institutions of popular culture: Saturday Night Live and Ashton Kutcher.

In response to the news that the school’s board of trustees fired legendary coach Joe Paterno on Wednesday night, Kutcher tweeted: “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.”

The tweet was later deleted, and Kutcher’s following tweets read: “As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case.”

And: “As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again.”

The Hollywood star apparently didn’t know about the whole circus in Happy Valley. He was just tweeting as an Iowa fan who respected Paterno without knowledge of the coach’s role in the mess.

It was an unfortunate tweet – even if he meant no malice.

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