New York Times investigative reporter and author Mike McIntire will talk about his book, Champions Way: Football, Florida and the Lost Soul of College Sports, on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2:30 p.m., at Headquarters Library. McIntire’s investigation of the mishandling of criminal cases involving athletes at Florida State University was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and is the basis for his book.
In his book, McIntire painstakingly lays out a damning case that Florida State University (FSU) and its sports program permitted sexual assaults and academic fraud as the price for producing championship football teams. McIntire effectively weaves together emails, police reports, court transcripts and interviews with whistle-blowers and victims to show a pattern in how Seminole stakeholders handled scandals. McIntire delves deep into events to show negligence by campus and local police, grade manipulation and deceit by FSU administrators, and shadowy mess cleaning by attorneys and boosters in order to keep star players on the field. While FSU is the primary example, problems at other programs are reported as well; as McIntire convincingly argues that these transgressions are not limited to FSU, but are widespread. McIntire examines the causes and offers hope to those who would reform college sports.
Mike McIntire is an award-winning reporter and editor, whose investigation of corruption in college sports was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2015. He joined The New York Times in 2003 as a New York City Hall reporter, and has produced a number of in-depth stories on a wide range of subjects, including presidential politics, terrorism and Wall Street bailouts. In his career, he was the investigative editor at The Hartford Courant, where he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting and was a Pulitzer finalist for investigative reporting on medical malpractice. He has also been a national writer at the Associated Press in New York, and a reporter and editor at several Connecticut newspapers.