Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Play Their Hearts Out

For a brief period in the late 1990s, George Dohrmann was the most hated man in Minnesota.  As a sports reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, he broke the story of how Jan Gangelhoff, a university tutor, had written papers and taken exams for at least 20 players on the University of Minnesota men's basketball team.  Governor Jesse Ventura denounced him; hate mail poured in; Dohrmann won a Pulitzer Prize and soon left the state to take a job with Sports Illustrated.

His new book is Play Their Hearts Out, an eight-year investigation into the ugly, cut-throat world of "grassroots" basketball, where kids as young as eight years old are manipulated and exploited by shoe-company executives, sports reporters, college recruiters and wannabe coaches on the make.  Dohrmann will read from his book tonight at 7 pm at the Edina Barnes and Noble at 3225 W. 69th Street.  More information about the book can be found here.

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