Northwestern Football’s Cost of Shame

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Sports Illustrated

By Jon Wertheim This story is part of Sports Illustrated’s exploration of the ways sports and finance intertwine—from the NIL revolution to online betting, business-minded athletes and more. For more on sports and money, see SI’s October 2023 Money Issue. The saying in academia goes like this: The battles are so vicious because the stakes are so low. Presumably it comes with an exception for the fierce fights involving a school’s athletic department. In that corner of the university, the stakes aren’t low at all. Especially when it comes to the fallout from scandal. It was a typical Friday new…

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