Between 1979 and 1937, Hall of Fame coach Jock Sutherland took the championship program at the University of Pittsburgh that was built by his mentor Glenn Pop Warner, and won five of the nine national championships the school w claims. While a successful period, it was also controversial: Sutherland employed the help of wealthy boosters named the Golden Panthers, who helped him secure the services of the best players western Pennsylvania had to offer. While they made sure the players had what they needed, the school also made sure the players had eugh money to be comfortable. Critics accused Pitt of employing what amounted to professional athletes in a college sport. These accusations t only embarrassed the school administration, but led to the end of their dynasty and its coach. This book tells the exciting tale of their championship run, and describes how their downfall began what has since been a continual academics-versus athletics tug-of-war at the school.
A Society for American Baseball Research member, Dave Finoli works in retail management. He lives in Monroeville, Pennsylvania.