Tainted Glory

Marshall University, the NCAA, and One Man’s Fight for Justice

by B. David Ridpath


In 1997, Dave Ridpath walked onto the campus of Marshall University as a sports-loving athletic administrator with a career on the rise. Less than five years later, Ridpath’s quest to reform one of the most corrupt athletic departments in college sports, while simultaneously standing up to the behemoth governing body that is the NCAA, had all but destroyed that career.

Tainted Glory tells a true story about the state of the business of intercollegiate athletics from the perspective of someone on the inside who lived it, both the good and the bad.