Frank Deford is among the most honored and versatile writers in the country. His ability has been demonstrated in sports writing, novels and a biography. Deford has been described as the most influential sports voice in America and as the world's greatest sportswriter. While recognizing that sports can be a vital and attractive part of every high school and college experience, Deford is concerned about the excesses of many sports programs. He maintains that too much real estate and emotion have been invested in athletics at American academic institutions. By ignoring the serious cultural effect of athletics, particularly in schools, he believes we jeopardize our academic future.