Flim Flam: The Explosive Investigation of Ole Miss Football
Author event at downtown Greenwood's Holiday Open House - Thursday 11/9, 5-8 PM
Flim Flam (borrowed from the famous Ole Miss “Hotty Toddy” cheer) is a real-life David and Goliath story where Steve Robertson, a Mississippi State football recruiting writer, found himself in the middle of the biggest NCAA scandal college football has seen in a generation, and likely the most flagrant instance of infractions since the SMU death penalty case Feb. 25, in 1987. The circumstances surrounding this case are larger-than-life.
Flim Flam exposes the ugly side of recruiting, and is a testament to the current climate of illegal football recruiting. It is a thought-provoking, down-and-dirty account of the reward of hard investigative journalism. The book is reality-based with no embellishment of truth. The writing style includes frequent down-home phrases, and raw language of the football world. Illustrations, including individual, family, and archival photographs, will be included to add dimension to Robertson’s story.
The book ends just short of the NCAA sanctions, Freeze and his staff exposed, and the in-state media indicted by their own lack of journalistic integrity.
Robertson’s story is the truth; plain and simple. Telling his story in a voice symbolic of deep south SEC sports, Robertson takes the reader on his journey through the new “good ole boy” network still alive in Mississippi. Flim Flam is the chronicle of how Robertson’s quest for the truth unmasked much more than bragging rights. It threatened his livelihood, his life, and the safety of his family.