I was a successful NCAA Division I soccer coach who was a champion for her athletes; who embodied everything the NCAA is said to be about. When I reported wrongdoing of a fellow coach my world was turned upside down by a culture of retaliation that engulfed an entire college campus. The recent scandals at Penn State and Rutgers show the harm that a university administration, drunk with power, can cause to individuals and even to the institution itself.
Despite my journalism background, the last thing I ever envisioned was writing a book. Journalism involves short, quick stories. This is a long painful story about subject matter that is so far removed from anything I ever thought about or involved myself in. I loathe politics. I rarely watch the news. Retaliation to me was something that happened on the playing field. It was a bad response to a hard foul. I did not want to write this book. But the never-ending and destructive actions of the university administration gave me no choice.