Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict Talk College Football

Category: AuthorsCategory: Speakers & Lecture Series
Location: Adrian Lamb Room


Former longtime New Canaan resident and current CBS News correspondent, Armen Keteyian, and Sports Illustrated contributor, Jeff Benedict, co-authors of The New York Times best-selling book, The System – The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football, will discuss their work and conduct a book signing on November 5 at 7:00 p.m. here at the Library.

The System, which debuted at No. 12 on the Times hardcover non-fiction list in October, has received rave reviews. Dan Wetzel, an influential columnist for Yahoo! Sports, called it “the best book written on the sport in years,” while New York Times columnist Harvey Araton described it as “a harrowing and uplifting journey – or literary trip through recent history and across the country’s most football obsessed campuses.” Jeff Jacobs, a columnist for the The Courant in Hartford, hailed the book as “one of the most sweeping yet meticulously researched books ever written on big-time college football.”

Armen Keteyian and his wife and two daughters spent 25 years in New Canaan before recently moving to Fairfield, CT.  While a resident here, he was closely involved in the creation of Dunning Field at Hawes Plaza at New Canaan High School. He is currently the lead correspondent for 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime and a contributing correspondent for 60 Minutes.

Jeff Benedict.jpgJeff Benedict, a native of New London, Connecticut, is a familiar face in New Canaan as well, having given speeches on two of his previous best-selling books, The Mormon Way of Doing Business and Little Pink House, at the Library.

Together Benedict and Keteyian spent two years researching and writing The System, conducting more than 500 interviews. The book takes the reader deep behind the scenes of mega-programs such as Alabama, Michigan, and BYU, among many schools, while capturing the passion and sometimes shocking realities that lie beneath one of this country’s most popular sports.