University of Miami head coach Al Golden looks on in the season opener against Maryland on Sept. 5. Over the summer, 15 of his players were implicated in a scandal involving a booster who says he gave cash and gifts to players between 2002 and 2010. (AP)

In 2011, 15 current and dozens of former University of Miami football players were implicated in a scandal involving a booster who says he gave them cash and gifts. (AP)

Editor’s note: This interview originally aired on September 17, 2011.

The NCAA is facing growing scrutiny from college athletes, coaches and the people who follow college sports. The September 2011 issue of the Atlantic Monthly featured an article by Pulitzer-prize winning historian Taylor Branch — author of Parting the Waters, The Clinton Tapes, and others — entitled “The Shame of College Sports,” which criticizes the corruption within the NCAA.

Branch joined Bill Littlefield on Only A Game  to discuss his article, the current status of the NCAA and whether we should expect reform in the organization in the near future.