Seth Davis was fated to cover basketball, which is exactly what he's been doing for the last 20 years. He attended Duke University during the school's era of domination in the late Eighties and early Nineties and befriended Mike Krzyzewski. Conversations with the legendary coach and all those Final Fours only deepened his obsession. That's why he now scribbles a constant stream of stories for 'Sports Illustrated,' provides analytical insight for CBS Sports, hosts "The Seth Davis Show" on CampusInsiders.com (where he sits down with legends like Phil Jackson and Mack Brown), and is about to release his third book, 'Wooden: A Coach's Life.'
"You would think that, after all of these years in the business, I would become jaded or I would become less of a sports fan, but I feel like as I'm getting older I'm becoming more of a sports fan," he says.
His obsession with sports and writing – "In my heart, in my soul, I am a writer" – has made Davis something of an expert on his own competition: journalists who write about basketball. He gave 'Men's Journal' a peak into his library, highlighting the greatest books about sports ever written.
The swindling, rule-bending, and backdoor-dealing in college sports is taken for granted these days, but it was a far less scrutinized ecosystem before Alexander Wolff and Armen Keteyian wrote 'Raw Recruits,' an exposé if there ever was one.
"It was the first to really talk about grassroots basketball and the nefarious influence of sneaker companies on that scene and how everything goes down in that world," Davis says. "It's supposed to repulse us, all these characters, all these leeches. It's repulsive, right? Let me tell you the dirty little secret. It's fascinating. I love it."
Davis is also quick to admit that he's just another guy making a buck off athletes. It is what it is.