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Jessica Luther is an independent writer and investigative journalist. Her work on sports and culture has appeared in the Texas Observer and the Austin Chronicle, and at Sports IllustratedTexas Monthly Vice SportsGuardian Sport, and Bleacher Report. Luther’s work gained national attention in August 2015 when writing for Texas Monthly; she and Dan Solomon broke open the story about a Baylor football player on trial for sexual assault, a case known by only a few in the community and not reported in the media for nearly two years. She is the author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape (Edge of Sports). Football teams create playbooks, in which they draw up the plays they will use on the field. This book is about a different kind of playbook: the one coaches, teams, universities, police, communities, the media, and fans seem to follow whenever a college football player is accused of sexual assault. Unsportsmanlike Conduct unpacks this societal playbook piece by piece, and not only advocates that we destroy the old plays, but also suggests we replace them with ones that will force us to finally do something about this issue.