Scotts now share a house in what Jack describes as "the closest thing to Berkeley Portland has. When we moved here, people came up to us and said: 'What took you so long to get around to moving here?'"
That book is in sharp contrast to his other works, "Athletics" and "The Athletic Revolution," as well as "Out of Their League," which Dave Meggyesy wrote at Scott's Institute for the Study of Sport and Society. And which caused such a fury that even Vice President Agnew leveled a loud counterattack.
Scott was not the first to become angry at the system of American athletics, especially at the college level. His was one of the loudest - and most articulate - voices, however, and at a time when a significant number of others were willing to join him for meaningful change.
Some of the hottest issues seem almost silly now. Hair was one, although the Cardinals' Vern Rapp has managed to bring it to national attention once again. The first item in "The Athletic Revolution" is an ac- count of a wrestler, Sylvester Hodges of Hayward State College in California, being barred from NCAA postseason competition because he wore a mustache.
There were more meaningful issues, the familiar ones even being debated today, although less intensely. In truth, much of what Scott and others were screaming about in the '60s still has not come close to being resolved.
For instance, while the recruitment of an athlete is less frantic than it was five years ago, it is much easier to take away his scholarship. Incredibly, the way NCAA rules are structured now - a school is allowed 30 football scholarships a year but a total of only 95 - a coach is almost forced to "run off" football players.
More football players are given a chance to play at more colleges, but the minimum wage - in the form of what the scholarship includes - has gone down. Scholarships in the sports that bring a school goodwill - but not cash - have been chopped drastically.
If blacks can now play quarterback, women still are struggling for a fair share of the athletic pie. Health care at most high schools is dreadful. Transfer rules for the colleges need repair.
Still, only last year someone said, "I can see a strike by college football players, some time when they look around them and say, 'No more until I get mine.'" Was that from Jack Scott? No, from the basketball coach at Texas, Abe Lemons.
"Which means that in fact much of what we wrote actually has been shown to be understated," said Scott. "We paid a price in terms of controversial labels and employment opportunities. But I ask what of those things we wrote false? Our criticism of Walter Byers was mild.
"Things we were called 'kooks' for is what I hear on TV now as naturally as a Wheaties commercial. Meggyesy was called a commie radical for what he wrote, but now you hear on television that 'Allen's pain killer might wear off by the fourth quarter.' And Dave Twardzik can say, casually, tha the now is playing without medication for his ankle, which means a shot.
"Five or six years ago, a parent would say: 'If we can just get Johnny into sports all our problems of discipline and drugs will be solved.' Now parents are not so naive. They are aware of the realities of sports."
One of the major realities of sports is that they are so slow to change. There have been few dramatic break-throughs other than an awareness that problems exist and a feeling that athletes no longer will tolerate what their older brothers and sisters would.
"Kids now are exposed to a significant body of knowledge. Most colleges now have the sort of sport-and-society course I pioneered at Berkeley. The kids now are exposed to my books, and Meggyesy's [Pete] Gent's and Harry Edwards." Which means that if Ralph Nader dips into sports, as he hints he might, he will add an important voice to the cause but probably not unearth anything the above writers and such as Roger Noll and assorted congressional committees have not already explored.
Scott even has explored the athletic Cuba - and been impressed.
"There is a total lack of discrimination," he said. "The water polo team has the same preponderance of blacks as the track team. And gifted young girls have the same chance to excel as gifted young boys.
"And there is free admission to everything, even baseball. When means that there is no such thing as 'major' and 'minor' sports. The NCAA might try to disguise that, but major is money-making and minor is not.
"I was offered a job in Cuba, a position like Byers holds - and with tenure. It was appealing, because I would be doing what I like, and to warded for the things I get hassled for here. But I'm not a Cuban - and I would not take it unless forced.
"It boils down to this: It is obvious that the situation in America is not going to get better if those working for change go to places where that change already has taken place.This is not a blanket endorsement of Cuba, of course, just its sports philosophy.
"We will keep pressing ahead here."