by: John Feinstein
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description Recounts the 1985-1986 basketball season at Indiana University, describes the complex personality of coach Bob Knight, and examines the coaching methods which make him one of the best of all time From Publishers Weekly Washington Post sportswriter Feinstein spent the 19851986 season with the Indiana Unversity basketball team. The season began under ominous circumstances because the 19841985 record had been a losing one, and its highlight (or, more accurately, nadir) had been coach Bob Knight's hurling a chair across the court in the Purdue game. His outbursts are central in this story, and it is not always clear when they are staged or if he is out of control. Feinstein writes that Knight believes in coaching through fear and, although those around him assert that he has learned to be more patient, he will not strike readers as noteworthy for his emotional control. So, despite his legendary loyalty to his friends and his acts of charity, Knight emerges here as an unlovely human being. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Sports Illustrated. (November Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. From Library Journal Like his heroes Woody Hayes and George Patton, Indiana University coach Knight is alternately described as dedicated, dictatorial, compassionate, belligerent, and brilliant. Feinstein offers a close look at the man by following him and his basketball team through the 1985-86 season. Knight's mercurial personality is no better exemplified than in the famous chair-throwing incident and in his close relationship with a permanently injured former player. At times the author serves as an apologist, but he does manage to reflect the intensity of feelings generated by the Hoosier mentor. This book likely will leave fans with their love/hate opinions intact. William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L, Fla. Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Product Code: 9780025372306
ISBN: 0025372300
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: 1986-11-21
Number of Pages: 311 pages
Languages: english
Edition: 1st
Dimension: 5.79 x 1.1 x 8.19 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.35 pounds