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Above the Line: Lessons in Leadership and Life from a Championship Season Hardcover – October 27, 2015

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Urban Meyer is the head football coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. In 2014, he led the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten Conference title under his tenure as well as the program's eighth national championship. Meyer served as the head coach of the Bowling Green Falcons from 2001 to 2002, the Utah Utes from 2003 to 2004, and the Florida Gators from 2005 to 2010. He is one of only two coaches to win a National Championship at two different schools.

Wayne Coffey, an award-winning sportswriter for the New York Daily News, is the author of three New York Times bestsellers, including The Closer (with Mariano Rivera) and Wherever I Wind Up (with R. A. Dickey).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press; First Edition edition (October 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1101980702
  • ISBN-13: 978-1101980705
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
as the book jacket states this is a book on leadership and team building by Coach Meyer with the 2014 Ohio State season as the main background. I had bought this book to learn more about Urban Meyer and his secrets to success. This book is filled with his view on how a team should operate to win a championship. He explains that ones behavior is either "above the line or below the line." I particularly liked his description of below the line behavior-B-Blaming, C-complaining, D-defending yourself. That is a good description of a team not in alignment. I also found his 10-80-10 Principle interesting (Ch.8) and like other ideas in this book,can be applied to life endeavors other than football. I learned that Meyer is a committed Catholic with a Father who positively influenced his life. He is an intense competitor who played Minor League Baseball and believes you should improve yourself/team , everyday. If you are a coach, player or fan or you are looking for an inspirational read about college football, this will be worth your while. Recommended.
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When it comes to bleeding scarlet and grey (and - apparently and begrudgingly - predominantly black now for one game per year!), there's no one who lives for the Buckeye games more than my husband. Believe it or not, PRIOR to our grandsons' first birthdays, he had trained them - at the conclusion of our singing the Ohio State fight song - to say "Go Bucks!" So given the expectation (with the football program's #1 ranking at the beginning of the season) that they'd be able to head back to a National Championship game this year, the fact that the OH-SO-CLOSE loss to Michigan State not only lost them the Big Ten title, but also has them headed to the Fiesta Bowl instead has made this one of those "ouch" years for him (a "double ouch" since our niece is a Michigan State alum, which prompted an immediate post-game call to said niece, reminding her of her treasonous college choice!) He really lives and breathes this stuff, with his "man-cave" reflecting those loyalties, so I knew I'd have to tread lightly this year when it came to Christmas purchases.

I've lost track of the number of Ohio State football-related books on his shelves - a million, give or take! - so I thought maybe, just maybe he'd want to dive into one of the other half dozen sports bios I'd had under the tree for him this year first. HA! This book - focused on last year's championship season (and all of the great memories it holds for my husband) headed to bed with us Christmas night (I'm thinking about instituting a "no reading past 11pm" rule), and each night since I've been "treated" to a summary of the latest insights, situations, etc. from yet another OSU book he's devouring like it was a steak dinner in front of a man who hadn't eaten for a month.
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I love coaches books. They are living on the edge of societal changes. In this book Urban Meyer is transparent and honest. It is extremely well written and easy to read. He weaves in his entire career but not in an overbearing way. His life, coaching and leadership lessons are well worth the price of the book. Some people live thirty years one year at a time. Others live 30 years investing year 1 into year 2 and so on. Urban Meyer learned his lessons along the way and share them, pain and all. One of the best leadership books I've read, and I've read a lot.
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When I was a sales rep, I had sales managers who would "lead" our sales team by threatening to make our lives miserable "until we brought in the numbers." These managers would intimidate and humiliate members of our team until they achieved the results the managers wanted.

Many college football coaches operate the same way. But in addition to just psychological abuse, they also have the ability inflict physical punishment on the players from whom they are attempting to get certain behaviors. Unfortunately, as long as these coaches continue to win and win big, their methods are not only just tolerated but actually condoned.

So it is refreshing to read a book written, not by a Neanderthal football coach, but an actual thinking-man's coach.

In "Above the Line," Urban Meyer discusses such true leadership concepts as, well, "above the line," avoiding BCD behavior, and E+R=O. These concepts apply to family units and corporate teams as they do to as football teams.

It is a truly unique coach who can actually take more pride in the personal development of a player like Cardale Jones, as a result of these principles that the coach teaches, rather than in just that's player's performance on the field (which can have a more timely and immediate impact on ensuring a particular coach's employment or year-end bonus).

You don't need to be an Ohio State fan, an Urban Meyer fan, or even a college football fan to both enjoy and personally benefit from this book.

"Above the Line" is truly a refreshing and inspirational read.
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A wonderful book and not just as it pertains to football. It is a lesson in life. How to be a leader and how to be the best you can be. I wish this book could be mandatory reading for every 8th grade student, discussed and tested on. Unfortunately those not interested in football will lose interest toward the latter portion of the book. Certainly every coach and class of football players or other sports could only benefit from a lot of what Urban Meyer has to say to become a better PERSON.
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