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BILL SELF: At Home in the Phog Hardcover – October 10, 2008
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Almost all lovers of KU and college basketball will find this book interesting and for them it will be 5 stars. It was written by John Rohde based on extensive interviews with Bill Self and many of those who've worked/interacted with him, with liberal quoting (hence listing Bill Self as co-author).
It gives a fascinating inside look at basketball coaches, facets of their jobs, and coaching changes. The book contains two interwoven narratives -- one tale is the development and changes in Bill Self from BB player in high school, at OSU, to being coach at ORU, Tulsa, Illinois, and then KU. This larger tale intertwines with a second: the 2007-08 KU BB season and its games through the NCAA championship tourney. This book will be an entertaining read for most any sports lover and most of them will find this at least a 3 or 4 star in value. Those bitter at coach Self for leaving ORU, Tulsa, or Illinois (or not returning to OSU) or whose favorite teams were defeated by him, may rate it lower.
Coach Self acknowledges a fundamental teaching responsibility, enthusiasm, the ability to make adjustments, his favoring the high-low motion offense, and his belief in transition and in playing aggressive defense. But he doesn't talk a lot of specifics. He discusses in depth the relationships with his coaches, assistant coaches, and athletic directors and you get a strong sense of his ambition very early.
Here's a coach who goes from Oral Roberts, to Tulsa, to Illinois, and KU within a ten-year period, a walking, breathing turnaround specialist, who leaves players and programs usually about as quickly as a new job is offered. He earned that right and took bigger, better jobs along the way. As loyal as he is to his family and to his assistants, he often leaves with a carpetbagger feeling left behind.
If you're a die-hard Jayhawk fan, then you've probably already read this book. If you love basketball and are looking for coaching insights, this probably isn't the best book for you. If you want the behind-the-scenes politics of coaching, and some of the dirt behind the comings and goings of major basketball coaches, then "At Home in the Phog" gives you that.
I wanted to find out what made Coach Self and his programs successful, basketball successful.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The look back at the 2008 run to the National Title makes the book worth it.Published 17 months ago by Mark Ducharme
Great Book! I checked it out from the library and loved it so much I had to buy a copy.Published on March 20, 2013 by Stephani Caliendo
I would recommend this book to all who like basketball whether they are a KU fan or not, very well written.Published on February 15, 2013 by Jerry Skidmore
This was a great read. I am so impressed with Bill Self. It appears he truly his teams, a real class act. We are sooooo glad you are here at KU. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by G. King
Wow what a read. One of my top 10 books of all time. This is definatly worth the read. I always wondered why Self never returned to OSU, now we do. Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by rockchalk06
Clearly this book was marketed towards Kansas' more conservative fans. The repeated references to family values and moral fundamentals was a bit much. Read morePublished on June 26, 2011 by J. Smallridge
Seen from the perspective of a KU basketball fan, this is a great read. It especially illuminates the strength of personal relationship as a means of becoming known and advanced. Read morePublished on July 10, 2010 by Jack W. Skeels