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Echoes on the Hardwood: 100 Seasons of Notre Dame Men's Basketball Hardcover – August 4, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing; 1 edition (August 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158979124X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589791244
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,091,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was blessed to have broadcast some of Notre Dame's biggest games, including the historic win over UCLA that ended the longest winning streak in men's basketball at 88 games. Mike Coffey's book made me feel like I was back again at the Joyce Center. (Dick Enberg CBS News)

If you love the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame you will be thrilled with the info and data collected for this book by Mike Coffey. A basketball lover's delight. (Dick Vitale ESPN the Magazine)

Mike Coffey offers insight into the dignity of a Fighting Irish program which has been able to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate basketball with accomplishment despite the rigors of a consistent academic priority and strong intellectual achievement. This storied history of the Irish through the eras of Hawkins, Carr, Shumate, Brokaw, Dantley, Tripucka, Paxson, Rivers, Garrity and Thomas proves the rich lineage of Notre Dame basketball. (Bill Raftery ESPN the Magazine)

Even as it recounts storied seasons of the past, this book gives reason to believe that even greater days lie ahead for men's basketball at Notre Dame. (Morgan Wootten Hall-Of-Fame Basketball Coach)

The early chapters were like a stroll with old friends like Moose Krause, Johnny Jordan, Johnny Dee, Fr. John Smyth, Gene Sullivan and the old Fieldhouse, with the latter-day tales of Digger and his adventures under the Golden Dome equally enjoyable. I couldn't put it down, and read it in one sitting, even though I knew how it came out. (Bill Jauss, Columnist, Chicago Tribune)

Intersperses descriptions of teams, games and seasons with comments from players, coaches and others. (Rich Gotshall, The Indianapolis Star)

About the Author

Since 1999, Michael Coffey has been the men's basketball editor of NDNation.com, providing coverage of the Fighting Irish program to thousands of readers daily. A 1991 graduate of Notre Dame and a member of the US Basketball Writers Association, he lives with his wife and two children in Oak Lawn, Illinois. This is his first book.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fernando Del Vaglio on September 20, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Coffey interviewed seemingly countless old ND players and people associated with Notre Dame Basketball over its first 100 years. What you get is a wonderful portrayal of the program, through the words of those that were there; the very guys who woke up some of those famous Notre Dame "echoes", albeit on the basketball court. And herein lies the beauty of this book; Coffey helps shine a light on the fantastic tradition of ND Basketball, one naturally overshadowed by the legendary exploits of the Football team. For example, Coffey notes that ND is the only Div I school ranked in the Top 20 in total wins and winning percentage in BOTH football and basketball, a surprising fact to even the most ardent college sports fan. Of particular interest to me were the portrayals of the players from what's popularly referred to as "the greatest generation". They just don't make men like this anymore, and Coffey lets them tell their stories. Also gripping is the account of ND's 71-70 victory over the mighty Bruins of UCLA in 1974. In addition, Coffey concludes with the current roster recapping last season, and looking forward to 2004-5. This book is a must-have for the Notre Dame fan, and a great read for the fan of college hoops as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hoop Fan on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Not having direct access to Digger Phelps makes this book somewhat incomplete in my opinion. Some of the early history is quite interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eovermyer on April 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My son just loves ND basketball and asked for this book to be his night time reading. I obliged and while doing the reading found that I was learning plenty myself.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bleeds blue and gold on January 29, 2005
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There a scores of books on the storied tradition of Notre Dame football, but very few on ND basketball, which has had many great moments of its own. And very few of those books provides the insights of Coffey's book. Instead of the traditional approach to a team's history, the author focuses on anecdotes provided by the players and other behind the scenes participants. This gives us a sense of their perceptions of what was happening, rather than the interpretations of the journalist. Coffey lets the book write itself (not trying to diminish his hard work), and the final result is something that I thoroughly enjoyed. Certainly a must for Irish fans, and I think any fan of college basketball would enjoy it as well.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jack Argus on September 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This work is incredibly thorough. Coffey allows his interviewees to tell their stories without tramping all over them with his own opinions. He lets the reader absorb the anecdotes and in the few cases where his subjects disagree, leaves it up to us to decide which side of the fence we fall on. It's unusual to find an author who's willing to just get out of the way like that. As someone else told me, I feel like I was invited to a big party with everyone who ever contributed to ND basketball and got to listen in on all the best conversations.

Not having Digger in there is a disappointment, but since Digger has his own book right now, it's understandable why he didn't want to participate.

If you like Notre Dame or college basketball (or both), this one is a must have.
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