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Every Week a Season: A Journey Inside Big-Time College Football Hardcover – August 31, 2004

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In college football's short season, a single game can make or break a team's fortunes. As the weeks rush by and put increasing pressure on the schools, fans and coaches tend to forget the contests are played by young men barely out of their teens. Curtis (The Men of March), who has done reporting for Fox Sports Net, takes advantage of amazing access to evenhandedly analyze the intense burdens on nine of the sport's biggest teams to maintain their positions. He examines the different routes taken toward the same goal by the various personnel involved in the process. Coaches, for example, don't just design plays; they dissect game films, deal with media and chat up recruits. Curtis tracks several perennial powerhouses, like Colorado State and Florida State, over the course of the 2003 season and also discusses Boston College, to illustrate a team out of the running. The mind-boggling formulas that go into computing the rankings often seem to defy logic and can lead readers to much head-scratching. Curtis looks past the numbers and focuses on the people who make up the game, from players and coaches to alumni and fans. Photos.
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Curtis, author of Men of March (2003), about college basketball coaches, now turns to football. During the 2003 season, he spent a week each at observing nine college football programs. He watched films with coaches, interviewed players, worked the locker rooms, and attended practices. Curtis' dominant theme is that the modern coach functions like the CEO of a corporation. The coach's work is public view, and if the stock doesn't pay dividends in the form of wins and bowl games, he is accountable. Sometimes the week Curtis spent at a school was the prelude to triumphs; other times, not. His stay at Wisconsin with coach Barry Alvarez culminates in a stunning upset of then top-ranked Ohio State, but his trip to Colorado State ends with the loss of a close game to archrival Colorado. Curtis doesn't offer much criticism--if anything, he comes to identify too closely with his subjects--but he does provide an appreciation for the preparation and emotional investment at the foundation of every college football game. Legions of fans will savor every word. Wes Lukowsky
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345470141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345470140
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,798,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Curtis hits all the marks with this book. I was a little skeptical going in, wondering what I might learn, as I'm a pretty big college football fan. I was surprised because I didn't know most of what he reveals. He talks about the world off the field in a way that ESPN, SI, etc. never fully explore, in my experience.

Very well-written book, I definitely recommend it for casual or serious sports fans. It shows so much of the real game that you hardly ever see or hear about.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a high tribute to the Great American Sport of Football. It is based on visits to nine of the top names in college football. The author, Brian Curtis, spent a week at each school. The result is a report, not of just the games, but of the essence of the teams. He reports on the practice, the personalities, the tone of the school and the team. The tone varies a good bit depending if the last game was a win or a loss. He reports on the 'intelligence' I guess you'd call it about what the team can expect in the game plan expected from their opponents next week. And on the ways to counter the oponnents expected game.

Coming through on each page is the fascination, the love that the author feels for the game and the teams. Delightful book.
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My husband is a D-I FB official and I bought him this book as a gift. He thoroughly enjoyed this well-researched, behind-the-scenes look at big-time college football. The author captures the intensity and drama which unfold each week during the season.
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Format: Hardcover
This book was great. Curtis spent a week at 10 major college programs which included teams from the ACC, SEC, WAC, Big 10 & Big East, including the week leading up to LSU's Sugar Bowl victory over the Sooners in the Championship game. I found it a great read on two fronts: 1) You get a look at how each coach prepares for his game, some are completely hands on while others have great trust in their assistants and just overlook everything. 2) The part I enjoyed most about the book was how different schools/coaches look at their players. Some of the coaches it was win at all costs having no regard for classes or much else. Fortunately there were more coaches who went along the lines of caring about the student will promote winning. Alot of people think big time colleges are just football factories, but after reading this book you realize more schools care more about there students beinging students first and athletes second.

A must read for any college football fan!
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Format: Hardcover
This book provides an interesting view into the lives of college football coaches as they deal with the weekly challenges of analyzing last week's game, preparing for the next, recruiting high school players, and dealing with the media. All the teams feature accomplished coaches at big-name programs but there is a fair amount of variation into how they relate to their players, their general outlooks on life, even their spirituality. Each week covers a major game, and many fans of college football are likely to have watched at least one or two of them. If you want to get a feel for what happens behind the scenes in college football, this book is about as good as it gets.
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Format: Hardcover
This book reads like a journal. It's a good comparative look at how different coaches run their programs; however, it's basically the same 15 page story chapter after chapter. Based on the author's access to the programs and coaches, he does begin to explore some interesting stories regarding assistants, family, boosters, academincs, and recruiting but gives those ideas a paragraph or two and moves on to the next thing. Had those ideas been further explored the book could have delivered what I expected; however, I felt like I was reading the fragmented journal of an author trying to keep a book to a certain length.
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