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For the Glory: College Football Dreams and Realities Inside Paterno's Program Hardcover – September, 1994


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Joe Paterno, who became head football coach at Penn State in 1965, has a reputation as both a winner and a mentor who cares about his players' academic success. That reputation is scrutinized by Washington Post staffer Denlinger, as he follows the progress of 28 scholarship players who entered State in 1988, with the possibility of five-year careers permitted by the NCAA. Five years later, 17 were still in school but only nine were active players; and the teams had not been brilliantly successful. But this excellent volume is not an attack on Paterno. Instead it is an attack on college football. Denlinger concludes that although "the world could get along nicely" without the sport, it doesn't want to. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This Penn State alumnus here follows members of the 1988 scholarship class through their college football careers. In contrast to head coach Joe Paterno's own Paterno by the Book (Random, 1989), Denlinger's work centers on the players, recording their feats and defeats. Beset by injuries, behavior problems, and academic troubles, these players had trouble staying the course; only nine out of 29 lasted on the team. Paterno emerges as a harsh driver who is nonetheless admired by his players. Along with Ben Brown's Saint Bobby and the Barbarians: (LJ 9/1/92), this devastating look at big-time college football is recommended for public and high school libraries.
Morey Berger, St. Joseph's Hosp. Medical Lib., Tucson
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (September 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312114362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312114367
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,221,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a reader on January 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
This was a fairly interesting book that provides some insight into the inner workings of a major college football program, but I didn't think it was very well written, and I had a hard time getting into it. It tried to tell so many different stories that it just seemed too jumpy to me. I thought "A Civil War" about the Army/Navy rivalry was a much better read and did a better job of making all the various characters interesting and bringing them to life. "For the Glory" was okay, but hardly stellar.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary J Cimperman on May 12, 2013
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Hard to read and follow. A lot of typographical errors and mistakes. Did not do the Penn State football program justice.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ALEX SOWDEN on June 6, 2000
Format: Paperback
For The Glory calls itself "a player's book", therefore anybody looking for an in-depth study of legendary Penn State University coach Joe Paterno will be disappointed. Neither does the book concentrate on any major scandals usually associated with big-time college football. Denlinger instead details the dedication, frustration, disillusionment, and for a fortunate few, the fulfillment experienced by twenty-eight young men between 1988 and 1993, as they cope with the mental and physical pressures of playing football for perennial college powerhouse Penn State. Denlinger focuses on the fluctuating fortunes of the players as they struggle both to maintain an acceptable academic performance and also earn a starting place in the team. In so doing, he shows how for some players, the entire college experience is an attritional process of disappointment and discontent. In addition, his accounts of endless practice sessions, and moreover the disturbing frequency of serious injuries to players, raise challenging questions, not only about the intense competitiveness of college football, but about the nature of the game generally. Keeping track of twenty-eight players over five years is no mean feat, and one feels occasionally that Denlinger spreads his focus too widely. It is sometimes difficult to recall the details of each player, and consequently one cannot understand and relate to them on a personal level. Overall, however, For The Glory provides a soberly honest portrayal of the student athlete experience that allows one to appreciate the achievement of those who play football on a collegiate level.
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