Born in El Paso's Segundo Barrio, Nolan Richardson was the first black star for legendary basketball coach Don Haskins at Texas Western College. Rising to national prominence at the University of Arkansas, Richardson became the first black coach at a Southern school to win the NCAA Championship, playing an electrifying style dubbed “Forty Minutes of Hell.” His outspoken response to perceived racial injustices culminated in Richardson's accusing his university of discrimination, bringing about an abrupt end to his college career. The only coach in history to win a Junior College, NIT, and NCAA title, Richardson now coaches in the WNBA.
Rus Bradburd, a former assistant coach under Don Haskins, highlights Richardson's trailblazing career with empathy and intimacy, revealing a man whose hard-won successes were matched by deeply felt losses. An inside look at the politics of race in college sports, Forty Minutes of Hell sets Richardson's complex story against the backdrop of a decisive time in American history.
Impossible is nothing! Nolan Richardson is one of the best coaches in the history of college basketball. I learned a great deal from about Coach.Published 4 months ago by Coach Stephens
I worked for one of Nolan Richardson's players so I enjoyed the read on what I have been taught thus far in the coaching world.Published 17 months ago by Blair Dinkins
Bradburd is an excellent story teller which makes this book very easy to read. He has some great insights into a fascinating man and the culture around him.Published on June 5, 2013 by Ken F.
I thought this was a pretty good book. I loved Noland and still do. It is a good rehashing of all the old stuff and the first part of the book gives you a good look at why He... Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by Kelly Crenshaw
A facinating eye opening history of the game of basketball and the history of the African American struggle to play the game at the top and the almost impossible wish to coach... Read morePublished on March 19, 2011 by White Dove Relaxation Hill
Excellent read about a courageous man that overcame adversity of being a Black man in America.Published on March 26, 2010 by Thomas Allen Graham
I left this book on the plane. I was so excited to read it, being a HUGE fan of Nolan's. I must say I was hugely disappointed. Read morePublished on March 25, 2010 by J. Neil
Recommended for basketball fans.
This one is worth reading, despite the Nolan Richardson=good, Frank Broyles=bad simplistic tone taken by the author. Read more