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Northwestern's football team did not have a winning season between 1971 and 1995. This prolonged losing streak and its accompanying sense of inevitable failure were the greatest obstacles Barnett encountered when he became head coach in 1992, for many players on the squad had no hopes of victory. Barnett, who had made his mark in high school and college ball in Colorado, turned the program around through astute recruiting and inspired motivating. And in 1995, his Wildcats became champions of the Big Ten and played in the Rose Bowl. Assisted by St. Louis Post-Dispatch sportswriter Gregorian, Barnett reviews his years in Evanston with emphasis on the varied techniques he used to inspire his athletes, providing an upbeat tale of Cinderella come to the gridiron. Photos not seen by PW.
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The Northwestern University football team won only 46 games in 253 tries between 1971 and the start of the 1995 season. Yet last year, that same hapless Northwestern went 10^-1 before losing to USC in the Rose Bowl. In this very entertaining account, head coach Gary Barnett takes us inside the program he resurrected in just four years. Struggling against an apathetic student body, a less-than-understanding administration, unrelenting academic standards, and players who had come to expect losing, he set in place a foundation of physical skill bolstered by confidence. Meanwhile, he vigorously recruited players who would have otherwise gone to Duke or Stanford. That process is described here in fascinating detail, along with some perceptive thoughts on the nature of leadership. Barnett's teams won't all win the Big Ten championship, but he's accomplished the near impossible by making them competitive. This is an excellent case study of how a savvy leader can reverse an organization's negative view of itself. Wes Lukowsky
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Warner Books (September 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446520993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446520997
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Galvin on August 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book in a enjoyable book that highlights Northwestern's Rose Bowl Trip. Even if you are not a NU fan you will find this book very interesting and at the end you will be cheering on NU throughout the book. It explains how Gary Barnett took a "nothing" NU football team to be top-ranked and possibly contend for the national championship.
Barnett writes about success not only in football but in life. I was so touched by this book that I wrote Barnett a letter telling him how good the book was.
You will enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 13, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Gary Barnett is one of those guys you'd like to have a beer with....A master of motivation and getting young people to believe in themselves (even when the facts say they shouldn't!) Barnett works from everyday experiences and personal convictions to extract the absolute best from his players. The result is not only the greatest turn around of an entire collegiate program in history, but the "release" of some truly gifted student athletes into the world. I virtually read this book in one sitting -- I simply could not put it down. Someday, I going to have to find a way to buy Barnett that beer, just to get the advance copy of his sequel. By the way, Gary, just exactly was that "horrid" event in college, for which you got into so much trouble? The intrigue is killing me
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Borowy26 VINE VOICE on January 3, 2008
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For the remainder of his life and when his obituary is published, Gary Barnett will be remembered as the coach who revitalized the football program at Northwestern University. In 1995, he lead the Wildcats to the Rosebowl. A year later the team tied for first with Ohio State. Barnett possessed superb skills as a motivational leader and mentor. It was not uncommon in the immediate wake of Northwestern's two consecutive Big Ten titles (the first of which marked the first time NU topped the conference since 1936 and the first time the team had posted a winning record in twenty-four years) for instructors to emphasize Barnett's unique management style.

Northwestern featured a team composed of genuine student athletes in an environment where academics were stressed on an equal basis with athletics. The 1995 and 1996 teams featured some great individual players who possessed enough character and strength to overcome their athletic deficiencies against more highly rated opponents. One of these players, Pat Fitzgerald is the current head coach of Northwestern.

As a darling of the media, Barnett was constantly offered employment by other football programs at other universities. This seriously hurt recruiting at Northwestern as rival school recruiters suggested to high school seniors that it was foolish to commit to the Wildcats when it seemed likely that Coach Barnett was about to make a hasty exit.

Regrettably, Barnett succumbed to the siren's call and opted out of his contract (taking several top recruits with him) and he accepted a lucrative position at the University of Colorado in 1999. While he came within a game of capturing the National Championship, Barnett's reputation suffered when his athletic program was mired in constant scandals and controversies.
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Very solid book. A good read with some good insights into how Coach B ran his program at Northwestern. For a college coach who is reading it there are some good ideas for team building and some creative sports psych stuff. For the average football fan some good stories. Definitely worth reading, not life changing, but a very good read.
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