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Rags to Roses: The Rise of Stanford Football [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Beyda , George Chen , Sam Fisher
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Stanford Cardinal's resurgence from 2006 to 2012 marked one of the most remarkable transformations in college football history — at one of the most remarkable times in college football history. In the era of the spread, a finesse offense reinvented itself as a physically imposing, run-first attack that used more tight ends and fullbacks on a single drive than most of its opponents had on their rosters. In the era of short college careers followed by lucrative professional ones, a once-in-a-generation quarterback stayed the course for a third shot at a conference title. And in the era of recruiting violations at USC, improper benefits at Ohio State, a lack of institutional control at Miami and altered grades at Auburn, a team at an elite university that had never gone to four consecutive bowls or won 11 games (and was on the heels of the worst season in school history) decided to become one of the most confident — and most successful — programs in the country. Stanford Daily beat writers Joseph Beyda, George Chen and Sam Fisher interviewed 30 current and former players and coaches to bring you that story, “Rags to Roses: The Rise of Stanford Football.”

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  • File Size: 704 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: The Stanford Daily Publishing Corporation (July 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Cats! July 23, 2013
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Perfect book to read before the 2013 season!! Can't wait for volume 2.

Spoiler alert!': Stanford crushes SC over and over again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Inside Story July 23, 2013
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This a remarkable book that tells the story of the institutional changes in Stanford University's Football program for the last 6-8 years. The story is related in the words of the coaches and players who made these changes. It begins with an overview of the program and really takes off with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh. When he was introduced in the presence of Bill Walsh who was the "mastermind of his recruitment," he announced, "I vow I will attack this endeavor with enthusiasm unknown to mankind." And he did and he surrounded himself with other coaches and players who accepted his system and helped him make cultural changes at the university.
This is a fascinating tale on many levels, it is the story of these players, told in their words; it is an analysis of the personality and character of the new coach; it demonstrates how effective management can change a culture and it is an insight into the relationship of the football team - both coaches and players - to the school administration. Above all it is a story of how a school regained its enthusiasm for the sport and with hard work and effective leadership changed the team focus and work ethic resulting in a movement from a contentious 1 -11 record to a Pacific 12 and Rose Bowl championship. This is a story of excellence and high moral character and it is exciting to see the way it was done.
Despite the fact that I am an alumnus, I feel the story should have a universal appeal because of the intimate and detailed facts and analysis and the quality of the writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Potential Stanford FB recruits should read this July 23, 2013
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As an alum, I am thrilled to witness the rise of Stanford football, which finally is asserting its rightful place, alongside dozens of other top-flight sports programs at Stanford, to be on par with the university's academic reputation. The fact that Stanford has won the Directors Cup for now 19 consecutive years always struck me as a bit ironic considering how poorly our football program had fared in those years. We used to say the only place quieter than Stanford Stadium on game day was Green Library. No more!

This book gives excellent insight into the inner workings of the transformation SFB underwent during the Harbaugh era and the transition to the Shaw era. Especially revealing was Tavita's quote that the players at one point realized they had it in them to win but still were lacking the physical tools to attain that goal; the patient, methodical way the coaches developed the players to ultimately achieve that goal is what is well chronicled in this book. The rise of Stanford football was a slow but determined process that took a lot of faith to build; as Harbaugh said, quoting the Bible, faith is a belief in what you don't see and this book does a good job of showing how Harbaugh got players to start buying into something that may have seemed like a quixotic dream.

The writers, all of whom are/were Stanford students, do an excellent job of telling this story; their writing style is easy to read, engaging, well structured, and entertaining. The interviews with past and present coaches and players give insight into some of Harbaugh's eccentricities, e.g., the "what's your deal" game against USC, where Harbaugh decided to go for 2 even though Stanford was pummeling the Trojans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Those Who Stay Will Be Champions July 21, 2013
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Wow, thank you Sam, George and Joseph for the amazing work, the time and effort you all put into making this ebook happen. I was a fly on the wall taking in all that you, the players and the coaches had to offer. A few stories had filtered down to the Bootleg but so many were new. Even though we've lived through it as fans of the Cardinal team, readers will still feel the emotional triumphs and defeats with every page

As Fletch said, " It doesn't make sense! It never made sense!" And I add, " But it never felt so good"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. August 17, 2013
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Very well written. You don't have to be a Stanford fan or a sports fan to enjoy the book. You can share their love of the team.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars it's all right now August 15, 2013
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I loved reading this, brought back so many memories since 2007. I thought I had it good at Stanford in the 90s! Love the flow of the words and background on the players, not to mention the emotional edge without it turning into one of those overdone Olympic profiles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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. . . .this is a must read. Well written and researched. If you hate Stanford for some reason, don't buy this. But all Stanford followers, football fans or not, should read this and will enjoy it. About much more than "just" football. This is what college athletics should be. Belongs on your bookshelf, but only after you have read it. Highly recommended. Good job!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read July 29, 2013
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This book brings you directly into the locker room. Amazing quotes. All Stanford fans should read this book. Once I started reading, I could not stop until I finished.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rags to Roses
As a mother of a former Cardinal player an therefore a forever fan I could not put this book down before watching the Rose Bowl game this season. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DRH
5.0 out of 5 stars Roses twice in a row!
It's reliving a wonderful period of Stanford football. Great for me as a season ticket holder. 1-11 to two consecutive Rose Bowls.
Published 8 months ago by Mel
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for every Stanford fan
This is a remarkably well written story about Stanford football's golden years, full of interesting anecdotes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lori Livingston
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done portrait of a major program comeback
Informative account about an amazing college football program resurgence. Well done review of the past 5 seasons. Of interest to college football fans.
Published 10 months ago by alan schatzberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A thorough retelling of Stanford's return to football relevance!
Beyda, Chen and Fisher have conducted hours of interviews and put together an incredibly detailed account of Stanford's 2006-2013 seasons.
Published 11 months ago by Ryan Denny
4.0 out of 5 stars NCAA football and education
Interesting story, interesting perspective! This is an important university's approach to the marriage of NCAA football and the education of student athletes. Read more
Published 11 months ago by jrWillW
Reads like a well researched local newspaper accounts of many seasons of Stanford football games and practices in one volume. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Clarence. J. Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed and insightful
I thought I knew all about Stanford football, but I learned a lot from the inside quotes and perspective from the players and coaches. An excellent book. Read more
Published 11 months ago by David Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This is a must-have for any Stanford football fan. The stories are well told, with an insider's knowledge that is evident in the many, many interviews of Stanford players,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars great sports read
Thrilling reliving it. Great work, guys. I am now dying for the start of the new season tonight. Go Card!
Published 12 months ago by A. S. DeLisi
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