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I know no one better than Buddy Martin to deconstruct the inner workings of the current 'It' Coach. (Jack McCallum, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated)

"Members of the 'Gator Nation' are going to burn the midnight oil turning these pages." (Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution/CBS)

"Everyone knows Urban Meyer is a great coach...In Urban's Way, he reveals why he is successful in every facet of his life." (Lou Holtz, ESPN)

Few journalists gain such access and fewer still are Martin's equal... (Dave Kindred, author of Sound and Fury)

"Martin, a longtime chronicler of the UF program, does fine research and...reveals the coach's 'Plan to Win.'" (Tampa Tribune)

"Florida football fans wanting an inside look at the Gators' program will be appeased with Urban's Way...The book by UF graduate and longtime sports writer Buddy Martin contains compelling tidbits." (Florida Times-Union)

About the Author

BUDDY MARTIN is a Florida-born-and-raised journalist who grew up in the shadow of the Swamp and has known and interviewed every Florida football coach of the past fifty years. Urban's Way is his fourth book on Gator football. The son of a newspaperman, Martin has won more than 150 awards during his journalism career, which includes sports editorships of four major newspapers--Florida Today, The St. Petersburg Times, the New York Daily News, and The Denver Post. Among the awards Buddy received was an Emmy in 1992 as an associate producer of The NFL Today show on CBS for his work with Terry Bradshaw. Martin left as associate editor of the Charlotte Sun (Florida) in 2008 to become executive editor of GatorCountry.com and Gator Country Magazine, where his popular columns now appear. He is a regular sports talk-radio commentator in Denver and in Florida. Buddy is also co-creator and associate director of the Sports Journalism Summit, held annually at the Poynter Media Institute in St. Petersburg. He and his longtime wife, Joni, and dog, Rinny, reside in Ocala, the birthplace of Buddy, his oldest daughter, Lori, and his late father, Wilton.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312604947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312604943
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,188,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a great read for any football fan, and a must read for any football coach.
Ron
Buddy Martin's book on Urban Meyer is a glimpse inside the heart and soul of this great coach.
timothy belardine
I will take a lot of things said and written and apply it to my own coaching philosophy.
D. Moss

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on September 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is not one of those typical chronicles of a special season that delves about as deep as speeches at a booster club confab.

Author Buddy Martin - in this authorized biography - delves into the life of Urban Meyer and produces an excellent exploration into what may have appeared to be an open-field scamper from the mid-level head coaching ranks to leading one of the most storied programs in the rich history of college football.

But a cursory glance of a career hardly tells the real story.

With his family roots in a state that is a hotbed for football - Ohio - Meyer was a solid athlete for Saints John & Paul Catholic School in Ashtabula, a defensive back for the Cincinnati Bearcats - graduating in 1986 - and a minor-league prospect in the Atlanta Braves farm system.

The real challenge, though, was on the horizon, as Meyer entered the collegiate coaching ranks, spending 1986-2000 in a variety of capacities with Ohio State, Illinois State, Colorado State and Notre Dame. Martin tackles these oftentimes frustrating years for Meyer, where self-doubt and concerns about a stalled career are juxtaposed with mentors like the legendary head coaches Earle Bruce and Lou Holtz.

When the door opened in 2001 for a head coaching opportunity at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, though, Meyer placed himself on an amazing fast-track in the rugged profession. Two seasons at BGSU landed him the head coaching post at Utah, where his teams - in 2003-2004 - tallied a 22-2 mark and two bowl victories, including the Fiesta Bowl.

And the next logical step was tackling a major program, with several opportunities on the table - including his dream job at Notre Dame - but Meyer accepting the task of bringing glory back to the University of Florida.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Twin Mom on October 3, 2008
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Got my husband this book as a gift for his birthday. It arrived right on time. He read the first 200 pages waiting for his turn at jury duty, and is really enjoying this book. He said that although there's nothing amazing about the writing style, it has a lot of really great insights into the coach and the team ... a great behind-the-scenes look at Gator Football.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Philpott on February 6, 2009
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Hard to put down, very enjoyable both for football fans, Gator fans, and really gives you a new respect for Urban Meyer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Harrison on February 2, 2010
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This is one of the best books about the philosophy of football and how to balance family with football and how to maximize what your players can become on and off the field.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen W. Metz on October 24, 2008
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Best book on a coach I've ever read. And I've read a few. I am a high school football head coach and this book is excellent. It blends the game and life together in a great story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JAS on September 13, 2009
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This book gives the reader a tremendous insight into Urban Meyer, his leadership methods, and why Florida has become THE dominant program in college football since Meyer's arrival. Highly recommend
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Moss on January 6, 2009
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I loved it!. great isights of how Coach Meyer developed and put together the Plan to Win. I will take a lot of things said and written and apply it to my own coaching philosophy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Chatman on February 17, 2010
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I brought this book for my grandson who is a Gator Fan.
He really enjoy reading the book and recommends this for any one
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