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Dead Coach Walking: Tom Penders Surviving and Thriving in College Hoops Paperback – March 1, 2011
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Now, with negative disclosures out of the way let me say that I really enjoyed reading this book. As a U of Memphis booster I've seen Penders coach numerous times in Houston and Memphis. He's light hearted and enjoyable to watch. He always has a very entertaining team that is fast, furious and great shooters even though his teams were less talented than the Memphis teams. He should have beaten us many more times than he did so I always considered ourselves quite lucky when we played. But, I loved playing them as you knew it would be a great game and also that Penders would be entertaining on the sideline.
I know Penders for the good run at Houston and the solid years at Texas. I really didn't follow his extended career at Tufts, Columbia, Fordham, Rhode Island, and George Washington. The book goes in to great detail of how he got into coaching and the great runs he had at all these schools, no failures at any. Yes, he was fired at Texas. But, welcome to big time athletics and his NCAA record has to have him listed as one of their best coaches ever there.
In addition to his coaching career and philosophy there are plenty of personal stories of his family as well as recommendations on how to improve college athletics. Overall this book does a great job of demonstrating his personal characteristics and, with the flaws notated earlier, I still recommend the book highly. For an additional treat, also follow his Twitter account as he does a great job there even though he is often too soft on those in his coaching fraternity.
Like Donald Trump the author holds nothing back in describing the coaches who inspired and those who floated below the radar.
Bob KNIGHT is the best of all the rest as he profiles the other coaches of his era.
A great read for any college basketball fan.