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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.Read more ›
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.
GW had already taken heat for hiring Penders because of his shady reputation. So the college administration wanted to keep this story quiet and bought out the rest of Penders' contract.
And he did GW no favors. He took a perennial NCAA tourney team and left it with a 14-18 record. Never mind that one of his players pled guilty to sexual battery of a homeless woman -- a crime he committed in a GW dormitory.
Then he concocts this story about his health being the reason for leaving. Sorry Tom, you're a liar. You wrote a book when you should be hiding in shame.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have seen Penders teams play, enjoyed his wit and style. Good to hear this first person account. Somewhat repetitive, not as hot as I might have hoped for but a good fast read.Published 18 months ago by Peter E. Wunsch
I thought the book was great, especially Part II. Coach Penders' blunt and straightforward discussion of the NCAA, AAu basketball and their shady characters, his evaluation of... Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by David A. McCarney
This is the best book about basketball Very honest and straight forward. Wish I had known about this three years ago when it came outPublished on September 20, 2013 by Norma McCord
Fortunately, The Dead Coach Walking, is alive and well. It's been my pleasure to know Tom Penders professionally and personally for 30 years. Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Mel Proctor
I enjoyed the insight to various teams that Tom had throughout his career. He is a friend of mine through the University of Houston. Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by John D. Moore
Great book by the legendary coach. Lots of great basketball stories and lots of good life lessons too. I enjoyed it very much.Published on August 1, 2011 by Mike Fulks