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Faith in the Game: Lessons on Football, Work, and Life Hardcover – September 7, 1999
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Osborne coached football at the University of Nebraska for 37 years, the last 25 as head coach. Always a powerhouse team, the Nebraska Cornhuskers won an impressive number of national championships in that time, and Coach Osborne finished with an 84 percent winning record. Now retired, the devoutly Christian Osborne wrote this book to describe his recipe for success on the field and off. Not surprisingly, the values espoused are traditional ones: character, honesty, loyalty, sacrifice, hard work, unity, perseverance, and teamwork. These are illustrated by anecdotes and examples from the coach's vast experience. In his later years of coaching, several Cornhuskers had well-publicized troubles with the law. It is interesting to read Osborne's version of these incidents and how he dealt with them in light of his values. Worthwhile to libraries with interests in college football or Nebraska.AJohn M. Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Osborne was the head football coach at the University of Nebraska for 25 years, winning three national championships during that time. He applied the teachings of Christianity to his coaching technique, and now, as a motivational speaker and as the author of this memoir, he uses examples from his football career to illustrate Christian principles. Writing without a coauthor or ghostwriter, Osborne comes through loud and clear, but unfortunately, his prose is as stiff and monotonous as his football teams, whether he is describing offensive style or defending the university's handling of a series of controversies involving misbehaving players. Despite Osborne's success, he never cultivated a national profile with his low-key, self-effacing personality. This memoir probably won't change that, but just as opposing teams could never ignore Nebraska in the Osborne era, so college football fans shouldn't ignore the life story of one of the game's best coaches. As sports memoirs go, though, it's the football equivalent of a 6^-5 season with no trip to a bowl game. Wes Lukowsky
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If you are a coach in any sport, if you are a Husker fan, or if you are a Tom Osborne fan, this book is a good read. It is also an excellent gift. It is one of the five best sports books I have read in the last few years. You can't miss with Faith in the Game.
What you will get in this book is chapters dedicated to Osborne's tried and true methods on how to run a big-time college football program.
You see, Osborne was more than a head coach. The man was interested in helping to make 25-years worth of Cornhusker players more than just football players. He wanted his players to not only represent the Nebraska program as hard-working football players. But also as role models in the community, through their taking care of business in the classroom as well as donating their time to various Omaha area hospitals, charities, and etc.
The main demographics that will enjoy this book, are die-hard Nebraska football fans from the 20th century and football coaches who may need a little help on running their high school, college, or even pro football programs.
Dr. Tom uses this book, in a nice way, to make some points and answer his critics. Riley Washington, for example, was acquitted for shooting at a car but the critics would have thrown him off the team. He was found not guilty so Osborne was right to let him play.
He doesn't go too much into l'affair Phillips but I agreed with him on that. He points out the media errors. What Phillips did is not too much different what many college students did/do about breaking up.
I found his point system similar to the demerit system at my Jesuit high school; albeit modified for college in the 90's.
His mentoring program indicates where his heart is. He didn't need to do that and I can't think of another coach doing something similar.
I won't give it away, but I was very surprised by his decision-making process regarding his retirement.
One final note for certain Big Red fans, the coaches spend a great amount of time watching the players practice and grading the films. Stop second-guessing the play calling and the playing time. Dr. Tom makes that point in his indirect way.
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