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Urban's Way: Urban Meyer, the Florida Gators, and His Plan to Win Paperback – Bargain Price, October 27, 2009

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Praise for Buddy Martin and Urban's Way

“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. This 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
  • ASIN: B005B1JPVI
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I am writing this review, after the fact that Coach
Meyer has left the Florida Gators as head football
coach, and won another championship last season,
with Ohio State.
I am part of the Gator Nation, and have watched the
football program struggle since his departure.
I am not angry that Coach Meyer left Florida, I am glad
he got the chance to land the coaching job of his dreams,
and wish him good continuing LUCK.
Now, having said that.......
This is an outstanding book, for coaches of any sport, and
is loaded with ideas and plans, that young coaches can use.
I have coached swimming teams, tennis teams, softball teams,
from YMCA programs, to private clubs, and have sent many athletes
on to the likes of UNC, NC State, Clemson, SC, Duke, East Carolina
and to West Point and The Naval Academy.
And I still found things, I could use in this book.
Great job by Buddy Martin, on an awesome book.
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Format: Hardcover
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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Format: Hardcover
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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This is more of a Biography than a Football Coaching Textbook. It incorporates his Coaching philosophy to try and raise a family environment for kids that need or may never have had a family. Good book, Great if you are a Florida fan.
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This is not another college coach's semi-autobiography written after a national championship with the help of a ghostwriter. Buddy Martin researches and superbly reports exactly how Urban Meyer devised his football programs. The result is an innovative approach to coaching young men not just in the game of football, but to guide them in life.

Meyer is best known for designing a spread offense that changed college football in the 2000's. However more inventive and universal was his approach to mentoring young men in his programs. Meyer hired active assistant coaches and charged them to personally mentor their position players as they were their own sons. It is the way any of us would want our son's to be coached at any level.

This book, full of stories overcoming adversity and achievement changed my own philosophy on coaching football. Meyer's paradigm shift occurred as an assistant under Sonny Lubick at Colorado State. From that point with the assistance of a dedicated wife experienced as a psychiatric nurse, he set forth creating the perfect program to mentor young men utilizing college football. His success over a decade is unparalleled.

This is a great read for any football fan, and a must read for any football coach.
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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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By jbd on December 19, 2011
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I am not even a Florida Gator's fan, but wanted to learn more about Urban Meyer who was recently hired as the new head coach at the Ohio State University. I am glad I did. What a great read! This was a very well written, easy to read page turner. I also gained an even greater respect for Urban Meyer, who I already knew was one of the best coaches in college football. I highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of college football.
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