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True Blue

Author: Dick Weiss
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1613214170
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It’s been over thirty years since Mike Krzyzewski became the head basketball coach at Duke University. And on November 15, 2011, Coach K became the most successful coach in NCAA Division I men’s basketball history with his 903rd victory. Now the impact and inspiration of this living legend is captured in this newly revised edition of True Blue. In this one-of-a-kind volume, Dick “Hoops” Weiss brings together over twenty of the friends, colleagues, and players who know Coach K best. From the reminiscences of Tom Butters, the A.D. who hired him, to the analysis of ESPN legend Dick Vitale, who covers the ACC on a regular basis, this book provides unparalleled, intimate insights into the Krzyzewski era at Duke. Players like Johnny Dawkins, Danny Ferry, Christian Laettner, Grant Hill, Shane Battier, and more all recall how they were recruited, played for The Captain, and emerged from their years at Duke as men prepared to take their places in the world. True Blue isn’t just a chronology of wins and losses. It is a portrait of a complex man who conceived and executed a simple plan: to make Duke basketball and himself the best they can be.

American Sports A History Of Icons Idols And Ideas 4 Volumes

Author: Murry R. Nelson
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 0313397538
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America loves sports. This book examines and details the proof of this fascination seen throughout American society—in our literature, film, and music; our clothing and food; and the iconography of the nation.

The Encyclopedia Of Duke Basketball

Author: John Roth
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822339045
Size: 16.28 MB
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The ultimate reference source for true-blue fans offers profiles of great games, classic finishes (both wins and losses), and compelling personalities, including players, coaches, and opponents. 130 photos.

Tales From Clemson S 1981 Championship Season

Author: Ken Tysiac
Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
ISBN: 1596700610
Size: 60.37 MB
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In 1981, a team from a school nestled in the rural foothills of the Appalachians in South Carolina captured the fancy of college football fans everywhere. Coach Danny Ford's Clemson Tigers struggled early against Wofford and edged Tulane before finding their groove to defeat national powers Georgia, North Carolina, and Nebraska to go 12-0, and eventually win the national title.In Tales from Clemson's 1981 Championship Season, veteran ACC sports writer Ken Tysiac tells the story of Clemson's greatest team from the perspective of the players and coaches who made it happen. The team's cast of characters is almost as impressive as its accomplishments. Long before he became a national icon as "The Fridge" with the Chicago Bears, William Perry was a giant Clemson freshman and went toe to toe with the greatest center in college football -- Nebraska's Dave Rimington -- in the Orange Bowl. During the days leading up to the Orange Bowl, Perry exhibited his charm on a national stage for the first time in Miami, gleefully jumping to dunk a football through the goal posts for the television cameras.Perry Tuttle was a wide receiver with the gift of gab whose celebration of a touchdown catch in the Orange Bowl was immortalized in the only Sports Illustrated cover ever to feature Clemson. His roommate, bruising linebacker Jeff Davis, would talk with Tuttle before they went to sleep at night about their dreams of winning a national title.Danny Ford was a tobacco-chewing country boy much smarter than he let on with the "Aw, shucks" demeanor that made him a local hero. On the field, his fiery countenance instilled the toughness that made Clemson's defense nearly impregnable in a season that changed thestature of the entire community forever.Once supported almost exclusively by its loyal alumni, Clemson became the darling of a new legion of fans as well as corporate donors looking for tickets to impress their clients. A school

High Five

Author: Triumph Books
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 163319423X
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Duke's win over Wisconsin in the 2015 NCAA championship game was the culmination of a basketball season no Blue Devils fan will ever forget. Led by a talented freshman class featuring All-American center Jahlil Okafor, guard Tyus Jones, and forward Justise Winslow, Coach Mike Krzyzewski's squad collected seven wins over ranked teams in the regular season to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Duke then stormed past Robert Morris, San Diego State, Utah, and Gonzaga to reach the Final Four for the 12th time in Krzyzewski's career. In Indianapolis, Duke dominated Michigan State in the semifinal to reach the title game. Against Wisconsin in the final, Okafor, Jones, and fellow freshman Grayson Allen led a stunning comeback as the Blue Devils overcame a nine-point deficit early in the second half to knock off the Badgers, 68–63. Packed with expert analysis and stunning action photography, High Five: Duke's Unforgettable 2015 Championship Season takes fans through Duke's amazing journey, from their early season wins over Michigan State and Wisconsin to Coach K's historic 1,000th career win to the final seconds in Indianapolis. This commemorative edition also features in-depth profiles of Krzyzewski, senior leader Quinn Cook, Okafor, Winslow, and Jones.

The Last Great Game

Author: Gene Wojciechowski
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101559705
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The definitive book on the greatest game in the history of college basketball, and the dramatic road both teams took to get there. March 28, 1992. The final of the NCAA East Regional, Duke vs. Kentucky. The 17,848 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia and the millions watching on TV could say they saw the greatest game and the greatest shot in the history of college basketball. But it wasn't just the final play of the game-an 80-foot inbounds bass from Grant Hill to Christian Laettner with 2.1 seconds left in overtime- that made Duke's 104-103 victory so memorable. The Kentucky and Duke players and coaches arrived at that point from very different places, each with a unique story to tell. In The Last Great Game, acclaimed ESPN columnist Gene Wojciechowski tells their stories in vivid detail, turning the game we think we remember into a drama filled with suspense, humor, revelations and reverberations. The cast alone is worth meeting again: Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino, Bobby Hurley, Jamal Mashburn, Christian Laettner, Sean Woods, Grant Hill, and Bobby Knight. Timed for the game's 20th anniversary, The Last Great Game isn't a book just for Duke or Kentucky or even basketball fans. It's a book for any reader who can appreciate that great moments in sports are the result of hard work, careful preparation, group psychology, and a little luck.

The Legends Club

Author: John Feinstein
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0804173176
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On March 18, 1980, the Duke basketball program announced the hiring Mike Krzyzewski, the man who would restore glory to the team. The only problem: no one knew who Krzyzewski was. Nine days later, Jim Valvano was hired by North Carolina State to be their new head coach. The hiring didn't raise as many eyebrows, but the two new coaches had a similar goal: to unseat North Carolina's Dean Smith as the king of college basketball. And just like that, the most sensational competitive decade in the history of the NCAA was about to unfold. The Legends Club captures an era in American sports and culture as John Feinstein pulls back the curtain on the recruiting wars, the intensely personal rivalries that weren't always friendly, the enormous pressure and national stakes, and the battle for the very soul of college basketball.

The Gold Standard

Author: Mike Krzyzewski
Publisher: Business Plus
ISBN: 044655796X
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Says Coach K: "In all forms of leadership, whether you are a coach, a CEO, or a parent, there are four words that, when said, can bring out the best in your team, your employees, and your family...I BELIEVE IN YOU. These four words can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try." In his previous bestselling books, Coach K has guided readers to success the way he has guided his teams at Duke University - - with the power of his inspirational words and phenomenal leadership skills. But that was with college kids.....Now, Coach K has stepped up to take on an entirely new challenge - by volunteering to coach the US Olympic Basketball team. Comprised of some of the biggest NBA stars, Coach K had to work with huge egos and personal rivalries in order to create an American team that could win against the best competition in the world and restore Team USA to the gold standard of basketball. This is more than a celebratory book - it's Coach K's first-hand account of how he dealt with such stars as Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and all the rest to buy into his "total team" play. Half a book on basketball, half a book on management techniques, THE GOLD STANDARD captures Coach K's personal style and approach to getting different (and sometimes difficult) people to work hard and succeed in reaching a common goal.