Bow Down to Willingham: How White Guilt Enabled a Secretly Malicious Coach to Destroy the Once-Mighty Washington Huskies

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Tyrone Willingham was, at every turn, one man everybody could look at to make themselves feel good. In 2002, when he led Notre Dame football to a 10-3 record, the national media anointed him as an icon of impeccable integrity, discipline and class, the legendary "Molder of Men." For black Americans in particular, Willingham represented one of their own, rising to prominence in a high-profile position usually ...
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Overview

Tyrone Willingham was, at every turn, one man everybody could look at to make themselves feel good. In 2002, when he led Notre Dame football to a 10-3 record, the national media anointed him as an icon of impeccable integrity, discipline and class, the legendary "Molder of Men." For black Americans in particular, Willingham represented one of their own, rising to prominence in a high-profile position usually held by middle-aged white men.


Following his controversial firing at Notre Dame, Willingham came to Washington in 2005 under great fanfare as UW's first-ever black head football coach. At the initial press conference, Willingham stated his purpose: "It is time for the University of Washington to return to being the Dawgs. And it is my understanding that a dawg is a vicious animal."


But from the moment Willingham got behind closed doors with his new team, a disturbing side of his personality emerged. In this ground-breaking book, Derek Johnson presents a shocking side of Tyrone Willingham only seen by the Washington Huskies players. Many of them quickly grew to loathe him and the game of football, while watching in dismay as the public idolized the media's lofty image of Willingham.


By December 2007, crushing defeat after crushing defeat eroded Washington's legacy as a powerhouse. Despite warning signs of incompetence, many fans, sportswriters, pundits and even the NAACP still rushed to Willingham's defense. With regional tensions running high, UW President Mark Emmert rendered his decision to retain Willingham for a fourth year. The resulting fallout blemished the face of Husky Football forever, while raising questions about the true nature of race relations in America.



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Don James
Bow Down to Willingham is very interesting reading, especially in hearing the insight from some of the players in the years covered in the book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979327131
  • Publisher: Johnson, Derek Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Sales rank: 1,414,806
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Derek Johnson is the author of Husky Football in the Don James Era, The Dawgs of War and Bow Down to Willingham. From 2001-2008 he was a columnist for Sports Washington magazine and Dawgman.com. He lives in Seattle.
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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Not worth the price

    The author makes no attempt to disguise his contempt for Willingham, but a more balanced approach would have resulted in a better book. There were a few interesting anecdotes and a little inside info, but overall it doesn't add much to what even the casual Husky fan already knows. This book should be on the $4.95 clearance rack by Christmas. It was doomed from the start; those who follow UW football can't get far enough away from those awful years --- why would they want to pick up this book to re-live it?

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Not worth the money.

    Bought the book and read it. The topic was intriguing but the book was a let-down. Some of the interviews were interesting, but the book isn't very well written. I was hoping for more of unbiased account of the story surrounding the failed football coach, but this book reads more like high school journalism.

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  • Posted December 28, 2011

    Poorly Edited

    Being a Colorado fan I can relate to a horrible coaching regime(dan hawkins)so I thought I would be able to relate somewhat to this books content.The best thing the author did was conduct interviews with former players,but overall he came off very bitter and spiteful.Made it a little off putting.The book was also very poorly edited,lots of mistakes,from grammar to facts.I expected more.

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