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“Of all the players I’ve coached in my career, Mark Titus is one of them.”
-Thad Matta (head basketball coach at Ohio State)
“You want me to give you a quote? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. You’ve been riding my coattails for years, so of course you want to put my name on your book to sell more copies.”
-Evan Turner (#2 overall pick in 2010 NBA Draft, 2010 college basketball National Player of The Year)
“I haven’t read this book and probably never will, but the cover looks pretty cool I guess.”
-Mike Conley Jr. (#4 overall pick in 2007 NBA Draft, 2007 NCAA Tournament South Regional MVP)
"If Mark Titus had been able to play basketball the way he can write, he would have joined his Ohio State team mates in the NBA. No kidding. This is nothing less than a modern-day basketball version of Ball Four, a terrific look behind the locker room door, funny and profane and real. Great stuff."
-Leigh Montville, New York Times bestselling author of Ted Williams and Evel
“As a good-humored book about what Titus calls ‘normal kids who do stupid things’ while playing big-time basketball, Don’t Put Me In, Coach should appeal not just to Buckeyes fans but also to anyone looking for a frank, humanizing peek in to the locker room....A funny read.”
“For a reminder of the fun that can be had in college sports, turn to Mark Titus...The book, a comic tale of coming to terms with failure, is littered with stories of pranks, jokes, and team hijinks that may turn around that understandably low opinion of college sports. Everybody seems to be having a great time.”
“It’s not often we notice a college basketball player who, over his four year career, played a total of 48 minutes in 32 games while racking up just nine points. But when that player happens to be Mark Titus, a Brownsburg, Indiana native who parlayed his benchwarming days at Ohio State University into a blog with nearly 4 million views and a new book titled Don’t Put Me In, Coach, we make exceptions.”
-The Onion’s A.V. Club (Indianapolis)
“Don’t Put Me In, Coach, [is] a scabrously funny look at what it’s like to almost play for a No. 1-ranked NCAA hoops team."
-The Free Lance–Star (Fredericksburg, VA)
"The unique combination of snort-inducing hilarity and insider perspective makes this required reading for younger (or just perpetually immature) hoop heads. A perfect way to pass the time during the tournament’s endless TV timeouts."
"The Maxim demographic will revel in Titus’s rebellious tales, which come with a heaping portion of snarky, bro-friendly prose, scatological humor, and pop culture references….And under all the pranks and immaturity, Titus is a likable, forthright narrator.”
Posted March 7, 2012
This book is hilarious! I found myself having to put the book down because I was laughing so hard. Aside from that, it was a super quick read that gives comedic insight into the camaraderie of an elite college basketball team. For anyone who's ever been a member of a sports team, this book is very relatable with regard to relationships with teammates, good and bad. As a female having loved this book, I would recommend this to any sports or comedy fan wanting a good laugh.
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Posted March 24, 2012
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Posted May 18, 2012
I bought the book after reading a good review in Sports Illustrated.
I found it to be utterly childish and silly. What a lousy reflection on a big time college and it's sports program let alone the huy supposedly getting a education.
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Posted May 6, 2012
Mark Titus gained fame for being almost good enough. The book reflected that. Although even I will admit that the crude humor was funny at times, I think Titus is the ultimate underachiever. If you want to read a story about some now pro basketball players told from the point of view of the guy who couldn't make the starting team ( there is no shame in that- but come on, get over it), and wants to cruise along in life without a whole lot of effort, you will like his story. The descriptions of this book said Titus wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon. I was disappointed there was nothing about his studies in the book at all. My guess is that he wanted to just cruise along for that ride too, and was a C student. No shame in that either, but put on your big boy pants and get on with your life.
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Posted April 27, 2012
I bought the book because I am a huge college basketball fan, and I HAD tremendous respect for Coach Matta and the Buckeye basketball program. I found the events, the pranks, and Titus's seemingly proud communicating of them to be distasteful, vulgar, and juvenile beyond imagination. I continued to read to the end because I wanted to write a review on the entire book, rather than the first few chapters. I can only suspect the target audience must be middle school boys, as the book-long bathroom and sexual humor, and mockery of the Buckeye basketball program got old in a hurry. The players, Coach Matta, and anyone else associated with the university basketball program should be legally challenging the information or hiding in embarrassment. I cannot imagine the events reported by Titus actually occurred with this frequency and level of stupidity. The respect I held for Coach Matta and his program has fallen into the same trash bin as the respect I previously had for Coach Tressel and his program. Something is amiss with The Ohio State University Athletic Program. Please, please let this kind of behavior by student athletes and the allowance of it by coaches and others in authority, not be happening at programs across the country. I will rate it one-star for punctuation..
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Posted March 9, 2012
Posted December 26, 2012
Great, quick read for any sports fan. Anyone who wrote negative reviews because they didn't like him needs to lighten up and stop taking everything so seriously. As someone who has been directly involved in the world of college basketball I can tell you that this story is not so uncommon, so for people to act like he is disrespecting the game and so on, are clueless to the reality. Highly recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2012
I thought this book was superb. I loved how he made his time at Ohio State fun without ever playing. He was a major presence on the team without being a great basketball player. His style of writing had me laughing outloud.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2012
Posted June 26, 2012
Once the locker room humor began to get old, I don't feel this was money well spent. This young man rather made a mockery of the walk-on position he was given, which should have been an honor. Sorry, Mark, your story wasn't that great.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 11, 2012
Posted June 10, 2012
Mark Titus is not the lovable underdo the title suggests. His humor, laugh out loud funny at times, is also mean spirited and not the least bit funny at other times.
Language is pretty raunchy in many places. You will NOT root for him as you read it.
Posted June 7, 2012
Really a great read for any basketball fan, especially for the fans of The Ohio State University. It provides a detailed behind the scenes look. The book also shows how creative and talented that Mark Titus is.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 31, 2012
Posted May 25, 2012
This was the funniest sports book I have ever read! Being a former high school basketball bench warmer, I could relate to Mark's antics. I only wish I would have ordered a pizza for delivery on Senior night. Definitely a must read for anyone who has played sports.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 29, 2012
Mark Titus' DON'T PUT ME IN, COACH is a funny, irreverent look into Division I NCAA basketball from someone who spent a LOT of time watching it...from the bench.
Mark Titus was a high school basketball star who walked on to Ohio State's team after a rash of injuries thinned that team's roster during his freshman year. He soon realized that he was not going to get a whole lot of minutes, but that didn't stop him from having a whole lot of FUN. Told in first person, this book recounts his few moments of glory on the floor, and his considerably greater moments of glory pranking his team mates and developing a cult following for his blog. A truly unbelievable story, made even more so by the fact that it is almost entirely true, this is a fun book written with a brutal honesty from the standpoint of someone with a story to tell and nothing to lose.
Definitely a PG-13, or maybe even an R type of book, there is plenty of frat-boy language and antics, and a bit more "toilet humor" than I appreciate, but even then the book is still pretty darn funny. And there are some emotional moments too as Titus describes his near miss at playing for Harvard, and what it was like the last night he wore his Ohio State jersey.
Looking to read about the glories of Buckeye basketball? Not your book. Want to read about the purity of NCAA athletics. Look somewhere else. Looking for a laugh from someone who REALLY hates Michigan, this is probably a great book for you.
Posted April 25, 2012
Posted April 12, 2012
BUT THE ONLY TEAM DIDNT BEAT WAS THE LSU TIGERS IT WAS A TIED GAME WE HAD TO BRAKE THE TIE BRAKER THE OHIO STATE WON THE GAME IT WAS FUN
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Posted April 1, 2012