Echoes on the Hardwood: 100 Seasons of Notre Dame Men's Basketball

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Echoes on the Hardwood: 100 Years of Notre Dame Basketball, the first book written about the tradition of Irish hoops in over 15 years, ranks among the most comprehensive efforts on the subject ever undertaken. For this impressive history, Michael Coffey-men's basketball editor of NDNation.com-interviewed over 120 current and former Irish players, coaches, administrators, and media, and turned their memories and anecdotes into the first oral history of the renowned program. Former Coach George Keogan's players ...
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Echoes on the Hardwood: 100 Years of Notre Dame Basketball, the first book written about the tradition of Irish hoops in over 15 years, ranks among the most comprehensive efforts on the subject ever undertaken. For this impressive history, Michael Coffey-men's basketball editor of NDNation.com-interviewed over 120 current and former Irish players, coaches, administrators, and media, and turned their memories and anecdotes into the first oral history of the renowned program. Former Coach George Keogan's players talk about the pressures of being pallbearers at his funeral in the afternoon and playing in the Chicago Stadium that night. Tommy Hawkins recounts the support of the school and his teammates in the face of racism in the 1950's. Player Austin Carr and his teammates reflect on the difficulties of dealing with a "one-man team" image. Digger Phelps' players recall the big 71-70 victory over UCLA and the relief of making it to the Final Four after so many near-misses, followed by the angst of Danny Ainge's shot finding the net and sending a powerhouse team home early in the NCAA Tournament. The program declines and rebounds as the players contrast the taciturn but steady John MacLeod with the raw emotion of Matt Doherty's controversial season and discuss the program's return to the NCAA Tournament after an 11-year absence. With a foreword by Irish great Austin Carr and an afterword by head coach Mike Brey, this book is a must for any Irish fan enjoying the program's return to prominence.
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The Indianapolis Star
Intersperses descriptions of teams, games and seasons with comments from players, coaches and others.
— Rich Gotshall,
CBS News - Dick Enberg
I was blessed to have broadcast some of Notre Dame's biggest games, including the historic win over UCLA that ended the longest winning streak in men's basketball at 88 games. Mike Coffey's book made me feel like I was back again at the Joyce Center.
ESPN the Magazine - Dick Vitale
If you love the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame you will be thrilled with the info and data collected for this book by Mike Coffey. A basketball lover's delight.
ESPN the Magazine - Bill Raftery
Mike Coffey offers insight into the dignity of a Fighting Irish program which has been able to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate basketball with accomplishment despite the rigors of a consistent academic priority and strong intellectual achievement. This storied history of the Irish through the eras of Hawkins, Carr, Shumate, Brokaw, Dantley, Tripucka, Paxson, Rivers, Garrity and Thomas proves the rich lineage of Notre Dame basketball.
Hall-Of-Fame Basketball Coach - Morgan Wootten
Even as it recounts storied seasons of the past, this book gives reason to believe that even greater days lie ahead for men's basketball at Notre Dame.
Bill Jauss
The early chapters were like a stroll with old friends like Moose Krause, Johnny Jordan, Johnny Dee, Fr. John Smyth, Gene Sullivan and the old Fieldhouse, with the latter-day tales of Digger and his adventures under the Golden Dome equally enjoyable. I couldn't put it down, and read it in one sitting, even though I knew how it came out.
The Indianapolis Star - Rich Gotshall
Intersperses descriptions of teams, games and seasons with comments from players, coaches and others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589791244
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1999, Michael Coffey has been the men's basketball editor of NDNation.com, providing coverage of the Fighting Irish program to thousands of readers daily. A 1991 graduate of Notre Dame and a member of the US Basketball Writers Association, he lives with his wife and two children in Oak Lawn, Illinois. This is his first book.
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