Game Day: A Rollicking Journey to the Heart of College Football [NOOK Book]

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He was a star running back for the SMU Mustangs, where he was half of the celebrated "Pony Express" with future NFL Hall-of-Famer Eric Dickerson. He went pro with the New England Patriots and played in Super Bowl XX. Now a college football analyst and instantly recognizable from ABC/ESPN's college football studio show and Thursday Night Football, Craig James is funny and frank, and knows college football inside and out. You're in for a great time as he takes you along for an ...
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Overview

He was a star running back for the SMU Mustangs, where he was half of the celebrated "Pony Express" with future NFL Hall-of-Famer Eric Dickerson. He went pro with the New England Patriots and played in Super Bowl XX. Now a college football analyst and instantly recognizable from ABC/ESPN's college football studio show and Thursday Night Football, Craig James is funny and frank, and knows college football inside and out. You're in for a great time as he takes you along for an unforgettable behind-the-scenes look at it all.

In Game Day, James celebrates the sport America is most passionate about while chronicling the remarkable 2008 season. Courting controversy, he offers a dramatic solution to the BCS problem and reveals all the payoffs, schemes, and battles behind recruiting during the wild days. He takes fans behind the scenes at spring training sessions, where exclusive interviews with coaches such as Pete Carroll and Charlie Weis and players like Tim Tebow from the top-twenty programs show fans just what goes into preparing for the season—and which teams were slated for greatness. He details what makes the best coach—and dares to name his ideal one. He takes fans backstage during the original College GameDay years and walks them through the preparations and prognostications for the season-changing USC–Oregon State game. He explores the importance of rivalries and shows readers how he puts together his rankings and Heisman ballots. And he sits back and tells a whole lot of great stories.

Along the way, he shares his thoughts and stories from thirty-plus years in the game, including jaw-dropping encounters with the greats and the crazies—including how Reese Witherspoon put UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel in his place and how James nearly got into a fistfight with former Michigan coach Gary Moeller.

From the sweetness of life in small-town Texas, where he rode a tractor through the tomato fields with his grandfather, to the wild ride of college football today, where parity and the spread offense keep everyone on the brink, James has tons of great stories to tell. If you love college football, don't miss a word of Game Day. This lively book will keep you turning pages long after lights-out.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470538289
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/11/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 411 KB

Meet the Author

Craig James, formerly a running back for SMU and the New England Patriots, is arguably the most visible college football analyst on television, appearing for ABC and ESPN on Thursday Night Football, as well as Saturday's college football games and studio shows.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

1 Why I Love This Game.

2 On Tour.

3 Thursday Night Football.

4 The Birth of College GameDay.

5 It Takes a Coach.

6 The Wacky World of College Football.

7 If It’s Broke . . . Fix It!

8 You’re Only as Good as Your Last Recruiting Class.

9 You Can’t Teach Talent.

10 The Greatest Rivalries.

11 The Big One.

Index.

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