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The Lion in Autumn: A Season with Joe Paterno and Penn State Football
     

The Lion in Autumn: A Season with Joe Paterno and Penn State Football

by Frank Fitzpatrick
 

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A legendary coach, a struggling team, and a storm of controversy: An award-winning sportswriter takes you inside a tumultuous season of Penn State football, in the bestselling tradition of A Season on the Brink.

In his fifty years of coaching football at Penn State, Joe Paterno has become one of the most popular figures in American sports. Only one other

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A legendary coach, a struggling team, and a storm of controversy: An award-winning sportswriter takes you inside a tumultuous season of Penn State football, in the bestselling tradition of A Season on the Brink.

In his fifty years of coaching football at Penn State, Joe Paterno has become one of the most popular figures in American sports. Only one other coach has won more football games than Paterno; his team has won more bowl games than any other; and he does it all the way it was meant to be done, with his players succeeding in the classroom as well as on the field and in the pro ranks. Along the way, Paterno has transformed a once obscure agricultural college into a huge research university in the Big Ten, whose endowment now exceeds $1 billion, tens of millions of which "JoePa" has personally helped to raise. But lately the tide seems to have turned in Happy Valley. Since 2000, Paterno's Nittany Lions have lost more games than they've won, and accusations of off-the-field crimes have tarnished his program's reputation.

Award-winning sports reporter Frank Fitzpatrick followed Joe Paterno and his Nittany Lions through the 2004 season, from fundraisers in State College to the sidelines at Beaver Stadium. The Lion in Autumn delivers the complete story of this frustrating, tormenting, and ultimately exhilarating turning-point season and the history that led up to it. This is the chronicle of fifty phenomenal years-including the dynasties of undefeated and national championship teams that came before-and a riveting fight to reclaim a legacy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592401499
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/08/2005
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.24(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.14(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Frank Fitzpatrick is a sportswriter for The Philadelphia Inquirer, and has won dozens of national and local sportswriting awards, including a first-place award from the Associated Press Sports Editors in the Best News Story category of 2000. He is also the author of And the Walls Came Tumbling Down.

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