That football coaching success does not happen overnight is the most striking conclusion of this readable autobiography by the man who led the New York Giants to victory in Super Bowl XXI and coauthor Lupica, sports essayist on the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Parcells held jobs as an assistant coach at Hastings, Wichita State, West Point, Florida State, Vanderbilt and Texas Tech, as head coach at the Air Force academy, then as an assistant in the pros with the New England Patriots and the Giants before he got the top spot with the Giants. More fully than other recent books by coaches, this volume shows the complexity of play in pro football and the burdens that coaching carries: it is assuredly no sinecure. Parcells is close-mouthed about drug problems among his players, but outspoken in favor of mandatory testing of athletes. Photos not seen by PW. 75,000 first printing; author tour. (August 24)
Aided by sports columnist Lupica, and in a candid, brisk style with frequent obscenities and profanity, the Giants' coach recounts his coaching career from his school days through college and professional coaching jobs to the Giant's winning 1986 season and victory in Super Bowl XXI. Parcells gives credit to Simms, Taylor, Carson, Burt, and other players and to helpful fellow coaches. He relates high and low points along the way, adding his coaching philosophy and his views on drugs in sports. A special note is his friendship with basketball coach Knight. For long-suffering Giants fans and their libraries. Morey Berger, Monmouth Cty. Lib., Freehold, N.J.