USC Trojans: College Football's All-Time Greatest Dynasty

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In 2000, the University of Southern California Trojans were named Collegiate Athletic Department of the 20th Century. However, it still seemed that the greatest historical football program was USC's biggest rival, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In this lively history of USC football, Travers makes the case that under the guidance of coach Pete Carroll the Trojans have overtaken Notre Dame as the "greatest ever" collegiate tradition. Illustrated with both historic and contemporary photos and containing an ...
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Overview

In 2000, the University of Southern California Trojans were named Collegiate Athletic Department of the 20th Century. However, it still seemed that the greatest historical football program was USC's biggest rival, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In this lively history of USC football, Travers makes the case that under the guidance of coach Pete Carroll the Trojans have overtaken Notre Dame as the "greatest ever" collegiate tradition. Illustrated with both historic and contemporary photos and containing an extensive appendix listing college football's all-time greatest teams by year, this book celebrates college football's best and provides a blow-by-blow account of perhaps the greatest game ever played: the 2006 USC-Texas Rose Bowl.
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Editorial Reviews

Streetzebra Magazine
Steve Travers is a phenomenal writer, an artist who labors over every word to get it just right, and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of sports and history.
Pete Carroll
Steve Travers is the next great USC historian! . . . the Trojan Family needs your work. Fight On!
Mike McDowd
Steve Travers combines wit, humor, social pathos and historical knowledge with the kind of sports expertise that only an ex-jock is privy to. His writing is great storytelling, and the result is pure genius every time.
Billy Beane
You're a great writer and I always enjoy your musings, particularly on SC football - huge fan!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589795686
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/16/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,370,201
  • Product dimensions: 10.26 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Travers is an ex-professional baseball player whose books include One Night, Two Teams: USC vs. Alabama and the Game that Changed a Nation. He lives in San Anselmo, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2007

    Agreed, poorly written book.

    I am the biggest USC fan but I must agree that this book is poorly written and ridiculously biased.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2007

    One of the lousiest books ever written

    I am a huge USC fan, and yet, completely hated this book. It was difficult to read through, and I love this team! Travers is one of the worst writers I have ever read. Granted I'm only 17, but I have read enough books to know that this constitutes as a poor book. What I found frustrating was that he glosses over all of SC's problems( the early 80's scandal, etc) while nitpicking every other schools flaws. At the same time, he highlights nearly every single SC accomplishment while downplaying all the other contenders accolades for greatest football program ever. As previously stated, it was difficult to finish this book. Actually that might be an understatement. Put it this way, when I got near the end when he was reliving the Rose Bowl against Texas, I was relived SC lost because then Travers would have proclaimed USC the greatest thing on earth in the history of mankind. I was at that game and yet, a year and a half later, here I am happy they lost because if they had, the book would have been roughly 300 pages longer because it would have required Travers to exhaust every superlative and adjective every invented to describe in excruciating detail what happened and what sandwich Matt Leinart had eaten the day of the game, as well as when Matt Leinart woke up that morning, as well as what song Matt Leinart had playing in his head during pregame warmups.( If you read the book, you'll notice that Travers absolutely loves Leinart and that he can do no wrong.) Bottom line, don't buy this book. It made me, a huge USC fan who nearly cried when they lost to Texas, happy in retrospect. Think about that.

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