"Mark Titus knows a lot of personal secrets of mine. If he revealed any of them in this book, I will kick him right in the testicles. I’m not joking."
-Greg Oden (#1 overall pick in 2007 NBA Draft, 2007 1st Team All-American)
“Of all the players I’ve coached in my career, Mark Titus is one of them.”
-Thad Matta (head basketball coach at Ohio State)
“You want me to give you a quote? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. You’ve been riding my coattails for years, so of course you want to put my name on your book to sell more copies.”
-Evan Turner (#2 overall pick in 2010 NBA Draft, 2010 college basketball National Player of The Year)
“I haven’t read this book and probably never will, but the cover looks pretty cool I guess.”
-Mike Conley Jr. (#4 overall pick in 2007 NBA Draft, 2007 NCAA Tournament South Regional MVP)
"If Mark Titus had been able to play basketball the way he can write, he would have joined his Ohio State team mates in the NBA. No kidding. This is nothing less than a modern-day basketball version of Ball Four, a terrific look behind the locker room door, funny and profane and real. Great stuff."
-Leigh Montville, New York Times bestselling author of Ted Williams and Evel
“As a good-humored book about what Titus calls ‘normal kids who do stupid things’ while playing big-time basketball, Don’t Put Me In, Coach should appeal not just to Buckeyes fans but also to anyone looking for a frank, humanizing peek in to the locker room....A funny read.”
“For a reminder of the fun that can be had in college sports, turn to Mark Titus...The book, a comic tale of coming to terms with failure, is littered with stories of pranks, jokes, and team hijinks that may turn around that understandably low opinion of college sports. Everybody seems to be having a great time.”
“It’s not often we notice a college basketball player who, over his four year career, played a total of 48 minutes in 32 games while racking up just nine points. But when that player happens to be Mark Titus, a Brownsburg, Indiana native who parlayed his benchwarming days at Ohio State University into a blog with nearly 4 million views and a new book titled Don’t Put Me In, Coach, we make exceptions.”
-The Onion’s A.V. Club (Indianapolis)
“Don’t Put Me In, Coach, [is] a scabrously funny look at what it’s like to almost play for a No. 1-ranked NCAA hoops team."
-The Free Lance–Star (Fredericksburg, VA)
"The unique combination of snort-inducing hilarity and insider perspective makes this required reading for younger (or just perpetually immature) hoop heads. A perfect way to pass the time during the tournament’s endless TV timeouts."
"The Maxim demographic will revel in Titus’s rebellious tales, which come with a heaping portion of snarky, bro-friendly prose, scatological humor, and pop culture references….And under all the pranks and immaturity, Titus is a likable, forthright narrator.”
Titus, a four-year Ohio State University basketball benchwarmer, first garnered national attention for Club Trillion, his humorous blog detailing his adventures riding the pine. Now a staff writer for ESPN’s Grantland Web site, Titus recalls his mischievous days on a perennially powerful squad, where he did everything—including declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft—to distance himself from the scrappy, just-happy-to-be-here walk-on stereotype. Thanks to a Will Ferrell–loving coach who tolerated Titus’s antics, the young man enjoyed himself, “pulling pranks on superstar teammates, routinely falling asleep during film sessions, and basically spending every day with the team trying to figure out exactly how much I could get away with.” The Maxim demographic will revel in Titus’s rebellious tales, which come with a heaping portion of snarky, bro-friendly prose, scatological humor, and pop culture references. Those who can overlook that style—a difficult request, perhaps—will find an enthusiastic narrator who colorfully reveals that the unifying concept of a team doesn’t always triumph over an array of personalities. And under all the pranks and immaturity, Titus is a likable, forthright narrator. (Apr.)
At Ohio State, Titus played basketball alongside seven future NBA picks and holds the record for career wins. During that time, as you'd know from reading his three million-plus-hit blog Club Trillion, he scored a total of nine points. A paean to the average guy, and Titus has already had media exposure, so expect demand.
A walk-on leverages fortuitous friendships and a quick wit to enjoy the ride of a lifetime. Overly enthusiastic, towel-waving benchwarmers are a staple of March Madness; they are not, however, media magnets. Grantland.com's Titus, a walk-on at Ohio State University from 2006 to 2010, proved an exception when his "Club Trillion" blog--so named for the box-score line a seldom-used player logs when he plays but accumulates no countable statistics--became a national sensation. A solid high-school player who could have garnered scholarship offers from smaller schools, the author decided instead to follow some of his megastar AAU teammates--including future NBA players Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Daequan Cook--to OSU for the chance to experience college life at a major university. A gig as a student manager led to a role as a walk-on player when the coaching staff needed an injury replacement. Emboldened by his friendship with Oden, OSU's marquee player, he became the team's resident prankster, initially content to confine his hijinks to the locker room--until his junior year, when he began blogging about his antics, drawing attention from a local newspaper and, later, the notice of ESPN's Bill Simmons, Titus' idol and one of the most popular sportswriters in the country. An appearance on Simmons' podcast led to an explosion in Club Trillion's popularity, making him nearly as well known as teammate and national player of the year Evan "The Villain" Turner (so dubbed by Titus after several confrontations between the two). The application of the blog's crude-yet-clever shtick to a book-length chronicle of Titus' four years at OSU wears thin in later chapters, but the unique combination of snort-inducing hilarity and insider perspective makes this required reading for younger (or just perpetually immature) hoop heads. A perfect way to pass the time during the tournament's endless TV timeouts.