No Ordinary Joe: The Biography of Joe Paterno

O'Brien, Michael

Published by Rutledge Hill Pr, 1998
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Synopsis: Traces the life and career of the longtime Penn State football coach, and discusses his approach to coaching

From Publishers Weekly: Certainly one of the best-known coaches in college football, Paterno became an assistant at Penn State in 1950 and head coach in 1966. And he has stayed there ever since, despite offers from both colleges and professional teams. Through the years he has compiled a record of 298-77-3, but is probably more respected because of his insistence that the aim of college is primarily a college education and only secondarily a headline on the sports page, so he and his staff drive their players as hard for academic excellence as for gridiron success. Paterno no longer uses the term much, but after a couple of years as head coach he began to preach the gospel of the Grand Experiment, adding to his reputation as a friend of the intellectuals (he's a Brown graduate himself). It's difficult for an author to avoid writing a hagiography about Paterno, but O'Brien (Hesburgh), a history professor at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, tries, although he finds few warts. The only objection is the structure of the book, which interrupted the history of the team for four chapters of analysis and details about the man and his family and then returns to the main subject in the closing chapter. It's as if O'Brien were afraid the material in that excursus would not hold reader interest.

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Publisher: Rutledge Hill Pr
Publication Date: 1998
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Book Description Rutledge Hill Press, 1998. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Hardcover with dust jacket. (ISBN 1-55853-668-X) First printing. Fascinating photographs throughout, including an ecstatic Paterno as he celebrates his team's 1990 victory over Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, knocking the Fighting Irish off their number one perch. Very good tight copy, unread, very good glossy jacket. "Joe Paterno is not a saint. But he'll do till one comes along." Doug Looney in "Sports Illustrated." "It captures the Paterno I know and the chance to meet .Simply put, 'No Ordinary Joe' is no ordinary book." Ivan Maisel, Senior Writer "Sports Illustrated. "I hope they're not going to judge me on how many I won or lost.I hope they judge me on some other things, the impact we've had on people's lives.I hope the overall picture is that we have done some good or people." Joe Paterno. "No Ordinary Joe reveals : Paterno's coaching strategies and the reasons for his incredible winning record; the reasons for the contradictory perceptions of Paterno as either a voice of ethics or a pious fraud; Paterno's tempestuous relationships with the media and other coaches, including Jackie Sherrill and Barry Switzer; how Paterno's players see him when he is out of the public eye; and Paterno's personal life and family relationships. "Shortly after becoming head coach," Michael Obrien explains, "Joe proclaimed his Grand Experiment, an effort to prove that academic standards and excellent football could coexist at the university. Paterno also tried to make other athletic programs live up to his school's same high standards.As a result of his efforts and the efforts of other reformers to clean up big-time college athletics, public awareness of unethical practices has increased, college administrators have extended their vigilance, academic expectations have risen, and penalties have been stiffened." Sports, biography. Seller Inventory # 52bafe3ff3a7867f130c590eeb980c07

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