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A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers by John Feinstein

A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers by John Feinstein

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A Season on the Brink:  A Year with Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers by John Feinstein is a 311-page hardcover published by Macmillan Publishing ompany, New York.  Copyright 1986.  The condition is good.

Book Summary

Los Angeles, August 1984:  Indiana University coach Bob Knight leads the U.S. Olympic basketball team to the gold medal, the crowning achievement of a career that includes two NCAA tournament championships.

Bloomington, February 1985:  Frustrated with his team's sloppy play and some questionable officiating, Indiana coach Bob Knight throws a chair across the floor as a Purdue player is preparing to take a foul shot.  He is suspended for one game by the Big Ten.

In just six months, Knight had gone from the pinnacle of his profession to the brink of disaster.  A Season on the Brink is an extraordinary chronicle of that season.  Knight granted John Feinstein, college basketball writer for The Washington Post, unprecedented access to the events of the season.  Feinstein sat in on practices, team meetings, strategy sessions, private talks between knight and his players, and even mid-game huddles on the sidelines.  Feinstein never flinches from showing the dark side of Knight's personality:  his chronic doubts, his explosive tirades, his frequent mind games.  But Feinstein also describes the other side of Knight, one that is too often overlooked:  his total dedication and loyalty to his players, past and present, his concern for their education, and his instinctive generosity, whether it is traveling the state to establish the Landon Turner Fund or bringing to the locker room a family of deaf-mutes who approached him for an autograph.

This is Knight as only his players and coaches know him:  mercurial, tempestuous, always controversial, walking that fine line between genius and madness.

ISBN:  0-02-537230-0

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