The Last Amateurs: Playing for Glory and Honor in Division I College Basketball

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Little, Brown, Nov 16, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 432 pages
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Like millions who love college basketball, John Feinstein was first drawn to the game because of its intensity, speed and intelligence. Like many others, he felt that the vast sums of money involved in NCAA basketball had turned the sport into a division of the NBA, rather than the beloved amateur sport it once was. He went in search of college basketball played with the passion and integrity it once inspired, and found the Patriot League. As one of the NCAA's smallest leagues, none of these teams leaves college early to join the NBA and none of these coaches gets national recognition or endorsement contracts. The young men on these teams are playing for the love of the sport, of competition and of their schools. John Feinstein spent a season with these players, uncovering the drama of their daily lives and the passions that drive them to commit hundreds of hours to basketball even when there is no chance of a professional future. He offers a look at American sport at its purest.
 

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The Last Amateurs explores some of the worst teams in Division I College Basketball. Despite the disadvantage that the teams face every night on the court they continue to put in the work. The book ... Read full review

Contents

THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
BUILDING BLOCKS
ONE MORE CHANCE
THAT LIGHT IS A TRAIN
DAYS OF
OPENING SALVOS
SINGING UP A STORM
SEARCHING FOR RESPECT
FAREWELLS
FAMILY FEUD
AND THE WINNER IS
THREE WIN TO THE PROMISED LAND
UHOH ITS LEHIGH
ALL OR NOTHING
WORTHY CHAMPIONS
EPILOGUE

THE RIVALRY
GETTING TENSE
THIS ISNT OVER
MIDDLE OF THE PACK
AFTERWORD
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
Copyright

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John Feinstein was born in New York City on July 28, 1956. He graduated from Duke University. He is a sportswriter, author, and sports commentator. He was on the staff at the Washington Post and wrote for Sports Illustrated. He is the author of several books including A Season on the Brink, Where Nobody Knows Your Name, A Good Walk Spoiled, and The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and the Story of an Epic College Basketball Rivalry.

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