☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ A March to Madness: A View from the Floor in the Atlantic Coast Conference By John Feinstein ✩ – Peakpopa.info

A March to Madness: A View from the Floor in the Atlantic Coast Conference A story of the 1997 ACC basketball season The central character in the story is ACC Player of the Millennium Jeremy Hyatt Each of the then 9 ACC teams are followed on an in depth basis Some of the coaches gave access than others, so there was written from their perspective Then NC State coach Hreb Sendak, in his first year of coaching, limited John Feinstein s access to the team, but not even that could take away from the brilliance of State s senior guard forward, Jeremy Hyatt Hyatt with a small amount of help from his teammates managed to throw off the shackles of an 0 8 conference start to become the first 8 seed to advance to the ACC Tournament finals, dethroning, demoralizing, and generally embarrassing Mike Krazewski and the evil Dukies.Unfortunately, not even the genius of Hyatt could overcome the conspiracy of Dean Smith and his cronies in referee stripes in the title game I swear to you that there were black helicopters circling the Greensboro Coliseum that day.Still, we could all learn something from this book That is, ACC teams that wear blue are the embodiment of all evil Please, burn your UNC and Duke gear Do it think of the children Decent book, talks about March Madness on the Atlantic Coast Bracket that included many good teams, and had many good games. It S The Book In Which America S Favorite Sportswriter Returns To The Arena Of His Most Successful Bestseller, A Season On The Brink It S The Book That Takes Us Inside The Intensely Competitive Atlantic Coast Conference Paints A Portrait Of How College Baskettball Is Coached Played At The Highest Level It S The Book That Takes Us Onto The Courts, Into The Locker Rooms, Inside The High Pressure World Of The Talented Coaches Who Have Helped Make The ACC S Nine Colleges Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, Wake Forest, Florida State World Renowned For Their Championship Basketball Teams The Author S Afterword To This Edition Will Recap The ACC S Current Season Preview The Rivalries A very good, in depth, honest coverage of the lives of college basketball coaches and the players in the ever competitive A.C.C It is amazing how these coaches are so inbred in their little networks, and Feinstein reveals how insecure these men really are. I have read than a few John Feinstein books, and I do not think that he is ever better than when he is writing about college basketball This book follows the ups and down of the nine before the conference was forever tainted by the inclusion of BC, Miami, and Va Tech member institutions of the Atlantic Coast Conference during the 1996 1997 season The 96 97 season was truly memorable, especially with the competitiveness of the ACC In a lot of ways, 96 97 was one of the last really great years of the conference with so many great and very good teams throughout the conference I think the conference is a bit top heavy now with Duke and NC at the top and the rest of the league usually a bit far behind In 96 97, at the top of the conference you had UNC with Dean Smith making one last run at the Final Four, Duke becoming the Duke we would all grow to hate with jump shooting specialists like Steve Wojo and Trajan Langdon and even annoying people like Greg Newton, Wake Forest with Tim Duncan, Clemson with Buckner and McIntyre and coached by Rick Barnes, and Maryland, starting to come into their own with Gary Williams coaching folks like Laron Profit and Keith Booth Even the average teams in the conference, like Virginia and Florida State seemed a lot better during that season Indeed, the depth of quality teams in the league during that season, has really not been surpassed since that period.What I appreciated the most about the book was the stroll down memory lane So many memorable players and coaches like Ricky Peral of Wake Forest, Jeremy Hyatt of NC State, Serge Zwicker of UNC, and Kerry Thompson of Florida State have really been forgotten until I read this book Locally, although I had fully converted to my alma mater who would soon sign an up and coming coach in Billy Donovan after this season during that period, 96 97 should be remembered as the last year of the Pat Kennedy era Well overshadowed by Dean Smith s retirement that same year Kennedy always had his teams prepared and it is interesting to note that FSU has only been in the NCAA Tourney once the very next year since Pat Kennedy left He brought talent to the school and in all honesty, even though basketball was always an afterthought, Kennedy brought the program to heights it had not previously been at, it is a bit sad he is not recognized locally for his coaching ability.At times, the book is a bit too much of a love fest to Coach K, but that is understandable considering where Feinstein went to school I really appreciated all of the mini biographies of the coaches however, I thought the section of the book detailing the NCAA Tourney felt a bit rushed, especially after the shot by shot account of various early season games like Duke vs Indiana in the NIT and Wake Forest and Virginia going through the usual early fare of non conference cupcakes A nice break for me in the eun of classic novels I have been reading lately. Too much Rick Barnes and not enough Gary Williams. A thoroughly captivating book Just as Feinstein s The Last Amateurs left me annoyed that I hadn t followed basketball closely in college, A March to Madness clued me in to all the ACC basketball I had only halfheartedly kept abreast of in high school.Feinstein does a great job of going back and forth between the nine different ACC schools as of 1997 He provides a backdrop for each school, and each coach, and manages to interweave all the different storylines as each of the teams move in and out of each other s particular spheres of tradition and ethos Just thinking about the logistics of how this book must have been mapped out gives me a headache But somehow when I was reading it, everything seemed to flow nicely.This book also drove home two points for me 1 Coaching college basketball is hard The hours are ridiculous, most of these guys marriages end in divorce, the stress is off the charts, there s no job security, no set path into the profession, no guarantees from year to year, and you constantly have to recruit new kids because there s a built in expiration date on every player you coach Not to mention, at the end of the day, you don t get to play a minute of the games, which, if I were that close to the action, would drive me crazy.2 Everything is fleeting Seven of the nine coaches in the book are no longer with the same team only Krzyzewski and Williams remain Players leave early Heck the ACC doesn t even look the same these days VA Tech, Miami, and stupid BC are in the mix It s disconcerting, though it makes the exceptions that much noteworthy see the two coaches above.Finally, it was fun to come across future NBA players names and know where or how they were going to end up the chance to meet guys like Tim Duncan, Matt Harpring or Vince Carter in a different context, before they turned into the people the world knows them as today was an enjoyable thing. The book I read for this quarter was called A March to Madness It is written by John Feinstein who I thought was always a great author and always made some very good books This book however was one of the greatest books I have read in a long time This book is talking about college basketball the whole book, so obviously if you do not like college basketball this is not your book If you do like college basketball though then this could be one of your favorite books In this book they talk about what college basketball was like in the 90 s in the Atlantic Coast Conference This book will tell you the brutal time all these teams went through in the conference It gives you a rundown of the history of all the teams in the conference It goes through the players each team had, the coaches and their background story You learn a lot about the coaches mostly in this book and what their lives were like It also explains in great detail how hard it is to be a college basketball coach, especially in the ACC These guys are the best of the best and this book really shows how great they really were It also shows you how hard it is to be a college basketball player They make it look so easy on television, but in real life it is one of the hardest sports ever I highly recommend this book for all the college basketball fans out there, it will make you love the game so much. Very detailed yet quite interesting look back to one season in ACC men s college basketball I remember many of the games discussed but liked reading about the behind the scenes and insight into the coaches histories and personalities Highly recommend to any college basketball fan Because I can sit for hours and read minutiae about the sidelines, coaching decisions, and team drama of college basketball, Feinstein can keep writing these sorts of books and I ll keep reading them Admittedly, I m several decades behind, but some many of the players now former players and coaches are still relevant, or the memories of their performances are fresh enough to keep these stories relevant Feinstein is adept at weaving numerous stories from each team in the 1990s era ACC into one comprehensive narrative that I never tired of reading I ll continue to read his work, and I ll catch up to him some day

About the Author: John Feinstein

John Feinstein is one of the nation s most successful and prolific sports authors who has written 24 books to date His most recent work Are You Kidding Me , written with Rocco Mediate, was released on May 18, 2009, and is presently on the shelf at bookstores everywhere In addition, he is an award winning columnist and regular contributor in both radio and television John Feinstein is a 1977

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