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Don't Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench Hardcover – 6 Mar 2012

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books (6 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385535104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385535106
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,155,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By WAK on 21 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback
Usually college basketball books can be dry, serious and sometimes bombastic affairs, but as you can tell from the title of this book, it's a bit different. Written by a walk on benchwarmer for the ohio state buckeyes during a golden period for thier team, this tells his story amongst future NBA stars greg oden, mike conley jr, evan turner, and kosta koufos etc. Once a talented player himself mark 'the shark' titus exposes the japes and shenanigans of college life. I'd recommend this book to anyone with an interest in college sports and underachievers in general.
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By Mark P Woods on 29 Aug. 2014
Format: Hardcover
Well worth a read
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Surprisingly Engaging! 4 Mar. 2012
By Jennifer Juday - Published on
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DON'T PUT ME IN, COACH is a surprisingly engaging read. I should start by noting that I am not in any of the obvious target audiences for this book. I am not an Ohio Buckeyes fan, or even an NCAA basketball fan. I am a suburban mom, and an alum of a school that celebrated engineering rather than athletics. I think I had heard the author's name, but could not have told you anything at all about him. And yet, I read this book in just a couple of days. I was initially repelled, but found myself pulled in to the story, meandering, pointless and off-color though it is.

Just to be clear -- DON'T PUT ME IN, COACH, were it a film, would be rated R for "pervasive language" and some sexual content. You likely do not want to buy this book as a gift for the evangelicals on your holiday list.

I don't usually go for that kind of thing, but Titus really can write. DON'T PUT ME IN, COACH is organized around his basketball career from 7th grade or so through his senior year at Ohio State, ending with his brief stint as a Harlem Globetrotter recruit. Since the book cover talks about his career being "from the end of the bench to the end of the bench," you already know how the story goes for him. And you immediately gather that this won't turn about to be a riff on Rudy. Instead you find yourself reading about fistfights and poop accidents among the athletic elite, from someone who clearly loves basketball and who has a talent for 18-34 year old guy in a locker room humor.

Titus never takes himself too seriously. Early on, he comments that he is "one of the most famous walk-ons of all time (which let's be honest, is like being the smartest Kardashian)." If that makes you laugh (I admit it, I did), then you'll likely find yourself pulled along for this lightweight, enjoyable ride.
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A Cinderella Story 20 Mar. 2012
By Calliope - Published on
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It was interesting this book came out after the SI expose into a blue-blood dysfunctional UCLA program. After reading the SI, I was naively shocked at the issues that were discussed in the article. After reading Mark's book, perspective arrived--every NCAA BB coach has come head-to-head with: 1) team chemistry issues, 2) top star feeling entitled to be a flocker, and 3) team discipline issues based on behavior as well as being college students. Some of the same issues came across in both programs (UCLA, OSU), but "Don't Put Me in Coach" gave a more comical, balanced, and entertaining look at college basketball. I read it during all the TV timeouts during March Madness and laughed out loud enough times that I started to get strange looks from my fellow fans. I could have done with less bathroom humor, but other than that I think it gave a locker-look at how college basketball team's function.
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Hilarious 19 Aug. 2012
By KarenMills - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I randomly picked up this book at the library. I am a forty three year old woman who knows nothing about basketball and has not been to an organized sports event since High School. However, I found this to be one of the funniest books I have read in a long time.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Hilarious. 6 Oct. 2012
By Agong - Published on
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Great insight and funny writing from Titus. An extension from his blog. Exactly what I hoped for and was expecting.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Sports Memoir for the Blog Generation 29 Aug. 2013
By Off Duty Paul - Published on
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First started reading Mark Titus last year as a contributor to the sports blog website Grantland and decided to order this book. I have to say I was impressed. While not a Buckeye, I did attend a big state school that is crazy about basketball, (and has actually had a fair amount of success against the Buckeyes lately, Rock Chalk!) so I was eager to get the insider's perspective on college basketball.

While I have seen some of the reviews state that this book can be fun for people outside of the target demographic, I wanted to add that if you ARE in the target demographic, then you will REALLY love this book. I happen to be the same age as Titus, and attended college during the same timespan, so all of the basketball moments are fresh in my mind and pretty much all of his jokes and cultural references struck me as things my friends and I would joke about. While there is a lot about this book that is universally funny, some of his references and admittedly immature style might alienate some of the "outside demographic readers" but if you happen to also be a 25 year old male who thinks that poop jokes are still funny you will be rolling.

This is a quick read, and I was surprised at how well his blog-style format translated to the longer form, weaving anecdotes and reflections throughout a clear throughline story. Also, it is rare that a book pushes me to audible laughter, but this book left in me fits of childish giggles multiple times.
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