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On March 18, 1980, the immensely powerful Duke basketball program announced the hiring of its new coach - the man who would resurrect the team, restore glory to Duke, and defeat the legendary Dean Smith, who coached down the road at UNC Chapel Hill and had turned UNC into a powerhouse. Duke's new man was Mike Krzyzewski. The only problem was, no one knew who Krzyzewski was; he had a so-so record in his short time as head coach of Army; and, worst of all, no one could even pronounce his name. The announcement caused head scratches, if not immediate calls for his head...and on this note, his career at Duke began.
The table was set nine days later, on March 27, 1980, when Jim Valvano was hired by North Carolina State to be their new head coach. The hiring didn't raise as many eyebrows, but with the exuberant Valvano onboard, two new coaches were now in place to challenge Dean Smith - and the most sensational competitive decade in history was about to unfold.
In the skillful hands of John Feinstein, this extraordinary rivalry - and the men behind it - come to life in a unique, intimate way. The Legends Club is a sports book that captures an era in American sport and culture, documenting the inside view of a decade of absolutely incredible competition. Feinstein pulls back the curtain on the recruiting wars, the intensely personal competition that wasn't always friendly, the enormous pressure and national stakes, and the battle for the very soul of college basketball allegiance in a hotbed area. Getting to the roots of the NCAA goliath that is followed religiously by millions of fans today, Feinstein uses his unprecedented access to all three coaches to paint a portrait only he could conjure. The Legends Club is destined to be one of Feinstein's biggest best sellers.
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By MH on 03-17-18
A good history of the greats from a duke perspective
The book enjoyably reviews through duke colored glasses the men and many seasons to which I was a first-hand witness. The author discloses that he is a Duke graduate but otherwise represents himself as impartial. HE IS NOT. Any compliment that Feinstein offered to Dean Smith regarding his positive actions and words, he then undercut more than 85% of the time by offering ulterior and ignoble motives. Coach K, in contrast, was treated with leniency and grace regarding all of his actions and words throughout. It seemed likely that K would be inducted into Hall of Fame alongside Mother Theresa rather than Bob Knight! The focus on games and records similarly is selective. All the same I really enjoyed the insight into Coach K with whom the author clearly spent the most time. The book is still fun but just be aware before purchasing that it is a Duke document. Enjoy!
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By Anonymous User on 08-10-18
Must read for any college sports fan
this was a great Bugg I know the story of Jim Valvano from what I read over the years mostly about him creating the V Foundation. reading about Coach K was amazing because I've always really liked him Dean Smith I didn't know much about so I learned a lot about him but this is a great story for any college basketball fan or any college sports fan really