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Outside the Limelight: Basketball in the Ivy League epub ebook

by John Feinstein,Kathy Orton

Outside the Limelight: Basketball in the Ivy League epub ebook

Author: John Feinstein,Kathy Orton
Category: Miscellaneous
Language: English
Publisher: Rutgers University Press; None edition (September 11, 2009)
Pages: 232 pages
ISBN: 0813546168
ISBN13: 978-0813546162
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 784
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Kathy Orton spent six months watching Ivy League basketball players at Penn, Princeton, Cornell and Harvard try to balance their passion for basketball with the academic demands of being at an Ivy League university.

Kathy Orton spent six months watching Ivy League basketball players at Penn, Princeton, Cornell and Harvard try to balance their passion for basketball with the academic demands of being at an Ivy League university.

Kathy Orton spent six months watching Ivy League basketball players at Penn, Princeton, Cornell and Harvard . This book gives a great insight into life in the Ivy League. As I read I felt like I was taking the bus trips with the guys to the next game.

Outside the Limelight is the first book to look inside Ivy League basketball and at the boundless enthusiasm that defines i. ith painstaking reportage, Kathy The Ivy League is a place where basketball is neither a pastime nor a profession.

Foreword by John Feinstein. Book Description: The Ivy League is a place where basketball is neither a pastime nor a profession. Published by: Rutgers University Press. Outside the Limelightprovides frontcourt vision for college basketball fans everywhere to achieve an appreciation of this captivating conference and for diehard enthusiasts to gain greater insight into what brings Ivy League basketball to center circle. eISBN: 978-0-8135-4836-4.

KATHY ORTON Foreword by John Feinstein. Rutgers University Press New Brunswick, New Jersey, and London. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8135-4616-2 (hardcover : alk. paper) 1. Ivy League (Basketball conference) 2. Basketball-Atlantic States.

Outside the Limelight is the first book to look inside Ivy League basketball and at the boundless enthusiasm that .

Outside the Limelight is the first book to look inside Ivy League basketball and at the boundless enthusiasm that defines it. With painstaking reportage, Kathy Orton vividly captures the internal fervor of the personalities who champion their game- all the triumphs and disappointments of an Ivy hoop season. Scholarships for student athletes? None, and this is the only Division I conference that does not offer them.

Outside the Limelight is the first book to look inside Ivy League . Foreword by John Feinstein

Outside the Limelight is the first book to look inside Ivy League basketball at what makes it unique. Kathy Orton vividly captures the fervor of the personalities who champion their game as well as the triumphs and disappointments that define an Ivy hoop season. She weaves together the stories of the players and coaches as they move from fall practice through an entire season and ahead to the NCAA tournament. Foreword by John Feinstein. Warning: Illegal string offset 'footer' in udes/info.

The Ivy League is a place where basketball is neither a pastime nor a profession. Instead, it is a true passion among players, coaches, and committed sports enthusiasts who share in its every success and setback. Outside the Limelight is the first book to look inside Ivy League basketball and at the boundless enthusiasm that defines it.

With painstaking reportage, Kathy Orton vividly captures the internal fervor of the personalities who champion their gameùall the triumphs and disappointments of an Ivy hoop season. Scholarships for student athletes? None, and this is the only Division I conference that does not offer them. The TV spotlight? It barely shines, despite the passion, talent, and commitment of the players. Megadollar contracts from the NBA? Rarely does a player receive an offer. These age-old institutions are better known for turning out presidents, not point guards, and CEOs and captains of industry, not centers on the court.

Orton weaves together the stories of coaches and players as they move from fall practice through an entire season and ahead to the NCAA tournament. From Harvard to Penn, Princeton to Cornell and beyond, playersùperhaps more accustomed to pomp and circumstanceùface leaky gyms, endure long bus rides, rigorous courseloads, and unbearable exam schedules. Why? Just to prove they can hang with the big boys despite juggling multiple non-athletic responsibilities? Maybe. But more importantly, for the sincere love of the game.

Outside the Limelight provides frontcourt vision for college basketball fans everywhere to achieve an appreciation of this captivating conference and for diehard enthusiasts to gain greater insight into what brings Ivy League basketball to center circle.

Reviews (3)
Adorardana
Kathy Orton spent six months watching Ivy League basketball players at Penn, Princeton, Cornell and Harvard try to balance their passion for basketball with the academic demands of being at an Ivy League university. Unlike their peers at Stanford or Duke, these players were paid $60,000 a year to play basketball, instead, they and their families were PAYING $60,000 per year for an Ivy League education and the chance to play basketball for the love of the game.

Ms. Orton does a good job of providing the coaches' points of view: pushing players to perform at a higher level, without pushing them into quitting the game...the players were free to quit anytime that the burden of balancing sports and academics became overwhelming. She details the stuggle of a Cornell player who suffered a neck injury that left him unable to walk. His fight to regain his physical strength and return to Cornell University shows the level of determination that it takes to be both an Ivy League student and an Ivy League athlete.

The weakness of the book is that it looks at the players from the outside, from the coaches' viewpoints. The book would have been better if Ms. Orton had allowed the players to talk about why they do what they do. Why would someone turn down $240,000 in cash to play basketball at Duke or Stanford and choose to PAY $240,000 to play basketball for Princeton or Cornell? These are very unusual young men and I would have like to have heard them talk about who they are and who they hope to be when they leave basketball and leave the university.

Ms. Orton is describing the end of an era. In 2004, the Ivy League was still using REAL students to play basketball for the love of the game. But, soon, a cancer arrived in the Ivy League. Her book was completed just before Harvard decided to change the nature of Ivy League sports. Boosters at Harvard raised millions of dollars to lure the basketball coach from Michigan to Harvard. And, Harvard began to recruit players whose academic preparation and ability was far below the norm for an Ivy League student. Soon Harvard was under investigation by the NCAA for recruiting violations, and its two co-captains took off a year from school as a result of cheating on an exam. But Harvard has won the Ivy League basketball title four years in a row...cheating pays off.

Xarcondre
This book tries hard to be a John Feinstein (who wrote the forward) basketball book, where the author gets in deep with a league and follows a season. It is a tough one to actually do, and Feinstein has done it amazingly well twice, once with the ACC and once with the Patriot League. Orton attempts this complicated task...but doesnt do it. By nature it is a scattered premise, and she never gives enough to latch the reader on to any of the squads. So as the season goes on it's tough to know who you are following. Disappointing. Just read the Feinstein books.

SARAND
I was expecting a LOT more from this book. After all, the young men who play basketball at a Princeton, a Cornell, are quite different than those at Kentucky or other basketball factories. If anything, these kids are more like athletes at a service academy.

But for the most part, this is a standard season biography that could be written about the Big East, Big Ten or any major basketball conference.

Yes, there are some unique things that are mentioned in the book. But you really get little insight into the kids, little of their backgrounds.

Very disappointing, just a mass-produced story.

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