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Perfect Rivals: Notre Dame, Miami, and the Battle for the Soul of College Footballby Jeff Carroll
Synopses & Reviews
College football is a sport of rivalries--and no two teams were ever more perfectly matched than the Miami Hurricanes and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In Perfect Rivals, award-winning sportswriter JeffCarroll takes us inside the locker rooms and onto the gridiron, as two storied programs with very different cultures battle for national supremacy, school pride, and the soul of the gameitself.
Beginning with the Hurricanes' nationally televised 58-7 pasting of the Irish at the Orange Bowl in November 1985, the two teams faced each other five times over a six-yearspan. The last three of those games had national championship implications, as a resurgent Notre Dame sought to reclaim its historic preeminence against a faster, mouthier, more talented Miami squad notorious fortrash-talking opponents, stalking out of pregame buffets, and wearing military fatigues on the team plane. The games were marked by heartbreaking finishes, disputed plays, and nasty onfield brawls. Adding fuel to the firewas a controversial slogan created by a Notre Dame student and picked up by the press--Catholics vs. Convicts--which served to heighten the cultural (and, some would say, racial)tension between the opposing schools.
Carroll's fast-paced, up-close-and-personal narrative centers on a handful of colorful characters on both sides of the rivalry: the coaches, from dapperJimmy Johnson to punctilious Lou Holtz, and the players, including Miami's Steve Walsh, a quiet Midwesterner and one-time Holtz recruit who defied the freewheeling Miami stereotype, and devout Baptist Tony Rice, only the second black quarterback in Notre Dame history, who defined the rivalry and decided the contests.
Filled with you-are-there depictions of game action and insights drawn from Carroll'sunfettered access to many of the major figures involved, Perfect Rivals is a vivid re-creation of one of the most entertaining eras in the history of collegefootball.
From the Hardcover edition.
An award-winning sportswriter takes readers inside the locker rooms and onto the gridiron, as two storied programs with very different cultures battle for national supremacy, school pride, and the soul of the game itself.
About the Author
Jeff Carroll is a freelance writer for the South Bend Tribune and The Times of northwest Indiana. His work has been honored seventeen times by various professional organizations, including the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press Sports Editors, and the Illinois and Indiana state press associations. He lives in the Chicago area with his family.
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