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War As They Knew It: Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, and America in a Time…

by Michael Rosenberg

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A must-read for college football fans and any coach who embraces nostalgia for an era when coaches were unassailable authoritarian figures. It also adds a rich trough of humorous anecdotes and balances the football narrative against the changing social climate of the late 60s and early 70s. ( )
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The Vietnam War; Nixon; Kent State. The late 1960's and early 1970's were a time of total turmoil in America-the country was being torn apart by a war most people didn't support, young men were being taken away by the draft, and racial tensions were high. Nowhere was this turmoil more evident than on college campuses, the epicenters of the protest movement. The uncertain times presented a challenge to two of the greatest football coaches of all time. Woody Hayes, the legendary archconservative coach of Ohio State, feared for the future of America. His protege and rival, Bo Schembechler of the University of Michigan, didn't want to be bothered by these "distractions." Hayes worshiped General George S. Patton and was friends with President Richard Nixon. Schembechler befriended President Gerald Ford, a former captain and team MVP for the Wolverines. In this enthralling book, Michael Rosenberg dramatically weaves the campus unrest and political upheaval into the story of Hayes and Schembechler. Their rivalry began with Schembechler arriving in protest-heavy Ann Arbor, Michigan, at the height of the Vietnam War. It ended with Hayes wondering what had happened to his country. War As They Knew It is a sobering and fascinating look at two iconic coaches and a different generation.… (more)

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