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New Book Takes Readers Inside College Football
posted on AmericanChronicle.com, Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Lansing, Michigan author Ted Kluck’s third
book, Game Time: Inside College Football, is a collection of original
stories on a variety of college football subjects and individuals. Collectively,
they paint an interesting picture of what goes on behind the scenes in the world
of college football.
These are stories you won’t find anywhere else. Why? Because the media typically
tends to focus only on the big names, the big schools, the big conferences and,
most regrettably, the big scandals.
Time is a refreshing look at the people who give their all to the game on
and off the field, often times in total obscurity. But that doesn’t mean that
their stories are not worth telling, or reading about.
The book covers many facets of college football
that you don’t always get to hear about. From player agents, to college
recruiters, to the people who grade each player prior to the NFL Draft, Game
Time gives readers a unique glimpse into the behind-the-scenes workings of
Phil Steele, the publisher of the annual Phil Steele’s College Football
James Bell, head coach at Taylor University in the NAIA, a black coach at a
predominantly white Christian college.
J. Harrison Henderson III, a veteran sports agent.
Mark Hagan, an assistant coach and recruiter at Purdue University.
Todd McShay, ESPN NFL Draft Analyst.
There is also the story of Ronald Johnson, a high school football player from
Muskegon, Michigan, who made an elaborate production out of announcing which
college he had decided to attend, and had it broadcast live on the Internet.
There are also interviews with college players like;
Cullen Finnerty, a quarterback at Division II Grand Valley State University in
Allendale, Michigan. Finnerty compiled a record of 52-4 as a four year starter
at the school and won three national championships, but was not invited to
participate in the NFL Combine.
Charlie “Mad Dog” Thornhill from Michigan State University and his recollections
of playing in “The Game of the Century,” the 1966 MSU-Notre Dame game that ended
in a 10-10 tie.
Danny Wuerffel, the 1996 Heisman Trophy
winner from the University of Florida, about his life away from college football
working with under privileged kids in New Orleans.
Herb Haygood, who played college football at Michigan State, was drafted by the
Denver Broncos in the 2002 NFL Draft and was most recently an assistant coach at
Division III Olivet College in Olivet, Michigan.
Dan Bazuin, an All-American defensive end from Central Michigan University.
Max Pollock, a walk-on linebacker at the University of Michigan.
Rutgers fullback Brian Leonard and his head coach, Greg Schiano.
There are also interviews with several players as they prepared to participate
in the Senior Bowl College All-Star Game as well as an inside look at what goes
on at a Pro Day, when NFL scouts travel to around to colleges and evaluate
The book has a decidedly Midwestern feel to it, since many of the stories take
place in and around the author’s home state of Michigan. But these stories are a
reflection of what goes on all over the country, at all levels of college
Game Time concludes following the 2007 NFL Draft. How did the college
football players featured in the book fare in the draft? Which ones were
selected and by which team? The answers might surprise you.
For the majority of college football players, their playing careers are over
once they leave college. And for every player that makes it to the NFL, there
are hundreds of others each year who don’t. However, for college football
scouts, recruiters, agents and analysts, the college football season never ends.
They simply turn their attention to the next crop of players and begin the cycle
all over again.
Kluck’s previous books include, Facing Tyson: 15 Fighters, 15 Stories and
Paper Tiger: One Athlete’s Journey to the Underbelly of Pro Football.
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