Irish Eyes customers, I want to introduce you to a wonderful book written by a very good friend of mine, Mike Coffey. Coffey has covered Irish basketball for years for NDNation.com and is widely known as one of the top journalists following Notre Dame basketball. I highly recommend this book to all Irish fans.
With its conversational style, Echoes on the Hardwood makes the incredible, the impossible, the poignant and the powerful moments from Irish hoops history come back alive through the words of those who lived them.
George Keogan's players talk about the pressures of being pallbearers at their coach's funeral in the afternoon and playing in the Chicago Stadium that night. Tommy Hawkins recounts the support of the school and his teammates in the face of racism in the 1950's.
Austin Carr and his teammates reflect on the difficulties of dealing with a "one-man team" image. Digger Phelps' players recall the big 71-70 victory over UCLA and the relief of making it to the Final Four after so many near-misses, followed by the angst of Danny Ainge's shot finding the net and sending a powerhouse team home early in the NCAA Tournament.
The program declines and rebounds as the players contrast the taciturn but steady John MacLeod with the raw emotion of Matt Doherty's controversial season, and discuss the respect the program has regained on a national level under the guidance of Coach Mike Brey.
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