NOTRE DAME'S GREATEST COACHES by Moose Krause

NOTRE DAME'S GREATEST COACHES

Rockne, Leahy, Parseghian, Holtz
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 The late Ed ``Moose'' Krause spent 60 years at Notre Dame, 32 as its athletic director. He played for Knute Rockne, coached for Frank Leahy, hired Ara Parseghian, and was mentor to Lou Holtz. But instead of mining a mother lode from this human treasure-chest of collegiate sports history, coauthor Singular (Talked To Death, 1987) buries the gems under a mass of school-spirit schmaltz. Krause arrived at Notre Dame in 1930, a year before Rockne's death at age 43 in a plane crash. While Krause's reminiscences of Rockne, Leahy, and other big stars (as well as games) of yesteryear provide enjoyable bits of nostalgia, Singular lets stand too much that's mere aura-building: About being raised on Chicago's south side, Krause says, ``First, the Irish kids would beat me up. Then the Italians took a whack at me. And then the Poles. By the time I got home, I knew how to box.'' There are also too many emotion- laden scenes of Krause's imminent entry into stadiums, local taverns, or pep rallies, all accompanied, albeit silently, by the rousing tune of the Notre Dame fighting song. Much better are Singular's summaries of various Notre Dame coaches' careers and records, interspersed with recollections of former players and alumni. Singular examines the gridiron innovations of Rockne through the eyes of tackle Art McMahon (1929 and 1930) and running back Jack Elder (1927-29), and covers thoroughly the coaching careers of Leahy, Parseghian, and the school's current coach, Holtz. The author also recounts in detail the 1992 season, marked by controversy, stumbling play, and the death of Krause. Not quite enough lore to go with the legends, but this should make the faithful dewy-eyed. (Sixteen page photo insert--not seen)

Pub Date: Sept. 4th, 1993
ISBN: 0-671-86701-6
Page count: 240pp
Publisher: Pocket
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1993




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