About the Book
Author Barry Fouts outlines the struggles for the early women’s programs, the dynamics between the established versus the “upstart” men’s programs, as well as the schools’ development into top-flight, small college programs. He also documents the controversial issues as they arise at each school; the evolution of their national affiliations, the fight for scholarships, the fight for equity between programs, and controversies between players and coaches. Sometimes, even the fans got involved.
Fouts has conducted numerous interviews with current and former players, coaches throughout the series, and media members who covered the schools. From those who grew up a stone’s throw from their respective campuses to those who traveled from foreign soil, players speak about their experiences, their joys, and their regrets, as well as their respect for their opponents. The coaches—some out of the game today, some still pacing the sidelines—go into detail about special players, special games, and their methods for building high-quality teams.