Book Review: Don’t Put Me In Coach by Mark Titus

I’ll start off this review by saying I’m not particularly fond of the Ohio State Buckeyes. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I attend OHIO University, something that the folks in Columbus fail to realize when jacking our name to root for OSU, but that is an argument for another day.

However, I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by former Ohio State basketball player Mark Titus’s book “Don’t Put Me In Coach”, as it was easily one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.

If you haven’t heard of Titus, it may be due to the fact he was a four-year walk on during his time with the Buckeyes and scored only nine points in his career. But Titus happened to be attending during one of the most successful eras of OSU basketball, beginning with the Greg Oden-led squad in 2006-2007 that made it all the way to the National Championship and concluding with Evan Turner’s outstanding 2009-2010 campaign that saw the team go on another deep run in the postseason.

The true goodness of this book doesn’t come from the story of the Buckeyes, but rather from the storytelling by Titus. He is the incredibly quick-witted college kid that I and many others wish we could be. I constantly found myself laughing aloud at his one-liners and his stories full of over-exaggeration.

Titus’s story of himself, is actually quite incredible. He was picked up by the AAU team that featured future NBA players such as Greg Oden and Daequan Cook after having a hot shooting day against the team. He was slated to receive a scholarship to play basketball on scholarship on Harvard until he was suspended for a high school game that the coaches from the school attended. Then, through the help of Oden and Cook, got a spot as a manager for the Buckeyes basketball team, which Titus turned into a spot on the practice squad and then to full-time walk on status. He began a blog called “Club Trillion” during his college days which catapulted him into cult internet hero status, and landed him a gig writing for Grantland after his college career was over.

Ohio Bobcat fans will appreciate the anecdotes that feature former basketball head coach John Groce (he was an assistant at OSU at the time) and current Bobcat guard Walter Offut (whose misfortunes with Titus in an elevator during a road trip was easily the funniest part of the book.)

If you are a Buckeye fan and haven’t picked up this book already, I have no idea what you are waiting for. As for the rest of the nation, there is plenty of laughs to be had, as Titus shows just how fun sports and our lives can be when we don’t take them so seriously.

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About suhlmann12
journalism student at Ohio University. Huge fan of Pittsburgh sports teams

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