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A Gift Before Dying

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A Gift Before Dying: The Legacy of Robert Scott’s Final Season for the Crimson Tide

Category: Biography
Format: Trade Cloth, 304 pages
Pub Date: 2000 Fall
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58838-012-8
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This book tells the story of the 1999-2000 University of Alabama basketball season, detailing the hectic lives of the Tide coaches and players. Author Stephen Thompson, himself a former coach, joined the team, recording their practices and their travels over a six-month period, and gaining a behind-the-scenes view of collegiate athletics, including the camaraderie and companionship of the coaching staff. Alabama Head Coach Mark Gottfried participated fully with Thompson, allowing complete accesss and candid insights into the coaching process and the pressure cooker that is NCAA Division I basketball. Delving into the ups and downs of an emotionally draining season, Thompson builds his story around Assistant Coach Robert “Rah Rah” Scott, who was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer just weeks before the season began. A popular and outstanding former player for the Crimson Tide, Scott was given only months to live, and he chose to spend much of his diminishing time trying to help the struggling young athletes find their way, both on and off the court. Part sports book and part eulogy to a good and courageous man, A Gift Before Dying examines the complicated inner workings of college sports, and shows how a team pulled together when everything fell apart.