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Return to Glory
Inside Tyrone Willingham's Amazing First Season at Notre Dame

By Alan Grant

304 pp., 18 b&w illustrations, afterword, index

1578067081 (9781578067084)
Paper $25.00S

Paper, $25.00

The insider's story of Notre Dame's first black football coach and his amazing debut with the Fighting Irish

When Tyrone Willingham stepped onto the field at Notre Dame, he faced challenges no coach of the storied Fighting Irish had ever confronted before. The once mighty team was in a decade-long slide, and Willingham was the first African American ever to take its helm.

The result: ten victories and a major bowl appearance.

In Return to Glory, Alan Grant, a former player for Willingham at Stanford, takes readers inside Notre Dame's program as no one has seen it before. Given exclusive access to the players and coaching staff, he masterfully re-creates, week by week, the drama of a team playing above all expectations and the maneuvering of a master strategist facing the biggest challenge of his life.

Most of all, he takes readers behind the famously stone-faced persona of Ty Willingham, revealing the warmth, intelligence, and originality that inspired players and fans. From sweltering summer practice to tense coaches' meetings to the sidelines of the Gator Bowl, Grant shows how a single season transformed one of the nation's most renowned sports programs-and how an unlikely pairing of coach and university proved to be the beginning of something huge. Originally published in 2002 by Little Brown, and now in paperback with a new afterword by Grant, Return to Glory serves as the record of Notre Dame's remarkable resurrection.

"Return to Glory captures the spirit and the excitement that Tyrone Willingham has generated since arriving at the Golden Dome. He has brought back the pride and the enthusiasm that is the essence of Notre Dame football." -Dick Vitale, ESPN/ABC-TV Sports

Alan Grant was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts, and played five seasons as a defensive back for the 49ers, Bengals, and Redskins. He writes for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine.

Photo: Tyrone Willingham-copyright Michael Bennett/Lighthouse Imaging

304 pp., 18 b&w illustrations, afterword, index