OSU coach’s methods under glass
Knowing that his Ohio State team could not participate in postseason play, regardless of their performance in the regular season, how did new coach Urban Meyer accomplish an undefeated record? In Buckeye Rebirth: Urban Meyer, An Inspired Team, and a New Era at Ohio State, Columbus Dispatch sports columnist Bill Rabinowitz introduces Buckeye fans to Meyer and his coaching techniques, including an account of Meyer’s personal life and career and an overview of the 2012 season, with a chapter on each game.
After Jim Tressel was forced to resign from his position as Ohio State’s football coach in 2011, the university took its own steps, putting the program on probation and vacating its wins from the previous season. Expecting this would suffice, they were floored when the NCAA lowered the boom by imposing further punishment, most significantly banning the team from postseason play in 2012.
Still, they played as if championships and bowl bids were at stake. “I’m sick to my stomach knowing we beat both of those teams and we’re sitting at home right now,” said one player during the Big Ten championship game. Rabinowitz describes Meyer’s methods of inspiring his players and setting the stage for future victory.
Buckeye Rebirth (272 pages, hardcover) costs $24.95 from Triumph Books. Bill Rabinowitz, who began covering Buckeyes football in 2011, lives in Columbus.
UA professors look at Ohio history
Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State is designed to be a textbook, but is available in a softcover version that, at $39.95, makes it a first-rate home reference. Kevin F. Kern and Gregory S. Wilson, associate professors of history at the University of Akron, have produced a very readable and accessible text.
The book follows a sound chronological structure, from the prehistoric geology and peoples of the state to the pioneeers who settled the Northwest Territory, including the cultural, social and political development of the state through the present day. The 525-page book includes well-chosen illustrations and maps.
Ohio: A History of the Buckeye State is published by Wiley Blackwell.
Akron native Yanick Rice Lamb is one of 20 contributors to Bet on Black: African-American Women Celebrate Fatherhood in the Age of Barack Obama, a collection of essays by women about their fathers and other men in their lives. Lamb, an associate professor at Howard University, is an alumna of Ohio State University.
Dover Public Library (525 N. Walnut St.) — Akron native Dale Pierce talks about his pictorial history Wrestling in Akron, 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Akron-Summit County Public Library (Tallmadge branch, 90 Community Drive) — Tallmadge author Amanda Flower talks about and signs her books, including A Plain Disappearance, third in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series, and Murder Plain and Simple, first in the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries series she writes under the name Isabella Alan, 7 p.m. Monday.
Akron-Summit County Public Library (Nordonia Hills branch, 9458 Olde Eight Road, Northfield) — Bob Grau, author of Five Million Steps on a Journey of Hope: Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail, talks about his hike and signs his book, 7 p.m. Monday. Register at 330-467-8595.
Akron-Summit County Public Library (Richfield branch, 3761 Grant St.) — Kathryn Long discusses and signs her Louisiana-set paranormal mystery Dying to Dream, 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday.
E.J. Thomas Hall (198 Hill St., Akron) — New York Magazine writer Kevin Roose, author of The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University, about his undercover assignment at the Evangelical Christian Liberty University, speaks at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of the University of Akron’s Forum Series. $10; call 330-972-7570.
Akron-Summit County Public Library (Northwest Akron branch, 1720 Shatto Ave.) — Akron native Radford Lee signs his science fiction novel Starlight City, 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Akron-Summit County Public Library (Mogadore branch, 144 S. Cleveland Ave.) — Bob Grau signs Five Million Steps on a Journey of Hope, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Mac’s Backs (1820 Coventry Road, Cleveland Heights) — “Take Nine” is nine poets, including current and former poets laureate of Cleveland Heights, reading from their work, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday; pianist and composer Robin Spielberg signs her memoir Naked on the Bench: My Adventures in Pianoland, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Solon Library (34125 Portz Parkway) — Britt Reints, author of An Amateur’s Guide to the Pursuit of Happiness, reads from and signs her book from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Hudson Library & Historical Society (96 Library St.) — Scott Longert, author of The Best They Could Be: How the Cleveland Indians Became the Kings of Baseball 1916-1920, appears at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library (3512 Darrow Road, Stow) — Brecksville author Casey Daniels brings her Pepper Martin mystery series and books in the other series she writes under the name Kylie Logan, including Mayhem at the Orient Express, 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are required for the Oct. 14 appearance of Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver, who will talk about his wildly popular Facebook page and sign his new book No Mopes Allowed. The tickets are free, but must be picked up in person at the reference desk; there is a limit of four per person.
Cuyahoga County Public Library (Gates Mills branch, 1491 Chagrin River Road) — Bob Grau signs Five Million Steps on a Journey of Hope, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Visible Voice Books (1023 Kenilworth Ave., Cleveland) — Michael Bennett, curator of Near Eastern, Greek and Roman art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, discusses Praxiteles: The Cleveland Apollo, about the bronze sculpture Apollo Sauroktonos, attributed to the Greek artist Praxiteles, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
— Barbara McIntyre
Special to the Beacon Journal
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