DON'T PUT ME IN ,COACH: My Incredible NCAA Journey From the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench. By Mark Titus. Doubleday. 257 pages. $24.95.
Mark Titus joined the Ohio State basketball team in 2006 as a walk-on. Over the next four years, he was on rosters that included future NBA players, most notably Greg Oden, Evan Turner and Mike Conley Jr., made a Final Four appearance, captured a Big Ten championship, won the NIT and set the Buckeyes' record for most career victories.
He did all this and scored fewer than 10 career points. Titus' tale, however, is by no means “Rudy,” that feel-good college football flick.
Titus' fame grew after starting a blog: Club Trillion. Thanks to the success of his blog, and buoyed with his “Mr. Rainmaker” YouTube video, Titus suddenly became a college basketball cult icon.
This book takes us on Titus' journey from his days of AAU and recreation league basketball to an uncensored, behind-the-scenes look into the lighter side of college life.
The book is bursting with hilariously raw stories about Titus' interactions with teammates, traveling and coaches. It will have you laughing out loud, and is a must read for any college basketball fan or anyone with a sense of humor.