True Blue

True Blue

The Carm Cozza Story

By Carmen L. Cozza; Rick Odermatt; Carm Cozza

Yale University Press, Hardcover, 9780300080995, 304pp.

Publication Date: August 1999

"Cozza brings us behind the scenes for the famous 29-29 "loss" against Harvard in 1968; he recalls the antiwar protesters who were less than enthusiastic about a combat sport; and he marvels over the courage of 1989 captain Jon Reese, who played a game against Cornell with a broken jaw, enabling Cozza to win his tenth and last Ivy title. He tells stories about some of the outstanding men who played for him, among them Dick Jauron, Gary Fencik, Calvin Hill, Rich Diana, John Spagnola, Rudy Green, John Pagliaro, Kelly Ryan, Stone Phillips, and Jack Ford. He recounts how difficult it was to adhere to the highest standards of academic excellence and amateur purity while major college teams were lowering standards, abusing rules, and exploiting athletes in the quest for victories and revenue. And he offers thoughts on how Yale - and similar elite schools - can invigorate their football programs without succumbing to the excesses of the big-time conferences."--BOOK JACKET.