Walk-on benchwarmers have a special kinship amongst them, so it's not surprising that I enjoyed Mark Titus's Don't Put Me In Coach. For those not in the know, Titus was a walk-on for one of the best college basketball teams in the nation, Ohio State (2006-10), who, despite only scoring nine points in his career, became one of the most popular and famous players on the team due to his blog, ClubTrillion.com. Meanwhile, I was a walk-on for one of the best college basketball teams in another nation (Canada), who went on to become a writer, also. The big difference being Titus is getting multi-million dollar book advances, and I'm not. But at least I scored eight more points in my career than he did, right?! Right?!
Ok, enough of me acting like Al Bundy and having athletic flashbacks - on to Mr. Titus's book. It's a fun, profane, inside look into life as a player at a big time basketball school. Titus dishes the dirt on several high profile teammates (Greg Oden: "I defy you to show me a whiter black guy than 2005 Greg Oden", Evan Turner, aka "The Villain": "insecure, socially feebleminded, possibly bipolar, and often callous perfectionist who had all the talent in the world, who lacked self-confidence and the ability to trust in anybody around him", Kosta Koufos: "team douchebag") as well as breaks down the behind-the-scenes action within the Buckeyes' basketball program. Oh, and he mentions taking bowel movements. A lot. Dude apparently has stomach issues.
A fun read, whether you are an Ohio State fan or not. Grab a copy here:
P.S. - I looked it up, and I posted two trillions in my career. Respect my steez.