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

An irreverent, hilarious insider's examine big-time NCAA basketball, throughout the eyes of the nation's most famed benchwarmer and writer of the preferred web publication (3.6m visits!). Mark Titus holds the Ohio nation list for profession wins, and made it to the 2007 nationwide championship online game. you will imagine Titus will be all around the spotlight reels. you would be wrong.
In 2006, Mark Titus arrived on Ohio State's campus as a former highschool basketball participant who aspired to be an orthopedic healthcare professional. by some means, he was once additional to the elite Buckeye basketball staff, given a scholarship, and performed along seven destiny NBA gamers on his technique to environment the checklist for many person profession wins in Ohio kingdom heritage. imagine that is amazing? In 4 years, he scored a grand overall of nine—yes, nine—points.

This e-book will supply readers an uncensored and uproarious glance inside of an elite NCAA basketball application from Titus's targeted point of view. In his 4 years on the finish of the bench, Mark based his wildly renowned weblog membership Trillion, grew to become a hero to all men picked final, or even bought scouted by means of the Harlem Globetrotters. Mark Titus isn't your general basketball big name. it is a wild and fully actual tale of the main not likely occupation in collage basketball. A must-read for all enthusiasts of March insanity and school sports!

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Via his put up, all of his fans discovered approximately my weblog, got here and checked it out, and it seems that loved the idea that of a benchwarmer giving them inside of entry to their cherished Buckeyes. And similar to that I had a valid viewers and by surprise needed to shift the point of interest of every thing. now not was once I catering to only my friends and family. Now I needed to write much less approximately me in particular and extra approximately either the function of a walk-on for a big-time university basketball workforce and what a few of my big name teammates have been like off the court docket. particularly, I needed to write approximately my below amicable dating with Evan “The Villain” Turner. now not lengthy after that preliminary wave of individuals figured out approximately my weblog from Baptist, I wrote on my weblog approximately how ridiculous it was once that The Villain had without notice began relating himself as “The child” round the locker room and someway controlled to get such a lot of my teammates to name him that inside of every week or additionally. perhaps he and that i have been raised another way, yet the place I come from, humans need to earn their nicknames and attempting to provide your self a nickname simply because it sounds cool isn't just pathetic yet it’s borderline offensive. So while he one way or the other effectively nicknamed himself the child, i made a decision to teach him simply how immoral his activities have been. I figured how to accomplish this used to be to aim to provide myself a nickname too, in order that method while The Villain spotted how lame and pathetic i used to be, he may become aware of that that was once the exact same means he used to be being perceived. I went with “The Shark,” completely since it rhymes with “Mark” and since every body named Mark has been referred to as “Mark the Shark” once or more in his lifestyles. the best way I observed it, The Shark was once the main uncreative nickname attainable and may definitely be excellent in exhibiting how silly self-assigned nicknames are. Over the process the following couple of weeks, I spoke of myself because the Shark within the locker room, on my weblog, and in public. yet rather than displaying The Villain how silly he seemed, nicknaming myself had the complete opposite impression. each person who my web publication begun calling me “Mark the Shark,” or simply “Shark. ” This in flip made me commence liking the nickname, and ahead of lengthy my plan had thoroughly backfired. I had not just controlled to make everybody name me The Shark, yet I had additionally controlled to persuade myself that giving myself a nickname wasn’t this sort of undesirable suggestion in any case. In different phrases, I had develop into precisely what I hated. in view that I felt just like the Villain had someway gotten the higher of me after my plan didn’t precisely figure out how I had was hoping, i made a decision that I should still not less than supply him a brand new nickname, because “The child” made no experience whatever. My nickname rhymed with my genuine identify and was once form of badass. His nickname, nevertheless, had no tale at the back of it and no correct which means whatever, so i made a decision to deal with it. I got here up with “The Villain,” not just simply because he was once greatly a villain in my very own own existence, but additionally simply because he had a chip on his shoulder and appeared to embody being the undesirable man as a few type of motivational tactic.

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