By John Feinstein
A Season at the Brink chronicles the basketball season that John Feinstein spent following the Indiana Hoosiers and their fiery trainer, Bob Knight.
Knight granted Feinstein an exceptional inside of examine collage basketball -- with entire entry to each second of the season. Feinstein observed and heard all of it -- practices, workforce conferences, technique periods, and mid-game huddles -- in the course of Knight's fight to prevent a wasting season.
A Season at the Brink not just captures the drama and strain of big-time university basketball yet paints a shiny portrait of a posh, marvelous trainer jogging a good line among genius and insanity.
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His affirmation of such ideals was necessary and consistent with the strong, emotional 18 – ATHLETICS AND ASSIMILATION paternalism he held toward students at Carlisle and toward Native Americans in general. Yet his paternalism also appears very similar to that of the slave masters, described by George Rawick, who distanced themselves from the vulgarity they associated with slaves of African descent while at the same time reveling in their contact with and power over those whom they held as chattel.
In 1904 the BIA dismissed Pratt as superintendent at Carlisle after he made remarks critical of the bureau. His firing led many former supporters of the school, such as Carlos Montezuma, to begin scrutinizing the management of Carlisle. Montezuma, a pan-Indian activist, doctor, and long time ally of Pratt’s, had been the team physician at Carlisle, and in the 1890s he wrote to Pratt exuberant letters praising the virtues of football. In 1907, however, he received a letter from W. G. Thompson, a former disciplinarian who first 28 – ATHLETICS AND ASSIMILATION coached the Carlisle football team in 1893.
In the daily press, Carlisle and its opponents became the redskins versus the palefaces in a series of narratives whose extravagance was bound only by the limits of the writers’ imaginations” (Oriard 1993, 238). Oriard notes that the most overtly racist articles were by writers ATHLETICS AND ASSIMILATION – 21 appearing in weekly magazines, particularly Caspar Whitney, who wrote football columns for Harper’s Weekly and Outing. Oriard cites an especially vivid example of such racism in an article for Harper’s by Jesse Lynch Williams, an article that he argues expressed an ethic of conquest and subjection of Native Americans.
A Season on the Brink: A Year with Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers by John Feinstein