Refuse to Lose

John Calipari, Author, Dick Weiss, Author
John Calipari, Author, Dick Weiss, Author Ballantine Books $23 (285p) ISBN 978-0-345-40801-3
Reviewed on: 09/02/1996
Release date: 09/01/1996
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-517-31482-1
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Having worked as an assistant at Kansas and Pitt, Calipari took over the basketball program at the University of Massachusetts in 1988, after the school had recorded 10 straight losing seasons. Adopting the motto that he and coauthor Weiss (Full Court Pressure) also use for this conventional autobiography, Calipari proved himself a fine motivator of young players and an astute manipulator of television to publicize UMass's increasingly successful organization. Each year, his teams improved on the record of the previous season, climaxing in 1996, when his players had a 35-2 record, were ranked first in the nation for much of the season and went to the NCAA's Final Four. The star, Marcus Camby, was judged the best in the nation, and Calipari himself was chosen coach of the year by at least four court groups. He is now poised to take over the NBA's hapless New Jersey Nets. Photos not seen by PW. Author tour. (Oct.)
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