The Men of March:

A Season Inside the Lives of College Basketball Coaches

By Brian Curtis (Taylor Trade)


The stories of four coaches—Mike Brey of Notre Dame, Steve Lavin of UCLA, Bill Self of Illinois and Steve Alford of Iowa—during the 2001-02 season take readers on a whirlwind tour of a job that requires the same stamina and drive needed by a team heading into its third overtime. Game highlights are sprinkled throughout, but the real story of these men is how their highly paid jobs require juggling family life with their professional roles as coaches, teachers and marketers.

Thanks to the access the coaches gave Curtis, who covered sports for Fox Sports Net, this view of the college basketball industry moves beyond the locker room to encompass family dining rooms, the offices of athletic directors, the homes of recruits and the hallways of the NCAA tournament.