This book came out in March, but it is never too late for a review.
Mark Titus’s claim to fame was through his blog, Club Trillion, which was based around his life as a benchwarmer at The Ohio State University. That is only a small part of his story, which is told in its entirety in Don’t Put Me In, Coach.
Titus tells the story of his college years, which saw him go from team manager to an actual member of the basketball team at tOSU. He was a standout player in the AAU ranks and even played with future teammates Mike Conley, Daequan Cook, and Greg Oden as a teenager.
Oden is a major part of the book, as Titus explains how nice a person Greg Oden is, which is great to read from someone who was good friends with Oden. He took heat for having a drinking problem during his time in Portland, but few knew the actual life story of Oden as well as Titus.
That is a serious topic, but the majority of the book is filled with the same type of humor displayed by Titus on his blog. He tells stories that will truly leave any reader laughing out loud, which is my warning to you: Read the book when there are not others around.
From his stories of how Thad Matta truly is the funniest coach in the nation to how insane Evan “The Villain” Turner was, this book is one of the best I have read in a very long time.
It offers an inside look at a college basketball team, and Titus does not hold back at all. He describes how teammates did not really care for Kosta Koufos and how immature BJ Mullens was during their respective short tenures as Buckeyes.
This book is targeted towards the college crowd, but anyone with a somewhat immature sense of humor will find it hilarious. It is a rather quick read and can really help someone see how a college basketball team interacts and gets along during a season.
Along with that, this book shows how something as simple as writing on a sports blog can lead to great things, even a book, for anyone who truly commits themselves to a goal. If that goal is recording a trillion in a basketball game (for more on a trillion I would suggest reading Club Trillion or even this book), it can lead to things that are much greater than what was originally expected.