Archive for 'What It Means to Be a Hawkeye'

What It Means to Be a Hawkeye

On August 9, 2011, What It Means to Be a Hawkeye was released by Triumph Books.  What It Means to Be a Hawkeye is made up entirely of first-person narratives from sixty former Hawkeye student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Each former player reflects back on the circumstances that led him to the University of Iowa, the big wins, the crushing defeats, how the university impacted his life after graduation, and what it means – to him – to be a Hawkeye. About What It Means to Be a Hawkeye The sixty Hawkeyes interviewed span eight decades of Iowa football.  They range from George Frye and Henry Vollenweider,…

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The Former Hawkeye Draft

Now that there were three authors on board to write What It Means to Be a Hawkeye, we had to work quickly to put our book together.  Lyle Hammes, Michael Maxwell, and I needed to interview sixty former Hawkeye athletes, coaches, and administrators over the span of just a few months to have material for the book, and we needed to find a good way to divide that work between the three of us.  Our solution was to conduct a fantasy football-style, former Hawkeye draft! The Former Hawkeye Draft Each of us took turns in the draft.  When it was our turn to select, we named…

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Michael Maxwell and Discovering What It Means

Now that I’ve talked a little about my first book, Hawkeye Greats, By the Numbers, let me tell you how my second book came about.  The story of my second book has to begin by introducing you to Michael Maxwell, because completing two books in two years wouldn’t have been possible without his help. Lyle Hammes and I finished writing Hawkeye Greats early in 2010, and we wanted to see if trade publishers would be interested in publishing the book (or a potential sequel).  Hammes sent several copies of the book to different publishers, and Triumph Books responded with an interesting offer. Triumph Books Triumph…

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