Footsteps by Hamilton Maule
The front cover of Hamilton Maule’s Footsteps tells us that “Paddy O’Connor’s drive and ambition made him one of the best football coaches in America…and one of the most hated!” O’Connor is on his way down, having been fired from his big coaching job for NCAA violations, drinking, and romancing too many faculty wives. He gets one last chance at a small school but finds out his new boss is an ex-player whose career he ruined. Bitter hijinks ensue.
This novel, first published in 1962, was made into a 1972 TV movie starring Richard Crenna. Hamilton Maule worked as publicity director for the Los Angeles Rams and the Dallas Texans in the 50S and became an editor for Sports Illustrated.
An interesting insider’s perspective on mid-twentieth century football. Grade: B-
Mass market paperback
McFadden Books 1962