Book Review - Cinderalla: Inside The Rise of Mid-Major Basketball
Cinderella – Inside the Rise of Mid-Major College Basketball
$22.95 ($29.95 Canada)
To say that author Michael Litos has impeccable timing would be a slight understatement. Litos’ decision to follow and write a book about the 2005-06 season in the Colonial Athletic Association proved to be an epiphany, as he was there to document George Mason’s historic run to the Final Four. This book documents this amazing run along with shedding some light onto the behind the scenes drama in a mid-major basketball conference.
The bulk of the book is spent dealing with the powerhouse squads of the CAA circa 2005-06 – Old Dominion, Hofstra, VCU, UNCW & George Mason. Litos goes behind the scenes at these programs, with extensive interviews with the coaches, ADs, CAA suits and players to paint a picture of what life is like for a mid-major. The many pitfalls in a mid-major’s life, from financial issues to coaching defections to lack of exposure and respect are all dealt with in detail. On top of that there is plenty of on court action in the book, as the teams in the CAA had many monumental games during the season.
While not perfect – this reviewer found a few small factual errors and repetitive sections in the book - this book is a must read for the college basketball enthusiast. While there are plenty of books out there dealing with the Dukes & North Carolinas of the college hoops world, this book is a very important document of a watershed season in the life of the mid-majors.
3.5 out of 5 stars