In recent weeks, at least three books have come across my desk that I thought might be of interest to some of you.
One is "A Football Band of Brothers: Forging the University of Washington's First National Championship" by Tom Porter. It tells the story of the 1960 Huskies, whose claim to at least a share of the national football title will be recognized by the univeristy Sept. 29 at halftime of this season's USC game. I'll take a much more detailed look at that team/book/issue in the week leading up to that game.
Also out is "Husky Football in the Don James Era," by Derek Johnson. As you might have guessed from the title, the book details years 1975-1993 when Don James coached the Huskies to their most glorious of glory days. The book includes personal accounts from Huskies such as Warren Moon, Napoleon Kaufman, Steve Emtman, Chris Chandler, Ed Cunningham and others - even former Washington State Cougar coach Jim Walden. The book is available online through DerekJohnsonBooks.com.
Finally, if you're interested is psyching up for the Huskies upcoming home opener, there's "Blue Magic," by Idaho Statesman reporter Chadd Cripe and columnist Brian Murphy, telling the story of Boise State's 2006 unbeaten run to and including their amazing win in the Fiesta Bowl.