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Don't Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  2,939 Ratings  ·  264 Reviews
An irreverent, hilarious insider's look at big-time NCAA basketball, through the eyes of the nation's most famous benchwarmer and author of the popular blog (3.6m visits!). Mark Titus holds the Ohio State record for career wins, and made it to the 2007 national championship game. You would think Titus would be all over the highlight reels. You'd be wrong.
Published March 6th 2012 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a longtime member of Club Trillion, I read Titus's blog for years, eagerly awaited new posts, and looked forward to the book as soon as it was announced. After tearing through it in the span of twenty-four hours, I rattled off a definitive text to my friends among the "Trillion Man March": "don't waste your time."

There's a lot wrong with "Don't Put Me In, Coach." For one, the bulk of the material will be extremely familiar to fans of the blog, who I imagine comprise most of this book's reader
Dan Lee
A very grudging three stars. May deserve two stars instead.

The anecdotes are interesting, the descriptions of teammates and coaches enlightening, but I just can't stand his writing style. Ever have a conversation with someone who's convinced they're hilarious and WILL. NOT. SHUT. UP? That's Mark Titus. That's this book.

Specific examples? I can do that. Here's one sentence from the book, verbatim:
Again, it was frustrating to know that we probably would have also beat Michigan had The Villain been
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Wouldn't recommend it. Written by a 22-year-old and reads like it. He's also very fond of words like "vagina" to indicate that people are either not good at basketball or are being jerks. Kept making me wish I could force him to go one-on-one with some WNBA players. Glad I got it from the library and didn't give money for it.
Mar 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looks like most of these reviews start off with an explanation of where the reviewer fits on a scale of predisposition to interest in this book. I never read Titus' blog, but I love college basketball and have read and enjoyed his articles on Grantland. I think that's like a 7.5.

This book is an entertaining read thanks to Titus' engaging style and sense of humor. My main complaint is that he zips through four years at warp speed. I put the book down convinced there was more that should have been
The Good: Titus can be an excellent story teller. There were several times when I laughed out loud and/or stopped to read a sentence or two to Ray.

The Bad: Oh, the high school boy humor. Poop and diarrhea stories and jokes. Dick jokes. Basically things that a 14-year-old boy would find hilarious.

The Ugly: Calling other players and teams women or saying they have a vagina. 'Cause there's nothing funnier/more insulting than being a woman? Hilarious, dude.

Then there were at least four joking refer
Beth Mechum
Jan 16, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Mark Titus' blog Club Trillion when he first got noticed by Bill Simmons. It paired a pretty quirky outlook with an insiders view at a major D1 basketball program. It's possible (probable) that I've just changed a lot since I was a regular reader of the blog but the incessant homophobic, racist and misogynistic way he uses to describe... everything made for a dull and unenjoyable read. That or the dick and poop jokes. It was like a 15 year old boy wrote a book.

The only thing I c
Feb 27, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book written by a "bro" for other bros. Humor is based on race, gender and sexual stereotypes and you can tell that he thinks he's hilarious, which is more irritating than the stories themselves.
Kolton Loos
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite books that I have ever read. It was funny and Titus’ storytelling was perfect as a reader for me but it is definitely not for everybody. I would recommend it to high school students that are interested in either a funny, lighthearted story. Also I would recommend it to sports followers and people that follow Mark Titus’ columns on the Sports/Pop culture website “The Ringer”.
“Don’t Put Me In, Coach” is a memoir by Mark Titus, describing his ride as a walk-on bench warm
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I know that anytime a reviewer posts a review on a book that they didn't finish they get slammed...mainly by other reviewers. With that said, here we go...

Mark Titus is smart, funny, and edgy (maybe too edgy?)...

"Don't Put Me In, Coach" is written by Mark Titus, a walk-on player who sat the bench 99.9% of the time during his 4-year NCAA Div I basketball career at Ohio State University. This book has received some buzz in stories on NPR and other media outlets, so when I had a chanc
calico Rosenberg
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hilarious
okay, so this guy talks a lot of shit in here (literally, there are so many poop jokes (that i just added to) and he is seemingly constantly on the john).
okay, the thing is hilarious, occasionally i feel like i would be kind of annoyed by him but mostly i feel like i could be sort of in love with him (it probably helps that experienced a drastically shorter and yet more devestating basketball career myself). but in terms of hilarious books, of which i read a few, this one was firstly, steadily h
Varun Yelamanchi
Don't put me in coach is one of my favorite books of all time. This book is not only hilarious but it is also a great story about a college athlete and how his experience was being a college athlete benchwarmer. Not only did I laugh all the time but I couldn't put the book down.

A quote that I find fitting for this book is “After I was forced to remove my name from the draft, I took to my blog to explain what happened. I said “it was fun while it lasted” and explained that I wasn’t that upset bec
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book, Don't Put Me in Coach, by Mark Titus. This was honestly one of the better books I have ever read. This book was an autobiography with a big emphasis on comedy. Mark really made this book enjoyable, just listening to the title you think Mark would just complain about never going in the game but that is the complete opposite of what he did. In Mark Titus whole career he only scored 9 points, let me say that again NINE points but being a walk-on for a great basketball team and for ...more
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a Goodreads winner of this book, and fortunately for me, I am a targeted reader. I love college basketball, and while I was not specifically aware of Mark Titus, I do remember seeing some of the Ohio State teams he was on. Once I saw his team play in person in San Antonio during the NCAA tournament. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Mark's often irreverant relationship with the basketball life, his teammates, the college experience at Ohio State, his blog, and about every other topic that ...more
Dec 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: doubleday, 2011
If you love basketball and/or college humor, read this book. You will be laughing out loud. Although if you are not a fan of the crude, juvenile language of the average 18-22 year old male, you may find yourself cringing at several points. Colorful metaphors for body parts and functions abound.

This book is also an insightful look into internet fame - what it means to be a well-known blogger, and how it can reshape your life. You will want and possibly need to read the blog that led to this book
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"An irreverent, hilarious insider's look..." (from Goodreads summary)

Irreverent? Yes. Hilarious? Eh. Mark Titus spends an inordinate amount of time praising his poor work ethics and morals and too little time on his wasted intellect. It's obvious that he loves to find synonyms for his genitals. I lost count after the first 2 chapters. Should I be impressed? Eh. Will I put this in my junior high/high school library? Nope. It's not worth the space in my online catalog. Where was his editor? This c
I really wanted to love this book... I loved Mark's Club Trillion Blog and I really enjoy his articles on Grantland but this book just wasn't what I was hoping for. I'm not a 20 year old boy so I'm not really the target demographic but even so I was expecting to be laughing hysterically and I really didn't... not like I did reading the blog. As a lifelong Buckeye I enjoyed getting a look behind the scenes and I had a few good laughs throughout but much to my dismay I didn't love it as much as I' ...more
Mar 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hoping to get a behind the scenes look at a college basketball team that made me laugh. And that's exactly what I got. Mark Titus' stories about living the life of a walk-on for 4 years at OSU made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions.

However, I have an important message for Mr. Titus. Mr. Titus, I believe you may find the following links useful: or Seriously man... no person should have that much diarrhea. I only wish I could have to
Rob Warner
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's crude, sophomoric, raw bathroom humor, and never deviates from that. And I laughed throughout. I'm not proud of that, and I hope my mother doesn't read this review, and at 44 I'm too old to find this stuff funny, but this book really cracked me up.
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! This author has a great sense of humor and I caught myself laughing out loud different times reading this. I really enjoyed reading this one!
Apr 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The book might have actually been fascinating if the author wasn't such a juvenile and egotistical dick.
Mar 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Realistically, probably not a 5 star book, but being a Buckeye fan, who went to OSU while he was there, it was awesome reliving those glorious years.
May 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't put me in, Coach gives a unique point of view of Division I college basketball, from the end of the bench. In a society where often the only sports stories told are rags to riches success stories, this book is a refreshing change of pace as Mark Titus tell his story of how he doesn't fret about being a bench warmer, but makes the most of the opportunity to have court-side seats nearly every night. Mark Titus went into Ohio State determined to change the stereotype of walk on players, and t ...more
Brianne Honda
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Titus is HILARIOUS. Essentially he tells the story of his career at Ohio State as a walk on for the basketball team. He presents many anecdotes about the pranks he would play and about his relationships with various teammates.

I like basketball a lot, but am by no means knowledgeable about the sport. I say this because while Mark's book is hilarious due to the way he tells his stories, I think he reaches a large audience because the humor can appeal to so many different types of people, eve
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my favorite book I ever read. I just wish Mark Titus wrote more books. I would recommend this book to anyone. I loved this book because It was very funny and interesting. One of the reasons I enjoyed this book was because the main character, Mark, reminds me of myself. The main character was a basketball player that went on a very interesting journey. He went from very good to not as good. When he wasn't as good in college he had a lot more fun. He made up the term "Trillion Club" this ...more
Jack S
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a very funny book in my opinion. It is a perspective you never would think about watching college basketball. As a college basketball fan myself, I never thought of what it would be like sitting on the end of the bench at every game. It showed the bonds he developed with his teammates who would become future NBA players such as Mike Conley and Evan Turner. My only problem with this is that it was very immature writing. He used words that probably shouldn't have been used in a book like ...more
Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little rambling at times but well-written and funny. It does exactly what it sets out to do - brings you inside a D1 locker room and humanizes the previously superhuman subjects with a first person POV rather than the silent observer journalist that usually writes these kinds of books.
Not bad, but lots of stuff to read and only so much time to do it.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half of the book is really funny. 2nd half of the book is just ok. Humor reminds me of what I thought was funny as a 22-24 year old.
I've been going back and forth between three stars and four for this very funny book - three stars for me, because while I liked Don't I didn't really like it, which is the criterion for four stars. However, that's me, a woman who NEVER watches basketball and am beyond Titus's demographic as well.

I gave it four stars because I realized just how many people I'd recommend it to - I can't figure out which of several basketball-loving family and friends to pass it along to. It's hilarious, a great
Parker Young
Parker Young Mrs.Dunlavey
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The book I picked was Don't Put Me In, Coach: by Mark Titus, it is about a man who at an early age seemed destined to have his life revolved around basketball. Sadly however, due to genetics, and bad luck his abilities never increased. Luckily he is helped by his AAU teammate Greg Oden and Mike Conley. With their help he is able to be go to Ohio State University as a walk-on. He describes the life of a walk-on and relives his most hilarious moments and
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