John Feinstein takes the unusual technique of starting The Last Amateurs with a description of the last game played in a year in the life of college basketball's Patriot League. Don't worry knowing the outcome doesn't spoil a thing. Lafayette may have lost in the first round of the NCAA playoffs, but Feinstein has written another winner. The author of several excellent sports books, Feinstein focuses here on what may well be the least-known conference in college basketball. The conference is stuck in a peculiar, almost no-win situation.
The Last Amateurs: Playing for Glory and Honor in Division I College Basketball
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John Feinstein is one of the big names in sports journalism. The Last Amateurs is about college basketball in the Patriot League, a mostly non-scholarship league that struggles to survive in the world of big time college ball. To Feinstein, this is one of the last bastions of unadulterated amateur basketball in the United States.
The Last Amateurs is a book by John Feinstein. First published in , the book chronicles the — Patriot League basketball season. It emphasizes the efforts of the true scholar-athletes at the highly respected institutions that make up the league, where academics come first, and athletes play for love of the game rather than as a farm team for the NBA. The book made an appearance in sports culture in , when future basketball statistical guru Drew Cannon cited it in a report he wrote for Scout.