CHAD S. CONINE - The Republic of Football



Saturday, September 17 at 3PM

Sports Journalist
speaking & signing
The Republic of Football: Legends of the Texas High School Game



In Texas, football is king. No one knows this better than sport journalist Chad Conine, who has covered Texas high school and college football since the '90s.  In his latest book, The Republic of Football, Conine shares the histories and personal stories of some the Texas' biggest powerhouse programs and star athletes. Join us tonight as Chad Conine will discuss and sign copies of The Republic of Football!


Anywhere football is played, Texas is the force to reckon with. Its powerhouse programs produce the best football players in America. In The Republic of Football, Chad S. Conine vividly captures Texas’s impact on the game with action-filled stories about legendary high school players, coaches, and teams from around the state and across seven decades.

Drawing on dozens of interviews, Conine offers rare glimpses of the early days of some of football’s biggest stars. He reveals that some players took time to achieve greatness—LaDainian Tomlinson wasn’t even the featured running back on his high school team until a breakthrough game in his senior season vaulted him to the highest level of the sport—while others, like Colt McCoy, showed their first flashes of brilliance in middle school. In telling these and many other stories of players and coaches, including Hayden Fry, Spike Dykes, Bob McQueen, Lovie Smith, Art Briles, Lawrence Elkins, Warren McVea, Ray Rhodes, Dat Nguyen, Zach Thomas, Drew Brees, and Adrian Peterson, Conine spotlights the decisive moments when players caught fire and teams such as Celina, Southlake Carroll, and Converse Judson turned into Texas dynasties. Packed with never-before-told anecdotes, as well as fresh takes on the games everyone remembers, The Republic of Football is a must-read for all fans of Friday night lights.


Chad S. Conine is a freelance sports journalist who has written for the Sports Xchange, Reuters, and, among others. He has been covering Texas high school and college football since the late 1990s.

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Event date: 
Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 3:00pm
Event address: 
603 N. Lamar
Austin, TX 78703
The Republic of Football: Legends of the Texas High School Game Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477303719
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Published: University of Texas Press - September 6th, 2016

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