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Winning passion
Priddy, Laurance L., 1941-
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New Mexico : Suntone Press, 1993.
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219 pages ; 22 cm
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Tall, handsome Bobby Thompson attains a cherished goal when he accepts the job as head football coach at Comanche Springs, Texas, a West Texas oil town that has fallen on hard times, but inside he seethes with insecurity and frustration. He doubts the love of Paula, his feisty, redheaded wife and fears that he will soon lose her. As the Comanche Springs team seems headed for its first district championship in years, Bobby confronts racism and corruption in the high school athletic program, along with his own personal demons. Can he find the courage to face this conflict with honesty and integrity, and emerge with his career, his marriage, and his self-respect intact? * * * * * Laurance L. Priddy was born in Sweetwater, Texas and grew up in Gainesville and Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from Arlington State College in Arlington, Texas, and from the University of Texas School of Law. After two years in the army, he went into the practice of law in Fort Worth. He is also the author of two other novels, Son of Durango and Critical Evidence , both from Sunstone Press.

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Booklist Review

Bobby Thompson accepts a position as head football coach at the high school in Comanche Springs, Texas. His wife, Paula, is dissatisfied with the decision but agrees to the move, knowing it will be for a few years at most. As Bobby guides the Comanche Springs team toward its first district championship in years, he confronts small-town politics, the influence of old money, athletic corruption, and overt racism. His personal life seems to be falling apart when Paula leaves him after his own insecurities cause him to accuse her of adultery. When he himself is accused of professional misconduct--by a school board member who has a win-at-any-cost mentality--Bobby fights back with truths that destroy his career in Comanche Springs but help him retain his self-respect and regain his wife. An excellent read. ~--Melanie Duncan

Publisher's Weekly Review

Taciturn football coach Bobby Thompson accepts a job at a high school in a small Texas town. When Thompson decides to make a black player the team's starting quarterback, the die-hard football-fan townspeople do not respond charitably. Thompson's personality is never well-drawn: he claims that his wife is ``both his lover and his best friend,'' but Priddy rarely shows them in civil conversation, and Thompson not only doubts his wife's fidelity but has over the years ignored her desire to attend law school in favor of his coaching career. He occasionally fantasizes about sex with his female students but is self-righteously horrified when he discovers that a local businessman is actually having an affair with one. Plot structure in this first novel is awkward, and events are often foreshadowed in a heavy-handed way, i.e., Thompson wonders about the strange circumstances of the former coach's departure, and it turns out there was some evil-doing behind it. On the other hand, scenes involving the booster club--made up mainly of local businessmen who take the high school games extremely seriously--have an easy authenticity to them. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved