Coe to host NFL Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy at book signing

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2011-10-28 11:01:07 - General

NFL Hall of Fame coach Marv Levy will sign copies of his debut novel – “Between the Lies” – at his undergraduate alma mater on Friday, Nov. 11. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event, scheduled for 4-6 p.m. in the Coe College Book Store.

“Between the Lies” focuses on a brilliant, new fictional football world, one that features two teams, the Los Angeles Leopards and the Portland Pioneers. One team is led by a take-no-prisoners head coach; the other by a cerebral, slow-and-steady coach who has been thrust into the spotlight because of a tragedy. A tense showdown is about to unfold before the world’s football fans. But along the way to the championship game, something bad happens: the very integrity of the game comes within a yard of ruin!

In his thrilling new work of fiction, Levy takes us on a journey through the NFL like we’ve never seen before. Through the eyes of a memorable cast of characters, many of whom are based on real football players, coaches, general managers, and owners, readers see professional football from the inside. Levy’s work exposes the game’s underbelly, where rules are bent or broken, lies are used as promises, and the integrity of the game hangs in the balance. “Between the Lies” is filled with the kind of behind-the-scenes knowledge that only a Hall of Fame coach could possess.

Born in Chicago, Levy served in the Army Air Corps from 1943-46. At Coe he lettered in football, track and basketball. He graduated magna cum laude in 1950 and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. He later earned a master’s in English history at Harvard University.

After coaching in the college ranks at Coe, the University of New Mexico, the University of California (Berkeley), and the College of William & Mary, Levy transitioned to NFL coaching stints as an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles (1969), the Los Angeles Rams (1970) and the Washington Redskins (1971-72). He was the special teams coach on the Redskins team that lost 14-7 in the 1972 Super Bowl to the undefeated Miami Dolphins. Later, Levy won two Grey Cup championships with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League, and then got his first NFL head coaching job with the Kansas City Chiefs from 1978-82. He coached in the USFL with the Chicago Blitz in 1984 before becoming the head coach in Buffalo from 1987 through 1997. He was also the Bills general manager in 2006-07. His lifetime coaching record is 185-143-4 (.565), including a 43-31-4 mark in Canada.

Levy, who lives in Chicago with his wife, Fran, was named Coach of the Year in 1988 and AFC Coach of the Year in 1988, 1993 and 1995. From 1987-97, the Bills were first in AFC winning percentage and second only to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL. Levy was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

“Between the Lies,” published by Ascend Books of Overland Park, Kan., follows Levy’s New York Times best-selling autobiography – “Where Else Would You Rather Be?”

The book signing coincides with the 121st meeting in the oldest football rivalry west of the Mississippi River between Coe and Cornell. The Kohawks, seeking their record 12th straight win in the series, host the Rams at Clark Field on the Coe campus. Kickoff is scheduled for noon Saturday, Nov. 12.

The book signing is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The Book Store is located in lower Gage Memorial Union on the Coe campus.