Books by Tony Barnhart:
Tony is the author of five books about college football. All can be purchased on Amazon.com.
“Southern Fried Football: The History, Passion and Glory of the Great Southern Game” Triumph Books, 2000 (Re-released in 2008)
First published in 2000, Southern Fried Football was updated and re-released in August of 2008. SFF is the definitive look at why, to people in the South, college football is more than just a game. It is a way of life. It looks at the great players, great coaches, great rivalries and great traditions that make football in the South so special. The revised and expanded edition of SFF includes a host of new material:
- A new introduction dedicated to the wild and wacky 2007 season, where LSU became the first team to win a BCS national championship with two losses.
- An expanded chronology that includes every major event in Southern college football since the 1800s. It includes how college football responded to the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001.
- A new acknowledgements section honoring all of the special friends college football has lost since 2000. Among those friends was the great coach, Erk Russell.
- All of the Great Rivalries have been updated.
If you are a Southern college football fan, this is a book that you must have in your personal library.
“What It Means To Be A Bulldog,” Triumph Books, 2004
In 2003 and 2004 I interviewed over 70 former players and got their first-hand accounts of what playing at Georgia and going to school in Athens meant to them. The book is broken up by decades and includes Bill Hartman, an All-American in the 1930s all the way through David Greene and David Pollack from the 2002 SEC championship team. Former coaches Vince Dooley and Mark Richt wrote forewords for the book.
“Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia,” Triumph Books, 2005
Vince Dooley was only 31 years old when he was hired as Georgia’s head coach in December of 1963. On June 30, 2004 he officially retired and left Georgia as one of the most successful coaches and administrators in the history of college athletics. It was a career that was filled with success as Dooley won 201 games, six SEC championships, and one national championship. As an athletics director, Dooley built Georgia into one of the most successful programs in America.
In the final months before his retirement, Coach Dooley agreed to sit down with me for an extended series of interviews to tell the complete story about this remarkable life and career—from his first days as Georgia’s head coach to the public conflict with UGA President Michael Adams. He held nothing back.
There is a lovingly written foreword by Barbara Dooley, who was there for every triumph and every heartbreak.
The final result is the definitive look at a true Southern icon.
“From Herschel To A Hobnail Boot: The Life and Times of Larry Munson,” Triumph Books, 2009
Larry Munson, Georgia’s radio voice from 1966 to 2008, tells the inside story of his incredible life in college football. The book comes with a CD of Larry’s 10 favorite calls.
When Larry Munson decided to call it quits after an incredible 43 years as the radio voice of the Georgia Bulldogs, he said he would never write a book on his remarkable life. Fortunately for Georgia fans and college football fans everywhere, Larry changed his mind. I was honored when he asked me help him do it. I felt like I had just been given the keys to a national championship football team. All I had to do was not mess it up.
For five months I met with Larry about three times a week and listened to his story. And what a story it is, beginning in his boyhood home in Minneapolis all the way to the Sportscasters Hall of Fame.
Remember that Larry was 43 years old when he took the job at Georgia and was 86 when he retired. Those first 43 years include a lot of great stories.
For example: Did you know that in his youth, Larry Munson was a good piano player? For a week he played in a band that backed up Frank Sinatra.
Did you know that Larry lost his sense of smell at the age of two? It would later impact his time in the military during WWII.
Larry spent two seasons as the radio voice of the Atlanta Braves and baseball was always his first love. In fact his mentor, Curt Gowdy, told Larry he would never make any money in broadcasting unless he got into baseball. But Larry stuck with the Braves for only two years after a feud with Milo Hamilton, the other guy in the booth. Larry finally gets a chance to tell his side of that story.
“From Herschel to a Hobnail Boot” is full of those kinds of stories.
The book was revised an updated after Larry’s death in 2011.
Players, Coaches, and Fans Share Their Passion For Georgia Football
This book is the ultimate compilation of all that is great about the University of Georgia and Bulldogs football. Players, coaches, and fans recall- in their own words- idyllic Saturday afternoons at Sanford Stadium, home of one of college football’s most successful and tradition-rich programs. Vince Dooley, Herschel Walker, Charley Trippi, Fran Tarkenton, Matt and Jon Stinchcomb, Champ and Boss Bailey, and many other Bulldog greats share their favorite memories from their time in Athens.
Highlights from the book include:
- The 100 most important moments in Georgia football history
- Beloved landmarks and memories from Athens
- Georgia’s unparalleled football traditions
- The greatest players in Bulldogs football history
- Georgia coaching legends, from Pop Warner to Wally Butts to Vince Dooley.
- Memories of national and conference championship seasons