Books by Tony Barnhart: 

Tony is the author of five books about college football.

Book Southern Fried Football by Tony Barnhart makes great gift for football fans | Christmas Fathers day Birthday Men Southern Fried Football: The History, Passion and Glory of the Great Southern Game” Triumph Books, 2000 (Re-released in 2008)

Vince Dooley, Mark Richt, and Georgia’s Greatest Players

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 coach Vince Dooley and current coach Mark Richt wrote forewords for the book.

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 whacky 2007 season, where LSU became the first team to win a BCS championship with two losses.
  • An expanded chronology that adds every major event in Southern college football over the past eight years. That list includes Georgia’s hiring of Mark Richt and how he led Georgia to its first SEC championship in 20 years in 2002. It lists the return to college football for Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban, and 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 with the key games of the past eight years.

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 | UGA dawgs Book | Georgia Dooley Richt | BarnhartWhat 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 coach Vince Dooley and current coach Mark Richt wrote forewords for the book.


 

Vince Dooley Book | 40 years at Georgia | Coach at UGA | Tony Barnhart Dooley: My 40 Years at Georgia,” Triumph Books, 2005

Vince Dooley was only 31 years old when he was named the head football coach at Georgia in December in 1963. After a Hall of Fame coaching career (1964-88) he became one of the most successful athletics directors in the history of college sport. In 2004 I spent over six months with Dooley doing this definitive autobiography. For the first time he talks about a number of issues, including his conflict with Georgia President Michael Adams, who chose not to renew Dooley’s contract. Dooley’s wife, Barbara, wrote the Foreword.

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 heart break.

The final result is the definitive look at a true Southern icon.


Larry Munson Book | UGA radio broadcaster | Voice of Georgia Football | Stories of southern football From Herschel To A Hobnail Boot: The Life and Times of Larry Munson,” Triumph Books, 2009

The Life and Times of Larry Munson

Larry Munson, Georgia’s radio voice from 1966 to 2008, tells the inside story of his incredible life in college football. The books 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 fued 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. Also included is a CD of Larry’s 10 favorite calls as the voice of the Georgia Bulldogs.

I hope you enjoy the book.


Always a Bulldog Book by Tony Barnhart | Football Georgia | UGA | Dawgs Always A Bulldog

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 – including the 100 most important moments in Georgia football history.

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 Mark Richt
  • Memories of national and conference championship seasons
  • And so much more!

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