(Note: My fourth book, "Dusty, Deek, and Mr. Do-Right: High School Football In Illinois," published by University of Illinois Press, is currently available online through University of Illinois Press, Borders, Barnes & Noble and Amazon and at your local bookstore. To my knowledge, it is the only book ever written on the subject. So I wanted to cover everything. I wrote 150,000 words. The publisher wanted closer to 100,000. So, regrettably, I had to delete several stories from the first manuscript. Beginning last week and continuing for the next several weeks, I will print those stories. I hope you enjoy them--and the book, too.)
To this day, Mike O'Neill hasn't gotten over it. He is retired after coaching football for 20 years at Andrew High School in Tinley Park but he still remembers that day in 1977 when, as an assistant at St. Laurence, the heavily favored Vikings lost 14-0 to Deerfield in the semifinals of the state playoff and coach Tom Kavanagh quit.