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My Losing Season
is a memoir by Pat Conroy
Pat Conroy , is a New York Times bestselling author who has written several acclaimed novels and memoirs. Two of his novels, The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, were made into Oscar-nominated films.-Early life:...
. It primarily deals with his senior
Senior is a term used in the United States to describe a student in the 4th year of study .-High school:...
season as the starting point guard
Point guard , also called the play maker or "the ball-handler", is one of the standard positions in a regulation basketball game. A point guard has perhaps the most specialized role of any position – essentially, he is expected to run the team's offense by controlling the ball and making sure that...
on the basketball team of The Citadel
The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, also known simply as The Citadel, is a state-supported, comprehensive college located in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. It is one of the six senior military colleges in the United States...
in 1966–67. Conroy describes his tumultuous relationship with his coach, Mel Thompson, as well as the harsh, malevolent, male-dominated society of The Citadel. The book also deals with the team's experience of losing. In his final season, his team finished with an 8–17 record. It is not only a book about basketball, but about the friendships, challenges, and experiences a young man has growing up in America.