The Witch's Season was Terry Frei's first novel,
and its roots go back
He began it in high school basing it on what he observed when being
raised the son of a major college football coach in tumultuous times,
and after many restarts, finished it as an adult. It's the quintessential
novel in the drawer and then the computer,
published after Frei broke
through with three
popular non-fiction books -- Horns, Hogs, and Nixon
Third Down and a War to Go; and '77: Denver, the Broncos,
and A Coming of Age.
one of the nation's cauldron campuses during the 1968 Nixon-
presidential campaign, Cascade University President Neal
is caught between militant students and an irate citizenry.
Under statewide criticism, he is defiant in public as he
behind the scenes. His primary student antagonists are SDS leader
Annie Laughlin and Jake Powell, chairman of the Campus Coalition
Against the War. They're close to student journalist Kit Dunleavy,
who struggles to balance her relationships with the radicals and
her theoretical objectivity.
Complicating matters and infuriating fans, Jake also is a starting
linebacker for the Cascade Fishermen football team, expected to
challenge O.J. Simpson and the USC Trojans for the Pacific 8
Coach Larry Benson, a World War II pilot criticized for allowing
his players to participate in campus politics, faces pressure to
both tighten the reins, especially with Powell and star tailback
Ricky Hilton, and win at all costs.
campus and national unrest, the Fishermen -- an eclectic
with several star players and bright young coaches destined
bigger things -- encounter triumph, controversy, and disappointment.
the ensemble cast's fates are intertwined in a fall that
The Witch's Season.
Terry Frei's father, Jerry Frei, was the head coach
of the Oregon Ducks from 1967-71 and prior to that
was a longtime assistant coach under Len
Jerry Frei's coaching staff
included John Robinson,
Bruce Snyder, John Marshall, Ron
Stratten and Gunther Cunningham. His players included
Dan Fouts, Ahmad Rashad, Tom Graham, Bob Newland,