Where the Water Kept Rising

A college athletic director's fight to save a New Orleans sports institution

Non-Fiction - Inspirational
214 Pages
Reviewed on 04/23/2013
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Author Biography

Jim Miller has spent four decades in the sports world as a journalist and executive. After 11 years as a newspaper reporter in his native Kentucky and in Baltimore, Miller joined the National Football League Management Council in 1981. A 21-year NFL career followed which included positions with the New Orleans Saints, Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears. During his NFL career, Miller was chief administrative officer and contracts negotiator for his various clubs and was acknowledged as an authority on the NFL’s Salary Cap. Miller became athletics director at the University of New Orleans in 2003, guiding the program through Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, an ordeal chronicled in his recently released book, “Where the Water Kept Rising.”
Miller operates his own website, www.JWMillerSports.com while continuing to write both fiction and non-fiction books. He is a frequent television and radio commentator on subjects pertaining to the business of professional sports and college athletics. Jim and wife Jean live in New Orleans with their two children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

James Miller was an executive with the National Football League when he was offered and accepted the position of director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of New Orleans hoping for a quieter life. During his six years at the institute he faced many obstacles that would have defeated many. However, Miller would not allow those challenges to defeat him; not even a hurricane could stop him. When the former Kentucky native took the position with UNO he never expected he would be risking his life in the midst of a hurricane. Hurricane Katrina was not the only problem Miller faced in his new position, just the worst one. The athletic budget was very small and tight at the University, however, Miller was frugal and usually managed to stretch the funds. During his first year with the University of New Orleans, just a few hours before a championship game the Superdome sprung a leak. After the destruction of Hurricane Katrina he rebuilt the athletic program at the school.

"Where the Water Kept Rising: A College Athletic Director's Fight to Save a New Orleans Institution" will appeal to fans of college sports and human interest stories. "Where the Water Kept Rising" is an entertaining read. I was especially interested in the author's experiences during the hurricane. His descriptions were so realistic I could almost hear the roar of the wind and the pounding of the rain. This book is well written and organized. The author has included several human interest stories that will particularly please sports fans. I highly recommend this book.