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“John U. Bacon found himself with the kind of access unheard of in modern athletics. The result is a remarkable book . . . [If] you are simply a fan of college football, or interested in big-time college athletics more generally, it is a fascinating read.” —The National Review
“A fascinating look inside the workings of a major-college football program. Rodriguez’s failure was everyone’s fault and no one’s. Unreasonable expectations combined with bad decisions and bad luck led to three bad seasons. Not acceptable at Michigan. Fine reading for college-football fans.” —ALA Booklist
“John U. Bacon’s Three and Out [is] an epic piece of reporting behind the scenes of a college football program going to hell.” —New York Magazine
“Rich Rodriguez never had a chance as coach of the Michigan Wolverines. He showed up with a glowing resume and got himself eaten alive. John Bacon’s account of Rodriguez’s epic failure is a cautionary tale for anyone who doesn’t realize that being a major college football coach requires one to be part CEO, part psychologist, part carny barker, and all crazy.” —Charles P. Pierce, author of Moving The Chains: Tom Brady and the Pursuit Of Everything
“College basketball has Season on the Brink. High school football has Friday Night Lights. Now college football has Three and Out, which takes you inside the locker room to show you what it’s really like to be a college football coach and player. If it surprised me—and it did—I’m sure it will surprise even hardcore fans. If you care about college football, you’ll want this book.” —Adam Schefter, ESPN
“John U. Bacon is one of the best reporters/writers of my generation. Three and Out proves it. It’s one of the most riveting non-fiction works I've read in years, in any genre. The eyewitness details from the locker room, the sidelines, and the most powerful offices on a college campus are breathtaking. Get this book. You will thank me.” —David Shuster, Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist
“When, several millennia from now, archeologists excavate American ruins as archeologists have done those of Carthage, they may be mystified by the Big House in Ann Arbor, Michigan. How did this 109,901 seat football emporium come to be connected to an institution of higher education? Or was the connection the other way? Without waiting 2,000 years, readers can join John U. Bacon on his eye-opening, and occasionally jaw-dropping, report on the weird world of college football.” —George F. Will
An excellent book that details the inside story of Rich Rodriguez's disastrous three year run as Michigan's head football coach. My only criticism is that John U. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Tom Bryant
Like almost anyone who reads this book I am a die hard Michigan fan, and I have to admit as a fan I was glad they moved on from Rodriguez at the time because it was obvious it was... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Chad Matthews
Three and out provided great insight to a difficult period of Michigan athletics. Bacon does a great job providing a neutral look at Rodriguez's tenure.Published 11 days ago by J. Skodack
What went wrong with the Rich Rod era? Even Ohio State alumni wondered what happened!! When it was announced that R.R. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Nat
We worth the read. I wish rich rod the best of luck after what he dealt with. Thank you John U!!Published 1 month ago by B N
The book was good! But as a Wolverine fan it made me want to cry or punch a wall. RichRod was enthusiastic, over the top, innovative but alienated some alum/players, tried to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gus
Outstanding, inside look at one of the most difficult eras of an elite college football program.Published 3 months ago by Brian D. White
John U. Bacon does not take sides in this book. He reports the events of Rich Rod's football life and how one might put everything into an endeavor only to find unseen factors... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gary Kensing