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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
A good read and very informative. I enjoy reading books by John U. Bacon along with the University of Michigan and college athletics.Published 9 days ago by Todd Halcomb
Excellent! The RichRod era of Michigan football has always been such a mystery to me. Now the mystery is unlocked. Very intimate look at his short tenure in Ann Arbor. Read morePublished 9 days ago by OhioWolverine
I am not really a Michigan football fan, or even a Rich Rod fan, but I'm a college football fan. I found this book, obviously drawn from inside the ropes, as being very... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Patrick Lewis
Bacon provides the reader with a unique journey behind the scenes of a big time college football program. Very well researched and written book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by estrogen
John U. Bacon's book is a must read for any college football fan.Published 1 month ago by Todd Farrand
a must for anyone who considers themselves part of the Michigan family, very insightful. I thought I knew all about rich rods tenure, but I was mistaken after reading this.Published 1 month ago by Ali Fawaz
As a life-long Michigan football fan, I had great interest in this book.
It confirmed my suspicion that Rich Rod had been treated completely unfairly by both the press... Read more