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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
John Bacon was given unfettered access to the Michigan football team during the Rich Rodriguez years, and, as he points out in the book, it's unlikely that any writer will ever be... Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Gene Killian
An absolute must read. People have no idea how Rich Rodriquez got unfairly treated at Michigan. It helps explain why the progran is in the current sad condition.Published 6 days ago by Tink M.
Great inside look into the disaster the Michigan Athletic Department created in 2008. A depressing read if you're a Michigan fan.Published 18 days ago by SHub'68
The Rich-Rod era never got off the ground and Bacon captures why.. Michigan is a tough university to coach and you understand why after reading the book.Published 1 month ago by Mark Ducharme
A good read and very informative. I enjoy reading books by John U. Bacon along with the University of Michigan and college athletics.Published 1 month 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 1 month ago by OhioWolverine