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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
Well written book with a lot of inside the lockerroom information on why Michigan Football became such a disaster after RichRod changed the whole damned offense around without... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laurel Lee Hammond
A nice analysis of Rodriquez's three-year sting at Michigan and the undercurrents at that institution that made him a very "poor fit. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jack R. Kincade
The best book on the inner workings of a college football program that I have read. Bacon is painfully honest and spares us no details. Read morePublished 2 months ago by CMW
A good book on the history of Michigan football as well as the trifecta collapse with the passing of Bo Schembechler, the retirement of Don Canham and the selection of new... Read morePublished 2 months ago by P. Aaron Jones
It's a great read on the pressures a coach is under to fit into the culture of a university when trying to build a winning program.Published 2 months ago by Jim S.
In 2007 University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr announced his retirement after more than a decade as the head coach of the college football program with the biggest... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Louis Foster