Three and Out

Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football

John U. Bacon


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“Like the Moneyball of college football, Three and Out blows the lid off one of the sports world’s most perplexing mysteries.”—Entertainment Weekly
Three and Out tells the story of how college football’s most influential coach, Rich Rodriguez, took over the nation’s most successful program, only to produce three of the worst seasons in the University of Michigan’s celebrated history. Coach Rich Rodriguez granted author and journalist John U. Bacon unrestricted access to the Michigan Wolverines' program. Bacon saw it all, from the meals and the meetings, to the practices and the games, to the sidelines and the locker rooms. Nothing and no one was off-limits. John U. Bacon’s Three and Out is the definitive account of a football marriage seemingly made in heaven that broke up after just three years, and exposes the best and the worst of college football.

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This is a story that could happen only in America.
When you travel abroad you quickly realize it is impossible to explain why a university would own the largest stadium in the country. It is, literally, a foreign concept, one as original as the U.S. Constitution.
Indeed, it was Thomas Jefferson who drafted the Northwest Ordinance, providing for the funding of public schools and universities in the states that now constitute most of the Big Ten. “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness

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Praise for Three and Out

“College basketball has A Season on the Brink. High school football has Friday Night Lights. Now college football has Three and Out….It will surprise even hard-core fans. If you care about college football, you’ll want this book.”—Adam Schefter, ESPN
“An epic piece of reporting behind the scenes of a college football program going to hell.”—New York Magazine
“Sets a new standard for books about college sports…A great read.”—Alex Ashlock, NPR’s “Here & Now”
“One of the most riveting nonfiction 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….John U. Bacon is one of the best reporters of my generation.”—David Shuster, Emmy Award--winning broadcast journalist
“John U. Bacon’s report on the weird world of college football is eye-opening, and occasionally jaw-dropping.”—George F. Will

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John U. Bacon

John U. Bacon has written for Time, The New York Times, and ESPN Magazine, among other publications, earning national honors. He is the author of five books on sports and business, including Bo’s Lasting Lessons (with Bo Schembechler), a New York Times and Wall Street Journal business bestseller. Bacon teaches at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan and is a popular public speaker.

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Three and Out
Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football
John U. Bacon

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
August 2012
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250016973
ISBN10: 1250016975
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 464 pages

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e-Book Agency
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
October 2011
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429969086
ISBN10: 1429969083
448 pages, 16 Pages of Black-and-White Illustrations, and an Index

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