Three and Out

Three and Out

By John U. Bacon

  • Release Date: 2011-10-25
  • Genre: Coaching
Score: 4.5
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Description

"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 took over the nation's most successful program, only to produce three of the worst seasons in the histories of both Rich Rodriguez and the University of Michigan. Shortly after his controversial move from West Virginia, where he had just taken his alma mater to the #1 ranking for the first time in school history, Coach Rich Rodriguez granted author and journalist John U. Bacon unrestricted access to Michigan's 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 lifts the lid on the best and the worst of college football.

Reviews

  • Real Story

    5
    By Pop's Ipad Air
    People blame Rich Rod And Brady Hoke for Michigans dive? Sure it had a little to do with their coaching, but the biggest micromanager Michigan has ever had as a AD in Brandon ruined Michigan athletics. Not only football but all sports!
  • Go Blue

    5
    By Duncan “McNasty” McNabb
    I loved it when Rich Rod was hired to bring a new breath of life to the Michigan offense. I knew he had a less than good defense to work with but never knew all the reasons why. This book does a fantastic job of showing why his defense suffered so badly. I believe if he had a better defense with the offense that was burgeoning he would still be at Michigan. Thank you Mr Bacon for illuminating the back biting that was going on and the difficulties that the coaching staff had to endure. Your book was fair showing what nasty things were said and done to the coaches and also fair in describing what troubles they brought on themselves. Thanks for all of the work that you and your team put into making this book, it was a great read.
  • Surprise- yes, impressed- absolutely

    5
    By Rich in Arkansas
    Quick, solid read that at time actually had me rooting for rich rod.
  • Three and Out

    5
    By Benkner
    This is a great read for any Michigan fan. A great look at what we all thought to be the darkest days of our beloved program. A look behind the curtain to show the blood sweat and tears that go into the day to day operation. A great understanding about a man that just never seemed to "fit".
  • Three and Out

    5
    By jimdisser
    John U. Bacon is a terrific writer and this is his best work yet. He, himself, is a 'Michigan Man', which makes it even more astonishing to learn about some of UM's shortcomings. Rich Rodriguez has some shortcomings of his own (don't we all) but I now look at him in a different light. Great book!
  • As Inside As You Can Get!

    5
    By BrianM8614
    Mr. Bacon was given access to the innermost and comprehensive details of a particular stretch of a coach's career. The term "in-depth" doesn't do justice to this narrative of three years gone horribly, and unfairly, wrong. If you don't feel the emotion of coaches, staffers and players as they struggle to overcome an incredible amount of adversity, then you haven't paid close attention to what you're reading. I've never read a sports book that brought me this close to the day-to-day, week-to-week trials and tribulations of a group of characters that I think you will end up truly knowing and caring about. Highly recommend.
  • raw deal

    4
    By lbpste
    good read. seems like RR got a bum wrap. it was exciting to see a stodgy offense transform under RR. 2012 will be interesting for Blue.
  • Three and Out

    5
    By Axelrod84
    This book is a must-read for all Wolverine fans. It is a true behind-the-scenes look at the winningest team in college football. Also, it sheds light on the true obstacles that RichRod faced on and off the field. Great book!
  • Three and Out a Must read... especially for Michigan fans.

    5
    By nathorne
    John U. Bacon's book, Three and Out, is a must read for Michigan Fans and a great book for even the casual non-fiction reader. It extends to the reader unprecedented access into the University of Michigan's football team, athletic program, coaching staff and player's lives from 2008 until 2011. Even knowing the final outcome, I found myself fascinated by every little detail of which, without this book, even the most diehard fan would not have been aware.
  • Three and Out a great read!

    5
    By Arnold Brodie
    As a long time Michigan fan and local resident, the insight into the program during the RichRod years was fantastic. It sure gave me a different view of the University, the program, and former Coach Lloyd Carr. While Bacon may be persona non grata now around Schembechler Hall, he deserves big kudos for a great book, and RichRod deserves some apology from the Michigan Men who worked to submarine his stay at Michigan.

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