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Three and Out

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

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 19, 2011 – Chronicling the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons of the University of Michigan’s football team, Bacon (Bo’s Lasting Lessons) captures the short and tumultuous tenure of head coach Rich Rodriguez. After outlining Rodriguez’s successful pre-Michigan coaching career and detailing the over a century’s worth of success of the Wolverine teams on the gridiron, Bacon explores how a program known for “unequaled stability, achievement and integrity” devolved into a mess of backstabbing, lying and selfishness, that would inevitably cost Rodriguez his job and give a black-eye to Michigan Men through out the country. In crisp and thoughtful prose, Bacon turns his attention to the people who truly control big time college athletics—school administrators, the athletic department personnel, the sports reporters, conference leaders and prominent boosters—and how they undermined Rodriguez from his first day in Ann Arbor. Bacon’s observations come off more like the remembrances of a player or a coach (he was “granted unfettered access” to the team, and allowed Rodriguez the chance to “read the manuscript for factual accuracy”). But the author doesn’t shirk from acknowledging Rodriguez’s shortcomings as a coach or discussing the players’ disappointing performances. His insider’s perspective allows him to see how the team was adversely affected by the poisoned atmosphere created by Rodriguez’s detractors, and he uncovers the truth that while coaches and players may play on the field, they are really just pawns in a bigger game that often has nothing to do with football.

Customer Reviews

Essential read for any "Michigan Man" (or woman)

I have to admit that I approached this book with some trepidation - what awful secrets were going to be revealed and cause me even greater deprerssion over the state of our once mighty football program? I am pleased to report that I found this to be a riveting insider's tale of what REALLY went on in Ann Arbor with OUR team over the past several years. The Rich Rod era is over, and I now have a much greater understanding of why he failed, why OUR family let him down and what needs to happen to ensure that this nightmare finally ends. Rich Rod comes off as a very decent guy and a damned good football coach whose tenure at Michigan was cursed from the get go. The book tells a very balanced tale, and there is plenty of blame to spread around for the lack of Ws. The Free Press writers and editors truly are as despicable as we all suspected, Lloyd Carr is far from the saint we thought he was, Bill Martin was a great facilities builder but generally lousy AD, Bo is greatly missed by all, and Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke ARE the right guys to move the program forward. I had no idea that Rick Leach, my boyhood idol, grew up to be such a stand up guy. I am now a Rich Rod fan and, as a Michigan man, I will cheer him on wherever he ends up. Go Blue!


Excellent read! I gained respect for Rich Rod, but loss some for Lloyd Carr. I wish things would worked out better for Rodriguez. I think he'll end up with a top job sometime soon and be very successful!

Three and Out

Awesome read, turned my view of Rich Rod 180 degrees. He needs to get out of the booth and get back on the sidelines.

Three and Out
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Coaching
  • Published: Oct 25, 2011
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
  • Print Length: 448 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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