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Three and Out; Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football

Three and Out; Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football

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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 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 exposes the best and the worst of college football. 
“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 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 exposes the best and the worst of college football. 

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Publish date: Aug 21, 2012
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. Copyright © 2011, 2012 by John U. Bacon. All rights reserved. Printed inthe United States of America. For information, address Picador, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010. www.picadorusa.com www.twitter.com/picadorusa
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is a U.S. registered trademark and is used by Farrar, Straus and Giroux under license from Pan Books Limited.For book club information, please visit www.facebook.com/picadorbookclub or e-mail marketing@picadorusa.com.Designed by Abby KaganThe Library of Congress has cataloged the Farrar, Straus and Giroux edition as follows:Bacon, John U., 1964–Three and out : Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the crucible of college football / John U. Bacon.p. cm.ISBN 978-0-8090-9466-0 1. Rodriguez, Rich, 1963– 2. Football coachesUnited States. 3. Universityof Michigan—Football. 4. Michigan Wolverines (Football team). I. Title.GV939.R622B34 2011769.332—dc232011022040Picador ISBN 978-1-250-01697-3First published in the United States by Farrar, Straus and GirouxFirst Picador Edition: September 201210 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
 
This is a story that could happen only in America. When you travel abroad you quickly realize it is impossible to explainwhy a university would own the largest stadium in the country. It is, liter-ally, a oreign concept, one as original as the U.S. Constitution.Indeed, it was Thomas Jeerson who drated the Northwest Ordinance,providing or the unding o public schools and universities in the statesthat now constitute most o the Big Ten. “Religion, morality, and knowl-edge being necessary to good government and the happiness o mankind,schools and the means o education shall orever be encouraged.” The ideais so central to Michigan’s mission—even its very existence—it is engravedon the açade o its central building, Angell Hall.I Ken Burns is right that the national parks are “America’s best idea,”our state universities—another uniquely American concept—might be aclose second. The United States has spawned more colleges and gradu-ates per capita than any other country in the world and created collegetowns rising out o cornfelds, another American phenomenon.Ann Arbor’s ounders, in an eort to attract settlers and make money on their real estate venture, frst bid or the state capital—and lost to Lan-sing. Then they bid or the state penitentiary—and lost to Jackson. Fi-nally, they bid or the state university—and won, the best bronze medalever awarded a brand-new town.But as the university grew, Ann Arbor experienced problems commonto all college towns. Put thousands o healthy young men in one place with
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