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Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football [Format Kindle]

John U. Bacon

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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.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 461 pages
  • Editeur : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (25 octobre 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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109 internautes sur 119 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Admittedly, I'm Biased 26 octobre 2011
Par Njia - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
As an alumnus of the University of Michigan, I approached this book with a mixture of curiosity and trepidation. I follow sites like MGoBlog with a religious fervor, but I had a deep-seated need to understand for myself what had gone so horribly wrong during the Rich Rodriguez era.

What I found from reading this book confirmed my worst fear: that the death of Bo Schembechler, the naivete (if not outright incompetence) of Bill Martin, Rodriguez's record and own missteps, and petulance within the University's Athletic Department and at the Detroit Free Press, had combined to create a perfect storm which took nearly everyone associated with the football program down. At times, I was heart sick, in the way that people are when they learn of the crimes and misdemeanors of a beloved pastor, to read what had been done in the name of the University and its Football Program.

The book itself has a "you-are-there" urgency, and reads more like a personal memoir than a reporter's story. In many ways, that's what it is, as Bacon attempts to learn for himself what it is to be a college football player and coach. He shares a humorous story about working out with Michigan's (in)famous, former strength and conditioning coach, Mike Barwis, and freely admits to several occurrences in which he found himself curled up in a fetal position after reaching the limits of his endurance.

In the end, Bacon makes his point that a person would have to be mad to endure what Rich Rodriguez endured for three years. He deserved better at the hands of Michigan Men, and through his efforts, showed himself more worthy of the mantle than those who professed to wear it.
40 internautes sur 47 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Not The Book I Was Expecting-- It Was Better 30 octobre 2011
Par Avi - Publié sur Amazon.com
John Bacon's Three and Out is one of the most remarkable books I've ever read because of the unprecedented access to players and coaches that he was granted by a college football powerhouse for three entire seasons.

The ability to play invisible observer to one of the most lucrative and tradition-rich programs in CFB history is priceless. Reading an account of it is well worth your time and $17.

Bacon present a great narrative of the sharp contrast between the part of the college football game that is played on the field, and perhaps the no-less-important part of the game played at press podiums, inside the political jungle of the university, and in the training facilities.

Access: At various points Bacon describes:
- Being inside the tiny coach's changing room at Notre Dame minutes before kick-off
- Riding shotgun with Denard Robinson for an entire day and seeing everything starting with low-level laser therapy on his knee in the morning to Denard's aw-shucks embarrassment at being on ESPN to his leaving the training facilities at 10PM at night with middle-aged men begging him for autographs
- Huddling with the coaches on Recruiting Day next to the fax machine watching commitments come in and the reactions of the staff
- Sitting with the players at every halftime listening to Rodriguez's speeches and reporting on the reactions
- Relaying the light-hearted recollection of players about their recruitment to various schools including SEC schools which offered to buy them cars and had co-eds waiting in their hotel rooms for them among other enticements

It's truly remarkable.

The Politics: The inner machinations of an athletic department
- How RR left WVU in part because the Governor (you read that right), AD and President were all afraid of how high his star was climbing
- How U-M President Coleman and Athletic Director Martin promised to pay Rodriguez's buyout from West Virginia without consulting the regents of the University and then forced him to stay silent about the promise when WVU demanded the money, fearing that the regents would fire them
- How other coaching candidates who were passed over took shots at Rodriguez and tried to undermine him as much as possible
- How Rodriguez failed time and time again to translate his charisma around the team to the press podium, where he produced gaffe after gaffe

But most importantly...

The Field: The young men of this football team are the definition of inspiration. They deal with all pressures of being 20-year-old kids in college away from home for the first time, have a multi-million dollar football program, the hope of hundreds of thousands of fans around the world, and the fate of their coaches tied to their ability to throw or kick a ball on Saturday mornings. I never realized how much confidence or a bad week could help or hinder a team.

It was also cool to read about anecdotes like one about Brandon Graham, a so-so-player early in his collegiate career, being sharply reminded of the stakes of his football career when his mother was mugged several years ago in their neighborhood and having her arm broken by her assailants. He decided that was unacceptable and started working harder. He thereafter became Team MVP, was an all-Big Ten defensive lineman, and was a first round draft pick in the NFL. First thing he did: Got his mom to a new neighborhood.

It's also remarkable to hear how the players stood together through 3 brutal years of losses and media frenzy and yet at the end, when RR was fired, decided almost as a man to stay with the program. Not for fear of change or adjusting to a program elsewhere-- but to protect their freshmen and teammates from having to go through the hellish transition they did when they first came to play for Michigan. These are the true Michigan Men in this book.

Bacon is a great storyteller. If you are a Michigan fan this is a must-read. If you are a fan of any other college football program or have any interest in politics, this is a book you will sorely regret missing.

He also mentioned in a recent interview that he wiped out his life savings writing this book by putting off other commitments for three entire years while documenting his experiences in Ann Arbor. If you want to reward that kind of dedication, show the man some love. That was what pushed me over the edge into buying the book, and I'm glad I did.

The way I see CFB has been changed forever, but my love for the game has remained the same. Go Blue!
49 internautes sur 60 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A great book; an important book. 25 octobre 2011
Par CDB - Publié sur Amazon.com
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They say that journalism is a "first draft of history." In the well-publicized case of Rich Rodriguez at Michigan, in which he was the subject of a virtual declaration of war by writers from the Detroit Free Press, we now know that that "first draft of history" can be torn up and flushed down the toilet.

If you are a fan of Michigan football, you must read this. If you ara a fan of West Virginia football, you must read this. If you are a fan of the school where Rich Rodriguez will be named the next Head Football Coach (wherever that might be) you must read this. If you are a worldly, curious fan of any big college football program in America, you should read this.

No writer in recent history has been given this kind of access to a major college football program, and the result is remarkable. A great book that will be discussed at pregame tailgates for years. Don't be left out.
14 internautes sur 16 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Doesn't seem objective to me at all, but a good read 1 février 2012
Par thebowl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Disclaimer -I am a WVU fan. The book was a gift to me, so I read it. This is not the place to get any sort of balanced view of Rod's departure from Morgantown. The author makes clear that the key players on the WVU side wouldn't be interviewed for the book, but a couple of hours on the internet would have provided the information (in the form of depositions and other filings) that refutes or at least rebuts aspects of the divorce that are presented in the book without even an indication that there IS another side to the story, much less what that version of the story happens to be. For a guy who was willing to drive to Glenville, West Virginia, this strikes me as either unconscionably sloppy, or uninterested in the "truth" about this particular aspect of his story. Ironically, this type of failure to make any effort to investigate and present both sides of the story is precisely what the author complains about bitterly, when it comes to reporters who broke the story that lead to the NCAA investigation of Rod and Michigan.

But the book isn't supposed to be about how Rod got to Michigan. It is a brisk and entertaining read; it moves along nicely. The author paints a picture of a serious split in the Michigan "family". I think the book has a couple of problems where this main part of the story is concerned. The first is that the book doesn't seem to offer any explanation of WHY this split took place. Was it simply because Rod wasn't from Michigan? As everone know, neither was Yost; neither was Bo. I am left wondering what the author really thinks took place behind the scenes. The other problem is that this book borders on hagiography. The author is willing to admit that Rod made basically two mistakes while he was in Michigan. He didn't hire Jeff Casteel, and he was too nice a guy; too honest and open. The bone-headed, tempermental narcissist known to we West Virginians is nowhere to be found. Frankly, I think the author was just a bit star-struck by his experience, which I'm sure was a lot of fun to experience.
23 internautes sur 28 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Incredible narrative! 26 octobre 2011
Par Chris Niermann - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
There may not be another chance to so vividly witness such an intimate experience with a major college athletic program. For that reason alone, this is a must-read. Bacon utilizes his once in a lifetime opportunity to delve far beneath the surfaces of the Michigan Wolverines football program -- and in doing so, exposes the size of iceberg underneath all of the Detroit Free Press articles, ESPN columns and sports radio chatter.

"Three and Out" transitions from the storied history of one of the most prestigious programs in the nation, to the humble beginnings of an offensive innovator, and eventually anecdotes three seasons of their tumultuous marriage from a perspective few have gained access to and almost assuredly even fewer will have again.

Whether one happens to be on the "pro-Rich Rodriguez" or the "anti-Rich Rodriguez" camp, what gets lost among the war between Michigan factions were those who suffered the most - the players. Witnessing the interactions, personality and genuine glee of the young men who hold the weight of a multimillion dollar industry on their shoulders (from a perspective rightfully compared to "Friday Night Lights" in the intimacy and detail) is something that any college football fan will savor.

With a background story so recent, (many of the players mentioned in the book are still playing for the Wolverines to date) no matter what your outlook on Michigan, Rich Rodriguez, or college football in general, "Three and Out" is sure to send the reader on a whirlwind tour of emotions ranging from intrigue, confusion, hope, and even anger.

As Bacon anecdotes Rodriguez's perceived failures and often unrecognized successes, eventually the reader's view of what defines a "Michigan Man" is challenged, chastised, and corrected as much as the ambiguous term has been defined throughout the proud program's history.
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