Three and Out - John U. Bacon

Three and Out

By John U. Bacon

  • Release Date: 2011-10-25
  • Genre: Coaching
Three and Out book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 237 Ratings)

Three and Out John U. Bacon Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

"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.

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User reviews about this book

  • raw deal

    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

    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.

    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!

    By Scott308
    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.
  • Bear Down Arizona

    By Joe19781978
    Wonderful read.
  • Answers to so many questions ...

    By Beedeewaa
    Filled in so many blank spaces in my understanding of what happened with this great coach and this great University ... Honesty once again proves itself to be the best way to handle any situation ... It isn't always pretty ... But it is always the right thing to do ... I am not an alum and in fact no longer even live in Michigan ... but I am a huge fan and was a huge fan of Rich Rod from Tulane, Clemson and West Virginia ... I was so very excited when he became our new Head Coach ... And I was so utterly confused and disgusted at how bad things turned out ... In the end I was a lot like RR ... Just glad it was finally over ... Sometimes things just aren't meant to be ... I certainly wish him and his former staff all the best ... I will root for Arizona now that he is the coach ... And I learned a HUGE life lesson about how much we all need support from those around us ... No matter who we are ... Thank you RR ... Some of us will remember you fondly ... Go Blue !!!
  • Great

    By zr1416
    Three & Out was a terrific read. It gives the reader great insight into all the issues a major college football coach deals with, plus good background information on Coach Rodriguez & Michigan. Good luck to Coach Rodriguez at Arizona, if you need an assistant give me a call! Arizona will get to a Rose Bowl under RichRod.
  • Three and out

    By Takedown059
    Inside look at the pressures of college football. Gives you an appreciation for the incredible amount of work put forth by the players and coaches. It is also a reminder that people see and believe what they want to see and believe as much as reality itself. Once labeled, whether positive or negative, people tend to pay most attention to the facts that support the label. The losers in this story were more numerous than the winners. Among those receiving blame for the teams performance on the field outside of the coaches and players were former coach Carr, AD Martin, and the stodgy Michigan alumni who viewed a West Virginia man as less than an equal. As for coach rodriguez, the author lays some blame on him, but overall paints a picture of a quality man working hard and doing his best. You are with the expectation that coach Rodriguez will excel in future coaching jobs. The book was an easy read. It has it's share of less than sunny stories, but is still a book I recommend.
  • Classy

    By lehmanmatt
    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

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

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