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Nor does it explain why, despite Rodriguez's emphasis on strength and conditioning, his teams were often competitive in the first half and blown out in the second half. In my view, you can't blame the players for the coaching, which was one reason why Rodriguez had to go.

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While Three and Out has some weaknesses, it's still a great look at the Michigan football program during the time of its greatest adversity. This is a wonderful book, full of insight and very well written. I think it should be required reading for anyone who follows UM Football.

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It just goes to show that a lot more goes on than what we read in the headlines during any given football season. After Rodriguez failed to produce in his first three years I was happy to see him go. But after reading Bacon's account of what really happened I can only sympathize with his situation. It is truly shameful how he was treated at the UM and I am somewhat embarrassed to say that was my school.

For what its worth, my own take on the program's demise is that the loss to App State in was the beginning of the end. That loss was on Carr's watch. And one of the ironies of this riveting story is how Carr has been put on a pedestal by UM alums and football people.

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After reading Bacon's book, let me just say that I don't think Carr is a very gracious, or nice person and he is much to blame for Michigan football's current woes. If Michigan wants to get its football program back they need to clean house. But it all starts at the top, with the President of the University for that is the office that oversees the Athletic Dept. Bacon also makes this clear in his account and lays some of the blame for the Rodriguez debacle on President Coleman.

In short, if you follow Michigan football and care deeply about the program, read this book. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. If you have a passion for college football, this book is for you. It's well written with a ton of insight. You'll be surprised, and enjoy, the brief Michigan football history at the beginning. Then, hold on to your hat as you steadily move through Rich Rod's 3 years there.

You'll be sure of three things when you've finished this book: The Detroit Free Press is incapable of bias-free journalism. Their unprofessional sports coverage is pathetic. Rich Rodriguez and others in his position work very hard and get hassled greatly for the privilege. Behind the mask of big-time college sports are departments and administrations where many are in it for themselves. They are clearly the over-paid, self-concerned participants in the world of college athletics. Kudo's to John Bacon for first class writing.

Thanks for bringing fans a balanced view that other sources wouldn't. See all reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Bacon appears top have a good opinion Published 4 months ago. Published 11 months ago.

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Ultimately you could argue getting even one blue chipper outweighed a season of speeches, but it robbed Rodriguez of the support he would need when the Detroit Free Press story hit.

A few hundred influential character witnesses and amateur PR workers couldn't have hurt during an investigation that would drag out for a year. Back in his office, reflecting on the day's events, Rodriguez said, "Well, that didn't accomplish a whole lot.

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  • We're going to extend an olive branch one more time -- ask Carr to be the honorary captain for Penn State -- and then when the season ends, that's it. Nothing, of course, could help Rodriguez more than winning another football game. With center David Molk finally returning from his broken foot and many pundits calling the upcoming Penn State game for Michigan, there was good reason to hope.

    Once again, the incentives were many: In the two weeks since the Iowa game, still more drama swirled around the program. From Leach's outburst to Martin's retirement to suspending cornerback Boubacar Cissoko for missing class to the NCAA investigation, Rodriguez's options for surviving the experience were becoming narrower by the day. He had only one way out: He had to win games, and fast. Ann Arbor native and Michigan grad John U. Bacon has written six books on sports and business. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?

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    Nothing and no one was off limits. 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.