Friday, November 18, 2011

Best Sports Book of 2011

I enjoyed reading Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football by John Bacon. Bacon had a behind the scenes look at the Michigan football program when Rich Rodriquez took over the program. The Michigan program struggled during the Rodriquez regime and a lot of the problems were not his fault. I remember reading and seeing a number of very negative items from the press and sports media about Rodriquez so this book provided me a different slant on how things went wrong.

This is an excellent book for coaches and would be coaches on what you can expect as a head football coach.... a lot of grief and hassles-from players, alumni and the press. I see and read similar stories even at the high school level. Coaches are paid to win-NOW! 

Bacon is very sympathetic to Rodriquez and his coaches. Compared to what's happening at Penn State, another Big 10 school, the issues captured are small potatoes. If you want to know what big time college football is all about, this is an excellent book to read.

Five star *****

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