· A year into Coach O’Brien’s tenure at Penn State, what remains of Joe Paterno’s Grand Experiment, and what lessons can be learned? How did the Penn State coaches and players respond when the NCAA sanctions hit?
· How did the players at Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, and Northwestern impress Bacon? What does he think about their leaders?
· How has the role of athletic director changed, and why is it bad for college football? Why do the leaders of the sport not understand why their paying fans love it?
· How did the “musical chairs” among conferences start, how it will end, and how is it damaging college football?
What would Bacon do to fix this mess, once and for all?
“John U. Bacon went deep inside the world of college football, penetrating the locker room doors to meet some players you won’t forget and, most amazingly, learn the secrets coaches protect more fiercely than the CIA. By getting so close to the heart of the sport, Bacon reminds us what we love about our greatest game.”
—John Saunders, Emmy-nominated studio host of ESPN and ABC College Football
“No one knows the Big Ten better than John U. Bacon, so it's no surprise he picked the perfect football season to chronicle in his groundbreaking book, Fourth and Long. The Big Ten is at the vortex of so many issues in college sports, and Bacon expertly covers them all.” —Christine Brennan, USA Today national sports columnist and bestselling author of Best Seat in the House
“John U. Bacon has gotten to the core of the tug-of-war between the players and fans on one side, and the people running college sports exclusively for their own profit on the other. Bacon provides unique perspective that causes even the most ardent supporter of the status quo to question the future of this cherished American institution.” —Jay Bilas, ESPN basketball analyst and best-selling author of Toughness
JOHN U. BACON is the author of Three and Out, a New York Times bestseller, and five other books. He gives weekly commentary on Michigan Radio, teaches at the University of Michigan and at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, and speaks nationwide on leadership and diversity. Learn more at www.johnubacon.com
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