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Fourth and Long The Fight for the Soul of College Football

ISBN-10: 1476706433
ISBN-13: 9781476706436
Edition: 2013
Authors: John U. Bacon
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Description: For the millions of fans who celebrate the game-day heroics of the student athletes that give college football its heart and soul, bestselling author John U. Bacon’sFourth and Long, a warts-and-all look at the present and future of the game, gives  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/3/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

For the millions of fans who celebrate the game-day heroics of the student athletes that give college football its heart and soul, bestselling author John U. Bacon’sFourth and Long, a warts-and-all look at the present and future of the game, gives them reason to still believe.In 2012-13, college football’s possible futures were clearly on display as the Big Ten, the nation’s oldest and most popular league, struggled through a season extraordinary for what it portends for the game. Granted unprecedented access to four programs—Penn State, Ohio, Michigan, and Northwestern—Bacon saw up close how money, influence, and power haunt the league. And Bacon discovered that all four teams—buffeted by NCAA sanctions, scandal, fading rivalries, and the wide and narrow vision of coaches and athletic directors—are responding differently.He’s also discovered something surprising. Expressed at tailgates in South Bend, the locker room in Happy Valley, the sidelines and bleachers of Ohio Stadium, among Michigan's marching band alums on homecoming weekend, and everywhere college football fans gather in their thousands, winning isn't everything. How a team wins matters, and that's measured in the guts and loyalty of the student athletes who, against incredible odds, fight for the traditions, passions, and ideals that have always defined what we most admire about college football.

John U. Bacon has won numerous national writing awards & now freelances for "Sports Illustrated", "Time", "ESPN Magazine", & the "New York Times", among others.

"The Stakes Couldn't Be Higher"
Patemo's Legacy
Urban's Story
The Outsider
Four Teams, Four Goals
Night of the Lettermen
We Know Who We Are
"It All Starts Saturday"
Pain at the Pleasure Dome
The Brainiac Bowl
"If We Could Just Win One"
The Richest Rivalry
A Toast to Open Hearts
Inferno at the Horseshoe
Sing to the Colors
It Matters to Us
"All The Things We Admire"
The Battle for the Brown Jug
The Mudbowl and the Big House
"You Can't Manufacture Tradition"
"Twenty Years from Now, This Is What We'll be Talking About"
Epilogue: "How Much Money Do They Need?"
Acknowledgments

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