Three and Out: Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines in the Crucible of College Football

This book by noted author John U. Bacon promises to be the most complete and revealing account of the turbulent tenure of Rich Rodriguez as Michigan head football coach.
Weighing in at 448 pages, I expect an unflinching account of exactly what happened. Bacon had amazing access to Michigan administrators, coaches, and players. At the beginning of the project few could imagine how badly things would turn out.
Was the hire doomed from the start? Did Michigan insiders who disliked RichRod from the beginning undermine him? Did RichRod’s loyalty to his assistants doom the defense to failure? How much did RichRod’s inner circle contribute to his public relations gaffes?
I can’t wait to find out.
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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.

From the Back Cover

Sports fans invest great hopes and dreams into their teams. College football fans invest even more, I think, because of the stronger connection they feel with the school and the players. But I’ve never seen any fans ask more of their teams than Michigan football fans ask of theirs.
There are only two groups who are more devoted to the Wolverines, and demand more in return: the coaches and the players. They have the most to gain and the most to lose. They know the stakes. And they accept them—even embrace them. It’s why all of them, from Rich Rodriguez to Tate Forcier to Denard Robinson, came to Ann Arbor. Not to be average, or even good, but “the leaders and best.”
Anything less would not do.
This book attempts to explain how the coach and his team fell short—and what happened when they did.