Audio posted november 26, 20 in sports, commradio by mike esse. Bacon went deep inside the world of college football, penetrating the locker room doors to meet some players you wont forget and, most amazingly, learn the secrets coaches protect more fiercely than the cia. The book went through two to three stages, or editions, before reaching its current form, at the latest, around ad 80100. The fight for the soul of college football, spoke at penn states john curley center for sports journalism last night. Fourth and long, is an insightful and thoughtful look at the current state of college football. The fight for the soul of college football, that tracks the 2012 seasons of penn state, ohio state, michigan and northwestern.
The fight for the soul of college football, a new york times bestseller. John bacon discusses novel fourth and long at curley. Bacon has worked more than two decades as a writer, speaker, radio commentator, college lecturer, and hockey coach, winning awards for all five. If you care about college sports, fourth and long is. The parallel lives of baseballs golden age, is due out in the spring. John bacons exploration of the uncontrolled greed, intellectual corruption, and sheer mendacity that have captured college football would be depressing if it werent so wonderfully reported, engagingly written, and utterly persuasive. Fourth and long explores the heart of football only a game.
In fourth and long, bacon, author of a superb account of a coach and. In anticipation of the release, brian asked bacon a few questions about the book, and his answers. He talked with tailgating fans and college presidents, and he spent months in the company of the gifted young athletes who play the game. The fight for the soul of college football, will speak at penn states carnegie cinema on sept. Bacon embedded himself in four college football programspenn state, ohio state, michigan. Its a must read for everyone who loves the game and has watched its demise. From new york times bestselling author and michigan football expert john back, an analysis of the state of college footb. Its bacons first appearance in state college since the release of his book, and bacon said in a phone interview thursday night that hes most excited for the. Most unforgettably, fourth and long finds what the national media missed in the ugly aftermath of penn states tragic scandal.
John bacon died april 3, 1783 also bloody john bacon, was a leader of the pine robbers, a band of loyalist guerrilla fighters who hid out in the pine barrens of southcentral new jersey and preyed upon patriots toward the end of the american revolutionary war. Bacon focuses on four big ten teams in the 2012 season, michigan, penn st, ohio st, and northwestern. Bacon focuses on four big ten teams in the 2012 season. Read fourth and long the fight for the soul of college football by john u. Bacon is the author of the national bestseller the great halifax explosion and four bestselling books about college football, including three and out, fourth and long, endzone, and bos lasting lessons, coauthored with michigan coach bo s.
Bacon is the author of the national bestseller the great halifax explosion and four bestselling books about college football, including three and out, fourth and long, endzone, and bos lasting lessons, coauthored with michigan coach bo schembechler. In fourth and long john bacon addresses these problems by embedding himself in several teams making up the big ten. Three and out, fourth and long and endzone have been new york times bestsellers. John bacon books list of books by author john bacon. The timeless fundamentals of leadership john draws lessons from a variety of sources, his own experiences, and his bestselling book, bos lasting lessons.
Bacons overtime a mustread for michigan, college football fans. However, i found the title to be a little misleading since never did i feel too many hard issues were looked at, it pretty much was just a recap of the. From new york times bestselling author and michigan football expert john back, an analysis of the state of college football. The event, moderated by newly anointed knight chair in sports journalism and society john affleck, had a small crowd of about 30 to 40 people in the carnegie cinema. Fourth and long author john bacon to speak at penn state. Take a look as our host steve miller sits down with new york times best selling author, john u.
The fight for the soul of college football bacon, john u. Author of fourth and long returns to penn state sports. In search of the sports old ideals amid the roaring flood of hypocrisy and greed, bestselling author john u. Written as a memoir with john saunders and published after saunders death. Bacon, so its no surprise he picked the perfect football season to chronicle in his groundbreaking book, fourth and long. Why we love the game, what is at risk, and the fight to save ita fascinating saga booklist. Author and professor john bacon turned some heads recently with his latest book. Bacon reads from his new book about the state of the football programs at four big 10 universities tuesday at literati bookstore. Bacon is the author, most recently, of fourth and long. See all books authored by john bacon, including bos lasting lessons.
Bacon, back on ama to answer questions about my upcoming book, endzone. Bacon returned to penn state for the first time since he published his book, new york times bestseller, fourth and long. Author of fourth and long, john bacon, was at penn state thursday night talking about his latest book release and the process behind creating it. The fight for the soul of college football, answers some questions about his book and the current state of. Why we love the game, what is at risk, and the fight to save it. The rise, fall, and return of michigan footballhits the shelves, and its available for preorder today on amazon. The legendary coach teaches the timeless fundamentals of leadership, which warren buffett himself endorsed. Fourth and long the new york times bestseller about the state of college football. If you care about college sports, fourth and long is required reading. The legendary coach teaches the timeless fundamentals of leadership, and the sleeping sword, and more on. Curley center to host fourth and long author john bacon.
It captures the private moment when coach urban meyer earned the devotion of ohio states buckeyes on. Bacon is that rare combination of bulldog reporter and sympathetic ear. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read fourth and long. They talk about his new book fourth and long and about his time covering penn state. John bacon, author of the polarizing novel fourth and long. Bacon is well aware of criticism some parts of his new book, fourth and long. John bacon s evaluation of the ncaa is particularly acute and a sad commentary on the current state of the football value system. The book, set to be released next month, focuses on his time with four big ten programs. Bestselling author john bacon joined mike esse in studio to discuss his newest book fourth and long. If youre a regular reader of black shoe diaries, you have become very familiar with john u. Two days before the harbaugh era officially kicks off, john u. The fight for the soul of college football new details from penn state. Bacon, 9781476760308, available at book depository with free delivery worldwide.
Fourth and long was an enjoyable read and my second book read by the author, john u. Discover delightful childrens books with prime book box, a subscription that. The fight for the soul of college football, talks with dave revsine about his new book, the michiganohio state rivalry and much more. Bacon told the stories of his research of four college football programs, including penn state. Bacon has written a riveting portrait of a watershed season in the most venerable college conference in the nation. The fight for the soul of college football ebook written by john u. The fight for the soul of college football by john. Author john bacon, whose recently published book, fourth and long. The group was responsible for the october 1782 long beach island massacre, which occurred after hostilities between the united. Bacon is the new york times bestselling author of fourth and long, three and out, and bos lasting lessons. Bacon from new york times bestselling author and michigan football expert john back, an analysis of the state of college football. The fight for the soul of college football must have been painful for john u.
He spent time with the players, coaches, and fans of penn state, ohio state, michigan, and northwestern. Fourth and long reveals intimate scenes behind closed doors, from a teams angry faceoff with their athletic director to a defensive lineman acing his masters exams in theoretical math. Northwestern, michigan, ohio state, and of course, penn state. This book may be about michigan, but it captures the human, physical and financial.1575 306 509 1475 613 43 613 577 1477 294 428 924 1064 547 1319 1406 831 1314 1581 132 191 1221 896 503 784 842 1556 330 1407 1345 985 1025 1604 1316 1106 136 1132 1383 183 1319 1185 97 1469 167 1484 329 345 981