Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football

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brandonbauer87's picture

That's a pretty awesome excerpt. I'm sure my employer is not as thankful as I am. 

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mtharp's picture

Awesome read. and anything written by bacon is always worth a read

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Todd-Not Boeckmann's picture

+1 for the awesome picture.  I was eating a breakfast of cold cereal because I was too lazy to fire up the bacon and eggs.  Now I regret it.  

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Hoke's light lunch.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Get well soon Mrs.Naut 6-0 > 3-6.

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Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Actually - that is his breath mint!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

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Michael Citro's picture

[Adds this book to his Amazon wish list.]

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bedheadjc's picture

But he did not come to Columbus to have a beer with you. He came to run the table...

BOOM

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hodge's picture

Fantastic, preordering this book tonight.
Here's the amazon link, to ensure that when you buy it, you're helping Eleven-Dub along the way.

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BullCityBuckeye's picture

Thanks, Hodge!  Forgetful people like myself can always use the reminder.  
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Sounds like an insightful and enjoyable read by the way!

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jfunk's picture

Or if you're running Firefox (or just lazy/forgetful) install this add-on and set the tracking ID to elevewarri-20.

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

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DJRoss926's picture

This whole passage is great, but my goodness that paragraph about Meyer's grandfather and mother is something else.

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BuckeyeQ6's picture

Yea, no kidding.  What tough times.  I had no idea Urban's family was involved in all that.

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BuckeyeQ6's picture

Wow, I'm surprised he didn't have the team through the beginning of fall camp after the disaster of 2011!  That explains us stumbling out of the gate against lesser competition.  I wonder if Simon's speech really turned the ship around.

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buckeyepastor's picture

John Bacon was a really fun contributor to the HBO "Rivalry" special, and quite a historian of the B1G and The Game.   Clearly a Michigan Man, but a great writer.    The title kind of gets at my feeling about college football - that everywhere it is big business, but some (consider Les Miles' recent unconscionable decision) have compromised integrity, tradition, and the welfare and development of the players as human beings, and others are responding to the demands by making that integrity, tradition, welfare, and development the centerpiece of it all.   

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

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D-Buck's picture

Well, just preordered.
While Mr. Bacon seems like one of those Michigan Men that is a respectful, worthy opponent, I'm intrigued as to any bias in his portrayal of Brady Hoke, as well.

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Jason Priestas's picture

I had a chance to read it and I think he's fair across the board. I loved this book. Great insights into the programs with a lot of cool behind-the-scenes and historical stuff.

D-Buck's picture

Right on.  I'm going to be sitting in front of my door waiting expectantly for the UPS guy until it arrives now.

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M Man's picture

RE: Bacon, and any favoritism towards Brady Hoke and the current Michigan program...
Bacon has been frozen out of Schembechler Hall ever since the publication of Three and Out.  He is not exactly hated by the Athletic Department; there are too many individuals there who have known John for years and who like him personally and who admire him professionally.  John has been a lifelong resident of Ann Arbor and has legions of friends and fans there, including lots of the longest-tenured staff in the football program (equipment manager Jon Falk, former SID Bruce Madej, former players, etc., etc.)
But his entire relationship with Michigan football has been changed since his book on the Rodriguez years.  Much of it is formal disapproval, from the highest levels.  Bacon's last book tore President Mary Sue Coleman and former AD Bill Martin to shreds over the disputed Rodriguez buyout from West Virginia.  Bacon laid out a case that Coleman and Martin had promised Rodriguez that they'd take of all of the buyout only to later back down because they had never gotten approval from the Regents in the first place.
So there's no particular loyalty or alliance between the writer John U. Bacon and Coach Hoke.  It has even been suggested (falsely, I believe) that there is some level of hostility between the Hoke regime and Bacon.  I have seen no good evidence of that.  My own belief is that it is only the highest levels of the university administration who don't like Bacon, and that extends down through loyal team-playing executives like David Brandon and Brady Hoke.

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cajunbuckeye's picture

That passage about Archie's father really hit me. I've got a so much respect for a man that get's up every morning and does whatever it takes to provide for his family. No job is to hard and no workday to long. Never asking for a handout, but always willing to give one. What a fantastic example to image your life after.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

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THEBEAROSU's picture

Great reading. Wow. Tells an amazing story. Best article i have read in awhile.

THEBEAROSU

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Olemissbuckeye's picture

That was a very good read as I'm sitting in the hospital, my wife about to deliver. Everything is coming up aces today. : )

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Olemissbuckeye's picture

Update: Newest Buckeye Sophia came in at 6lbs 19 1/4 inches. Amazing day!

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Akeem96's picture

Buckeye fans bristle when Michigan head coach Brady Hoke refers to Ohio State as Ohio
Had to look that up: Stand upright away from the skin, esp. in anger or fear.
I can't agree with that. It does not make me "bristle", it amuses me more than anything because I think it just makes him sound silly.  Kind of like trying to insult a clown by calling him Red Nose or Big Shoes.  

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sb97's picture

Yeah, I don't know anyone that is bothered by the "Ohio" thing.  We mostly make fun of it.

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hetuck's picture

This excerpt is a great read, but he's catching heat from PSU for the Silas Redd story and an account about a SEAL Team Six member who may or may not have been on the Bin Laden raid. 
There is a video of a WSJ interview he did that hints at the book's main theme. Bacon says change is coming quickly to college football and it will be drastic. Given the four schools he features, I think he will posit that the rest of the country should be more like the B1G, not the SEC. That will prompt a firestorm from the national media.  

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

Vince Lombardi

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Jason Priestas's picture

Best part of the book, hands down, is the account of how the Penn State defense tried to fight Jay Paterno in the locker room. Jay does not come off well in this book.

jfunk's picture

Any chance you folks will get an interview with this gentleman? I'd really love to hear more from him and on some of the stuff that didn't make it into the book.

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

That's a good idea. I would really like to see this happen in the near future. 

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Jason Priestas's picture

Actually he did float the prospect of answering reader questions to us. We'll get something up on that soon.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

^ 11W Rules because of things like this.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

I Believe In Ohio State.

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M Man's picture

Jason do you still have my email address?  I may be able to help you out with this.  I'd be very happy to field questions from the membership and get them to John in an interview.
The Bacon Blog link, for those who want to keep up with John:
http://johnubacon.com/blog-3/
 
 

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Jason Priestas's picture

Sorry, just now seeing this. We actually worked with John on the excerpt and discussed doing a Q&A. Appreciate the offer to help.

buckskin's picture

Excellent read.  I am buying the book this weekend.  The behind the scenes stuff is where football really happens.  We just get to see the product on the field every Saturday.  When you read about Meyers grandfather and mom, you sure get a sense of where Meyer got his intensity.

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brylee's picture

To see his kids play Friday nights, James Griffin would take his vacation time. “That was his vacation,” Griffin said. “To watch his kids play football Friday nights. He loved doing that. When I think of him, that’s what I think of first. And every time I say that, it gets me choked up.”

 
Damnit!  Archie, It chokes me up too!

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MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks for the 11W staff for publishing this and to John Bacon for allowing it. 

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Ashtabula's picture

Love it. Great description of Urban, Ashtabula, and Miami!!!

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pjtobin's picture

This was awesome. I will be finding this book and buying it real soon. And using that link helps out 11w ? A win win if you asked me. I am glad to hear that he is a unbiased SCum fan. That makes it easier to buy and read. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

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KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

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