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

Thursday, March 6, 2014
John U. Bacon
Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football

Bacon looks at major college football through the lenses of four Big Ten schools—Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Northwestern. The 2012 season was a tumultuous one for all four.

John U. Bacon can be heard regularly on Michigan Radio and writes so well about what he loves - SPORTS.  He graduated fron Ann Arbor Pioneer and and has been a Big Ten fan as long as he can remember.

Fourth and Long reveals intimate scenes behind closed doors, from a team’s angry face-off with their athletic director to a defensive lineman acing his master’s exams in theoretical math. It captures the private moment when coach Urban Meyer earned the devotion of Ohio State’s Buckeyes on their way to a perfect season. It shows Michigan’s athletic department endangering the very traditions that distinguish the college game from all others. And it recreates the euphoria of the Northwestern Wildcats winning their first bowl game in decades, even as they do honor to the student-athlete ideal.

Most unforgettably, Fourth and Long finds what the national media missed in the ugly aftermath of Penn State’s tragic scandal: the unheralded story of players who joined forces with Coach Bill O’Brien to save the university’s treasured program—and with it, a piece of the game’s soul.


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