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Fourth and long : the fight for the soul of college football

Author: John U Bacon
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013.
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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's "Fourth and Long," a warts-and-all look at the present and future of the game, gives them reason to still believe.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John U Bacon
ISBN: 9781476706436 1476706433
OCLC Number: 821218358
Description: vii, 343 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: "The stakes couldn't be higher" --
Paterno'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 --
"You can't manufacture tradition" --
"Twenty years from now, this is what we'll all be talking about" --
Epilogue : "How much money do they need?"
Responsibility: John U. Bacon.
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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's "Fourth and Long," a warts-and-all look at the present and future of the game, gives them reason to still believe.

Bacon take a warts-and-all look at the present and future of college football. He embedded himself in four programs: Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Northwestern. He ate dinner at training tables, and he listened in locker rooms. None of Bacon's discoveries is more poignant than this: the last, true defenders of the student-athlete ideal are the players themselves, who, even as money changes everything around them, are left to carry the future of the league, the game, and more than a century of tradition on their backs every fall Saturday.

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