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Overtime

Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Sports, Football
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Publisher's Summary

For the past year, John U. Bacon has received unprecedented access to Jim Harbaugh’s University of Michigan football team: coaches, players, and staffers, in closed-door meetings, locker rooms, meals, and classes. Overtime captures this storied program at the crossroads, as the sport’s winningest team battles to reclaim its former glory. But what if the price of success today comes at the cost of your soul? Do you pay it, or compete without compromising?

Overtime delivers a riveting and revealing insider's account of the Harbaugh era, a deeply reported human portrait of a big-time college football program.

In the spirit of HBO’s Hardknocks, Overtime follows the Wolverine coaches, players, and staffers through the 2018 season, including Harbaugh, offensive stars Shea Patterson and Karan Higdon, NFL-ready defensive standouts Rashan Gary, Devin Bush Jr., and Chase Winovich, second-stringers striving to find their place on the team, and their parents’ reactions to it all. Bacon met with them every week during a season that saw the Wolverines ride a 10-game winning streak to number four in the nation, then take a beating at the hands of arch-rival Ohio State, led by controversial coach Urban Meyer, Harbaugh’s foil. Overtime also previews the crucial 2019 campaign ahead.

Above all, this is a human story. In Overtime, we not only discover what these public figures are like behind the scenes, we learn what the experience means to them as they go through it - the trials, the triumphs, and the unexpected answers to a central question: Is it worth it?

From the "poet laureate of Michigan football" (according to New York Times'Joe Drape), and one of the keenest observers of college football, Overtime offers a window into a legendary program and the sport itself that only John U. Bacon could deliver.

©2019 John U. Bacon (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Good story.... but

It was a good book. However it seems like the majority of it was riddled with excuse after excuse as to why Jim Harbaugh could not recruit and win like others. He resorts to calling them cheaters. I mean obviously if he can’t beat them they must be cheating.

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Hail to the Victors

An uplifting story about the heart of Michigan football. From a biased reviewer. Go Blue!

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great inside look into Michigan football

great inside look into the 2018 season of Michigan football. 2019 is not looking good and hoping Jim is out

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Another great Michigan football book from John U.

This is the fourth book I have from John U. Bacon. His ability to get the unknown, valuable insight make his books special. As a long time U of Michigan fan, he brings you more inside, turning back the curtain in to how much they care and value student-athletes values.

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I have listen to many audiobooks related to sports, specially about The University of Michigan. I have never felt my heartstrings pulled like with “Overtime”. It is a book that gives you so much insight into an amazing football program, what it takes to run it, the people involved who contribute to the young man that will become a Michigan Man. At many moments I was at awe, I was in tears, I was inspired and at the end I was grateful and humbled for this book.


John Bacon, you are a heck of a writer!

Go Blue!

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A great 'read' for current Michigan football fans.

Goes fast, very illuminating stories about the Harbaugh fam, Devin Bush, and other players amidst a disappointing season.