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Publisher's Summary

Endzone tells the story of how college football's most successful and respected program nearly lost it all in less than a decade and entirely of its own doing. It is a story of hubris, greed, and betrayal, a tale more suited to Wall Street than the world's top public university. Author John U. Bacon takes you inside the offices, the boardrooms, and the locker rooms of the University of Michigan to see what happened and why, with countless eye-opening, head-shaking scenes of conflict and conquest.

But Endzone is also an inspiring story of redemption and revival. When those who loved Michigan football the most recognized that it was being attacked from within, they rallied to reclaim the values that had made it great for over a century. The list of heroes includes players, students, lettermen, fans, and faculty - and the leaders who had the courage to listen to them. Their unprecedented uprising produced a new athletic director and a new coach who vindicated the fans' faith when he turned down more money and fame to return to the place he loved most: Michigan.

©2015 John U. Bacon, LLC (P)2015 Tantor

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"John Bacon has fast become the preeminent documentarian of all things Michigan football and this is just the latest in a long line of must-read material." (Rich Eisen, author of Total Access)

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Outstanding!

Endzone is a great read/listen. John Bacon has told a fascinating story covering all the angles. A must read for anyone who follows the University of Michigan football and loves it's time honored tradition. Highly recommend this book.

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great listen

I really enjoyed learning the behind the scenes intrigue that comes from running a powerhouse university...especially as it relates to athletics. more importantly, I learned a number of the reasons why one of my favorite teams imploded.

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THE BOOK! THE BOOK! THE BOOK!

This book is required reading for those who call themselves fans of the most storied college of all time, the University of Michigan. As much a blueprint of what not to do as an athletic program as it is what to do about it, there is history blended with colorful characters of the past; with just enough intrigue with unintentional dastardly deeds to make the reader feel like a member of THE TEAM! THE TEAM!! THE TEAM!!! by books end. Bravo!

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Good book....little too romantic

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I would love it if they could have kept some of the Michigan love down a bit. The whole Michigan Man mantra gets old and has a very self righteous connotation to it. I enjoyed many of the stories that were told about Dave Brandon but could've done without the romance of pretending like Michigan is above every other college program.

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Behind the scenes

If you love Michigan you will love this behind the scenes look into the program.

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Fantastic!

As an alum of the Univ of Michigan, I'm admittedly biased. However, wonderful insight during an interesting period of a very storied program. Well done Mr. Bacon.

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Great book with tremendous insights!!

John Bacon clearly has a strong background in Michigan and Michigan football. I didn't exp Ct some of the great side stories and insights connecting all the Michigan men. Great read/listen!

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Bacon Captures Meechigan Essence and Football Tradition

John Bacon writes A compelling documentary of the rise, fall, and rise of Michigan's storried football program beginning with the hiring of Dave Brandon and ending with Jim Harbaugh becoming Michigan's coach. Even though any football sports fan knows the outcome, the story is riveting and fascinating. An easy and enjoyable read. Lots of good stuff.

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A must read for anyone who's an ad for college football fan!

You don't have to be in Michigan graduate to appreciate and enjoy this book. I know I'm not. But when you get done reading it it will make you wish you had been

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to much fall not enough rise

it was frustrating to hear all bad through out the whole book and then the very last chapter was the good. if you invest that much time in a listing to a book you want some kind of closure. its 23 hours of problems and the book ended with very little light shed on if they were solved or not