John U. Bacon
September 1, 2015
St. Martin’s Press
Endzone tells the story of how college football’s most successful, richest and respected program almost lost all three 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 board rooms 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 it was being attacked from within, they rallied to reclaim the values that made it great for over a century — values that went deeper than dollars. The list of heroes includes players, students, lettermen, fans and faculty – and the leaders who had the courage to listen to them. a
Their unprecedented uprising produced a new athletic director, and a new coach – the hottest in the land – who vindicated the fans’ faith when he turned down more money and fame to return to the place he loved most: Michigan.
If you love a good story, you’ll want to dive into Endzone: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football.
About the author
John U. Bacon has written for The Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, The New York Times, and ESPN Magazine, among other publications, earning national honors. He is the author of seven books on sports and business, including the New York Times bestsellers, Three and Out and Fourth and Long. Bacon is also a popular public speaker.
Extra Credit: 20 points Due: Last day of class
2-page, single spaced discussion of one of the organizational communication breakdowns of UM Football, what they did and what they should have done (your recommendations after taking this course).
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