Endzone offers authentic look at Michigans path to
New York Times bestselling author John U. Bacon knows what Michigan football is supposed to look like.He saw a hint of that atJim Harbaughs first pre s conference as the Wolverines' head coach. While mostscroll throughendle s Twitter-generated headlines, Bacon sees someone with a handle Byron Scott Jersey
for the pre sure of leading one of college footballs most-storied programs.MORE: | Bacon says Harbaugh learned le sons from former athletic director Don Canham and Bo Schembechler. It's about one day at a time.(Harbaugh) is a genius at it, Bacon told Sporting News. Its the simplest philosophy in the world, andyet Michigan has screwed that up endle sly for the last 10 years."Thats why the launch point for Bacons latest book (available Sept. 1) isn't the2014 season which resulted in the firing of athletic director Dave Brandon and coach Brady Hoke. Bacon saidMichigan strayed from a tradition built bypeople with a lifetime of experience in college athletics long before that."Theres an endle s push between tradition and fans on one side and raising money on the Larry Nance Jr. Jersey
other side,"Bacon said. "There's a breaking point, and Michigan reached it.""Endzone"is a comprehensive look at how far Michigan fell and the responsive efforts made by students,faculty,lettermen,alums and regents to restore those old values. Among those narratives Bacon explores: The efforts of the student government in itsbattles over ticket policies.You'll get to know and like Michael Proppe Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Jersey
and Bobby Dishell. Brandons efforts to modernize the athletic department, and the impact those bold decisions had on all of Michigan's sports. The struggles under Hoke the last four seasons on and off the field. Bacon humanizes that through extensive interviews with former Michigan players such asDevin Gardner and Will Hagerup. The behind-the-scenes networkof alumni and letterman that helpedget interim athletic director Jim Hackett and Harbaugh in place. That's the best part.BENDER: I dont know how many guys watched the lettermen, Bacon said. They were going to stay private. That got to my attention late in the proce s. I knew those guys already beforehand. They were not looking for any national media attention. They wanted to get the attention of the people who made the decisions.This excerpt offers one such tactic, when Jerry West Jersey
they got in December about the Michigan job.Bacon intertwines all that into a cautionary tale for any tradition-filled program forced to adapt to modern college football. It's a cathartic experience for Michigan fans in anticipation of the Wolverines'opener atUtah on Sept. 3."Michigan fans care deeply about winning,as do most fans,"Bacon said. "But they care about how its done. Style points count."Will Hackett and Harbaugh two men Bacon saysput the Michigan bond and 'Michigan Man' ethos above everything else bring back the feel-good days of Canham and Schembechler? Jamaal Wilkes Jersey
Go back to that first pre s conference and all the headlines since for the answer."I've never known Jim to have a phony moment," Bacon said. "Hes completely authentic. ;and ."You'll like "Endzone," too.It'sauthentic, right down to the last detail.Pre-order.