Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football

The Author's Forum and LSA Theme Semester Sport and the University

Image of book cover, John U. Bacon, and Tyran Steward

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September 17, 2014 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Gallery (Room 100)
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Bestselling author John U. Bacon discusses his book, Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football, with Tyran Steward, historian of African American history and modern U.S. history.

In search of the sport’s old ideals amid the roaring flood of hypocrisy and greed, Bacon embedded himself in four college football programs—Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, and Northwestern—and captured the oldest, biggest, most storied league, the Big Ten, at its tipping point. He sat in as coaches dissected game film, he ate dinner at training tables, and he listened in locker rooms. He talked with tailgating fans and college presidents, and he spent months in the company of the gifted young athletes who play the game.

This event is part of the LSA theme semester Sport and the University. The Author's Forum is a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, and Ann Arbor Book Festival.

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Jamie Lausch Vander Broek
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Last modified: 09/10/2014