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ENDZONE: Excerpts, Interviews and Reviews

Hello, Loyal Readers, from Chicago! As you probably know by now, ENDZONE: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football is set to launch on Tuesday, September 1. You can pre-order your copy on amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, or local stores like Literati and Nicola’s. Thanks to you guys, it is already the #1 selling football book on amazon. Meantime, here are a few excerpts and interviews...

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Northwestern players’ unionization falls short, but NCAA wakes up

Last year, in a surprising decision, the National Labor Relations Board granted the Northwestern University football players the right to unionize, if they wanted to. This made a big splash, but the ruling was actually very narrow. The NLRB made it clear its decision applied only to private schools in general – and to Northwestern in particular. Further, the players still had to vote to...

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First Excerpt of “ENDZONE”: Why Jim Harbaugh Came Back

Hello, Loyal Readers! Today we bring you the first excerpt of “Endzone: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football,” due out by St. Martin’s Press September 1. It ran in today’s online Wall Street Journal, and will run in the paper version Saturday. http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-seduction-of-jim-harbaugh-1439481739?mod=trending_now_3 More excerpts coming in a week. *...

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Big Ten Media Days: The Harbaugh Effect Raises All Boats

The Big Ten held its media days last week. Fourteen coaches told a few hundred reporters that their team chemistry has never been better, their senior leadership is outstanding, they had a great off-season in the weight room, and they can’t wait to get back on the field – but one man stole the show. Michigan’s new head coach Jim Harbaugh charmed the reporters with stories about everything...

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ENDZONE sneak preview and more

Hello, Loyal Readers! Good news — at least for me: rumors of my death have been exaggerated, though only slightly. From December 23 to July 19, I worked every day, usually about 16-20 hours a day the last three months, to finish ENDZONE: The Rise, Fall and Return of Michigan Football. Better news: Thanks to the amazing folks at St. Martin’s Press, it will come out September 1, as...

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The Final Four Misfit: How Michigan State Did It

Tomorrow night, March Madness resumes – even though it’s April. Why? Because there’s just too much madness for March alone. And it’s going go get madder. Of the Final Four teams, three are number one seeds. There’s Wisconsin, which won the Big Ten regular season title and conference tournament en route to a sterling 35-3 record. There’s Duke, led by the legendary Coach Mike...

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