Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football, (Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc., 2013)

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

“John U. Bacon went deep inside the world of college football, penetrating the locker room doors to meet some players you won’t forget and, most amazingly, learn the secrets coaches protect more fiercely than the CIA.  By getting so close to the heart of the sport, Bacon reminds us what we love about our greatest game.”

 –John Saunders, studio host at ESPN and ABC College Football

“John Bacon’s exploration of the uncontrolled greed, intellectual corruption, and sheer mendacity that have captured college football would be depressing – if it weren’t so wonderfully reported, engagingly written, and utterly persuasive. If you care about college sports, Fourth and Long is required reading.”

–Daniel Okrent, bestselling author, Nine Innings and Last Call

“No one knows the Big Ten better than John U. Bacon, so it’s no surprise he picked the perfect football season to chronicle in his groundbreaking book, Fourth and Long. Bacon has written a riveting portrait of a watershed season in the most venerable college conference in the nation. The Big Ten is at the vortex of so many issues in college sports, and Bacon expertly covers them all.”

— Christine Brennan, USA Today national sports columnist, ABC News commentator, best-selling author of Inside Edge and Best Seat in the House

“John U. Bacon has gotten to the core of the tug-of-war between players and fans on one side, and the people running college sports exclusively for their own profit on the other.  Bacon provides unique perspective that causes even the most ardent supporter of the status quo to question the future of this cherished American institution.”

–Jay Bilas, ESPN basketball analyst and best-selling author of Toughness

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