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John U. Bacon, Fourth & Long: The Fight for The Soul of College Football, signs his books at Horizon Books.
In search of the sport’s old ideals amid the roaring flood of hypocrisy and greed, bestselling author John U. Bacon embedded himself in four programs—Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Northwestern—and captured college football’s 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.
None of Bacon’s discoveries is more poignant than this: the last, true defenders of the student-athlete ideal are the players themselves, who, even as money changes everything around them, are left to carry the future of the league, the game, and more than a century of tradition on their backs every fall Saturday.
At 11:00 am, John will give a brief talk about
his book and the experience of writing it.