Author John U. Bacon discusses his book, Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football, with historian Tyran Steward.
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.
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