I don't read many books because I don't have time. I read a lot of periodicals because I need to and yet I'm buried these days in author John Bacon's book about Rich Rodriguez and his three years as Michigan's football coach. Colleagues of mine don't think much of this publication, 438 pages long.
I'm through 283 pages but it's hard to put it down. It is well written and why others don't like it I do not know. It reminds me of Lynn Henning's two Spartan Seasons' books about the inside dealinigs of MSU's athletic department during some chaotic times of yesteryear. Bacon had incredible access to Rodriguez during his Ann Arbor days and because of that the book is a quick read. It points out all the problems Rodriguez had navigating through the politics of a big time public university with a storied football program which Michigan of course has.
Head coaching jobs at this level are tough and Rodriguez was a mere 15-22 in his three seasons, certainly not good enough to fight off his opponents. I'm late in his second year with the tumultuous third year yet to come. There is plenty of criticism leveled elsewhere, from the media, to other coaches, to MSU people to those at Michigan who did not support Rich Rod.
I have no idea about the authenticity of it all-- but it is compelling reading and it is well written even if I have uncovered a few typographical and grammatical errors along the way.