Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football

Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football

by John U. Bacon
Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football

Overtime: Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines at the Crossroads of College Football

by John U. Bacon


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From the “poet laureate of Michigan football," a riveting inside chronicle of the Jim Harbaugh era, and "an unprecedented look at the inner workings" (Sporting News) of a big-time college football program

John U. Bacon received rare access to Head Coach Jim Harbaugh’s University of Michigan football team: coaches, players, and staffers, in closed-door meetings, locker rooms, meals, and classes. Overtime captures this storied program at the crossroads, as the sport’s winningest team battles to reclaim its former glory. But what if the price of success today comes at the cost of your soul? Do you pay it, or compete without compromising?

In the spirit of HBO’s Hardknocks, Overtime delivers a deeply reported human portrait that follows the Wolverine coaches, players, and staffers. Above all, this is a human story. In Overtime we not only discover what these public figures are like behind the scenes, we learn what the experience means to them as they go through it – the trials, the triumphs, and the unexpected answers to a central question: Is it worth it?

From the “poet laureate of Michigan football” (according to New York Times’s Joe Drape), and one of the keenest observers of college football, Overtime offers a window into a legendary program and the sport itself that only John U. Bacon could deliver.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062886958
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 514,146
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

John U. Bacon is the author of the national bestseller The Great Halifax Explosion and five bestselling books about college football, including Three and OutFourth and LongEndzone, and Bo’s Lasting Lessons, co-authored with Michigan coach Bo Schembechler. A former feature writer for the Detroit News, his writing has been recognized three times in The Best American Sports Writing series. He appears often on NPR and national television, including ESPN’s 2019 documentary series on college football. He has taught at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and the University of Michigan. A popular public speaker, he lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and son.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Why This Book 1

Prologue: The Crossroads 5

Part I Preseason

Chapter 1 Looking for "The Guy" 23

Chapter 2 Big Ten Media Days 33

Chapter 3 The Harbaughs 39

Chapter 4 The Risks and Rewards-Real and Perceived 55

Chapter 5 Countdown to Kickoff 74

Part II September

Chapter 6 Drowned Out by the Echoes 91

Chapter 7 The Gambler 110

Chapter 8 Growing Up Harbaugh 125

Chapter 9 Friday Nights, No Lights 149

Chapter 10 Stopping a Losing Streak 162

Chapter 11 The Rocket Scientist 169

Chapter 12 Student-Athletes 179

Chapter 13 The Victory After the Game 205

Chapter 14 It Takes a Village 212

Chapter 15 Harbaugh in High School 232

Chapter 16 Emptying the Bench 243

Chapter 17 The Lightning Rod 259

Chapter 18 To the Brink and Back 276

Part III October

Chapter 19 The Backup 291

Chapter 20 Tragedy at Maryland 300

Chapter 21 Making a Little History 308

Chapter 22 The-Eye in the Sky Never Lies 318

Chapter 23 Michigan Man 331

Chapter 24 O-Line U 344

Chapter 25 The Anonymous O-Lineman 353

Chapter 26 The Revenge Tour Commences 363

Chapter 27 The Can't Miss Kid 378

Chapter 28 Bad Blood 386

Chapter 29 "Cavalry's Coming" 401

Part IV November

Chapter 30 "If Football Was Taken Away" 423

Chapter 31 Captain Comeback 451

Chapter 32 "Hard to Beat the Cheaters" 466

Chapter 33 Turning the Tables 490

Chapter 34 A Modest Proposal 501

Chapter 35 Business Trip 511

Chapter 36 Prodigal Son 519

Chapter 37 The Perfect Trap 532

Chapter 38 Collapse in Columbus 539

Part V Postseason

Chapter 39 Hard Choices 559

Chapter 40 What Really Matters 570

Chapter 41 Consolations 579

Epilogue: Was It Worth It? 590

Acknowledgments 615

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