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

Written by:
John U. Bacon
Narrated by:
Johnny Heller

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2019
11 hours 18 minutes
For the past year, John U. Bacon has received unprecedented access to 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?

Overtime delivers a riveting and revealing insider's account of the Harbaugh era, a deeply reported human portrait of a big-time college football program.

In the spirit of HBO’s Hardknocks, Overtime follows the Wolverine coaches, players, and staffers through the 2018 season, including Harbaugh, offensive stars Shea Patterson and Karan Higdon, NFL-ready defensive standouts Rashan Gary, Devin Bush Jr., and Chase Winovich, second-stringers striving to find their place on the team, and their parents’ reactions to it all. Bacon met with them every week during a season that saw the Wolverines ride a ten-game winning streak to #4 in the nation, then take a beating at the hands of arch-rival Ohio State, led by controversial coach Urban Meyer, Harbaugh’s foil. Overtime also previews the crucial 2019 campaign ahead.

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.
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As a mother, you want to know as much about the team, the coaches, and the culture as possible before sending the most cherished part of your heart off to play college football. This book was personal and informative. It unveiled the culture of UM Football and what it takes to be a Michigan Man. Thank you, John Bacon for putting it out there for all to read. And Thank you Jim Harbaugh and the coaching staff for being the people you are. Unapologetically for The Team, The Team, The Team. I am forever grateful for the influence you've had on my son's life. Go Blue.

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