David Jones, columnist for the Harrisburg Patriot-News, has a review of "Fourth and Long, The Fight For The Soul of College Football." John U. Bacon, a Michigan journalism professor, is the author, and although the book has inaccuracies, there are juicy details of a locker room meltdown involving Penn State players and quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno during halftime of the 2011 game between the Nittany Lions and Illinois at Beaver Stadium.
Penn State eventually won, 10-7, but it was Joe Paterno's last game on the sideline. The Jerry Sandusky story broke next week, crippling NCAA sanctions followed and life was never the same in State College, Pa.
The Nittany Lions entered that Saturday with a 7-1 record, but there were problems. The Penn State offense had struggled mightily throughout the season and it came to surface at halftime.
The story is told through two team captains — linebacker Mike Mauti and fullback Mike Zordich. The players hold nothing back when in criticizing the younger Paterno, son of the coach.