I just finished my copy of Three and Out and, like many of you, I am sorting through some very conflicted feelings. First of all, I would say that I found the book is a great representation of the last 3 years with a lean toward defending RR, while still acknowledging mistakes that he made and pinpointing a few key moments that if handled differently could have made his Michigan tenure more positive and probably long-lasting.
There were several parts of the book that tugged at my emotions and changed my perceptions, and anyone that followed the program the last three years had to feel that as they read this book (both pro-RR and anti-RR). I was certainly disappointed in the way the RR hiring was handled, disappointed in the way RR handled many situations as the head coach, and disappointed in several people in key positions to support RR that did not. I agree that we are in a good position where we are today with Brady Hoke, and I am excited about the future and turning the page.
All that said, perhaps the thing that astonished me the most at the very end of the book is that John U Bacon mentions that all of the players and personnel that played in the Gator Bowl got Gator Bowl rings despite the loss. Rich Rod and his staffers were not sent rings, and John U seems to imply that it is because they were not thought to be Michigan Men. When I read that, I said out loud "Really? Unbelievable..." After all of the work that they put in, and everything that they went through as a team they don't even deserve a commemoration of their culminating game? They were the coaches of the team that got to the Gator Bowl. That isn't in question. Granted, its not like they are being denied their national championship rings, but it is still just one final jab to a coaching staff that endured many. I, for one, was extremely disappointed to read that.