this guy evidently hired to work for AD
Obviously I don't know the kid personally and as an outsider to the TT program there is something a bit odd about Coach Leach. But... Remember the trumped up story against RR by a loser sports journalist trying to make a name for himself in a dying business?
I know that there is a lot to be said for protecting kids from abuse and the severity of concussions. But it is also possible that this is football, its tough, and people who play it and coach it are tough. Maybe this James kid has had a silver spoon in his mouth, got his feathers ruffled when he was given the "pussy" treatment by Leach and was unhappy about his playing time...
I think we should all withold some judgment on Leach, maybe this kid is trumping up these charges or has his big time ESPN dad all worked up. Until Leach gets to defend himself, this is just a literally isolated charge.
Just so you don't have to give them the clicks, ESPN has one article titled "Report: U-M coach Rodriguez confident in status." i am not sure why it is called "report" as it is merely quoting the little heard Mitch Albom radio show. my favorite part: ""No," said Rodriguez."
Rece Campbell "writes" an article that says that the game today has lost some luster since Michigan is not very good. He throws in some topical references to keep things "hip" and throws out the usual tripe (gold pants!) and then goes on to discuss the PAC10.
i don't know what gameday has planned today, maybe something about how OSU has been good lately, and UM, notsomuch.
I was thinking this morning about why I’ve gotten upset watching games the past few years. It’s just a game. I'm a Cubs fan and I know how to lose. Besides, a bunch of 18-19 year-olds don’t owe me anything as an alum. They only owe it to themselves to be the best they can be.
Rather, I'm upset about the way these kids and their coaches have been treated in the media during the past 5 years . They’ve relentlessly attacked UM. Were they doing so because related parties would benefit, directly or indirectly, from their own self-promotion or from UM’s decline? Maybe so. But as I read the following passage, a more destructive force is reared its ugly head:
“while we may enjoy elevating some people [/coaches/players/institutions/programs] to great prominence, we love to tear them down even more. If someone has the audacity to rise above the 'average American', an army of journalists will search out and broadcast every fault or misstep to our sadistic delight. In America more than any other place, the nail that sticks up out of the floor is the one that get hammered down the hardest.
If this attitude was confined to the degenerates of Hollywood it wouldn't be so detrimental to our culture and society. But it is more than an insatiable desire for gossip that is behind this mentality. It is a deep seated sense of envy and insecurity that drives us to such behavior. Because of this, it is not just immoral actors and sleazy politicians who are the targets of our ire. After all, many of them don't deserve the adulation they receive and should be knocked down a few pegs. This malicious attitude, however, is directed against anyone we perceive as being 'above' us. “
In 2004, after the UM FB program acquired indisputably, the highest all-time winning percentage in NCAA football, it became once more a huge nail sticking up out of the floor. To the media, it was just begging to be hammered.
If not, then why did announcers trumpet UM’s loss to App State, even though it was not even in the top 10---no, not even in the top 100 upsets, probably, in terms of the point spread?
Why did they endlesslessly and falsely repeat that last year was the worse in UM history (yet not mention that is was far from that in terms of win pct or that teams like Fla not long ago went 0-11 twice in two years, that MSU, OSU, and ND not long ago all had 3 or 4 win seasons, sometimes multiple ones)?
Why did the media falsely insinuate in a vacuous, four-part expose that UM was guilty of academic violations? Why did they falsely accuse RR of destroying sensitive records? Why did they publicized accusations that he stole recruits, with little or no mention of the legalities and practices of other coaches? And now, they say he overworked his players and God forbid, did not catch clerical errors that do not involve NCAA regulations? Why is this all about UM and RR, when we all know that the problems of being student-athletes are nearly universal?
The media defend themselves, saying that, just because everybody else is acting wrongly does not excuse it. Moral absolutism from the media! Give me a break! If only this spate of media self-righteousness were occasionally focused in the mirror, it would reveal the misleading, hateful innuendos, the partial truths, the editorial malpractice in allowing people with public grudges to lead investigations of those they have sworn to destroy. It would show the abuse of trust—no, even the lies and false pretenses--in the interviews of naive freshman just arrived on campus. It would strip the cloak of anonymity from the grinning faces of accusers who will not face the accused or reveal their transparent grudges
If only the media would direct their unique moral expertise at the name-calling: calling RR a snake oil salesman (Tiller); or saying he’s like Hitler (Holtz). I applaud one brave soul, Craig James who was barely noticed calling this absurd theatrical fiction what it is: a “witch hunt”—a term once reserved for the hunt for uppity women in Salem but now a hunt for uppity …well….I can only guess what..enough said).
Right now, I just can’t wait for the next shoe to drop. Read all about it: RR forms a family corporation and, in a power struggle for control of the company, sends his grandmother to jail. Yes, it’s getting that insane.
Maybe I’m the only one who feels this way. So, if you’re a journalist and want to negbang the post into oblivion behind a cloak of anonymity, perhaps you won't get fight from anyone. As for me, I’ve said my piece and have more important things to do. Right now, I’ve got to turn on ESPN to hear the breaking news from Herbstreit about the next Michigan coach. Also, I’ve got a piece of fish wrapped in the Free Press and I’m afraid it will spoil if I don’t eat it.
Just read this article on Jim Tressel...
"You will demolish Michigan next Saturday, extending a record winning streak over your hated rival to six. You are a relentless, perennial, inevitable winner."
Jeebus! Henri, Otter of Ennui apparently works at ESPN...
He's just excellent. Sure, we don't agree with him all the time, but he's really been a blessing to ESPN. And when he agrees that he isn't right, he owns up to it.
This is what he wrote after the Illinois debacle (can't find the link):
"After an impressive performance in the season opener against Western Michigan, Robinson's unit has declined sharply. I heard a lot about improved communication and better cohesion before the season, but the defense endures multiple major breakdowns in every game. Whether it's pass defense against Notre Dame and Penn State or run defense against Illinois, the defense has been a disaster and it falls in his lap."
Someone from mgoblog emailed him about Mispogon's now legendary (and rightfully so) analysis of "The Decimated Defense." Sure enough, Adam linked to it. (Again, sorry I don't have the link.)
Now look at this interview with him and Brian Bennett, and scroll down to the part about defense. As you should notice, rather than railing on Gerg, he's talking about the attrition and the overall lack of depth on defense.
Clearly, here's a guy who does his homework. He is responsible, reasonable, and willing to take his ego out of the equation and correct his own mistakes. In doing so, he demonstrates a willingness to listen to other opinions and learn more about an issue. Contrast that with, say, Joe Schad, who apparently is a lazy SOB and was responsible for a real turd of an article in which he wrote that Bill Martin "slammed" the defense, when Martin merely just said that the defense has to improve. http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/espn-martin-slams-defense
Adam is clearly also a guy I can learn a thing or two from, as evidenced by me calling him Ryan. Whoops.