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Minnesota has hired FIU's Richard Pitino, son of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, as head of ther men's basketball program.
One more time:
It doesn't really surprise me that he stayed, but that's quite a long contract. VCU should remain fairly relevant as long as he's around. The search continues for Minny and UCLA.
I find this surprising and depressing.
We're gonna see a lot of bald heads on the Minnesota sideline tomorrow. Earlier this week their Coach Kill along with most if not all of the team shaved their heads for St. Baldrick's charity to honor their WR Connor Cosgrove who has leukemia. Members of the hockey & baseball teams, and even one from the women's volleyball squad also shaved their heads in the fundraiser.
Salute to Minnesota for doing this for charity. Hope they inflated their helmets properly, they're gonna be a lot looser on their heads now, it'd be a shame if anyone got a concussion after doing something cool like this.
There's a nice article in today's Detroit News about the woman who paints the scores on the Little Brown Jug, Jil Gordon. The article references Greg Dooley's MVictors.com, with a nod to its "Little Brown Jug Lore" section (check it out here http://mvictors.com/?page_id=4885 : - it's chock full of Little Brown Jug history). Per Dooley:
The most common story about how the challenge for the Little Brown Jug came do be is inaccurate. Most retellings say that former Michigan coach Fielding Yost sent a letter to Minnesota athletic director Louis Cooke and asked that the Jug, left behind after the 1903 game, be returned. Cooke was said to reply: "If you want it, you'll have to come up and win it."
"The story that Yost wrote or wired or mailed some request after the '03 game — that didn't happen," said Dooley, who said there is no evidence of that communication. "There is evidence to suggest it was hatched before the 1909 game. There was some kind of challenge. Michigan bought the jug in Minnesota, left it there, probably because they didn't care about a 30-cent jug. Minnesota found it — they didn't steal it — and probably thought, 'This is cool' and painted the score on it and the athletic director hung it in his office."
The more you know! Here's to hoping Michigan is able to keep that jug in Ann Arbor.
This will be the first time sharing a wallpaper with MGoBlog. I have made a few in the past but only shared with family, who of course all bleed Maize & Blue. Hope you all enjoy.
I wanted to go with a history theme for the Minnesota game. I know as of recently there has not been much of a rivalry between the two schools, Blue winning 19 of the last 20 meetings. Minnesota has had its streaks in the series as well and the history of the jug is intriguing to me. I chose players for the wallpaper based on personal preference of course but also because each was a great at their own time. I added a subtle little "pass & catch" order to the players showing that the honor of winning it has been passed from Team #30 down to Team #133.