I posted this over on my blog Ann Arbor Machinations but I don't think anyone actually reads it so I figured I'd put it up here too.
Coach Rodriguez certainly has brought an openness that certainly did not exist in the Wolverine football program under Coach Carr. There has been media access to practices. We held a televised practice on BTN. The problem with all of this access is that it only has brought us more questions and concerns. The Wolverine fan community (at least the blaggers and readers of blags) have never been so uneasy and divided over a season. We have no real clue as to who are starting quarterback will be against Utah, let alone what our offense is going to look like. I’m scared as hell, yet… DAMN I’M PUMPED. We’re down to 8 days left. Mysteries will be solved.
Or so we think.
The glasnost of Comrade Rodriguez’s regime may not be all it seems. I don’t think we will truly see what we are in for this year until conference ball starts. I wish I knew what we were going to be running this fall. I wish I knew who the quarterback was. It is kind of like a kid at Christmas, wishing he could open his gifts early.
Woah! Just what I always wanted!
Threet is starting quarterback and should have been given a fifth star as a recruit!
Then comes the time when the toy breaks and it’s not really what you expected anyway.
That is ok though, that’s what birthdays are for.
I would rather not know what I’m getting for Christmas. The excitement is worth the wait.
Larry Foote had nothing but good things to say...
Foote on WDFN: Rodriguez building dynasty, Barwis a freak
by Jonathan Oosting | MLive.comFriday July 25, 2008, 6:08 PM
Former University of Michigan linebacker Larry Foote spent hisoffseason working out in Ann Arbor with the new Rich Rodriguez regime,and he liked what he saw.
"It's gonna be a different team this year," he said Friday toWDFN-AM's Stoney and Wojo on their annual Radiothon. "They still need alittle more talent, but they're going to shock a lot of people thisyear just by the mental and physical conditioning they're doing."
"I'm telling you, it's going to be a dynasty created."
Foote, who plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers inthe NFL, was joined in Ann Arbor by a number of former U-M players —including Braylon Edwards, James Hall and, surprisingly, TyroneWheatley — and spent considerable time working under new strength andconditioning coach Mike Barwis.
"He's a freak," Foote said of Barwis, who doggedly challenged him tobeat his running times. "He's a little nutso. He used to do theultimate fighting, so the guys got some screws loose."
Listen to the full interview to hear Foote talk about his dreamabout the Detroit Lions' record (it wasn't a nightmare), his thoughtson the Steelers' upcoming season and the Michigan State "gremlins" thatkeep messing with his phone:
Make sure you click the link and listen to the audio. THE END'S THE BEST PART!! Caw Caw!!
U-M football players to miss Heroes for Kids fundraiser
"The fourth annual Heroes For Kids golf benefit likely still will take place Wednesday at Apple Mountain Golf Club, but not as originally planned.
Larry Preston, one of the directors of the event which raises money for Saginaw youth recreation, said he learned today that no University of Michigan football players are able to take part in Wednesday's benefit.
Preston said U-M officials told him first-year U-M football coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff have scheduled a mandatory strength and conditioning workout for the players on Wednesday.
"It's a big disappointment for all of us," Preston said. "The (U-M) players always have said how much they enjoy Heroes For Kids, and the strength and conditioning coach (Mike Barwis) said he wants to work with us on this next year.
"But this workout is mandatory, and all players must attend. It's coach Rod's call on that. This is his first year (at U-M), and he's doing everything he can to make sure his team is successful."
Preston said he worked with former U-M running back Jamie Morris, who was serving as a liaison to arrange for U-M players' participation. Preston said Morris was gone on vacation last week, and the two communicated Monday in an effort to secure commitments from U-M players for this year's event. Preston said Morris talked to the U-M coaching staff Tuesday and learned of the scheduling conflict.
Preston said MSU plans to bring extra players, and U-M will send three student-athletes from the Wolverines' gymnastics and women's basketball teams. Preston said he also expects former U-M and NFL free agent Roy Manning Jr., a Saginaw High graduate, to participate."
So apparently U-M football players won't be attending a planned charity event involving the childrens due to a mandatory workout. Comments on the original news site point the finger at RR, but it sounds to me like Jamie Morris is the culprit here (bad communication and bad scheduling). Either way, more "bad press" for RR, who can now add "Dream Crusher" to his list of titles.
Anybody know why Rich Rod wears the red wrist bands? I imagine it's so the QB knows who is who on the sideline, or is it just a fashion statement?
IMO, it could be a spot to put some glow sticks in and move his hands frantically so all the fans are mesmorized by the tracers. But that would only work at night games, so he might be changing it this year or schedule some Thursday night games!