Hope everyone's holiday season is off to a safe and warm start!
Given the holiday season and spirit of giving, I wanted to share details re: some amazing M-themed apparel in support of a great cause.
I sit on the Michigan Alumni Board in Chicago and, similar to our friends with the Portland Club, an amazing fellow board member of mine has coordinated with Underground Printing to produce Chicago-inspired UM apparel. We have been selling these items locally at our sponsor bars & local events throughout the football season, but we now have a site that folks can purchase the items (thanks to our great partners at UGP!).
See below for images of our 4 items -- you can view these items in more detail and make your purchases on our site. Orders must be placed by Jan 24, then items will be shipped directly to customers in ~2 weeks. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].
Like with all of our events and fundraising efforts, please know that all proceeds from the sales of these items directly suppprt scholarships that we provide local UM students (current & prospective).
Thanks so much in advance for your consideration and generosity. Happy holidays, happy new year, and go blue!
Men's & Women's Tees - $25
Men's & Women's Long Sleeve Shirts - $30
Men's & Women's Crewneck Sweatshirts - $35
Men's & Women's Hoodies - $45
Samuel Johnson III is believed to be the first player from the State of Michigan to be offered a football scholarship before high school. The offer was from Akron, but still.
The article talks a bit about the general trend of offering younger players. Also, apparently RR hosted a camp for 12 year olds while he was coaching here and some of the attendees ended up playing for Michigan.
Personally, I'm not fond of offering players that young, but what do I know?
Analysis by The Michigan Daily shows that in direct revenues, a player like Gardner can add $5.5 million to the University per year. In free advertising alone, Gardner generating more than $8 million through media exposure over one month.
The current NCAA system, which prohibits monetary compensation to student athletes, makes it impossible to precisely evaluate a player’s market value. But as the debate over player compensation continues, the question is as important as ever.
We've had the "pay the players" topic of conversation here quite a few times, but this article from the Michigan Daily puts some dollar amounts on just how much some of those top tier student athletes really make for the university, and it's staggering. Michigan spends about $275K on each football player every year - but that includes the almost $9M spent on coaches' salaries. I'm all for a stipend, or an Olympic model. Still the best line I read (elsewhere, Bacon?) was how the NCAA spends millions employing people just to make sure that the students don't get a dime.
So, this story just came up today and I thought I'd get MGoBlog's opinion on it.
Ole Miss Head Coach Hugh Freeze has pulled a scholarship offer to a 2013 LB from Georgia due to an ACL tear. Big deal, right? Happens all the time. A coach can't be signing injured players.
Here's the thing. Freeze and his staff were completely aware of the ACL tear at the time that the offer was made, and they never indicated that the offer was condidtional on the knee healing in a certain time or way. Furthermore, team doctors indicated that it was healing properly and on schedule, and were not concerned. It's not like it appeared to be going bad. The kid played last season on it because he was mistakenly told it was just a sprain, and he was able to show enough to earn an offer even with the tear. Now Freeze is getting cold feet.
What's your feeling on this? I don't have a problem with a coach pulling an offer if a kid gets hurt, but making the offer when you know he's hurt and then pulling it later when you suddenly get cold feet puts me off.
Apparently Coach Saban will be offering 4-year scholarships at Alabama... Surprising and interesting...
At the end of an article defending the Alabama Medical Scholarships, there's the following line:
The report does not mention the fact that football scholarships are good for one year and then are renewable. It is a common misconception that scholarships are four-year deals between schools and student-athletes.
Is this true? As far as I can tell, per NCAA regulations it is, but there must be more to it. Can someone shed some light on this, otherwise I don't see the need to offer medical scholarships or make players transfer, you could just "cut" them. Obviously I'm missing something.