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Sorry if I missed this discussion, but it seems like he has been given a total pass. He's the QB coach and is staying on the sidelines so he can talk to the QBs in person during the game. He is the coach on the staff that had to know Morris' condition best and the one whose responsibility it was to get Bellomy ready. I don't know if he's the one that told Shane to go back in, but in nomal circumstances I would expect him to be.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not absolving Hoke of the blame. He was in charge and this was too important for him to delegate. I just don't get how Nussmeier's role isn't getting questioned. I can't see an explanation where he's not at fault too.
I know people are trying to organize the "Fire Dave Brandon" rally on the diag. I am for that, but have to work until 6. Can we also put all of this energy into showing our love for the players? I know people want to boycot a game or more, but I think it would go a long way for both players AND recruits if we can be on their side and offer our support. I think that we can all agree the team deserves better than they are getting from the administration and staff. I am assuming from Norfleet and Clark's statements that they still believe in and love their coaches. I think it would be great to show that we believe in and love the players.
I was wondering what would be the best time/location for this. Is there a time where all of the players are leaving Glick at the same time? Or if anyone knows of where and when the players will be getting on busses to fly out to Rutgers on Friday?
Just a thought.
We always bitch, moan and complain about the questions asked during press conferences...MGoBlog is one of, if not the most powerful Michigan sports blog/website and reporters DO read this blog to get a feel for the tone of the entire fanbase. Ask away...
- Please refrain from the sarcastic stuff (i.e. "are your bags packed?" "when's the last time you've had a CAT scan?")
- Please keep your questions reasonably short
- Please ask as if you are a reporter in the room
- Please don't ask something so open ended or vague that it can be dodged with ease (unless you're trying to imply something, knowing that if the question isn't answered...it actually is telling the reader something.)
- Please don't get too specific
- Please be as realistic as possible
Also, you probably want to avoid questions that lead to these answers:
- No, he hasn't thought about resigning - he's here for those 115 guys and the moment he thinks about something differently he's not doing what's in the best interest of the guys in that locker room
- They've responded well - had a great week of practice
- He doesn't worry about the negative comments
- He still thinks we can win the conference
- He's still not going to discuss injuries
- He's thinking about Rutgers
- He doesn't deal with "hypothetics"
- He can't go back and do anything differently
Hopefully some of these questions end up in the next pressers...neg bomb the silly stuff that gets posted in the thread.
I would caution everyone's enthusiasm with the fact that David Brandon has 1 card left to play to smooth things over with Schlissel in light of building momentum:
Donors. Specifically Stephen L Ross, Ira Harris and that ilk.
DB can wrap his arm around President Schlissel and say in his best CEO weasel voice (apologies to weasels and the good CEOs): "President, listen, this is solved by tossing Brady aside and getting a new Coach. I've talked with Ross about it, Harris is on-board, we'll talk to usual suspects and get Brady out of here. Clean, no fuss. No donors walk, we may even pull in another "named coach" position out of this. Net-net, this could actually make Michigan a few million dollars."
Don't underestimate the machiavelli dwelling inside Brandon. Becoming CEO of multiple corporations doesn't occur unless you are a premier manipulator. Premier... and a very adroit liar.
The remedy for the donor move in continued public pressure. By both media and fans.
Just preparing folks in the (unfortunate) event of a long siege.
I was at the 2007 Michigan-Appalachian State game with my dad, brother, and friend seven years ago on Labor Day weekend. I remember so well that that was supposed to be OUR YEAR. We came so close the year before we lost to a superb Ohio State team in one of the most heartbreaking games we may ever see, and although we lost in the Rose Bowl a couple of months later, it seemed the program would be sustainably successful and continue to win and win big.
We all know what happened and some of us, like myself, were present for some of these embarassing and mind-blowing losses that some of us never thought were possible. Ironically many years later, in a season which also featured a game against Appalachian State to begin the year, it is clearly beginning to emerge as a year that the football program suffers through an unprecedented, but unfortunately long-needed period of seismic change. How did we get here? I truly believe that we need to self-reflect before we look to hire a new athletic director and staff of football coaches to lead us into the future.
This may have been unspeakable or unthinkable before, but we need to move on from Bo Schembechler's shadow and rebuild Michigan football from the ground up.
EDIT: I forgot to mention, the transition to Bo required Michigan football the rethink itself way back in 1969. We had a history of success before Bo, we can have just as much success going forward if we are ready to move on. Not forget, but move on and look for new influences to rejuvenate this program.