it's a major award
Yes. It's another pile-on piece highlighting the demise of the Michigan Football brand. But I must admit, I did find interesting the Big Chill metaphor.
I know nothing - NOTHING - about Gregg Henson's credibility. Nor do I know anything about Bacon's sources, although I do know that he wasn't on Brian's ad hoc "certified source" list in the Mailbag post from earlier this week. But during Bacon's regular segment on WTKA this morning, he slipped in a detail that didn't get a lot of hype and didn't seem to get mentioned in the Henson thread below.
Go listen for yourself. Download today's Bacon segment on the WTKA website. The whole thing is worth a listen, but the back third is what you REALLY need to hear.
At around 10:35, Webb discusses how various players have spoken out for or against Michigan in "many different facets." Webb asks if there are new factions emerging between players for and against the current football regieme, or if those factions never left and have always been there.
Bacon answers - this part is paraphrase - that there aren't any factions at all. Pretty much all former lettermen are against the Athletic Department, but NOT Brady Hoke. Bacon says it's not like Rich Rodriguez, were there were people for and against him. Bacon then says - quote - "If you want to find one group that is most uniformally opposed to the current direction of the department, it's the lettermen. I mean, they've got to be 95 to 99 percent negative right now."
Webb counters that Billy Taylor defended the department; Bacon defers gracefully and says "give the reverend his due." Bacon then says that many more would come out but "can't for political reasons."
But here's the kicker. Go to 14:00, right after Bacon's phone goes off. Bacon says that there are "two approaches," but not pro and con. The two approaches are "do you speak up or do you not speak up," meaning against the athletic department. Then Bacon says - again, quoting at 14:31 - "But they [the former players] don't get a vote. They're not on the board. They're not, you know, in the president's ear in the normal way. They are writing him a letter, obviously, and they - many - I think hundreds have signed it. What it does tell Schlissel is this. I can't imagine president schl taking action based solely on the lettermen's letter. But I can see him thinking if he decides to make a decision, 'Well, one problem I will not have is obstruction from the lettermen. They're not going to defend the current direction.'"
This does not confirm that the letter Henson presented is the actual letter. But if what Henson is saying is true as it pertains to Harbaugh...
Take for granted, take it with a grain of salt, or don't take it at all.
Nothing really new but I hadn't heard the Cleveland trade was a in place before Harbaugh nixed it. Hopefully his unhappiness in SF, fondness for AA, and control freak tendencies coalesce into a happy ending for Michigan Football.
Side note: the author of this article looks at most 14 years old
Sorry, not doom and gloom, not coaching search related, not Dave Brandon bitchin', not random speculation, etc. This is actually a nice article about a former Michigan player.
He talks about his days with Bo, how he came in at 205 lbs and grew after that, and has some interesting stories from his time at Michigan, his pro career, and how the game has changed. Worth a read.
Per Steve at 247.
MOD EDIT - Changed the title to something, well, more coherent? I don't know. It's better now, and that's what is important - LSA
I am sure we can come up with more