"In response to CBSSports.com's request for Michigan's concussion management protocol, the athletic department sent the NCAA's 11-page document for treating head injuries."
I thought this was a somewhat interesting look into the economics of a bowl game. Numbers obtained via a FOIA request.
Bruce Feldman did a profile on William Gholston today, most of it focused on his acts in the Michigan game last year and suspension that followed. Some interesting Michigan related notes:
1. Feldman fails to point out that Gholston used an illegal armbar to injure Lewan on the first series. Someone should send him some video of this.
2. MSU coaches claim that Gholston was just responding to repeated cheap shots by Michigan (yet ignoring the Gholston armbar).
3. MSU coaches claim 2 other schools documented cheap shots made by Michigan. All anonymous claims by MSU.
"Some around the Spartans program reasoned that while Gholston was wrong for his reaction in the Michigan game, they also noted that after studying the game film that he lost his poise after he repeatedly was cheap-shotted. They'll tell you how two other Big Ten programs contacted Michigan State after the Michigan game to inform them about cheap shots by the Wolverines that they also documented."
This can only be from the following teams if it did indeed occur the week after the game: Minnesota and Northwestern as they were the only Big Ten teams we played before MSU. This sounds fabricated to me.
4. No mention of the false claims made by MSU immediately after the game that Lewan used racial slurs to try to justify Gholston's actions.
Stanford now calls their OC the "Andrew Luck Director of Offense." So I thought it would be fun to do the same for Michigan. Feel free to name every coaching position (from the head coach down to the kid who cuts videotape for the staff).
+1s generally handed out to creative/crazy names.
Sports talk radio in ACC country is referencing a report in Orange Bloods that the Big XII has had informal discussions with Florida State, Miami, Clemson and VA Tech.
It's way too early to take it seriously but it's a little more "confirmed" than reports we saw over the weekend.
Chantel Jennings, over at WN, wrote up a nice piece on Al Borges and how he enjoys recruiting for Michigan. Here's the link. The good parts:
“It’s Michigan -- that’s the bottom line,” Borges said. “We’re going to make people understand the advantages of coming to this university, and they go way beyond playing football. We just completely embrace that concept as a staff, and I think it resonates with the kids.”
“I love recruiting here,” said Borges, who has coached at Auburn, UCLA, Indiana and Oregon, among others. “Because it’s the best sell of any place I’ve ever coached.”
There are a few other money quotes in there, so it's worth the read, but it basically confirms what we already know about this staff: they love Michigan, they're honest, they genuinely care about the players, and they do a great job of letting the high points speak for themselves.
Also, how gorgeous does he look in these sunglasses?
(The answer: of corges Borges looks gorgeous)