and... i like them? I think I like them.
The Daily came out this morning with a long-form feature giving Mike Milano's perspective on the fight between him and Steve Kampfer that landed the Kampfer in the hospital and got Milano booted off the football team.
Hadn't heard much about this since Kampfer graduated, and it's well worth the read. Kudos to the Daily for digging to get Milano.
It was fascinating to learn last week that Denard had a staph infection early in the season. The staff did a great job of keeping this information private. I don't recall even a hint of this in any media report on the nature of his bandages. Hoke commented that Denard had a "boo-boo," which I interpreted as a minor scrape or bruise or abrasion.
Even more interesting is that Kovacs didn't even know Denard had a staph infection. Martin knew that much, but not that Denard was hospitalized. This information apparently wasn't shared widely on the team!
This reflects great unity among the football staff, in the athletic administration, and at UofM hospitals. They worked together to keep this information private, and not to leak it to anyone who didn't need to know (including the team!!!)
While we as fans want to know every tidbit possible, I completely support and applaud this change in privacy. It was no one's business what was happening with Denard. It was a strategic advantage for other teams NOT to know that he was close to not playing. Worse, if Sparty had known, they probably would have targeted Denard's arm for injury. I respect Hoke for maintaining privacy and confidentiality where appropriate.
On the other hand, I absolutely love the transparency about the team, and the access to information. For me, this is best reflected by the OC & DC pressers weekly during the season. I find what Borges & Mattison have to say fascinating, and actually more interesting than Hoke's press conferences. These guys are actually helping teach me more about football.
I think that Hoke has a decent relationship with the press and the public. He also has a great understanding of what should be kept quiet, and what can be public. However, this isn't only Hoke.
The lack of any leaks speak to a much greater unity among the athletic administration, the football coaching staff, and the team itself. Sadly, I cynically believe that someone would have leaked this kind of info (about Denard) under the prior coaching staff. Regardless, I am glad that the current climate promotes a healthy culture of silence where needed, and an openness to sharing more information, where appropriate.
I was reading Doc Saturdays write up on their new coach. In the write up he explains how exceedingly mediocre they have been. I grew up rooting for them after the UM/OSU game when they would then go to the UCLA/USC game. I always considered the UCLA program as at the bottom end of college football royalty, but after being shown their production over the last 20 years they don't live up to that thought.
Any MGO people in California or that have more intimate knowlege of the program understand why they are not successful? It seems like a program that would be a sleeping giant, but yet no one seemed to want the job. Tradition, recruiting base, weather. They seem to have it all. I just don't get it.
This morning a very long and comprehensive article by AP reporters into the Sandusky/PSU investigation has been released. If accurate then it would seem that virtually everyone from JoePa to the campus police to the PSU administration and even the local police were very aware of Sandusky's behavior and had been since 1998 and chose to ignore it in the hopes it would simply go away. They all placed the reputation of the football program above the safety of children or so it would seem.
While not excusing his lack of direct action, this does support the argument that the reason McQuery didn't go to the police was because he knew they were already aware of Sandusky and were doing nothing. The culture of silence to protect the football team's reputation was pervasive and God only knows what will be revealed as this investigation continues.
Big news from South Bend as Manti Te'o is coming back for his seinor season. It would have been nice to have him hit the draft where he was projected to be picked mid first round.
Guess we will just have to beat him for a fourth time!