Indiana Wide Receiver Isaac Griffith was in a serious water accident over Spring Break. Apparently he was caught in a rip tide, and is now in a medically induced coma to allow his lungs to function properly. His parents Shannon and Kim are at his side in the ICU, and ask prayer that Isaac's lungs would heal properly.
This is one of those reminders that there are things more important than sports rivalries.
Good MLive article on how much of a role football plays supporting university of Michigan athletcs, hardly a surprise, but interesting details of pricing, where revenue comes from and how it is utilized.
It's no secret that football is the real money maker in University of Michigan athletics.
But exactly how much revenue do the roughly 100 students and 20 coaches and staff in the program bring in?
Football accounted for at least 57 percent of athletic department revenues in 2012-13, which totaled $144 million, according to Michigan budget documents provided to the Board of Regents.
The storied program and its larger-than-life venue are what solidifies Michigan's place among the most profitable enterprises in college sports. Football cost about $23 million to operate in 2012-13, meaning it fed more than $58 million into Michigan's other 30 varsity teams.
The $82 million haul doesn't count indirect revenues, such as sponsorships, licensing and advertising agreements — which totaled $22.5 million that year — primarily made attractive by the football and basketball programs.
With top 50 Garrett Taylor's tweet stating UM is no. 1 for his signature, an announcement that he could make w/in next 2 to 3 wks, I couldn't stop but consider-despite whether he pulls for us or not- if UM has ever had this much quality depth at one time. Because it has been proven that stars do matter, I am including a list of all those with four star ratings along w/Peppers, although some will not play as such, there are 3*s that will play to the higher caliber so considering this, I don't think I would be off-base to suggest we should get 4* performance throughout. Such quality depth and individual strengths as to speed, superior size, closing speed, coverage and anticipation, etc., our coaches will able to field a back 4, at times 5,designed "theortically at least" to more-than-adequately defend any type offense we face. ^I am confining this list to those that should, barring injury,give us at minimum two years on filed contribution. I am certain I have missed a couple but when one considers the following names and none will have less than two years eligibility, it is quite impressive. As you are aware, I am unable to do paragraphs or breaks of any nature on this site, I will; therefore, merely give you the list of names in a sentence like format: ^The 13 rated at least 4*(impressive total) w/two or more years eligibility are: Peppers, Lewis, Countess, Wilson, Avery, J.Clark, D. Thomas, R. Douglass, Hill, Crawford, Kinnel and Taylor. As stated above, running out of our traditional 43, this provides a depth chart of 3 deep, all rated at 4* or above. I cannot recall a time in recent memory, although I am sure Bo may have been able to field like backfields with the extra 30 players alloted. Quite impressive, indeed.
Bucking national trends, Michigan AD Brandon is not an advocate of serving alcohol at Michigan Stadium, "Sometimes people lose track of the fact that we have to organize & manage 110,000 to 115,000 people all in one tight space, and get them in and out of there safely. I don't think serving alcohol is going to make that job any easier."
Per the ESPN story linked above, there's another lawsuit heading to challenge the NCAA's current "salary cap" of scholarships and prohibition of almost any other sources of income.
The move comes on the heels of a similar, if less aggressive, claim filed earlier this month by a Seattle firm on behalf of former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston. In that suit, which does not include current players, the same defendants that Kessler's group is targeting were asked to pay damages for the difference in the value of an athletic scholarship and the full cost of attendance -- an amount equivalent to several thousand dollars annually. By contrast, the Kessler suit dispenses with the cost-of-attendance argument and does not ask for damages as a group. It simply states that no cap is legal in a free market, and asks the judge to issue an injunction against the NCAA ending the practice. It contends that NCAA member universities are acting as a "cartel" by fixing the prices paid for athletes, who presumably would receive offers well in excess of tuition, room, board and books if not restricted by NCAA rules.
Kessler is most famous for his work against leagues for players. He's
"a litigator with a history of victories against sports leagues reaching to the 1970s. Kessler helped bring free agency to the NFL, winning a key jury verdict for the NFL Players Association in 1992. He remains outside counsel to the NFLPA and the NBA's player union, has taken on Major League Baseball, and represented star athletes including Michael Jordan and Tom Brady. For municipal authorities, he forced the Raiders to honor their stadium lease and stay in Oakland."
Should be interesting to see where this goes...
What a great day! Basketball beats Ohio and MGoBlue posts a video of the Saturday football scrimmage.
As always, every play is positive. Stingy defense/Unstoppable offense.