maybe i should have had greg howard write the brandon obit.
Thought this was kind of funny, we need to get some of the current Michigan team to do a video of this quality... Not sure what song they would want to do, brought me back to the days of Coner and Tone Clem (before he defected to the Buffs)... Enjoy!
So, someone planned a homepage takeover on ESPN, spent a lot of timing building a very cool piece of creative, and just had some really bad timing.
EDIT: Total embed fail.
The Mother of Landon Collins, is upset that Nick Saban focuses on the NFL more than academics with his players.
In an interview with ESPN the Magazine, Justin explained that an in-home visit conducted by Tide head coach Nick Saban last June was something she couldn’t shake. Specifically, Justin was put off by the coach going with his “I can get your son into the NFL” pitch
Saban doesn't care about academics? In other news, snow is white, grass is green, water is blue, and I will die one day.
I just read an excerpt on Grantland from a new book on Joe Paterno. Is this book 25 pgaes long? How in the hell do you get a book out on Joe Paterno's life and the scandal that brought him down within 3 months? From the descriptions I could find on the book this is not a John U Bacon 1 in a million I was in the right place at the right time situations where he was already working on a book when all hell broke loose. He states that he went to Penn St once the story broke. Check out the excerpt and if you have any further insight I'd love to hear it.
This has to be a triumph of technology. 3 days after a man's death there is digital book to be purchased about it?
Also, the one thing I can't quite reconcile from the excerpt is that Joe was not close to his assistants and most of them thought he was a prick. I could see that as I was never fond of him, but then why such loyalty?. Why wasn't there more turnover?
Hey guys, I talked to Josh last night and he gave me a bit more insight into why he chose Stanford:
He said he made the decision late the other night and that one factor that definitely came into play was the fact that it would be easier for his parents to watch him play in Palo Alto than it would be in Ann Arbor. He also said that for the majority of his commitment that he really felt like he was going to commit to Michigan but that in the end he felt more comfortable in Stanford. He continually has mentioned the Michigan fans and the support they showed throughout the process as well.
Also, it didn't sound like he had gotten an overly negative backlash from the Michigan fanbase, which is a good thing to report too. Overall, a good kid chose somebody else and while it would have been nice to see him in Ann Arbor, he'll do good things in Palo Alto as well.
EDIT: I don't post this to drag it on, or even to wish him luck. It's only to clarify why he made his decision and also to pat everyone on the back for being civil post-commitment.
Heres a few ideas of how NOT to squeeze a few extra dollars out of your alumni after your second-rate team had two good seasons: Link
"Any time you have something positive happen, it comes at a cost"
So we finally won a bowl game. Now you have to pay for it.
"Now it’s in the hands of those that make the contributions and buy the tickets to determine if we’re going to be successful or not. Because it takes those resources, flat out."
Guilt your patrons into giving more money. If the team fails, they didnt give enough.
"If individuals don’t understand the plan or are unable to support at that level like other institutions do, then as an AD, I’ll have to refocus what our expectations are and where we want to go based on those returns."
That's right. The only way we can have high expectations is if you give money.
"This is the plan. It’s up to our alums and fans to make a decision about how they want to support the program."
"It’s very common at Alabama. It’s very common at programs like LSU or Texas or Ohio State or others."
Don't feel the need to mention Michigan, one of the top grossing ADs in the country. I'll settle for "others"
Michigan fans, I know we don't always see eye-to-eye with Dave Brandon (rawk music, road jerseys), and we sometimes feel hit up for cash too, but lets be thankful that it doesn't come off like this. Mark Hollis really wants to sell you a candy bar, and he's trying to make you feel guilty for not buying it. Little Brother, its time to get off my porch!