Am I the only one who had a sour taste in his mouth after listening to Desmond Howard's remarks at the football bust last night? Howard went out of his way to comment on the Rodriguez era, clearly indicating that Rodriguez was a mistake -- he seemed to want to compare the hiring of Rodriguez to New Coke.
Now I was ambivalent about the whole spread option thing myself. I know a lot of well-meaning people were frustrated with RichRod, and Hoke's successes leave them feeling vindicated. But if we're being fair I think we have to agree that Rodriguez got some tough breaks (The Freep Jihad) and more to the point, the football bust is a time to celebrate this year, not dwell on the past. Desmond Howard has ample opportunity to criticize prior coaches and it is his right to do so, but last night was not the time or the place.
The team awards were handed out tonight and I know you're all probably shocked but Denard won the Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player of the Year Award for the second year in a row.
Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award (Leading Senior Scholar): Will Heininger
Hugh R. Rader Memorial Award (Top Offensive Lineman): David Molk
Roger Zakoff Award (Best LB): Kenny Demens
Robert P. Ufer Bequest (Senior who has demonstrated the most enthusiasm and love for Michigan): Split between Ryan Van Bergen and Kevin Koger
Richard Katcher Award (Best DL): Mike Martin
I just want to give another shout out to the Senior class who dealt with so much and fought through it all. This team wouldn't be where it is today if it wasn't for those guys. They're true Michigan Men.
The MWC is applying for an automatic bid to the BCS. Here's how they're doing it:
The BCS rules allow a league without automatic qualifying status to request an exemption for the next two seasons if its teams met certain performance standards from 2008-2011.
I wasn't even aware that a non-AQ could gain an auto-bid. Anyone have any more info about the standards for gaining an auto-bid? Is it just sending 2 teams to the BCS in 2 consecutive years?
My guess is that they'll be denied, considering that both TCU and Boise State are leaving the MWC and those two teams are the only reason the MWC is even eligible. Then again, the Big East is really, really bad. And that's an understatement.
Even though we still have a VT team to handle interesting to see that the Alabama OC Jim McElwain has just been named the next HC at thee Colorado State University. A long way off but I'm already pumped about next year!!
Second call for ESPN's MGoBlog College Bowl Mania group.
Group Name: MGoBlog
Current Membership: 130
Good luck, but not too much.
We're currently at 144 members, seems like we could get a lot more to sign on before this weekend!