at least it's not just us?
I'm sure everyone has seen the news article with Dallas Crawford saying he might open up his recruitment. If not, here it is. I spoke to Crawford's coach today about the situation, and here's what he had to say.
Dallas may take another visit to another school, but that's it. He asked me what I thought about everything, and I told him I think Michigan is an outstanding institution to play at either way. He's said in the past that he'd go there either way.
There have been some schools, including USC, that have been trying to contact Dallas. He hasn't said if he will take another visit, and if he does which school will get that visit. It sounds like he's just making sure he has something to fall back on just in case though.
Dallas hasn't said anything about Miami and the new staff. He was shocked when he went there and they only had 27,000 fans in the stands, then you go to the Big House and it's 112,000. You should go somewhere where the people like the team. Sometimes when new coaches come in they'll let the new guys recruit their own kids, and they don't acknowledge the old staff's recruits. I just want to make sure he has somewhere to go just in case.
I've been told by others that Dallas would most likely end up at Michigan either way before. Obviously I have to throw in the fact that anything can happen, but I think this is pretty normal. He's making sure he has somewhere to go that he likes just in case he's left out in the cold.
Interesting article from Dr Saturday about bowl payouts and the difficult situation it places schools, especially the schools whose fans don’t travel well. UConn is getting hammered, holding $2.5 million in tickets it is obligated to sell.
It’s surprising that the power conferences don’t use their leverage to force the bowl games to give them a more equitable arrangement, especially with the real money coming from TV deals. You’d think the Big 10 and the SEC, with their large, very interested fan bases, would at least be able to eliminate the required ticket sales and hotel rooms from their better tie-ins.
I'm also surprised schools choose to raise their costs so much by taking the 300 person band. I understand tradition and all that, but it has to cost at least a million dollars just for them (out of a $3 million payday after revenue sharing). They aren't going to sell enough Fiesta Bowl swag to make up for it.
May be this is far from new, but I just found this website which had some material and fluff about Mike Gittleson and some his strength and training equipment while at Michigan between 1978-2007. No pizzas involved.
Some of it is pretty effed up. Other parts are kind cool, i.e. of the He-Man, Dolph Lundgren "I must brreak you!", bone crushing sort:
Some Wolverines in high positions in Washington are opining about the fate of Rich Rodriguez. Their opinions certainly aren't of any more weight than another fan's, but I thought it just might be interesting to readers.
David Shepardson of the Detroit News tweeted Thursday:
Treasury adviser Gene Sperling, an Ann Arbor-native, said he had mixed feelings about whether #RichRod should be fired
Separately, I was at a function about a month ago, in the immediate aftermath of the Ohio State game. I asked Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), a two-time graduate of U-M (undergrad and medical school), about his opinions about Rodriguez.
Price didn't seem immediately familiar with specifics about the team, but said that he thought Rodriguez wasn't the right fit for the team. Price said he thought Forcier had been underutilized.
On an additional note, here's a list of U-M alumni serving in Congress. (It's not completely up-to-date; several alumni were elected in November.)