Now that they have an additional 15 days (I believe) practice for the bowl game, do they have the option of reducing those practices to count towards the NCAA penalties? Considering they will (hopefully) have a lame duck defensive coaching staff and that it will be a 2nd tier bowl game, it seems like the practice time would be more valuable next year than this December.
Ok, Mgobloggers, the big win today got me thinking about our future. Help me out. So I neither have called for GERG’s job (unlike Brian, Dr. Saturday, etc.) nor would I be terribly sad if RR is fired. I’m a moderate. Still, I enjoyed today’s performance, and hope RR wins more this year and returns next year (wins are great for M).
What will it take for you to lobby for GERG? Everyone concedes the D is young. Demens, Vinopal, Avery, and C. Gordon all showed improvement today. Last year the D ended strong against O-state. If these young guys continue to improve, why not give GERG the benefit of the doubt much like RR?
I suppose you could point to the wide open wheel routes (2x) today as lack of coaching. But I saw adjustments today with 4 DL, Roh (finally) moved to a position of strength, and varied blitzes/rushes.
If RR gets a pass for 3 years of poor D, why not give GERG? I can’t say RR must be fired, and I can’t say GERG must be either based on injuries and more (eg. see B. Graham’s comments).
Does anyone know the extent of the injury to Henry and if we will be facing him or Robinson next week?
Anybody else at the game thoroughly enjoy the halftime show? For those who weren't there, it consisted of a Michigan themed wizard of oz type deal where Dorothy had Denard's untied shoes and was trying to get back to Ann Arbor to get them to him before the second half. A guy disguised as Brutus the Buckeye was also tackled by a guy dressed up as the Bobcat mascot. There was also a "little brother" reference. I hope it gets posted somewhere because I would love to watch it again.
Oh yeah....the actual game was pretty sweet too.
Edit: Only video I have found of it. Crappy quality, but hey, its something.
The guy that Tate slammed into on the sideline apparently works at ABC 7 Detroit news. He interviewed Tate after the game, and Tate's reaction was priceless. Watch the Video on the linked page. I would embed if I wasn't an idiot. Great, great, amazing game.
This is the day an embattled program finally turned a corner and became bowl eligible.
This is the day an embattled coach gained the time, in career longevity, to see his players and his system grow into a perennial powerhouse.
This is the day an embattled defense showed that, when the game was on the line, they could deliver Michigan a victory.
In 2020, when we are looking back on the Decade of RR, a decade in which championships and trophies will return to Michigan, we will remember that this is the day that made it possible.