"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Per Michigan Daily writer Michael Florek's twitter
It's a bit early, but I'm putting together a fantasy football league. It's free and through NFL.com, which looks to suck less at fantasy this year.
If you want in, just reply to this post with a valid email address. I'll provide a link below so you can look at the league settings beforehand.
My only rule is that you incorporate a current or former Michigan player's name into your team name somehow. I was in a league that did this last year and it turned out lighthearted and slightly comical.
This is a 10-team league, so I will be taking the first nine to reply to this post on a first-come-first-serve basis.
-Hoke says Will Campbell was 342 leaving the spring, down to 316-319 range now
-Hoke can see Matt Wile handling both kicking and punting
-Stonum is practicing
-Says Stonum's redshirt won't change the target of 26 member class
-Woolfolk is at "full speed"
-Kickers are going to practice in the Big House. Different experience than simply staying in practice facility
-Hoke says we need to rely on 1)Power run, 2)Set pass up from there, and 3) the 2 min offense
-Practice intensity was good
-Hoke says he has a "strict manner" in discipline
-Molk says less yelling than there was under RR
-Molk says offense is running smooth
-Woolfolk says Campbell is moving faster and looks more athletic
-Woolfolk says he himself is faster and more focussed on mechanics
-Van Bergen now weighs 290. Says he's on a 6-7,000 cal diet. Was 4-5000 under RR
I'm not saying this will happen, but I believe it would be a great move .... The Lions should sign Mike Hart. When he's healthy he's a tough runner who doesn't go down easy. That, and it's a huge boost to the attendance. It makes sense to me, but does it make sense to Mayhew?
What are your thoughts on a replacement signing?
Long but semi-interesting read on Gordon Gee's role in Tat/Tresselgate from ESPN The Magazine. Some notable quotes:
Wearing a scarlet-and-gray-striped bow tie, Gee, typically a flamboyant speaker, flatly praised Tressel's "superb integrity." As Gee backed away from the mic, a reporter started to ask whether dismissing Tressel had ever crossed his mind.
"No -- are you kidding?" Gee interrupted. He sputtered for a second, searching for a one-liner to break the tension. "Let me be very clear," he said. "I'm just hoping the coach doesn't dismiss me."
Smith, standing behind Gee, grinned briefly before zipping it, as if caught snickering in class. But nobody else laughed. The joke landed with a silent thud. In the ensuing weeks, as the scandal escalated, the national media recycled the line in blogs and in print, on TV and radio. That offhand remark, a glib aside, would ultimately become the news conference's most famous quote, drawing a host of admonishments from college sports executives.
What were you thinking? was one AD's reaction. Florida president Bernie Machen says he shook his head and thought, I bet you wish you had it back. Five months later, Tressel is gone and Gee is preparing to testify before the NCAA Committee on Infractions. His fellow presidents wonder whether the man who once promised zero-tolerance for Buckeye rule breakers might lose his job in the scandal's wake.
A few years ago, when star linebacker James Laurinaitis deferred NFL millions to return for his senior year, Gee called him and said, "James, I'm going to take you to dinner." The meal turned out to be an NCAA violation -- one of many minor ones Gee commits each year. "I'm more self-reported than any president in the country," he quips.
In all, working with athletics was "easier than I thought," Gee says. Perhaps that's because he didn't meet monthly with the compliance office, normal procedure on other campuses, or because he softened his zero tolerance policy for rule breakers. He tried to create more oversight -- and protect himself -- by creating layers. He appointed a liaison to athletics so that, as he says, "It's not just the AD and the president responsible." Because of the changes, compliance staffers didn't feel they had the power to ask tough follow-up questions. And Tressel, who declined comment for this article, wasn't exactly forthcoming.
When the whole thing blew up this spring, Gee was still left holding the bag. "How would I know that players would sell memorabilia to a tattoo parlor?" he says. "No matter what procedures are in place, people can get around them." Yet he also admits he sent the signal that he didn't want to be bothered. "None of us want to hear bad news," he says. "We hear what we want to hear. It's not just about people being forthcoming. It's about us being receptive, and I start with myself."