Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Robinson, from Deerfield Beach, Fla., knows that should Rodriguez be fired, it's likely his successor would shelve the principal elements of the spread offense U-M employs. That's obviously frustrating, but if Robinson is truly serious about being a team leader he cannot leave mixed signals. He can't stand there one second shepherding the masses to the next challenge of this program and then in the next instance suggest that he might be more about the system than the program.
Honestly? I know that Drew Sharp's name makes most of us cringe, and this might not even be worth reading, but I can't understand how he could write this piece.
Sure, Denard didn't give a "of course I'm coming back to Michigan," but who in their right mind could expect the kid to have 100% certainty about anything right now? Do I think he'll leave? No, I don't. But still, there is no certainty in the program right now: his coach is likely to be gone, his backup is quite possibly gone, and his own playing style is uncertain until a new coach is selected.
What I'm saying is, Denard Robinson, the same young man who singlehandedly led this 2010 Michigan team to a winning record by beating both school and national records, has never said anything but the "right" thing. After every game, they'll ask about his incredible feats, he'll defer the credit to the O-line and the coaches. He does everything right. He's not the media darling in the sense that he rambles and gives juicy details, but he makes everyone smile when he gets interviewed because he is such a nervous, humble, calm young man.
Forget whether or not he is returning, there was no way he was throwing his coach (who was sitting next to him in the press conference) under the bus and giving a decision. I don't think he'll leave, but I think he deserves time to think too, and it's people like Drew Sharp who destroy kids' confidence and desire to just play the game they love.
Look at the records he's set; look at what this season would have been without him; look at the extra month and a half that the team got because of this one athlete; look at the 20-year-old that turned this program around in a season better than Rich Rodriguez did in three years. The team didn't deserve 7 wins, but Denard won them 7. Appreciate that, give him his time, he is going to continue to be a special player and an even better leader of this team.
But will Robinson share that same commitment in another week if his coach doesn't come back for next year?
Please don't call out this kid's dedication and commitment.
I apologize if this link was already posted, but I looked through the past few sections and didn't see anything...
tonight i met an alum from bump elliot's days. he had good stories that i thought i would share.
he was a freshman in 1959 when freshmen weren't allowed to play on the "varsity" team. it was the first year they were using plastic helmets. bump elliot got enough for his varsity team, and a few of the freshmen, but not all of them. as the plastic helmets started to trickle in, more and more of them would get them, in the order that bump thought each freshman thought showed promise to one day play for the real team. this guy was non-scholarship, and so he got the very last leather helmet every worn by a michigan football player. regrettebly, when another plastic helmet came, he gave the very last leather helmet back.
he also told me about a few drills they used to run. bump would put a freshman in a large box and put four ohio state replica jerseys in it. a varsity player would try to get one out of the box while the freshmen were made to guard them.
lastly he said that bump was a stickler for tackling technique and that even though bump was never his coach, he was told that if he didn't learn to tackle properly, he'd never play for bump. so the freshmen tackled each other so much they'd all get hurt. but he said that even today, he knows tackling technique so well that when he watches football, he can tell right as the defender goes in for the kill whether the tackle will be broken.
Nice going dummy. Just when you had gotten out of the ESPN doghouse and onto some of the better games on the four letter, you had to go and say something stupid again.
I always loved his braodcasts on Saturday with Mike Gottfried, but i guess he's self destructive as hell. Who the fuck calls a woman an asshole?
Have fun doing the play by play on ESPN's coverage of that cargo plane flying rubber dog shit out of Hong Kong.
EDIT: He made some really condescending remarks on air to Holly Rowe a few years ago and got banished to ESPN Siberia, the 3rd level Big 12 games. Apparently he called a sideline reporter sweetcakes at the Fiesta Bowl, and when she objected, he called her an asshole instead.
Posted this in the open thread, but I've always enjoyed liveblogs more because they flow better. Figured if nobody else was doing this tonight that I'd put one together.
I kind of remember that some of the MGoblog community were tracking U of M planes on recruiting trips. If Harbaugh is the one, I wonder if he might do what the new Maryland hire, Randy Edsall, did and fly to Ann Arbor or wherever they keep the plane after tonight's game.
So, if you know the plane's ID number and a tracking website, you MIGHT have a scoop.