no, YOU'RE off topic
It's past noon on Friday, so honestly, who's working at this point? On to a really important topic as we contemplate the coaching direction of Michigan football: What song should Rodriguez have picked to feature at the Football Bust? Maybe Bon Jovi, Livin' on a Prayer, a Big House favorite? Perhaps DB could have followed that with Won't Get Fooled Again? What song should be featured at next year's Bust (hosted by Coach X)? I welcome your views.
The hits just keep coming. It seems DB now has his own Blog.
Feel free to check out his post on The Politics of Bowling. I'm look forward to a post that discusses Coaching Decision Timelines and How it Effects Recruiting.
It's been over 12 months since this story about Harbaugh and BathroomGate, but I still find it hilarious. I imagine a massive HD screen to watch film and a high-tec X's and O's white board right next to the shitter.
From August 2009:
The Stanford athletic department is facing a multi-million revenue shortfall. Fundraising has cratered. Team budgets are being sliced. More than 20 jobs have been eliminated through layoffs and buyouts, and at least one sport (fencing) is in danger of being cut.
So by all means, build the football coach a private bathroom.
Harbaugh's response to austerity measures:
“It was something I’d asked for,’’ Harbaugh said. “It cuts down on drag.’’
$70,000? I don't care what anyone says, that is going to be one nice bathroom to spend lots of time.
You decide if it's inspirational or a plea for another chance
Warning - this post contains no coaching discussion points and focuses entirely on football. For those of you expecting the usual "fire RR/no keep RR" post I sure that will undoubtedly come up next on the board.
I am very much looking forward to our bowl game as we will be as healthy for that contest as we have been since Connecticut. One of the many causalities of a young team is lack of depth and our ability to overcome injuries has been severely hampered by our lack of able bodies. Take a look at the injury report for the OSU game:
QUESTIONABLE (50% PLAY)
Hemingway, Junior Head
PROBABLE (75% PLAY)
Gallon, Jeremy Shoulder
Martin, Mike Ankle
Roh, Craig Head
Smith, Vince Head
Stonum, Darryl Ankle
Not on this list but certainly not at 100% was Shaw, Lewan and even Robinson. Tate was banged up too but playing through it when called upon. I'm sure there were lots of other unreported "walking wounded" that we never really heard about too. So our team was a shell of what it started out to be and I think the results show that.
The bowl game however gives all the guys 30 days to rest and get well. I am expecting a VERY different team to emerge as we get the players back at full strength and I think the results will show it.
I didn't include the players lost for the season because they will obviously not be back but based on the guys returning to health I am predicting a Michigan win. And I believe this regardless of who we get matched up with because we will have the players back to make that happen for the first time in a very, very long while.
As a preface, as most of you know, I was a strong RR supporter, but since mid-season, I have joined the ranks of those who think that RR should probably not be back next year.
So I logged on to MGoBlog this morning to see if there was any actual insight (not the Bowl)to be gained from the Bust last night. And I see that certain members of the MSM and some posters are trashing RR's quote that he "wants to be a Michigan Man."
Are you freeking kidding me? This is what our fanbase is reduced to? Criticizing Coach for being honest and humble in his speech at a team Bust? To me, RR's statement that he wants to be a Michigan Man was one of the most sincere, emotionally-open statement I can recall a coach giving.
He is acknowledging that within our alumni and fan base, there is a concept of a Michigan Man. He is acknowledging that many do not accept him as a Michigan Man. And, most importantly, he is expressing his honest desire to gain acceptance to that designation. He is recognizing that just because he was hired to coach the team, that does not automatically make him a Michigan Man.
To me, that statement alone makes RR a Michigan Man. From what I have read of the bust, RR handled himself with dignity and class, and in a manner that makes me proud to have him as our coach.
While I still have reservations as to whether he can survive the shitstorm that he has faced, RR is a class act who is deserving of all of our respect and pride. He certainly does not deserve to have his statements twisted and mischaracterized as they have been.