With the endless CC & recruiting threads, something obvious just struck me. Not only has DB done a great job of not wavering and staying on message, he has also done a great job of maintaining an invulnerable cloak of silence. So often, someone in the office blabs what is going to happen. To be true, this often is caused by someone at the top sharing info with someone who can't be trusted. I think that there may have been some version of this that happened in the coaching search after Carr. (Specifically, in regards to Les Miles.) Perhaps DB learned from that debacle. Regardless, he has done a masterful job of keeping his own mouth shut.
DB's ability to keep his own counsel and keep his mouth shut will pay dividends in various ways. He is sending a clear message to the entire athletic program.
- First, he is a man of his word.
- Second, he will not be swayed by the masses or by media pressure.
- Third, if he is willing to act this way with the football program, no less can be expected all the way down through all sports teams at Michigan.
- Fourth, there are very limited backdoors in the athletic administration. Often, there are toadies or folks behind the scenes who spill the beans. Having a united front and lack of loose lips in the admin is very impressive.
- Fifth, no one in the media can expect special treatment from DB.
I'm reminded of the scene in "The Right Stuff" where John Glenn refuses to cave to media whore pressure from LBJ. By DB taking heat now, and yes, causing some discomfort for RR & for the recruiting world, healthy patterns are being set that will pay significant dividends throughout all sports at Michigan for years to come. I salute him, and have full confidence in the process as regards RR & our football team.
Per Justice Hayes' twitter account, we have more commit(s) on the way.
We bout to pick up some more commits. :)
Yesterday Brandon came on WDFN in the afternoon. He comes on, they exchange pleasantries and the host goes on with a long winded question about the football coach and when he finally finishes he concludes with something like.....Is all the media pressure you're receiving make it difficult to stick to your timeline?
Brandons repsonse- "No it doesn't". There is a long pause as the hosts try to figure out if he is done or not and when they figure out that he is they just move on. Pretty funny, basically saying I don't care about you cockroaches, but I'll come on your show to pump up my school. Aw too bad Mr. sports host I know you spent all day crafting your question to corner him into an answer and you weren't the smartest guy in the world. Reboot.
Also, I'm not sure if it was taken down off the board, but I was surprised I didn't see a RIP Drew Sharp post after getting booted off the radio. I know how he is so admired here.
I know a number of you also go to Scout and Rivals and view and/or contribute to their message boards so I was wondering if some of you could help me wade through who's more reliable.
Tom Beaver seems to be a RR apologist so he says RR is "trailing in the 4th quarter" and that the bowl will actually affect the outcome.
Chris Balas thinks a coaching change is going to happen but is not claiming any insider info.
So, I'm not trying to start another CC thread, I want to know if any of you know if these guys are slanted one way or the other. No offense but I don't care if you think RR will or won't get another year or if he deserves it, just trying to see what lens the Scout and Rivals mods are looking at this situation through if you know.
Yesterday there was a post about a dance off scuffle at the Beef O' Brady's Bowl. There was also a scuffle at the Las Vegas bowl as well. This "fight" broke out after getting massages at the hotel the teams were staying in. The link below provides the story:
It's unfortunate that these players end up behaving like this. Though I am glad the Michigan players behave well when they're invited to bowl games. I just wish the link I posted had a happy ending.
DAYS UNTIL WE SHOW OX WISTERT WE DESERVE TO RETIRE SOME MORE JERSEYS!