"It's not about last year or who's here or who's isn't here," says your head coach. "It's about getting out here and competing and seeing who is here, and that's where we're gonna go."
[Ed-M: This is really board material]
I've only been able to make it to ONE Michigan Bowl game in my life, but it was a fine game at that --- the January 1, 1991 Gator Bowl.
My brother lives in Daytona Beach, and I usually visited him around NY's Day. This year, it happened that UM had beaten a woefully-coached Cooper OSU team on a last second FG by JD Carlson (why ON EARTH would a coach sent slow, David-Cone-style Greg Frye on an option on 4th and 1 from his own 29????)
UM faced Mississippi, the school that (at least then) proudly strutted out the Confederate Flag (OK...didn't that War end in something like 1865????).
Anyway, I had easy access to UM tickets so my "bro" and I (my "bro" is a dual UM/MSU grad, please don't flame me for that one) decided to go to the game, sitting in the Michigan section.
Michigan got off to a good start and a TD to go up 7-0. Ole Miss got a long FG to get to 7-3. Then, all hell broke loose, at least against the ""Rebs" (gotta love a team that names itself after the LOSING faction in a cataclismic batlle --- did you ever hear off the "Goldwaters" or "Dukasis'es"). Desmond Howard, in a preview to the 1991 Heisman, toasted a slow, white Ole Miss DB for an easy TD on a bomb.
Michigan set its modern day record for most yds in a game at something like 715 yds of total offense. If not for a few turnovers, we would have won Civil War II by more than 32 points.
I remember thinking, after the game, that we had just beat a mid-level (Minnesota in those days) B10 team.
Let's hope we can repeat some history this coming January 1st!!!!!
Quotes about Rich Rod: “I get upset when people poke fun at Coach Rod, because I know him on a personal level,” Mike Martin said. “I’ve been at his house with his family, and that man should never be made fun of because he’s nothing but a good person.
"I'm all in for coach Rodriguez and everything he does," -Ryan Van Bergen said.
"I'd be pretty devastated if anything happened (to Rodriguez)." -Darryl Stonum
Reporters are gonna write stories that tell me lies about how there's no "family atmosphere" anymore? Bull. Lots of people left Bo's first year because they couldn't take it, but not many people besides the coaches knew that until many years later. Now with ESPN, Twitter, Facebook, and everything else on the internet, every time that happened recently it's a big friggen deal. Of course Bo didn't have to completely change systems, but that doesn't matter. I remember Bo always got choked up at Banquets and things, and now RR does too. But when he does it he's "begging for his job". Shit pisses me off.
Shawn Conway will not be attending U of M next fall. Instead he will be attending a JUCO in order to get in. From his comments on the situation he remains committed to us and very much desires to eventually be a Wolverine. I like Ricardo Miller and Jerald Robinson but man, seemingly missing out on Sammy Watkins and not having Conway in 2011 really sucks.
Edit/ per TomVH's twitter:
Like many mgoblog members I've been reading all kinds of comments about DB's timeline to wait until after the bowl game to make a decision about the future of RR and the actual coaching staff. Some of them agree with him, but the majority doesn't. Most think that he is a bad CEO and there is no reason to wait unless he actually wants JH to be the next coach of Michigan football team. I want to bring a new perspective into this situation; I think he is forced to do it. Now let me explain it.
Most will agree with me that we are faced here with two likely scenarios:
1. J. Harbaugh or,
2. R. Rodriguez
If JH is the future coach, waiting for him is probably the best solution and an early announcement will probably create a bad situation both at Michigan and Stanford (remember West Virginia 3 years ago).
If RR is the coach, announcing it before the bowl game can open up a big can of worms. Why, will you ask? Think about it. What the next question will be? What about Greg Robinson and the defensive staff? Are they coming back? In this case what DB's answer can be? Yes! Unless he's 100% sure he cannot say that and what if he wants some changes in defense?
I don't know what your opinion is, but I think we need a change there and a lot of people believe that even if RR is back GERG is gone. Now we have to admit that this is a very likely scenario and I actually think that after JH as a HC this is the most likely to happen. He cannot say: "Wait for that answer after the bowl game" because that can mean only one think. You're fired, but after the bowl game.
Doing something like this IS a bad CEO decision because will divide the coaching stuff and create animosity and friction between offense and defense. That's why when somebody is fired he has to live immediately. You cannot have half the coaches safe and half not. What kind of working environment is that? You are better off with nobody safe then that.
So in conclusion J. Harbaugh or R. Rodriguez, D. Brandon may not have a choice on the timeline of his decision. Waiting after the bowl game may be his only solution.
P.S. I am in "keep RR get rid of GERG" camp. My second choice will be JH, other than that keep RR.
I know previously there was alot of complaining, with good merit, when certain former Michigan players said their HS football team or whatever else instead of the Univerity of Michigan when doing intros on Sun and Mon night football. I was wondering if anyone noticed Derrick Mason last night saying his HS instead of MSU as well as a number of other players saying various things including Suggs saying he wen to his parents university? Just sort of made me think that it's probably not former players putting our team down, but just maybe just maybe them doing something different. I guess it's hard not to get your panties in a bunch with all the negative publicity we have been getting, but this just put it in perspective better.
Go Blue and beat MSU
38-28 in the Gator Bowl.
Michigan is 8-5 in year 3 under Rich Rodriguez.
RichRod is 16-21 after 3 seasons (0.432 winning pct).
The Michigan team will return 9 to 10 starters on offense and 9 starters on defense.
You're David Brandon (I'm Ron Burgundy???): What do you do? (after ordering 2 medium 2 topping pizzas for $5.99 each, of course)