First we thought it was just a motorcycle accident. No big deal. Then it turns out there was a young woman riding on the back and a possible affair with the woman and complications from that. Now it turns out that a couple drove Petrino and the young woman to a rendevous point away from the accident and there is also an Arkansas State Trooper involved, who was scheduled to do a fugitive pickup but instead investigated the accident.
At this point, there are more questions than answers, but the coverup seems far more elaborate than anybody thought. Here are a few links with updates to the story:
Update: Here's another story that includes additional details:
Title says it all. Not a huge loss if you ask me. I know Hoke and company will still fill their 2014 o-line class with elite prospects.
I just triple checked to make sure Wolverine Historian didn't already upload this. WTF dude, did you forget to set your VCR that day? :-p
Obviously, it's just been one visit, and there's a ton of time 'til NSD, so take it FWIW
From Steve Wiltfong on 247sports. H/T to MGoBlueGr for noticing this.
With a day to sleep on it, Joe Mathis tells me Michigan is his leader following yesterday's visit.
From Steve at Tremendous
Joe Mathis has been with David Dawson and Khalid Hill since the linemen gathered
Mattison told Mathis if he wants to play in the NFL to come to Michigan
Mathis said when he pulled up that Coach Ferrigno was waiting for him. He really liked that.
Joe could barely find the words to describe the Big House. Said walking down the tunnel was magical.
He plans to take his official during his bye week this season. Still coming with Sua.
From Sam Webb
Upland, CA DE Joe Mathis said he got chills walking down the tunnel at #michigan stadium yesterday
Mathis also said #michigan will be in his top 5 and he guaranteed an official visit to Ann arbor in the fall
#michigan oline commit David Dawson said he can't wait to get at Mathis on the field today, but will really recruit him off of it
For good effect, here's an interview and some clips of his performance at the Nike Camp last week.
I absolutely love Greg Mattison. I'm so thankful he decided to come back and be our DC. I hope he follows in the footsteps of Dick Lebeau and fields great UM defenses and continues to build the character of young Michigan Men well into his 70's.
During this week's press conference, when asked what his objective was in coaching up Craig Roh and BWC last year he replied, "(To get them to see) what the bar was."
It is so simple and yet so profound.
Mattison believes every Michigan defense should meet or exceed the performance of our stellar, violent, disruptive, take-no-prisoners, '97 defense. And he not only expects it, he demands it, from every player at every position on every play. If a player fails to perform at that level, he lets them know about it.
And he doesn't just rant and rave about a young man's bad play, he corrects his technique, shows him the right way to do it, the proper execution, and then stays on him until he does it right.
I realize this isn't a deep complex defensive scheme or blitz package. It's not some great revelation. It's coaching 101, the most basic of coaching fundamentals. But what Coach Mattison shares between 14:30 and 16:00 of the press conference is one of the key reasons he is one of, if not the best, defensive coordinators in college football.
These are his fundamentals. And he is really really good at what he does.