and... i like them? I think I like them.
Dave Brandon was on WJR this morning on the Frank Beckmann show. Happened a few hours ago, but I haven't seen it posted yet, and not everyone on this board can get AM 760.
Here's the highlights that I remember:
- DB DOES want MSU and OSU to play UM each year.
- DB does NOT want Michigan to play OSU at the end of the year going into a championship game. He said no coach or TV person wants to see the same two teams match up in consecutive weeks.
- The conference's primary means for determining which schools go into which divisions is based on each programs performance.... # of wins, conference titles, bowl appearances, etc. Geography is NOT a consideration.
- The year that Penn State came into the conference is as far back as the conference is looking when evaluating programs.
- The top 4 teams are OSU, UM, Nebraska, and PSU.
- UM and OSU are NOT going to be in the same division.
Reading into what he said, it looks like MSU will probably be in our division and OSU will be a protected match-up scheduled some time before the last regular season game. He said he's fighting very hard to have us play those two schools each year and I can't see them giving UM two protected teams on the schedule, thus MSU in the same division.
He did stress several times that the divisions will be formed based on past performance (dating back to PSU's entry into the conference) more than anything else; and he reiterated that geography is a non-factor.
Dave Brandon's a straight shooter and doesn't mince words. He did add that Coach Rod's future is not determined by a "number" (of wins). He's the AD and he has access to far more metrics than win / loss stats. Those metrics (and he listed a bunch) are what DB looks at.
I will be tailgating at the golf course just like I did last year. If anyone would like to stop by my tailgate group just friend me using the links below and I will send an invite. It'd be good to see some fellow Mgobloggers out there. Specifically those that like Jager and beer pong. I also have some photos of last years tailgates in my photo section as well. Hope to see a few of you there and do a few shots with ya.
I was watching the season opener;
Denard hit Stonum on a slant, and he took it for a 40 yard TD, then Marvin Robinson had a bone crushing hit that forced a fumble, recovered by Kovacs (I think he ran it in, rather than just falling on it... it was early on in the drive)...
Then UConn started climing back (a little) they got a field goal, A couple minutes later Toussaint ran one in and we were up 21-3 within a few minutes. UConn responded with their own TD (21-10).
Then I think someone got a hold of the channel changer or something, because all of a sudden I was watching Hell's Kitchen (It must have been a marathon because that was on through the end of the game).... although I did get back in time to see the end of the game... Gibbons kicked an field goal with like 5 minutes left and UM won 38-20.
Then I woke up and thought it was September 5th, till I realized it was dream...dammit!
Thought this was a great photo from SI.com of one of the all time greats and his totally bad ass blanket from his dorm room.
If that doesn't get your blood pumping for next Saturday nothing will. GO BLUE!
This is from a friend who usually has pretty good information coming out of Wisconsin. (Edit: this apparently came from the Wisconsin State Journal.) It is definitely in the rumour only category, but you can see the "logic" they used to build the divisions.
North Division: Mich., Neb. Wisc., MSU, NW, and Minn.
South Division: OSU, PSU, Iowa, Purd., Ill. and In.
The order in which the teams are listed is allegedly the same in which they were ranked or seeded.
The Iowa alumni hate this division. They want Wisconsin in their Division.