Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
As if the logo and the unbelievably
bad ridiculous names for the future trophies weren't enough, the Big 10 offices chose "Legends" and "Leaders" as names for our divisions in football. What I want to know is, what names could they have discussed which later were deemed to be worse than Leaders and Legends? It is seriously difficult to think of names that could be worse, but I'll take a stab at some that I am glad they did not chose, please feel free to add....
Zambonies/Slot Ninjas (we'd need a division of our own)
I just wanted to say that I was happy to see Mike Martin be such a nice guy. It's refreshing to see our football players interact with the fans in such a positive manner. During the Big Chill, Mike Marin was in Section 9 and someone behind me recognized him and called out "Mike Martin!" Mike turned around and said hi and glad handed for a little bit before headed over to his seat.
Every time Mike went up and left to get food or something, the same fan would always shout out "Mike Martin." Now, it seems that would get annoying a little bit, but Mike took it all in stride and always acknowledged the guy with a smile.
While MIke was making his way up at the end of the game, the guy behind me's little brother was wondering if Mike would take a picture with him. He was nervous when Mike walked by but Mike saw him and said hi and then the kid asked to take a picture and Mike said "of course" and took a picture and shook the kid's hand.
Now, is this something crazy that would have never happened? No, but it's refreshing to see our players be good guys to the fans that recognize him (and who may or may not have been annoying him). I like seeing that from our players.
This probably didn't deserve it's own forum topic, but still - great to see.
I hope he dominates him some Relf on January 1st.
A while back, an ESPN got us all excited at the prospect of having a former 5* safety in the fold. Well, you can all kiss that goodbye, it now appears as though former Florida DB Jonathan Dowling is headed off to W. Kentucky. For those of you wondering how much his dismissal from the Florida program affected him/reason why he left...
“I don’t do everything right,” Dowling said. “I’m not an angel, but I feel like they could’ve done a lot more things to help me instead of trying to break me down. With (Heater), it was never, ‘Good play; you did good,’ it was always, ‘Why the ‘F’ did you do this or why did you do that?’ There were never positive things coming from him. For the first time in my life, that affected me and made me not like football. I had to get away from that.”
Take whoever's side you'd like, this kid is officially off the board. Good luck with the .....Hilltoppers, kid.
This post is not about who should/will be our head coach next year, whether or not Brandon waiting to make the decision is the best move or not, and if the question I am raising has already been raised I apologize for missing it.
The point of this post is to simply challenge the generally accepted notion that DB's decision to wait until after the bowl is hurting our current coaching efforts.
It's easy to see why this belief is fairly widely held. Dee Hart withdrew his commitment , and numerous recruits have expressed that they were waiting until DB made his decision to commit.
With this in mind, if national signing day was before or on the bowl game, I would say that these signs make it clear that Brandon's delay is hurting recruiting, but the the thing is that national signing day isn't until freaking February.
What Brandon's delay is doing is keeping Michigan football headlines far more than it would be otherwise, culminating in even more national press after the bowl game when the decision is announced.
I see this announcement having 3 different possible effects on recruits depending on how things turn out:
1. RR does poorly/mediocre in the bowl and DB decides to keep him. Effect - meh, not much. By February the recruits will do what all 18 year olds do and will have forgotten all about this and will sign with RR if they were going to anyway
2. RR surprises people when the team plays above expectation and DB keeps him in a big nationally televised love fest (my bet, like it matters). Effect - positive. Anyone who was going to sign does and all of the extra publicity this waiting game has garnered attracts more recruits
3. It doesn't matter how RR does and Harbaugh is brought to a big nationally televised reunion-themed love fest. Effect - positive. Some of RR's recruits stay, some of Harbaugh's recruits come over, and overall we get more guys than we would have because of the extra publicity Brandon's delay has garnered the program.
So, it seems that the biggest negative effect this delay has had, in my opinion is in regards to the public perception of Dave Brandon, who has taken a lot of the negative feelings off of RR and focus them on his handling of the situation - which would certainly make the announcement that RR is staying easier than right after the OSU game when public opinion of RR was at its lowest (just saying).
Btw, I would love nothing more than to have the error in my thinking highlighted by anyone so I know better for the future.
OT: Iowa suspends Robinson for bowl game. Hampton transfers. 10AM press conf w Ferentz & Iowa AD tomorrow
And the slow exodus starts. Looking more and more like Iowa is on it's way to becoming a doormat in our division for a couple years now. Saw the below post, but this is a recent and substantive development.