I did not make this headline up
Henri, the Otter of Ennui, is mad as hell and he is not going to take it any more.
In Boca Raton, FL, two days before the Wisconsin game, he attacked and bit a dog. The day after the game, two people were attacked and bitten. Three days after the Ohio State debacle, Henri struck with a vengeance and the young man in the video was attacked.
Animal control has fielded over 100 calls from residents in and around Boca of an out-of-control otter - suspected to be the same one.
David Hitzig, executive director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, says, "It is a mystery as to what's going on and why we've had these attacks recently." "The behavior we've seen in these incidents does not point to a diseased animal." Experts say if the otter was rabid, it would have likely have died by now.
Reports are uncertain as to whether Henri's behavior is related to Michigan's football coaching situation, area recruits, or existential angst within the MGoBlogosphere.
A speedy recovery to those upon whom Henri's pent up wrath was unleashed. A pox on those who provoked him.
Hello MGobloggers. A couple of us last night decided it would be kind of fun to set up a college football bowl pick'em pool. I got the go ahead from Brian to post. This pool is open to the MGoblog family.
Go to ESPN.com
Look under Fantasy and minigames. Pick College Bowl Mania
Choose join a group.
Our pool is obviously called mgoblog
The password is Denarded.
Create your entry
No cash prize, just for bragging rights, although if you get the best on ESPN I think you win a Best Buy $2,000 gift card.
If there are any questions, don't hesitate to post them.
You can start picking in 3 days. Let the games begin, please. I will post this again before bowl season starts since it becomes locked once bowls begin.
Does anyone know when they will annoucements the teams for each bowl? I am thinking it should be this sunday but not sure!
Asked only one direct question by Sam & Ira and it related to the impact on recruiting that waiting on a decision had. His response:
"I have to look at the big picture thats what I do and approach things and the big picture is most important. Everything you do impacts recruiting...there's all this firestorm about speculation and all that. What i try to be is infinitely consistent, we have our banquet tomorrow night, we have a bowl game to play, 15 practices to prepare for an undoubtedly a really fine opponent..the players and coaches have earned that right, get that experience behind them hopefully in a positive way. So all the firestorm that's trying to move timetable is not going to work."
Read into it what you'd like, but basically, status quo from him in terms of what he's divulging.
A comment about RR and WVU on another thread prompted me to do some quick digging on the WVU/NCAA situation, and I came across this:
"A closer look at the NCAA report on West Virginia shows that in violation 5(a) “Prior to the 2005-06 academic year through the fall semester of the 2007-08 academic year, the [WVU] compliance staff communicated concerns to the football staff regarding various individuals with interactions with football student-athletes during practice and game-day activities. However, individuals who were considered to be noncoaching sport-specific staff members continued to engage in impermissible activities… subsequent to the discussions.”
In layman’s terms, West Virginia’s compliance staff told Rodriguez he was breaking the rules and he ignored them.... When West Virginia faces the NCAA in December, it is likely Rodriguez will very much be a man of interest."
Assuming this article is accurate, then it provides another possible reason for Brandon to delay a decision until very late in December or early January. Even though the NCAA did find that the transgressions in the Michigan program were far, far less serious than the Freep alleged, the fact that we are going to be penalized at all is certainly a black mark in the eyes of many at UM. Brandon can't simply laugh it off in his capacity as AD, even if he thinks privately that the whole thing is a bit ridiculous. However, the WVU case is more serious for RR, since WVU is apparently alleging that RR and staff ignored complaints and concerns of the WVU compliance dept. It's difficult for him to maintain that he did nothing knowingly wrong at WVU when there is evidence that problems were brought to his attention.
I don't know what the nature of WVU's December appearance before the NCAA will be. The problem for Brandon is that he can't risk giving a public endorsement to RR's continuation as Michigan's head coach prior to the hearing, when there is a chance, however slight, that RR could find himself in hot water with the NCAA all over again. At this point, the issue of the seriousness of the infractions at WVU—practice time and impermissible coaching—is secondary to the issue of whether or not RR ignored the complaints from the WVU compliance people, which would indicate an attempt to knowingly flout the rules, however picayune they may be in our eyes.
If anybody here has more recent info that would eliminate all this as a concern for DB, by all means go ahead and post.
Broke his foot on Oct 9th. Does anyone know if he can apply for another year of eligility? If not, could he be ready for the bowl games?