I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
I figured I would let everyone know at 11:30 am on ESPN U they are going to show Michigan vs USC in the 2007 Rose Bowl.
Get to Henne, Hart, Breaston along with others. Even though it was a lost it will be cool to watch all of them again.
This A2.com story details the results of its investigation of the communications between the U-M Athletic Department Compliance Office and the football staff. Its FOIA turned up emails and meeting agendas that back up the contention that RichRod was never informed of Compliance's attempts (from Sep 2008 until the Aug 2009 audit report) to get then-Director of Football Operations Brad Labadie to turn in the missing CARA forms.
When Michigan football players didn’t turn in forms about what cars they drove and who owned them in 2008, administrators from the university’s compliance office let head coach Rich Rodriguez know.
That wasn’t the case when football administrators didn’t turn in required forms tracking the number of hours the team practiced.
Instead, compliance office administrators spent more than a year-and-a-half cajoling football administrators to turn in the Countable Athletically Related Activities forms, but never copied Rodriguez on the e-mails.
With the university and Rodriguez headed to Seattle for meetings Friday and Saturday to defend themselves against allegations they broke five NCAA major rules, there are still no answers about exactly why the compliance office never told Rodriguez about the missing forms.
For me, the story highlights the administrative dysfunction that existed during this period within the football program. The inattention to this aspect of compliance can be chalked up to RichRod's lack of managerial oversight of Labadie. My speculation is that Labadie got behind on the task and when he realized it was becoming an issue, he realized that addressing it would result in unwanted negative attention to his job performance, so he continued to ignore it hoping it would just go away, but knowing it never would.
And that's how maddingly avoidable the violations were.
The recent posts on McGuffie and Fargas got me thinking about former transfers. What former Wolverine were you most dissapointed to see transfer? I based my opinion on performance as a Wolverine, overall potential, and success after transferring. Although I was just a young adolescent, I really liked Justin Fargas. I was at the game, I believe it was against Wisconsin, where he got injured and if I recall, never saw the field as a Wolverine again. He went on to be productive at USC and play in the NFL. I really think he could have been something special had he stayed.
To preface this conversation, I just spent the last two hours watching NFL highlight youtube videos of Woodson, Brady, Henne, and Braylon Edwards. Good times.
NFL pre-season starts tonight (I know, who cares), but what I always keep an eye on is how former Michigan players are doing and root for them no matter the team.
With that being said, which former players are you most looking forward to watching this year? Feel free to add in your own superlatives like breakout performer or best performer.
Here's the list:
Most looking forward to watching on Sundays: David Harris. Straight beast. Period.
Breakout performer: If Philly didn't drop McNabb, I would say Jason Avant. Outstanding hands, ridiculous catches, and one of my favorite M players to date. I'll say Edwards and his beard becomes one of the best in the NFL this year.
Best performer: Easy pick would be Brady or Woodson, but I'll shake it up a bit and go with Chad Henne. He really shined through on occasions last year and I think he will take it up another notch this year. It's going to be fun watching Pats v Dolphins x2 this year.
There is more to Neyland Stadium than meets the eye.
Dr. Bill Bass, a forensic anthropologist and author who founded the Body Farm in Tennessee a quarter-century ago, established the research facility to study how corpses decompose and help determine the time since a person's death. The facility is utilized by researchers and law enforcement as a scientific research lab.
UT football fans come much closer to aspects of the Body Farm than they may realize.
"The anthropology department is housed in Neyland Stadium and the bones (from the Body Farm facility) actually end up in Neyland Stadium," he said.
"They are sitting on about 5,000 to 6,000 skeletons (in Neyland Stadium)," said Bass.
Bass said the football stadium is the closest the public should come to the research conducted at the Body Farm.