spoiler alert: i linked this
When are start times for future games determined? I'm assuming that TV schedules (and the popularity of upcoming games) goes into whether a game will start at noon, 3:30pm, or some other time. However, I'm considering going to several of the games where the start time is undetermined, and the start time plays a role in whether or not I'll go.
Also, with everything going into the Michigan - ND game, I feel safe in assuming there will be no "night games" set up a couple weeks in advance, but that such games have to be scheduled long ahead of time. (Hence, the Michigan - Northwestern start time was announced this summer, being it was a night game.) If this is true, the only possible time slots for game starts would be 12 & 3:30pm.
Last wrinkle: are games at Iowa & Illinois either 12 & 3:30pm local time, or EST?
Just found this on ESPN:
EDIT: Credit to TruBluMich (new user who can't post yet) for this Wolverine Nation link:
Brian Kelly's response to questions about his sideline demeanor in nd's loss to SFU on saturday:
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Asked innocuously enough about his fits of rage on the sideline in last weekend's loss to South Florida, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly immediately sought clarification.
"Did I hit somebody, did I strike somebody?" Kelly asked during his regular Tuesday news conference. "Is that what you're referring to?"
"I've got to do a better job of understanding when that camera is on me, and it seems like that camera is on me more than I'm used to. I'll have to do a better job of controlling my emotions."
I knew there would be a thoughtful response if we just waited for it.
Pat Forde has a snarky column over at ESPN that highlights this week's Michigan - ND night game. You can find it at http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/6935047/michigan-wolverines-maryland-terrapins-utah-state-aggies-give-us-talk-about.
Among other things, Forde writes
(Brainstorm: Since Michigan does not have an actual wolverine mascot, The Dash suggests procuring a nine-banded armadillo as a fill-in. Who wouldn't want to see that armor-plated oddity on the sidelines in the Big House? Especially since, as Wikipedia puts it, "The armadillo can jump 3-4 feet straight in the air if sufficiently frightened." That beats rolling over and playing dead when sufficiently frightened, which is what Michigan has done for the last several years against Ohio State.)
By all accounts, the Michigan fan base is insanely excited about joining the 1980s and playing at home at night. Athletic director Dave Brandon said in the spring that the school "could probably sell 150,000 tickets" for the game. And Stephen Nesbitt, co-managing sports editor of the Michigan Daily, said he knows students who are getting more for their Notre Dame ticket than the cost of the entire season student pass.
That first comment about the defense . . . ouch. I'm looking forward to that no longer being true fairly soon.
I get the snark about "joining the 1980s and playing at home at night." But while I support the night game, we don't need Forde or anyone else goading us into getting with the program and doing things like . . . Rawk Music, Scrolling Advertising, Kid Friendly Mascots, etc., etc., etc.
Forde goes on to write about other locations (i.e., LSU) where night games are more common.
p.s. The link to "basic html primer" at mgoblog disappeared again. I can't remember how to make a pretty link, instead of pasting in the website link as is. If one of you can enlighten me (again,) I'll edit this post appropriately.
Great link after every game to see who, and where, everyone played (but doesn't help with how much they played). Also gives you a great head-start on "burned redshirts" for the freshmen (barring any "medical" issues that come up in the future).
But, here is a question that I have: Jareth Glanda is listed as a Special Teams player at the position of "SS". What is a special teams "SS" (I even tried the googles and the interwebs for insight with no avail)