This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
Sorry this is from the Freep, but at least it's not any of their writers doing the analysis...just quoting a BTN analyst who has access.
Things to like: Hoke's coaching, receivers, DRob,
Things to worry about: a drop off after MM on the D line.
Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon confirmed with me in a one-on-one interview on media day that a working design is ready for the next stadium expansion, which would start on the south end zone.
The specs include all-bleacher seating, which will rise up to enclose the spaces between the sideline structures to the scoreboard at a height that the scoreboard will appear as if it is "set into" the new seating area.
The design would also make the seating appear like a second deck, as a concourse will be included in the new construction below the new seating. Brandon said the waiting list for season tickets supports the expansion.
He offered no thoughts on a how soon he would take this project to the Regents for approval. He said the south end zone expansion would increase the stadium's capacity by 6,000.
This can only mean that a similar NORTH expansion would follow at another time in the future to balance the stadium's appearance from within the bowl.
With this updated information, one can reasonably conclude that including a north expansion of an additional 6,000 seats, we can project the capacity of Michigan Stadium will eventually increase to at or near 122,000 (and 1).
UM's helmets were recently ranked #1 by The Lost Lettermen. As if we didn't already know this, but it's always nice to get some outside validation. Sure beats ESPN's rankings a while back. Now let's get this season started...Go Blue!!
This was pretty recently put on youtube, so hopefully this hasn't been posted anywhere (I did search). Not the best quality and mostly just drills, but anything for an addict.
EDIT: I posted the video below. Is there a reason this embed isn't working just like I did in this thread? The "iframe" is showing up for me but not publishing. Oh well.
EDIT 2: A couple people mentioned the first video was already posted in the comments of another thread. Sorry I didn't see it. Mods delete if necessary.
U-M announced earlier today that all the university lots, the golf courses, and Pioneer will open for parking at noon for the night game vs. Notre Dame. Here's the press release:
Aug. 18, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced today (Thursday, Aug. 18) that football game day parking lots will open to all permits and public at noon when Michigan hosts Notre Dame in the Under the Lights Game on Saturday, Sept. 10.
The listing of parking lots opening at noon include: Blue, Grey, Purple, Buffalo, Red, Brown, Green and the U-M Golf Course. In addition to the university lots, Ann Arbor Golf and Outing and Pioneer High School will be opening to the public at noon.
The game between the Wolverines and Irish is scheduled for an 8 p.m. kickoff on ESPN. This will be the first-ever primetime game played at Michigan Stadium in the history of Michigan football.