"Coach Mattison told me what the Ravens were about, what he thought," Beyer said. "He definitely encouraged me. I hold his opinion in high regard."
When DB was selected as AD, I didn’t really know too much about the guy. I still don’t, other than some things that I stumbled across on one of the Michigan sites. Does anybody know what the contributing factors were to select Brandon as AD? I see some things that are positive, but to be selected as the AD at Michigan?
A native of Michigan.
CEO, Valassis Communications – media and marketing services (Livonia, Michigan).
Manager, CEO and Chairman of the board of Domino’s.
Played football in the early 70’s as a reserve player who played QB and then DE.
Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and received a teaching certificate with some additional honorary doctorate degrees.
Total Campaign Contributions of $239,180, with $217,180 of that going to the Republican party and $22,000 to special interests.
Brandon and his wife, Jan, along with former U-M head football coach Lloyd Carr and his wife, Laurie, head the $754 million U-M C.S. Mott Children's and Women's Hospital Replacement Project fundraising campaign.
Brandon was honored as national CEO Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. (what does that mean?)
UM has some pretty influential people out in society (I read that “as per all the posters with “inside” connections”), with some major accomplishments, and based strictly on "notches on the belt", it would seem that they could have done a little better with the selection.
I have no idea what the qualifications were and was just wondering what made DB the choice. It would be interesting to know what those qualifications were, just in case 3 years down the road, if needed, UM can make the necessary changes.
I’m sure there a bunch of things that DB has done that I don’t know about. I sure hope he proves himself though, with some immediate results, because the clock is ticking.
Funny thing though, when DB was hired, the first thing I thought was,
“PIZZA, PIZZA, we talkin’ about PIZZA?”
Does anyone know what happened to Terrence Robinson's playing time? He played early in the year and I thought had had some reasonable success, but then he didn't seem to play at all in the last 2/3's of the year. Did he get in trouble? Hurt? Just passed up on the depth chart? I honestly thought he played fairly well in the time he got and then he just seemed to vanish.
That is all.
Coach Rod said last week that open tryouts for the kicking position would take place this Friday (tomorrow). Just a question of strategy here (sorry if this has been raised): If the NCAA Soccer semifinals are on Friday night in California, and the finals are on Sunday, would it not have been more strategic to hold the tryouts on Monday or Tuesday?
I can't imagine that there is not at least one kid on that championship level soccer team who would not tryout at least to help us finish out the season in a bowl. Even just a kickoff specialist with a big leg that can get it to the endzone. A good soccer player can do that easily and has already benen in competitive situations.
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DAYS UNTIL FLOYD SIMMONS PUTS HIS CHARLES WOODSON MIMICRY TO GOOD USE!
Several of our new friends from Mississipi State have been a welcome addition to the board in recent days, especially since they provide insight on a team that most here don't know much about. One statement I've heard several times has piqued my curiousity:
And yes, this will be the best defensive front-7 you will be facing all year.
You're acting like you know what the hell you're talking about but Arkansas and Alabama don't have the best offenses in the SEC. Auburn and Kentucky do. If you think you have a better offense than either team, you're mistaken. You put up ~150 yards rushing against defensive lines that simply are not as good as ours, I'm sorry. Get over yourself and your team. Throw names out the door. It's not a "the SEC is better; we're the most storied program in the country" issue, it's a "Mississippi State is a better team this year; we got screwed on bowl selections" issue (Florida was picked 2 spots ahead of Mississippi State despite having a horrible season because of prestige points. We should be playing Florida State.)
This is something that kind of got buried in a thread that made its way to the third page of the MGoBoard that I thought deserved some additional consideration by the populace at large. So what say you, fine posters of MGoBoard, does Mississippi State have the best defensive line (or front 7) that Michigan plays this year?