mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
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?
Just a few recruiting questions.
- When is the "all clear, go ahead" signal expected on Kinard? I know we're waiting on something.
- IIRC, Frost is an early enrollee, so his decision, one way or the other, should be soon. Can he decide anytime between now and the beginning of the Winter Term? (i.e., as late as Jan. 2, say?)
- Are there any other undecided recruits who would be enrolled in January?
- Beyond the early enrollees, are there other recruits whose decision is imminent? It seems that many of those remaining will announce either at one of the High School all-star games, UA or Army, or on signing day.
If I have a sense of what's happening on the recruiting front, I can stop obsessively visiting Mgoblog. I'm with Brian, in thinking that the only opinion on the coaching front which really matters is that of DB. Other than the recruiting front, and a bit on B-Ball and Hockey, there's not a lot of threads that really matter to me. I'm tired of the pro/con RR/Harbaugh vitriol, and actually have stopped reading many of the threads. What's been said has been said ad nauseum, sometimes pretty vociferously. It all is now beating a dead horse.
I like Beilien and think we are on the right track, I was just laughing my ass off imagining RR watching the game in his living room and sayin "Where the fuck have you been all year Mike Patrick?" "Where are my fucking graphs for my defense you idiots!"
It seemed ESPN was prepared for Mich to get blown out and explain it with graphs showing how young Michigan was but how the future is so bright. They were gushing on Beilien and the young guys before we even got the lead.
RR gets Millen yelling "Shankapotomous"
Did anyone else notice the completely different vibe of the telecasts? I think I saw the Michigan is the youngest team in the Big Ten graph 3 times. I've never seen the graph for RR's defense in 12 games.
I want to know if anyone has done a "Bowl Tour" through the alumni association? I just need to know an approximate cost if possible, and a few words about the experience. I am doing a presentation about this (tomorrow morning of course), so any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Every snap except the clock killing Bauserman drive.
Sandwiched between the Broekhuizen punt TD drive and the kick return there was 6 minutes of hope.