this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Denard Speaks...We Listen
You can have all sorts of opinions about the man. However, he did get us the B10 network and Nebraska in addition to a recent slap down of the little guys in NYC. This was more "bitch where's my money" than worrying about equity outside of his base conference.
In a reply to WAC commissioner Benson commenting on how his teams can play on the big stage, Delany broke off a little history
"The problem," Delany interrupted, "is your big stage takes away opportunities for my teams, to play on the stage they created in 1902."
When Benson asked for more top-tier bowl access, Delany sounded a bit Tony Soprano:
"We gave up the Rose Bowl, the SEC gave up access to the Sugar Bowl, others were included but they never had access to any of this before. You have to understand who brought what to the table. Who's continuing to give and who's continuing to get."
Where is the guy with the baseball bat for Benson? Not sure if it is because of the way the story was written or if it really sounded this mafia in person.
I work with an Ole Miss alum who just showed me this great write-up comparing the two schools, our shared hatred of all things MSU, and how UM stomped them in the Gator Bowl in 1991. Enjoy.
I've been as critical of him as anyone here, but Rosenberg IMO makes sense in today's article. Basically, his point is that waiting until January doesn't make any sense unless you are planning to fire RR. Otherwise why make him and his assistants twist in the wind?
"You can make a reasonable argument for keeping Rodriguez. He has coached only three years, his offense is working, his record got better every year, etc. But you cannot make a reasonable argument for dangling him over the edge of a cliff for five weeks, then keeping him. There is a reason nobody else in college sports operates this way. Even if the plan is to keep Rodriguez and make changes to the coaching staff, it makes much more sense to announce now that Rodriguez will be back.
Brandon is a smart man. And when a smart person does a seemingly stupid thing, you have to look at it from every angle to see what you're missing. No matter how I look at this, only one thing makes sense:
Brandon has decided to fire Rodriguez."
He may be dead wrong, as he's been many many times before, but this makes sense to me.
I'm not sure what to make of this. LSU is basically the anti-Michigan (92nd in total offense, 8th in total defense). I remain confident that Denard can win this game with his arm. Also, the MSU D seemed to be worn down after only 50 snaps. Without checking, I would guess that Michigan averages about 70.
Note: Title changed from "TomVH, Does LB Curtis Grant has Michigan as his leader?" due to grammer police intervention.
This is from the Bleacher Report so take it for what it is worth.
“I have had a chance to speak with [Michigan] coaches Robinson and Braithwaite. I like both coaches, they are good guys. Michigan is losing their middle linebacker so I am keeping an eye on that," Grant said.