"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
I signed up for the free tickets, and pulled 4 in section 18 halfway up.
What is the deal? That many folks coming or do you have to be a big shooter donator to pull the sideline sections?
Why are we doing tickets? Does Mary Sue want to start charging?
These updates are a little late, but I tried to space everything out so it wasn't all one big bombardment. Here are two more updates from last week's junior day visit from Minnesota OL Jonah Pirsig and Ohio TE AJ Williams.
6'9", 300 lbs.
Blue Earth, Minnesota
Yes, Jonah is 6-foot-9 and he's from a place called Blue Earth. [Ed: Next time Tom talks to him I'll have him ask if he's got a pet ox and has been bewilderingly located in East Lansing of late.] Pirsig has racked up some big time offers--Auburn, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, MSU, Ohio State, and Wisconsin to name a few. He took in Ann Arbor this past weekend and got a chance to talk with his potential position coach.
Right away we had a meeting with Coach Funk. We didn't watch tape or anything, but he gave me some history of the coaching staff and what he's done with offensive linemen. He went over the depth chart and his coaching style. He said they'll be running pro style but they're going to still run Denard. I think I definitely fit in that offense. Coach Hoke was talking with my dad and me. We didn't talk much about football, just about random stuff like two guys.
Pirsig came up on a off practice day so they weren't able to watch any actual coaching. That may not have been a negative though as it gave him more time to interact with the coaches.
We went in the Big House and it was pretty overwhelming walking out on the field. They gave us some facts and told us that they're planning on adding about 10,000 seats eventually. We got a tour of the locker room and the training room. I think this visit helped Michigan because I was just talking to the coaches, and now I can put faces and personalities to the name.
Jonah said he wants to narrow things down pretty soon, but he's not exactly sure when that will happen. Like he said, this visit helped Michigan but I have a feeling they still have work to do.
6'6", 260 lbs.
Williams has put together a nice offer list himself with Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, MSU, NC State, and WVU among the programs interested. AJ journeyed up to Ann Arbor with his father and both seemed to like what they saw.
It was great. I love the facilities and the way the coaches welcomed us in. I went with my dad and he loved it too. He loved how the coaches showed me how I would fit in and how they were honest about everything.
Williams was also up on a non practicing day, but there's always plenty of things to see and people to talk to.
We talked to Coach Hoke and he is a great guy. I love how cool he is with just talking about life and how it's not all about football. He was having a good talk with my dad. I would say this trip was a solid 9, and it helped Michigan.
This visit really seemed to make an impression on both AJ and his dad. He's not sure when he'll make his final decision, but he said it will be either before his football season or before his basketball season next year. After this visit Michigan has put themselves in good position.
Troy Woolfolk, on Twitter:
Just got back from the doctor and due to yesterday's injury at practice i have to sit out another year cause I re-injured my ankle.
I refuse to believe anything other than that this is an April Fool’s Day prank.
The paying football players topic has been pretty hot lately. The one story that keeps being mentioned that seems to "grind my old man gears" is the old we didn't have enough money to scrounge up a pizza on a Saturday night. I don't know so I'm asking for clarification if anybody has some insight on what do these kids get to eat?
Here is what I know from watching and reading about Michigan for 40 years. I know Barwis would give them chocolate milk, Bo would give them cookies, when they go to the bowl games they eat at the nicest restraunts. I see videos of trainig table and it appears they are eating some of the best catered food you can find. It seems like they get better food than 99% of the students usually can treat themselves to.
What I don't know is how many meals a day are provided to them? Do they have access to food all year round? Is it really as good a quality as it appears?
Happy April Fools Day board! I come to you for help instead of folly on this day. My brother recently graduated from Grad school at U of M. Him and I are both die-hard, life long fans. As most of you know today was the release of the 2 game ticket packages for the 2011 season, that alumni association members get. We originally had wanted to go to the ND and SDSU games, due to ND being the first ever night game. However, his wife is a PSU fan and he will be attending the PSU v. Alabama game the very weekend of the ND game, so that package is off the table. We are left with deciding, between Western (the opener) and Nebraska or Eastern and OSU. We are leaning towards the Nebraska/Western package, but we need some help from the board. Any thoughts? Input?
Edit: Called my brother to clarify, tickets aren't actually on sale, he just got the email about the 2 game packages he can choose from when they are on sale. My bad, this is not in anyway meant to be an April Fools joke. But, we stll need help deciding which one we should pick.