chance of bowl: 13.6%
ESPN2 Cincinnati vs. USF
ESPN Boise State vs. BYU
ESPNU South Alabama vs. Troy
FS1 Oregon vs. California
Since we've moved up our hopes for Jim Harbaugh from a scientifically accurate 0.49% a month ago to 4.32% today, thought I'd throw this story out from the 49ers website. I wonder if they are trying to put a happier face on Jim Harbaugh the human. :) It's a neat piece. Actually reminds me of Steve Jobs in a way - not only due to the black turtleneck but the way many close to him view him as sort of a total hard ass - but an effective hard ass who is at the top of his profession.
Also this other story was posted 3 weeks ago here, but I glossed over it since our chances of landing Jim had not crossed over the 1% threshold yet but I re-read it yesterday and it made me want to run through a brick wall. For Tigers fan this is a guy just like Justin Verlander who wants to destroy you even in a game of checkers. The money quote, from a speech he gave the 49ers pre-season:
"I will be your alarm clock and wake you early," he said. "It can be a great temptation to rest on the field and let the opponent have a play without making him pay for every inch. I must hold his pain where it is. Mine does not matter. ... The punishment I inflict, his fatigue, and that he is up against something that he does not comprehend is everything."
Yeah maybe the pros might scoff at this stuff after 4-5 years but I can only imagine a bunch of 18-22 year olds hearing this attitude from their leader.
Ok back to our regularly scheduled - sigh - reality.
I'm surprised to see that this hasn't been posted, but Bacon has written a very thorough analysis of where things currently stand with respect to the AD and football program. It's a bit long, but worth the read:
Seeing as it's that game week against our in-state (#2 overall) rival with an inferiority complex I thought I'd re-post a diary of mine from last year discussing our history of "Non-Alum Friends of the University" as Yost called you.
Remember, non-alums built Michigan Stadium while sparty needed direct state support. And no matter where you went to school, your support of Michigan doesn't go unnoticed. There are quite a few life things that can prevent people from attending their "fan" university, doesn't mean you can't support it. You can also remind them that we've won 6 of the last 9 in "their" sport.
Go Blue. Beat State