“He was on the other side of the court, screaming: ‘Good shot, Kev!’” Durant said, shaking his head in delight. “I’m thinking, this guy’s an All-American type of teammate right there.”
As Ace just tweeted, Michigan students are planning a 'Fire Brandon' rally for tonight on the Diag. I will certainly be attending.
Below is the email that I sent to Schlissel. I urge everyone on this board to send a similar (if shorter) email to him at email@example.com. The national media coverage of this incident is starting to die down, and my fear is that Brandon will successfully ride out this storm. We need to put as much pressure on the University to remove Brandon as possible. Diag sit-ins are a good start, but many of us do not live in AA, so please contact Schlissel and the Regents to let them know how you feel.
First let me start out by introducing myself. I am a proud graduate of the University of Michigan (1998 LSA). Since graduation, I have remained connected to the University, primarily – but certainly not exclusively - through my passion for the school’s athletic teams. During good times and bad, I have made my annual pilgrimage to Ann Arbor to take in a football game, enjoy campus, re-stock on Michigan branded paraphernalia and reconnect with all of the things that make Michigan truly different from any other university. In recent years, I have enjoyed bringing my wife (who did not attend Michigan, but considers herself an honorary Wolverine, knows every word of the Victors, and loves Michigan as much as her own alma mater) and my two sons (both of whom want nothing more than to one day attend Michigan). Simply said, I feel that my love, devotion and pride are second to none when it comes to all things Michigan.
Which brings me to the point of my email. I am personally appalled at the manner in which the athletic department has conducted itself over the past few years, culminating in this weekend’s debacle involving a concussed football player and the national spectacle that has ensued. Admittedly, the fact that Michigan football has had one good season (2011) since Coach Carr stepped down following the 2007 football season contributes to my sense of dissatisfaction, however, the win / loss record of our football program is certainly not the reason for this email. When we watched the Michigan coaching staff allow a player who was, at a minimum, potentially concussed, to remain in the football game and risk potentially fatal injury, my wife and I, watching from our living room, were horrified. We, along with the game’s television commentators, were literally screaming for Coach Hoke to do something, anything, to get that kid out of the game. When he did not – and, in fact, when he re-inserted that same players a few minutes later – for the first time in my entire life, I was embarrassed by the University of Michigan. So embarrassed, in fact, that my wife and I decided not to allow our kids (who were planning to watch the game with us the next morning on DVR) to watch. So embarrassed, in fact, that for the first Sunday following a Michigan football game, nobody in my family wore Michigan attire.
Watching the events of that game transpire, I believed that Michigan had sunk to its lowest possible point. Sadly, I was wrong. The events that transpired during the game, while horrible, can be somewhat explained by a coach’s incompetence and inability to handle / manage his team. A fireable offense, certainly, but not necessarily malice that reflect upon the University as a whole, if dealt with properly and swiftly. Regrettably, however, rather than act swiftly, the University sunk to a new low in the days that followed. Coach Hoke’s statement at his Monday press conference – in which he claims to have not spoken to Mr. Brandon, are either an outright lie or, if true, emblematic of the lack of competence and dysfunction that has infected the entire department. Even more, Coach Hoke’s claim that he did not know that his player had, in fact, suffered a concussion is, again, either an outright lie, or another example of a coach who is completely unable to handle all aspects of being the CEO of a major college football program. Moreover, even if we take Coach Hoke at his word that he was unaware of the potential concussion (which has since been confirmed as an actual concussion) and believe that Morris staggered because of an ankle injury, it was absurd for Coach Hoke to leave Morris in the football game when it was obvious to all – including the announcers who noted, two players before the concussion-causing hit – that leaving an obviously-injured Morris in the game risked further injury to Morris.
Finally, and perhaps more appalling, Mr. Brandon’s statement on the incident – released conveniently at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday – demonstrates that he and his department are not only tone deaf, but attempting to sweep this incident under the rug. Citing to protocols that were not followed, claiming that none of the coaches or doctors on the sideline recognized that Morris might have suffered a concussion (despite 100,000 in attendance, the announcers and millions of viewers recognizing the same) and talking about potential changes going forward is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the real issue here. Coach Hoke and his staff either intentionally allowed a concussed player to risk his life and future by remaining in a football game (and, in fact, reinserted that players a few minutes later rather than call a time out), or they were so incompetent as to not realize that said player was either potentially concussed or too injured to remain in the game. That Coach Hoke remains in charge of the football team for another day is an embarrassment to this great University. That Mr. Brandon, who’s department has so alienated fans over the past few years that attendance is rapidly plunging and that fans are increasingly becoming disaffected, only exacerbates the problem.
It is my hope that you and the Board of Regents will recognize the damage that this incident has caused our team and University and take swift and decisive action by removing Mr. Brandon, removing Mr. Hoke and finding suitable replacements.
Thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy email. If you would like to contact me, please feel free to do so at the number provided below.
Sincerely, and Go Blue,
You recently stated that you would not be attending the football game against Maryland on November 22nd as a boycott against the current athletic department administration and Coach Hoke. While I commend you for this stance, as you are one of the loudest and brightest voices currently covering Michigan sports, I do have a question for you about your choice.
There are two more home games before November 22nd. October 11th sees Michigan hosting Penn State, in what will most certainly be a heavily scrutinized game played during prime time. November 1st is Homecoming against Indiana. Why is it that you chose to boycott, and by extension, essentially call for your readers to boycott this game? Would it not have made more sense to try to get this done for one of the other two games? Especially considering that the Marlyand game is Senior Day, it seems like that might be a poor choice. Through all of this turmoil, the one thing we all here have agreed on is tthat supporting the current players is of the utmost importance.
Again, I want to make it clear that I agree with your stance on this matter, but only seek some clarification on the timing.
Per Mlive, UM president and board of regents to meet this morning regarding the handling of the injuries to Shane Morris. Hopefully this meeting ends with the decision to relive both Brandon and Hoke of their irresponsibilities!
Shane has been wanting to play for Michigan his entire life. Now this has happened.
His coaches and system have failed him and gotten him hurt. I can only imagine what's going through his head with all this press as well. This is not what he signed up to play for here. I just hope he can come through this and still be a great QB for us.