I am a Michigan fan from Philadelphia, PA. I did not attend Michigan, nor do I have any affiliation to the school and/or state. I love the University of Michigan. Anyone one who knows me knows of my affection for the university. While I have never been more embarrassed of those running the program, I have never been more proud of the fan base and students of the university.
When Joe Paterno was fired from Penn State there were riots in the streets, not because of outrage stemming from the events leading up to his dismissal, but because of blind support of the football program and coach.
We all know what happened during the game Saturday and the gross mismanagement of the situation since. Here is the reaction.
The regents never met, and the President didn't even end up having a meeting this morning. Looks like we will be waiting on this one for awhile.
Just clearing up a rumor: There isn't a #UMICH regents meeting today. Never was one.— David Jesse (@reporterdavidj) September 30, 2014
No regents, & U-M spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said Schlissel wasn't there either, @mikeproppe. Just talked to Rick again. No regents mtg 2day.— Jeremy Allen (@JeremyAllenA2) September 30, 2014
To clarify right off the bat, I do not want to see the NCAA get involved in what is going on right now, because that will only make matters worse for the future. But, I do think that it is pertinent to ask what their role is in this whole ridiculous situation that we now find ourselves in.
Specifically, if the NCAA claims that its focus is on students athletes, their safety, their best interests (which we all know is laughable based on the fact that money > everything else for the NCAA), is there any point at which they could step in and say that the AD, Hoke, and the medical staff at M's handling of the situation on Saturday and thereafter warrants disciplinary action against the university? Again, I don't really want that to happen, because I think that the way that the NCAA hands down discipline does not actually solve any of the actual problems. But even an investigation could prompt the board (which, not sure why they'd need any more reason to be prompted, but at this point I'm not expecting anyone in leadership to step up and make the right decision) to take action against DB/Hoke.
I'm not at all familiar with the NCAA's policies when it comes to student athlete safety, but it would seem that if they are trying to promote their supposed deep concerns for the safety of these kids that they would act when something this outlandish happens.
let's see what he has to say now.
As Ace just tweeted, Michigan students are planning a 'Fire Brandon' rally for tonight on the Diag. I will certainly be attending.