"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."
Title says it all, I for one will be picking up my case after work, hope everyone who can get it today enjoys it.
Appreciate and reciprocate is a group that raises money for the LSA Emergency Student Aid Fund, which helps Michigan students stay in school after having a sudden crisis at home.
In the video, you get to see chill Mike Martin and crazy Mike Martin. Worth a watch. He's advertising for a benefit event featuring himself, Dhani Jones, Lloyd Carr, and Brady Hoke.
Today (8:30am) DPS received a report of a sighting on North Campus of a suspicious animal, described as a possible cougar, near Hubbard Road between Green Road and Stone Drive. Police officers and housing security personnel searched the area but did not find a suspicious animal.
Please take extra precautions if you are in this area, especially with young children and bicyclists. If you observe a suspicious animal, immediately contact University Police at 911 or (734) 763-1131.
So be careful out there...don't get, uh, eaten.
Just revisiting this for a second and final time. Sent out 18 invites, of those, 14 have accepted and signed up. We have four spots in an 18 team head to head points league with a draft time set for next wednesday (I think 9 EST). If you can make the draft, please respond to this post with your email. The first four will get invites and if they have not signed up by tomorrow morning, I will move on down the line.
Mods, thanks for not seeing this as redundant, but as another Michigan Man just trying to fill the final four spots in a community event in order to not muck up the prescheduled draft.
In light of two separate board posts today, and a constant murmur of complaint on this blog about the rising cost of tickets to see our favorite Michigan teams play, I wanted to post a LINK to a random article about the hidden fees athletic departments use to finance themselves at other schools. There is nothing special about that article, it was just one of the top hits when I Googled "student athletic fees college," but it interestingly talks about two Virginia schools that happen to be notable right now--Virginia Commonwealth and Norfolk State, who both pulled off upsets last week in the NCAA basketball tournament. For the trouble of having a basketball team (plus all the other sports), each student pays over $1000 a year on top of tuition and all the other fees. While ticket prices for an individual game might be low, make no mistake, the students are paying for their teams.
Of course, this stands in contrast to the Martin-Brandon Michigan AD, which prides itself on being entirely self-supporting, even running a profit. As a recent graduate, I appreciate that the financial burden of school is not made worse for the privilege of having so many great teams. I want to thank everyone who supports the AD and helps pay for the successful athletes and wonderful facilities we all enjoy. Without them, we would either not have the resources to build skyboxes, upgrade video screens, or pay coaches, or the school would (metaphorically) go back to the parents for more cash--looking for a subsidy from the University itself.
Without becoming explicitly political, I generally believe that people should pay for what they consume, and not be forced into subsidizing anyone else. So, I am happy that our AD is not paid for by the general student body (or taxpayers of Michigan), but rather by the season ticket holders, donors, and TV networks. If it seems like I am defending Brandon's testing of the limits of price elasticity for Michigan sports, I am, because the alternative is much worse. As everyone knows, there is no such thing as a free lunch. If we agree that having college athletics is important, someone will have to pay for it, and as long as Brandon knows what he is doing (I trust he does), I am completely comfortable with soliciting more money from those most willing and able to provide it. I know that the passion for Michigan sports is limitless, and hope that the generous support continues well into the future.