"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."
A friend of mine just invited me to Google+. I saw it posted on here last week asking for invites. If you'd like one, I can send you an invite.
So this past fall/winter we had some great tailgaiting food posted on here, from ribs to chilis to dips, etc. there's often Beer suggestions, parings, drinking threads, etc.
We cant live the next 53 days on "Hello" Posts (we've only got a few left!) and practice speculation, campus sightings and 2500 words on the Shotgun...
What do our MGoChefs do in the summer? I know we're not all cooking our chilis and other heavy foods over the summer, whatcha got?
I just received an email with this information from Michigan's compliance office (we have season tickets). I thought it would be useful for everyone here, and also interesting that they took this step.
Since I am new, I also fully expect to screw up the block quote. I apologize in advance. Here it is:
Dear Michigan Fans:
We thank you for being our most loyal fans, spectators, and supporters. As a University of Michigan season ticket holder, a UM alumnus or a member of any booster organization, you are by NCAA definition a representative of UM’s athletics interests. UM is held responsible for anything you do related to UM’s prospects and/or our current student-athletes.
The NCAA has strictly limited the role you, as a Michigan Fan, may take with regard to prospects and student-athletes. The penalties for breaking those rules, whether by accident or intentional, can be severe. Any infraction will jeopardize a prospect or student-athletes opportunity to attend and compete for UM no matter how minor it may seem. In addition, you might expose UM to NCAA sanctions, and you could be disassociated from the program.
University of Michigan’s athletics programs value your continued support. The best message you can take from this information is to ask someone who is knowledgeable about NCAA rules before taking any action with a recruit or a student-athlete. The rules are complicated, and there are far too many to mention in this e-mail. Therefore, if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact the Compliance Services Office at (734)-615-7341 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elizabeth Heinrich, Interim Chief of Compliance
The Top 10 Things Fans & Friends of Michigan Athletics Should Know:
1. ALWAYS ASK BEFORE YOU ACT! Breaking NCAA rules can render prospects and student-athletes ineligible for competition at the University of Michigan. The NCAA holds the University of Michigan accountable for the actions of its fans and friends.
2. You MAY NOT make recruiting contacts with prospects, their relatives or legal guardians. A prospective student-athlete is a student who has started classes for the ninth grade (7th grade for Men’s Basketball) or above. This prohibition includes written and telephone communications.
3. You MAY NOT contact a prospect’s coach, principal, or counselor in an attempt to evaluate the prospect.
4. You MAY send newspaper clippings and other information about talented prospects to the Michigan coaching staff. Also, you MAY continue established relationships with friends and neighbors whose children are prospects or current student-athletes, provided the relationship pre-dates reaching prospect status and is not based on their status as an athlete.
5. You MAY attend high school or junior college competitions provided no contact occurs with the prospect or the prospect’s relatives.
6. You MAY NOT entertain any coach from a junior or senior high school, preparatory school, or junior college or provide them with tickets or any other type of benefit.
7. You MAY NOT become involved in arranging for a prospect, a Michigan student-athlete or their family to receive gifts, money or financial benefits of any kind.
8. You MAY NOT provide transportation to a prospect, student-athlete or their friends and family. Also, you MAY NOT spend funds to entertain prospects, student-athletes or their friends and family.
9. You MAY employ a student-athlete provided you are paying them only for the work they actually perform, paying the going rate for similar services, are not paying them or providing perks based on their status as a student-athlete and the employment has been approved by the Compliance Services Office.
10.You MAY NOT use a photo or name of a student-athlete for commercial purposes or sell student-athlete memorabilia.
Thank You For Your Support!
The University of Michigan Compliance Services Office (CSO)
1000 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Yep. You read that right. ESPN is suing Ohio State over an alleged Open Meetings Act/Public records-ish type violation:
The sports entertainment giant filed a lawsuit Monday with the Ohio Supreme Court claiming the university violated Ohio’s public records laws by failing to make available three different sets of public records sought by ESPN earlier this year. The lawsuit is essentially asking the state’s highest court to force OSU into releasing the records to ESPN.
One set of records involves e-mails, letters and memos from Tressel, OSU President Gordon Gee, OSU director of sports compliance officer Doug Archie and Athletics Director Gene Smith related to Pennsylvania businessman Ted Sarniak that ESPN requested on April 20.
I was thinking about fan day, when I realized that I don't really have anything for the players/coaches to sign besides old posters. So that got me thinking about buying a helmet. Unfortunately, those are a bit too pricey for me, a high schooler with very little income. So, mgoblog, what do you think I should get/buy (and while we're at it, what's your favorite piece of memorabilia)? Is it safe to assume posters will be sold at fan day? Also, I found a mini-helmet (1/2 scale) that I can afford. Do you think its big enough for a few signatures? Thanks for the advice.
The last NASA Space Shuttle ever, STS-135 Atlantis, is set to launch today at 11:26 am EST. This is a very historic event, and I urge everyone to tune in and watch. I know there are a lot of political things that can be said one way or the other in regards to this being the last mission, but please don't say them here.
Again, I urge you to tune in (though there is currently only a 30% chance of it happening today), there are many places to watch it. The link below is probably the easiest