Off-Topic so mods delete if appropriate but figured bye week and crazy story would be worth some discussion.
Euro 2016 qualifying has been happening the past week and the last matches for this session took place yesterday. Serbia-Albania had to be abandoned just before halftime after a drone flew over the pitch in Belgrade carrying an Albanian flag. The players started brawling after one of the Serbian players tried taking down the flag which led to violence all through the stadium.
Here's where the story gets really weird though. CNN just reported that the pilot of the drone was THE BROTHER OF THE ALBANIAN PRIME MINISTER who was in attendance at the game. I just...Soccer provides all sorts of weird stories throughout the world but this has to be up there with the all-time craziest if true.
One interesting option I haven't seen mentioned for UM Athletic Director is Tim Selgo, the AD at Grand Valley State University since 1996.
- Runs a consistently successful DII athletic department: 150 conference championships in 18 years. (They had 45 before he arrived.)
- Consistent excellence across multiple sports -- GVSU won the DII Director's Cup nine of the last 11 years.
- Actual scholar-athlete rather than Dave Brandon benchwarmer: Four-year basketball letterman at Toledo, team captain, two NCAA tournament appearances.
- Former head women's basketball coach, Toledo
- Former associate AD, Toledo
- Former chair of the DII Management Council
You've got a guy here who is in-state already, has proven he can run an excellent athletic department from the sports side of things, is respected among his AD peers, is a former coach and player so he can talk to those constituencies in their own language and has a great reputation among his stakeholders. I asked a colleague who went to GVSU what he thought of Selgo and whether he'd do well at Michigan and his response was essentially "Don't you dare take him, we love him."
Potential downsides are whether or not he can manage the big-ticket sponsorship things and absorb the "You're not a Michigan Man" abuse, but the former is clearly not where our issues lie and the latter goes away if he starts undoing some of the Brandon gimcrackery and wallet-wringing.
Yes, I think Warde Manuel and Brad Bates are still the obvious choices, but this guy seems like a legitimate consideration if there needs to be a Plan B.
I think this is worth posting during the season becasue I know there are a ton of Breaking Bad fans on the site.
Michigan will open the labs today
Gov. Rick Snyder, University of Michigan Mark Schlissel and other will speak at the grand opening Friday morning.
here is a tour:
"This facility will enable groundbreaking experiments by our faculty and students, resulting in landmark advances at the interface of mechanical engineering and nanoscience. We look forward to watching this progress unfold," said David Munson, the Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering.
I know it stinks that our football team isn't doing great right now -but the school (which is the important thing) is doing great!
Leaders and Best - Go Blue!
It is Friday. Enjoy the Posbang. Upvotes for all.
The writers went the Olberman route and attributed the idea of a student boycott of kickoff to MGoBlog. How hard is it to differentiate between the posting of an anonymous person on the message board and what Brian has said on the main page of the blog?