I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
- Hoke on Stokes/Posada -- wishes them well. Sounds like no hard feelings
- Hoke says Shaw has been "most consistent on a daily basis"
Dave Brandon appeared in Midland at an event for sports editors hosted by the Associated Press. In advance of the stories, here is some info on DB's comments from Angelique's Twitter feed:
- Demand for tix to UM-ND night game has been great. Could sell 150,000 [if that was possible].
- The night-game jerseys will be unveiled soon ... at night
- Foundations for new Michigan Stadium scoreboards being installed.
- 9-game Big 10 sked "several years" away
- 375 x-UM players were in night before spring game, said that was "historic".
- RichRod should not get blame for fracture.
- Said of course he wished Darius Morris would have stayed but wished him well.
- Said Hoke talked to him about Stonum suspension and he (Brandon) let Hoke decide on the discipline.
And here's the first article, from A2.com's Sports Director Jim Knight, "Big Ten Hockey Will Result in More Interest, Highter Ticket Sales" (quite the headline).
Brandon, speaking at a Michigan Associated Press Sports Editors meeting, said facing traditional conference foes such as Penn State, Minnesota and Wisconsin will enhance offerings on the Big Ten Network, strengthen the league brand and ultimately create more excitement on the Michigan campus.
“I will sell more seats at Yost Arena knowing that we are going to tee it up against our big competitors in the Big Ten,” Brandon said. “We’ll still have a robust nonconference schedule … but at the end of the day, student-athletes that come to Michigan come to win Big Ten championships.”
Jim Knight with his second story, "Dave Brandon takes no 'glee' in NCAA investigation of Ohio State and Jim Tressel"
“You don’t need anybody, particularly a colleague, poking at you,” Brandon said Tuesday at a Michigan Associated Press Sports Editors meeting. “There were some people out there who did it, and I remember who they are, and I remember what they said. Those people who took great glee in the fact that we got ourselves in that kind of situation -- I’ll never do that. The folks at Ohio State have their hands full, obviously.” [emphasis added]
Angelique Chengelis weighs in with her article on the event: "Michigan AD Dave Brandon: Rift was not Rich Rodriguez's fault"
"To point the finger at Rich Rodriguez would just be wrong as it relates to that. You could do a book on all the factions that split off, the camps — the (Jim) Harbaugh camp, the (Les) Miles camp, the (Lloyd) Carr camp, the (Rich) Rodriguez camp, there was just all kinds of splintering. And then, hey, you start losing, and now everything gets jumpstarted in terms of peoples' emotions and frustrations and then it boils, so it was a lot of different factors. It was no one individual or one incident. It was a combination. It was an unpleasant chapter and hopefully we're writing a new chapter."
"There's no great way to measure (the mending), but there's a lot of good ways to measure it. When we had the spring football game and to have 375 football players come back — that's historic ... and Brady invited them. He said we're going to have a team meeting Friday night for a chance to get reconnected. Guys traveled in from all over the country. It was really remarkable. That was a very encouraging thing to see."
Hoke and his assistant coaches continue to reach out to former players for what Brandon called "socials" in 16 cities around the country. The meetings are informal, void of power-point presentations and there is no agenda.
"It's a chance to connect with the program, talk to the coaches and get a sense to see where the Michigan football program is going. That's an enormous sacrifice of time and effort, (and) that was their idea not mine; that was something they wanted to do. You're seeing a tremendous effort to reach out to the former players to bring the community back together. I couldn't be more pleased. The feedback I'm getting from former players has been enormously positive."
Regarding Notre Dame game throwback jerseys:
Michigan has yet to reveal the jersey design, but Brandon hinted it will happen soon. "We've moved up the schedule a little bit for that." He said they want to wait for the finished product, preferring that to showing sketches of the design. Brandon said the uniforms will be unveiled at night. "So you can see what they look like under the lights. We anticipate we're going to sell a lot of jerseys."
Brandon believes it will be "several years" before the Big Ten goes to a nine-game conference schedule. He said several teams are booked through 2015-2016 and it would be "expensive and problematic" to unwind those schedules.
[Regarding "Legends and Leaders"]: "I think whatever they came up with was going to be a problem. The initial feedback generally speaking was negative. Something like this has to serve the test of time. Let's give it a year or two and see if it's working. If it isn't, we can go back and tweak it."
[T]he golf challenge initiated by Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis via Twitter late last month has been set [for] July 25 at Eagle Eye in East Lansing. [Lion Kim will be part of Brandon's U-M team. I like our odds.]
Looking for that special place to say, "I do"? How about at midfield of Michigan Stadium after you and your wedding party enter through the tunnel and pass under The Banner? If this sounds like the perfect setting, Dave Brandon is thinking of you (H/T Mama #TeamLique):
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon sees your special day in a very special maize and blue way. "We have fans and alums who would love to get married on the Block M," Brandon said of the famous logo at the 50-yard line of Michigan Stadium.
"Can't you see the wedding procession coming out of the tunnel, under the M Go Blue banner? You have folding chairs set up on the field, you get married on the Block M, and everyone comes up the tunnel, then up the elevators, and you've got all these spaces up here (in the suites). You could have a reception for hundreds of people up here."
Brandon plans to hire an individual who will market Michigan Stadium weddings and parties. That person will set the price for the special events.
"To families, individuals, corporations who would have an interest in using them for events that would be special," Brandon said. "This stadium is one of the assets we have. We have this beautiful structure that's being used predominantly seven days a year. If we can come up with occasional opportunities to host other events that will draw the attention of folks and will be interesting and fun and financially viable, we'd love to do it."
Are you a titan of industry who needs a venue for your next corporate event?
While he was CEO of Ann Arbor-based Domino's, Brandon said it was always a struggle to find a large enough and unique area to host events. He said the company often had to take functions to Detroit. "We think you could put on some interesting unique corporate events," Brandon said. "We are very open to that."
Are you a bigger hoops or hockey fan or maybe you've planned a Dec wedding?
Brandon said that once renovations to Crisler Arena and Yost Arena are completed, those facilities also will contain "a lot of really cool, interesting spaces" that could potentially host events.
Revenue stream, bitches, revenue stream.
Wouldn't you know it, but Angelique has the quarterback situation all figured out.
At some point toward the end of next week, Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez will inform his quarterbacks who will be the starter against Connecticut in the Sept. 4 opener. And that is all well and good. After all, someone has to start. But the point Rodriguez keeps making is this: It shouldn't matter.
It shouldn't matter because Quarterback X could start the first game, and quarterbacks Y and Z also could take snaps. Perhaps Quarterback Y looks so solid during the opener, he gets the starting job at Notre Dame, and Quarterback X does some things that warrant another start in the third game, and Quarterback Z? Don't forget what Quarterback Z can do, and so on.
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The cool thing is that all three quarterbacks have seemed absolutely sincere when they've said while the starting job is their respective goal, they absolutely would support whomever that starter is if he is deemed the best choice for the team to win. Why such an all-for-one, one-for-all approach?
Because all three, including Forcier, who started every game last season, and Gardner, the freshman who enrolled early and participated in spring practice, believe they will play even if they don't start.
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So while Rodriguez will be peppered this week with the who's-the-starting-quarterback question (me ask that? Never! Ha!), maybe the answer should be: Does it really matter?
Moral of the story: Stop obsessing about who starts at quarterback because it's likely that if your favorite doesn't start, he will get extensive playing time during the UConn game and beyond. Instead, start worrying about perfecting your tailgating, television watch party or sports bar viewing plans.
In advance of the flood of articles on this appearance, here's Angelique's twitter feed from the event. Apologies in advance to her followers as this is not meant to alert you to the existence of the tweets, but to start a dialogue among the MGoBlogerati on the content of DB's remarks.
- UM AD Dave Brandon at Det Eco Club: says in 6 months as AD has worked harder than in any 6 month period as a CEO
- Brandon on biggest surprise as AD: "the number of moving parts"
- Brandon on NCAA hearing: "we were prepared...did a mock hearing. We were rehearsed. When we got to the room felt like we had been there"
- DB on hearing: "thought we executed well"
- DB on Big Ten expansion: "some compromises changed are going to occur"
- Brandon: "the reality is we are as a fan base going to have to prepare ourselves for changes"
- DB: "if we put um osu in same div we will never play ostate for a champ and trip to RB that doesn't sound great to me"
- Brandon on um-bama 12 possibility: "I want mich to be a big-stage program..no prob w m teeing it up against a nat power & display who we r"
- Brandon on BIg Chill -- $1 mill to build ice rink. Projects dec 11 will be largest crowd in mich stadium history
- Brandon on being gov vs um AD: "I feel this is a better job for me"
- DB on RR: "I support my coach. I respect rich and the challenge of the job I support him and defend him"
- DB on whether RR needs a magic win #: "the people who say 7-5...that's nonsense" said insulting to simply decision process like that
So, expect U-M and OSU to be in different divisions, the Big Chill is going to be massive, Bama game is likely, you are likely to see RichRod prowling the Michigan Stadium sideline in 2011.
Meantime, Teddy Greenstein scored an interview with Jim Delaney in which the subject of "The Game" ("the game") was front and center:
"If Duke and North Carolina were historically the two strongest programs and only one could play for the right to be in the NCAA tournament, would you want them playing in the season-ending game so one is in and one is out?" he asked. "Or would you want them to play and have it count in the standings and then they possibly could meet for the right to be in the NCAA or the Rose Bowl? We've had those debates. It's a good one. The question is whether you want to confine a game that's one of the greatest rivalries of all time to a divisional game."
The interview was set up last week, before the latest hue and cry over the Ohio State-Michigan game. It lasted 26 minutes, and Delany might have said "competitive equality" that many times. He insisted that if Michigan and Ohio State are split, the decision won't be motivated by money or keeping the Big Ten's TV partners happy. It would be for "competitive equality" - balancing out the league's traditional superpowers - and so a second meeting could produce a Rose Bowl representative.
That will prove a tough sell, given that one prominent national college football writer Tweeted on Wednesday that Delany's middle name is "Cha-Ching" and another ripped the league in a column under the headline: "Big Ten selling out tradition." Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel opined that the Big Ten's motivation is to squeeze out an extra $2 million in negotiations for the TV rights to the title game.
"We have not discussed this with our TV partners," Delany said.
Delaney also covered the following topics:
- Championship game scheduling (time and network)
- Division alignment decision timetable
- Rivalry game protection
- Nine game conference schedule
- Timetable for naming the divisions
- Indoor vs. outdoor championship games
The first of the articles are in. This is the Freep's (two of the seven bullet points):
- On the expansion of Michigan Stadium: “I’m enamored when people say, well, so many of these things are just being driven by money. Well, hell yes. Hell yes, they’re being driven by money. These athletic programs across the country are going broke. You happen to be sitting on the campus of one of the few departments of athletics in the United States of America that doesn’t need to be subsidized and propped up by the general funds or other means. These athletic programs are hanging by a thread. They’re going broke. … The reality is we’re in a situation where we’re trying to leverage the assets we have in growth and strength we have as a department. It’s not only about football, it’s about 27 sports.”
- More on the potential changes: “I’ve heard that a lot the last couple days: what would Bo (Schembechler) say? Bo hated the idea that Penn State was allowed in the Big Ten. He hated it, he fought it, he thought it was a terrible idea. I love Bo, I owe a lot to Bo, I respect Bo immeasurably, but I can tell you the Big Ten is a much better conference right now that Penn State is in it. Bo would hate the idea that we let Nebraska in the conference. He would hate the idea of splitting into two divisions, and he’d hate the idea that we’d have a championship game to get to the Rose Bowl, as opposed to the way it’s always been. And there are a lot of people out there that feel the same way. … The favorable reaction to (Nebraska entering) was 99-1. People love the big brand ‘Nebraska,' great school. But now the reality is setting in… . You can’t split into divisions, you can’t have a championship game, without some changes occurring.”
"Hey, I was a part of this program in the 'Ten Year War,' I was part of the Bo vs. Woody thing," said Brandon, who played for Bo Schembechler at Michigan in the early 1970s.
"Nobody has to define to me the importance of this game. I do believe that one of the things people have lost track of in all of the noise is that if Michigan and Ohio State are in the same division, Michigan and Ohio State will never again play for the Big Ten championship -- we will never again play for the Rose Bowl. I think there's a lot of people that just haven't focused on that, and they need to understand that. And I have to tell you as a guy who was part of the program and who understands the magnitude of that game, to know that from this point forward we will never play Ohio State for a trip to the Rose Bowl again, never play them for the Big Ten championship again, that doesn't sound good to me. Now there's people out there that sounds good to, but I'm not one of them."