FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
I Wore 21: The Legend of Desmond Howard - September 10, 2011 Release
Huh, I wonder why they chose that date? Note, this was already posted in a post about a month ago and thought it should have its own thread.
I have to admit that I am a not a lifelong Michigan fan. I grew up in upstate New York (like Mike Hart!), and that's where I attended my undergraduate school. I watched a lot of Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State football, and Syracuse was "my" basketball team (due to proximity).
I came to Michigan for my PhD, and have been here for a little over 3 years (I outlasted RR!). In this time, I have quickly become a die-hard UM fan, visiting MGoBlog a dozen times a day and attending every athletic event possible (while still progressing on my degree, of course).
My question is: for someone who is not that familiar with the intricacies of the Michigan football legacy, what books are "the best"? I've been browsing Amazon and have seen a ton of books, but I'm not sure what lifelong Michigan fans think is the truest (as opposed to a lot of the reviews written by not-as-knowledgeable folk). I've heard good things about Jon Falk's book -- would it be a good starting point?
In between reading MGoBlog and staring at my calendar hoping it'll move closer to Sept. 4th simply under the power of my thoughts, I found time to read the book, A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (apparently the author of 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter).
I've noticed many people on the blog have dogs or are dog people in general (pics, videos, MGoStalking), and having just finished the book I must say that if you love dogs, you have to read this book.
I won't ruin it by saying too much, but it's a view of the world from a dog's perspective through his/her various rebirths, as well as the search for his/her purpose in life. It will make you laugh, but be warned: it also has the power to many even the manliest of men (not claiming that I am, but hey...) cry. If anyone else has read this book, feel free to chime in.
My sister will be going into the hospital no later than Friday to give birth to her first child, which will also be the first kid between all of my sibliings. Finally I will be Uncle Adamantium, and Uncle Adamantium comes bearing gifts:
She lives in central Ohio near her in-laws, who are all Buckeyes to the bone, so that should go over well.
Anyway, I'm making the trip from Chicago to Canton so I can witness all of the hubbub, and I need some reading material to pass what may turn out to be many hours of waiting. Seeing how I tend to break out in violent tremors and generally just go all Mr. Hyde on everyone when I don't get my daily college football fix, I'm looking for some literature on our nation's greatest sport.
I'm opening the floor to any college football books, on any team, any period, any coach, whatever. As long as you liked it, I wanna hear about it. Let's do this.
Does anyone know the release date of Hail to the Victors 2010??
[mod note: Brian confirms this will be released in June]
So if you're running a football program, what's the dirtiest thing you could possibly do?
- Have scholars take your players' tests for them?
- Yank scholarships to players who don't perform?
- Cover up sexual abuse scandals committed by your players?
- Or (gasp) look the other way when your players buy their buddies some textbooks on your dime.
For an explanation of what went down, here's this via Rivals, via Yahoo, via the All-Powerful Internets:
The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions said Thursday the football team must forfeit an unspecified number of wins in which any of seven players took part during 2005-2007. The university identified the seven as “intentional wrongdoers.”
The NCAA said that 201 student-athletes in the 16 sports, including men’s basketball, obtained “impermissible benefits” by using their scholarships to obtain free textbooks for other students. It also found the university guilty of “failure to monitor.”
This would matter more to me if the NCAA wasn't such a joke on the things that matter. Yes, they have a rule against paying them to play. Yes, the books they get for their scholarships are supposed to only be for players.
But it's not like this would be the first time a student with a textbook hookup helped another student. Does Ulrichs deserve to have a separate purchase for every student who takes a certain class?
I'll come clean, too: when I was in college, I gave pot to a Shaman Drum employee for cheap books.
Sorry, guys, that 1999 broomball championship never happened.
I see the harm for the program, who has to foot the bill for the buddies' books. But how does this become an NCAA issue? How did the hookup affect play? What's the actual damage of a few friends of athletes getting textbooks? It's not like they used their scholarships on Fifths of SoCo (memory shudder). They got more textbooks for cash-strapped students. There are worse things in the world.
One one hand, it looks like the NCAA, whose idea of "amateur" is questionable at best, is trying to make a show of coming down hard without, you know, actually coming down hard.
On the other hand, Bama is a dirty, dirty program. Perhaps this is the NCAA harassing the mob, nothing more.
So what's the feeling of the board? Is this the NCAA getting Capone through tax evasion, or just an arbitrary application of a capricious rule?