this may be of some local interest
WARNING - This is a Freep article. I will put link at bottom but have copied a few relevant quotes from their story just published.
Not trying to bombard the board but this was just posted and wow. Presented without further comment.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said today that Brady Hoke had no fault in the handling of his quarterback's brain injury and that the ensuing firestorm will not affect how he evaluates the football coach's job status.
Brandon placed the blame on the school's medical staff for not quickly diagnosing the injury to Shane Morris and relaying the information to coaches, which led to the concussed quarterback staying in for another play and re-entering the game a few minutes later for yet another play.
"I don't think Brady deserves any blame for what happened on the sidelines," Brandon said. "Because Brady is responsible for coaching.
Interview ongoing right now.
Says the ref didn't let him call a timeout, until the head ref overruled. Says by then it was too late and Morris was on the fied.
1. Blatant lie.
2. The refs know that basic rule - there aren't times when you can't grant a timeout.
3. There was no "too late." He could have called a timeout up until the snap. For 20 seconds had the chance to fix it and didn't.
To clarify right off the bat, I do not want to see the NCAA get involved in what is going on right now, because that will only make matters worse for the future. But, I do think that it is pertinent to ask what their role is in this whole ridiculous situation that we now find ourselves in.
Specifically, if the NCAA claims that its focus is on students athletes, their safety, their best interests (which we all know is laughable based on the fact that money > everything else for the NCAA), is there any point at which they could step in and say that the AD, Hoke, and the medical staff at M's handling of the situation on Saturday and thereafter warrants disciplinary action against the university? Again, I don't really want that to happen, because I think that the way that the NCAA hands down discipline does not actually solve any of the actual problems. But even an investigation could prompt the board (which, not sure why they'd need any more reason to be prompted, but at this point I'm not expecting anyone in leadership to step up and make the right decision) to take action against DB/Hoke.
I'm not at all familiar with the NCAA's policies when it comes to student athlete safety, but it would seem that if they are trying to promote their supposed deep concerns for the safety of these kids that they would act when something this outlandish happens.
This seems relevant now. The first time Brady Hoke appeared on MGoBlog's main page was back in December of 2007, during the first coaching search to replace Lloyd Carr. It would seem that first impressions are usually correct.
Here's the best part:
Even in the realm of people who Michigan would approach after getting turned down by everyone -- EVERYONE -- there are vastly preferable candidates: Ron English. Mike Trgovic. Glen Mason. Jon Chait. Me. The Golden Retriever from "Air Bud: Golden Receiver." Mussolini, who is dead. Dick Vitale. Sigourney Weaver. Richard Nixon's penis. Sigourney Weaver's penis. All of these people and organs don't have a track record that suggests they are a below average MAC coach. It is in this way they are superior to Brady Hoke.
This is also prophetic:
Overall Attractiveness: Awful. Awful, awful, awful. The worst possible candidate. The mere idea this guy -- who's never even been a coordinator anywhere and has his MAC team performing at a level well below the program's historical baseline -- could get the job is infuriating. Only at Michigan could this happen, and if it does I guarantee you that Bo is going to haunt the mofo that signs the contract.
Its only going to get worse before it gets better... Now the Michigan Daily Football beat writers are calling for his head.