I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Dave Brandon will be the featured guest of host Doug Karsch on Michigan Sports Marketing's final radio show of 2009-10, Monday, April 26 from 7-8 p.m..
The show will be broadcast live from the Pizza House Restaurant [how appropriate] (618 Church Street, A2) and carried on WTKA 1050 AM (Ann Arbor) and WXYT 1270 AM (Detroit) and streamed live on www.wtka.com. Fans will have the opportunity to ask questions.
So get to the Pizza House and make your voice heard. Vox Populi!
Please make your suggestions for questions below and perhaps a local MGoBlogster can attend, attempt to ask one or two, then report back on the event.
Questions on Korean-American family relations are probably not germane, but maybe someone can figure out how to work the C-Rex saga into the conversation.
Dave Brandon (apparently at last week's Canton Ecomonic Club appearance) discusses what he learned from Bo.
"...in every case I went back to things that Bo taught me. I mean, I went to the Bo Schembechler School of Leadership. And I got a degree."
"...talent was alwys first and foremost...but equal to that was attitude. You had to come to Michigan to be a Michigan Man. You had to come to Michigan to want to be part of something special. You had to come to Michigan knowing that expectations were going to be higher than any other place you could go. You had to come to Michigan knowing that you were going to be in a fishbowl and you were going to held to a higher standard than any other kid on that campus."
Brandon continues to impress.
Dave Brandon addressed the Canton Economic Club on 7 April and discussed several issues of interest to the U-M faithful including: Instituting positive change, Practicegate, The Big Chill, the Basketball Practice Facility, Crisler renovations, and whether he's considering a run for governor.
Change: “One of the first things I did is I decided I wanted to identify something that was an opportunity for us to be different and show change. [The night game is] going to be unbelievable. Michigan against Notre Dame, nose to nose, under the lights, prime time. National television. That’s cool. That’s change to grow. That’s change is good.”
Other changes are in the works: “No hints. We’ll talk about cakes after they’re baked.”
Practicegate: No self-imposed penalties are contemplated, only action so far was Alex Herron's dismissal.
The Big Chill: “The current record is 70,000-ish, and we’re going to beat it. We’re going to create an atmosphere and an opportunity, tailgating in December. We’re going to (transform) Michigan Stadium into a hockey rink and … it’s going to be phenomenal. Tickets are going to be very affordable. This is not an opportunity to make a lot of money, it’s an opportunity to fill that stadium, set a record and be part of an experience that no one else will be able to duplicate. That’s change to grow, that’s change is good.”
New Basketball Practice Facility/Crisler Renovation: Construction of the new Basketball Practice Facility will begin immediately after Spring Commencement. As previously noted here, the next phase will be improvements to Crisler's infrastructure followed by a third phase that “...will be absolutely a complete remodel of the facility where you would potentially bust out the concourses and you would create the bigger circulation space. More restrooms, capacity, more amenities, better food service, maybe some kind of club-seating opportunities for those who are interested in that experience. Really making it a modern arena for the purpose of big-time college basketball. And that’s ultimately where we’d love to go with Crisler Arena because the program deserves that. Both the men’s and women’s program deserves that.”
Governor ambitions: “No. I made a five-year commitment to President (Mary Sue) Coleman and to the university, and I also in that spirit said if things are going well and the university’s pleased with my performance and I feel like I’m making a difference that I want to make, then I’m here to extend that for another five years. So I’m all in for Michigan.”
We already know that one change that has proven to be good and will certainly create growth was MSC's decision to hire Dave Brandon.
Don't shoot me, I'm just the messenger.
Jay Feely spoke to the U-M Southwest Florida Club and opined on various topics including RichRod and Dave Brandon.
Feely did not offer the same glowing support to Rodriguez or his tenure at Michigan, instead voicing support [for] Rodriguez’s boss, first-year athletic director David Brandon.
“The Michigan faithful have confidence in David Brandon, that he understands what it takes and what it means to be a Michigan man and I think that Dave will make the right decision either way,” Feely said.
His appearance was meant to raise funds for the UMHS.
A member of coach Lloyd Carr’s 1997 national title team, Feely was in Naples not only to talk football but to generate funds for the Michigan Mott Children and Women’s hospital in Ann Arbor.
Feely said he can recall visiting patients when he was a student, along with a certain Heisman trophy winner who also remains active in the cause.
“Charles Woodson donated $2 million of his own money, which was just incredible,” Feely said.
Domino's did well, in part to Brandon's frank advertising campaign (sound familiar)?
"Revamped pizza and a frank advertising campaign helped Domino's Pizza Inc. more than double its fourth-quarter profit as curious customers tried out its new recipe, the delivery chain said Tuesday."
EDIT: Fixed spelling.