Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
EDIT: I edited the title. I wanted to give Heininger his 15 minutes of fame on our humble blog. Everyone obviously loves Woodson, Carter, and Hart. So do I.
Will Heininger is my favorite player of all-time. Yes, of ALL TIME – Even more than __________ (Insert Michigan Football Legend Here.) Obviously he doesn’t have the accolades of LaMarr Woodley, but you gotta love what this kid represents. A defense is only as strong as its weakest link, and this kid has been steady as a rock next to Mike Martin. Additionally, this kid is absolutely representative of what Michigan football is about – Toughness, determination, pride, tenacity and dedication.
He is an Ann Arbor kid that grew up living and dying for the Maize and Blue, just like every one of us who reads and contributes to this blog. He went to Michigan with the intention of walking on to the team, which was then coached by Lloyd Carr. He was there for the Horror, the Freep Jihad, and the RichRod years.
He was part of a Michigan program that was booed at its own house by its own fans, a team that was the subject of massive amounts of criticism and ridicule from all angles, saw its bowl streak snapped, and lost to Toledo, yet he still went out there and dedicated 5 years of his life to represent Michigan. He was part of a program that went through 2 coaching changes, suffered 4 losses to Michigan State and 4 to Ohio State…..yet he still went out there with his teammates day in and day out and worked his tail off.
He sacrificed his body for the program – he sat out almost a season with a torn ACL and gained over 80 lbs last year to play on a beefed up defensive line. Additionally, he is a high academic kid – he is 4 time All Academic Big Ten and a recipient of the Robinson Award, which is no small feat when you are dedicating 100 percent of your free time to getting ready to compete on Saturdays for the Maize and Blue.
Will’s efforts were not in vain, because I like to think that everything he (and the rest of 132) went through was rewarded by with a victory over OSU and a Sugar Bowl Berth.
Team 132 is one of my favorites of all time, so you better be sure that when I talk about Denard, Mike Martin, RVB and the rest of the squad, Will Heininger’s name will be right up there.
Consider this the official Will Heininger Appreciation Thread…GO BLUE & BEAT VATECH.
Birkett reporting that Michigan will announce self-imposed sanctions next week. This was of course expected. The NCAA can either accept the M sanctions when they meet in August or impose more. I'm not familiar enough with history to make any guess at what the sanctions might be, but I'm not overly concerned.
EDIT: Yup, somehow I missed the previous posts that had this info (how could I have missed the UV with those hideous uniforms?!), so feel free to ignore this thread, or discuss the SNITCH IN THE AD!
[mod edit: Substantive information from this release: 'D-Day' is May 24th]
If you thought WVU and its fans were insane, check out Cornell's reaction thus far to Boston College hiring Steve Donahue to replace recently-fired Al Skinner as its next basketball head coach.
"I told the folks at BC that they made a great hire," Cornell athletic director Andy Noel said. "Our university really wanted to keep Steve. I'm a little heartbroken, but we turn the page and become a BC fan forever. ... We're appreciative that we had a decade with Steve Donahue."
Ouch. It gets even worse. I personally would not want to be a student in Chestnut Hill right now, or anywhere else in the Boston area for that matter. Brace for impact:
Dale said the players understood why Donahue left.
"It's good for him, and we all know that," Dale said. "The decision he made is based on him and his family. He had to do what's best for him."
I feel bad for Donahue. The guy's reputation is ruined, and he's going to be in a long, bitter legal battle with Cornell. I hope BC has his back in this fight. I also sure hope that Donahue can have a safe move out of Ithaca without too much trouble from those savages. Good luck, Coach Donahue, and godspeed...
I have a question for Brian or the rest of the MGoCommunity. How much of a record, if any, did we set yesterday for hits and/or visits to the mothership from the Jihad mess? I'm no techy, so I have no idea how stats on websites work. I've checked out the sitememter and know enough that we for sure doubled the normal traffic, but what does that mean? And, could this blog have a lot more influence that we really understand? (I think it does, as I am sure many a "journalist" has checked or currently checks it out)
Go Blue and RR Too!
For those who couldn't watch it live, the press conference is posted on mgoblue now.