a terrible blight on our fine country
John U. Bacon
Public radio quiz show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me was in Ann Arbor on Thursday. The entire episode can be found here.
For those unfamiliar with the show, one of the games each week features a guest of note getting interviewed and then answering three questions of a theme that's a usually a play on their name or work. The segment is called Not My Job. This week's guest was John U. Bacon.
Below is the link to the JUB segment:
Having not seen any reports I thought the board might like one from John U.’s appearance last night in Grand Rapids.
His book tour appearance was held at the Grand Rapids Downtown Food Market, a high end foodie market with a number of high end butchers, fish mongers, etc. The room used was on the 2nd floor in a teaching kitchen type area. Lots of seating, nice sized room. It was packed, standing room only.
John U. began with a talk, discussing the backstory of why he wrote the book, the limited time to get it done, and amount of the story that he didn’t know.
Most of the talk after centered around information already released in the book snippets we’ve mostly already seen, Brandon alienating every group on campus, trying to always be the center of attention, etc.
Then came the question and answer period. One question dealt with the lack of control exercised by the board relative to the extension given to Brandon, by MSC. John U. noted that MSC had just been given a contract extension herself of two years. When it came to Brandon’s extension, MSC “pushed all of her chips in” to support it. If the regents had stood up to her, they would basically have made her a lame duck for two years. So, John U. said, they had nothing else to do but let it go.
However, I want to make clear, John U. has a great deal of respect for Brandon. He was a great regent. He was able to work across the aisle, do things for the betterment of the university without worrying about his own fame and fortune. MSC came to depend on him greatly. But, and this is the big but, when he became AD he lost his head. He wanted to become famous as being the AD. One example I was unaware of; when Michigan beat MSU in basketball one time, Brandon got in the handshake line. When Michigan won the national championship in Gymnastics, Brandon grabbed the trophy, before the coach, got his picture taken hoisting it aloft and then handed it back to the coach.
Also asked of John U.; is there a chance that Hackett stays on permanently. John U. said that he could provide only a little bit of info, but he believes that if Hackett was going to stay permanently the interim title would be gone by now.
Finally, one younger questioner asked if John U. had ever heard of a student body protesting an AD, and as a follow-up, “Did you ever consider titling the book Brandon’s Lasting Lessons?” John U. had a good laugh at that, noting “I read yesterday on MgoBlog that I’m offended at that name. I’m not.” He went on to note that it would be bad marketing (a theme in the talk) if he referred to a book as something other than the actual title. He also agreed that the student body protesting the AD was a big thing. People weren’t calling for the coach to be fired, they wanted the AD fired.
The line to get the book signed was long, but John U. was gracious. If you get a chance go on and attend one of his tour stops.
More revelations from Endzone via Land-Grant Holy Land:
Dave Brandon proposed that the Ohio State/Michigan game be occasionally moved to October, or in some cases, not played at all. He also proposed that Ohio State and Michigan be in different Big Ten divisions.
Yikes. Read the whole thing here:
This afternoon Drew & Marc on 105.1 spent quite a bit of the show discussing John Bacon's latest book. Including references throughout the show.
You can listen here LINK
Additionally they mentioned Bacon will be live in studio tomorrow, but I don't know the time. They may not be the most sportscentric show on the air but they both like Michigan. Marc is an Alum and based on some comments it seems he's a regular here on the blog but I don't know if he posts.
Marc if you are on here, what time will Bacon be on the show tomorrow?
I'm surprised to see that this hasn't been posted, but Bacon has written a very thorough analysis of where things currently stand with respect to the AD and football program. It's a bit long, but worth the read:
Sorry if this has already been posted but I didn't see it. Those of you who listened to WTKA this morning will have already heard this, and I'm sure everyone's already seen Bacon's tweets from earlier in the week regarding Brandon's future being uncertain. This morning, though, he doubled down. Asked point blank by Sam Webb if he thought Brandon survives beyond the end of football season, here's what he said:
No. How's that for an answer?
Sam asked him to explain:
It's going to be Schlissel's vote and nobody elses... he [Schlissel] will have to rely... he's on pretty firm footing with the Law school, Medical school, etc. but he is new to Big Ten, big time football, and so he'll be heavily relying on the regents for his decision making process on this. That leaves you with a group that seems to be about 6-2 against the AD.
Listen to the whole thing here, it's part 08 from today: http://www.wtka.com/page.php?page_id=87
I'm trying not to get my hopes up, but I want to believe....