Slightly on-topic given our Brandon debacle...
Earlier this summer, reports suggested Patterson was facing backlash from some Texas boosters who felt he was alienating the school’s coaches and fans. A report from HornsDigest.com said some prominent boosters felt Patterson was prioritizing money over athletes and coaches, “misleading football season ticket holders” and “alienating longtime donors as well as faculty and staff.”
The Morning News report on Wednesday said Patterson had not yet “reached the point of no return” with university president Greg Fenves, who replaced Bill Powers in June. Fenves and Patterson are scheduled to talk again on Friday as part of regularly scheduled meetings; according to the report, Fenves has in previous meetings “told Patterson of the need to change an approach that some see as impersonal or even arrogant.”
Per TomVH over @ ESPN. Good news to start the day.
*edit (Stanford is the other school)
Over on Doc Sat's Headlinin today (http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/blog/dr_saturday/post/Headlinin-8217-A-cold-exit-for-Bobby-Lowder-?urn=ncaaf-wp1613#remaining-content) in addition to the "Palpatine is dead!" like excitement over Bobby Lowder finally giving up (nominally) his throne at Auburn, is this lilttle nugget about oversigning extraordinare, Houston Nutt of Ole Miss:
"Not including the 2011 class, the Rebels signed a whopping 92 players to letters of intent over Nutt's first three seasons (2008-10). Less than 50 of that number remain on the current roster for 2011, a staggering attrition rate that could easily exceed 50 percent by the end of the year."
So Nutt not only signed more recruits than the 85 person limit, he did it in a three year span! And now perhaps as many as 50% of the recruits could be gone? How is this not the roadside IED to get the NCAA to do something about oversigning or putting more teeth in the APR? I know Brian wrote about APR earlier this week and maybe that is the solution, but how is Ole Miss not in the APR equivalent of hell? They were 110th in APR in 2010, and this attrition can't help the number. This to me is more egregious than Saban, since at least Saban had the decency to get a lot of his shitty players on med schollies-- I'm pretty sure the guys leaving Ole Miss aren't sticking around school to get their degrees while they recieve medical treatment if you catch my drift.
I recently won a pair of field passes for this Saturday's game against BGSU! So, after 5+ years at this wonderful University, I'll finally be able to fulfill a dream I've had since I watched my first Michigan Wolverines game: I'll be running through the tunnel with the players as they enter the Big House for pre-game warm-ups!
Now, this is not a "PRAISE ME" post. I have some serious questions, especially for those who have been on the field before during a game:
- Would I be allowed to/Should I bring a Sharpie to get signatures from the players (especially Denard since I'll be wearing my #16)?
- Should I just blend in and try not to get in the way at all, or would it be acceptable to schmooze with the players and coaches when I find an opportunity to do so?
- Is there a safe distance I should stand from Denard's dreads so as not to be destroyed by their awesome power?
Any and all suggestions would be appreciated. Also, I must give props to the School of Public Health for providing these field passes.
Whatever field you used to hate the most, be it Boise State's Smurf Turf, Notre Dame's with knee-high, shoelace grabbing turf, or OSU's with its ample supply of sacrificed goat blood--they don't compare to this abomination. Thank goodness they don't play on TV.