In his ESPN chat Beano said we're opening with UConn. Didn't mention his source.
alternate headline: man does job
I think it's all but confirmed.
i like it
should be flown in and do the coin toss.
won the share of Big East last season.
BTW, UConn was never a D2 school, they were 1AA. They couldn't be a D2 school if they play D1 basketball and other sports. A lot of people keep confusing the 1AA and D2 classification.
I can't imagine that we are going to do a home/home with UCONN. Even if it is in a few years. Not a big fan of this decision.
I'm hoping this is just internet rumor-mongering. I was really hoping for, you know, a real opponent. I mean UConn? Really?
we played them in bball last year, i hope he is confusing the two...
Do you think that we'll have to do a home and home? Might this be like a player to be named later that never gets named? Perhaps a little clause that we can wiggle out of the home and home part of the agreement? Don't know, just speculating, because it would be INSANE to treat UConn the same way we'd treat Texas or Auburn.
Everything I have seen on the internet is that it would be a home/home. If we don't return it next year, it would be in the future. For a dedication game, UConn has little relevance to UM football. Personally, I liked the idea of Virginia because they are another academic institution and we have a history with them.
long time listener; 1st time caller....err something.
What's the point of the AD even acting like there is a game in the works if that's what they're lookin at? I really hope it's a smokescreen for UGA. They would have to move a game too.
This is lameeeeeeeeee........ i'm sick of massachusetts, bowling green, eastern, western, delaware state... BRING IN THE BIG DOGS
But on a more serious note, I really dont see Michigan traveling to UConn for an away game
I guess Miami's AD is not afraid of the Big Dogs...
Sept. 7, 2009 at Florida State (Non Conference)
Sept. 17, 2009 Georgia Tech (NC)
Sept. 26, 2009 at Virginia Tech (NC)
Oct. 3, 2009 Oklahoma (NC)
Oct. 10, 2009 Florida A&M
Oct. 17, 2009 at UCF
Oct. 24, 2009 Clemson
Oct. 31, 2009 at Wake Forest ckets
Nov. 7, 2009 Virginia
Nov. 14, 2009 at North Carolina
Nov. 21, 2009 Duke
Nov. 28, 2009 at South Florida
Why do you think GT and VT are non-conference? Wait, and FSU? They are all ACC teams.
I just gave myself a -1 for being so stupid. I had a very volatile brain fart and was thinking they were not in the ACC.
Never mind. Please, everyone, give that post a minus! That one deserves punishment.
Hey! I get more points for admitting to being an idiot and still thinking Miami was in the Big East than when I act smart. There's a lesson there somewhere...
Miami is struggling around .500 playing all those "big dogs."
FROM: CFB, sport of, in 2009, year of
RE: UConn Football
Hello! It is great to finally meet! I have heard a lot of good things about you and have been anticipating our first meeting for quite some time.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I have many interesting qualities that you may find new and unique to the CFB years you are used to. As it turns out, Michigan went 3-9 this past year and is in full rebuilding mode. In anticipation of the renovation completion of Michigan Stadium in 2010, the M AD is recruiting UConn for a home & home series. One game will cristen the 'new' stadium in A2 while the other will be in Conn (State of). UConn (and this may surprise you, in fact you may want to sit down) is a BCS conference team (Big East, in fact) and regularly makes bowl games. Although they do not contend for BCS bowls very often, they do send players to the NFL (more than M in the 2009 draft) and actually win bowl games.
As a mid level BCS team, UConn is certainly deserving of a home and home under the circumstance that currently govern CFB and the M AD. Said circumstance are listed below:
-- The BCS format has put a priority on scheduling lightly and just about all programs to this. Teams simply cannot afford more than 1 loss if they want to play for the NC.
-- Many teams schedule 1-AA teams. M, in fact has scheduled 2 1-AA teams and lost to one.
-- Due to this BCS format and UConn's afore-mentioned status of 'BCA conf member (lol member)' they are certainly right to ask for a return home game.
-- As you may recall, Michigan traveled to BC twice in the 1990s. BC was a BEast team at the time and their stadium is not significantly larger than UConns in 2009.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to corresponding with you in the future.
IIRC in 2007 UCONN won 10 or 11 games. Ladies and Gentlemen, if this is true let us not enter this game like we did the App. State game. Personally I was hoping for Arkansas since I live here, Brian hinted around that his feelings were that it would end up being Okie state and I like the idea of that. 1) I think it would be a good test for our beloved but, 2) it is not but a 3 or 4 hour drive for me. Brian see if you can pull some strings and get them to go with the hogs or the cowboys.
It's not the size of the stadium. It's the craptastic nature of UConn's program. I don't even mind playing the Huskies at some point in the season...its that THIS was supposed to be the big deal Michigan Stadium "re-opening" opponent? I get what you're saying about the current state of affairs, but I feel that the massive coverage that a marquee match up would bring to the home opener in 2010 out weigh starting off with a loss.
Hopefully this is all just a rumor.
We'll know when we know.
But at this point, the hype has gotten out of control - think the statement that it was a home and home really cranked it up - and just about anything that isn't a reasonably big-time BCS team will be a disappointment.
And a question for anyone who knows - if it were UConn and the 2nd half of the home & home actually takes place - I know there was some kerfuffle about them scheduling neutral site games, but would that be a possibility?
1) it is a no win situation - think Appy State.
2) It makes no financial sense to do a home and home with a team that plays in a stadium smaller than Fenway. Maybe a two for one, or a three for one, but a one for one does not make any financial sense unless they play at a larger neutral site (which sounds like is not really likely or even possible).
3) while I dont think that in the age of nationally televised games we have to worry much about exposure, Northern Connecticuit is not exactly a hotbed. Yes, the next Mike Cox may come to the game, but we seemed to have no problem landing Mike Cox without playing. Of course, RR could then do one of those ESPN commercials.
4) I think most college football fans outside of maybe the big east would not look at this as s schedule upgrade from the MAC school du jour. UConn is a basketball school, and its football progam, while improving is still considered by most fans to be a lower tier program.
I just see no upside to this.
Comparing a BCS school to App State? God, I hate our fans.
Uconn is nothing like ASU. One is a division one team with five straight bowl appearances, the other is a division 1-AA team. Stop the hyperbole machine.
I agree that UConn is not like App St., but where did you get the 5 straight bowl games from? My quick research showed 3 total bowl games, and 2 straight. I think your point remains, but the details are a little off.
During Apps 3peat run, I think they would have beaten UConn.
would have beaten the Big East champion? because UConn was the champion in 2007. That's ridiculous.
Holy shit, I didn't know Bill Martin posted here!!!11one
We suck at life. Minus whale play Rice and welcome McGuffie back.......
If it is U-Con, maybe they come in 2010 and we conveniently cancel or forget to schedule the return game. I'm sure there would be some sort of monetary penalty for this, but it might work out to be a similar amount as a guarantee game. Maybe not the classiest option but it gets the job done.
Just for fun I took a look at UConn's recruiting the last few years. I know, I know, it doesn't mean everything, but they will likely have a total of 2 4* guys on the roster when we play then, unless they rake it in this year, but they would be true frosh anyway. Either way, there will be a major talent deficit.
OMG WE SHOULD JUST JOIN THE BIG EAST! FIRST WE HIRE A FREAKING REDNECK BEANER COACH FROM WEST VIRGINIA AND THEN HE DESTROYS ALL OUR TRADITION AND RECRUITS COLOREDS TO PLAY QUARTERBACK NOW WE'RE GOING TO PLAY A ROAD GAME IN CONNECTICUT! WHAT IN GOD'S NAME IS HAPPENING! CONNECTICUT MIGHT AS WELL BE IN D-4! BO WOULD KILL SOMEONE IF HE HEARD THIS NEWS!!!!
THOSE WHO STAY!
Whoa man, I'd ease up on the racial slurs.
It was just sarcasm.
I think we all knew it was sarcasm. People can still be offended by the racial slurs.
Rodriguez is Spanish not beaner.
They're all the same.
Spaniard, redneck Spaniard.
Im a Michigan fan living in CT. UConn is a program that is on the rise. Theyre more well known for their basketball team but if you go back to last years draft you'll see they had more players drafted than Michigan despite having worse recruiting classes. I dont see this to be a trend but UConn does deserve some more respect. Regardless this should be 2 wins for the Maize and blue so why is everyone complaining?
I don't think the goal here was an easy win. Otherwise we could sign a long term deal with Delaware St.
But I've been telling people that nothing has changed for UM, we just had a down year, we're still UM but, honestly, if we've dropped down to the point of having to promise a home and home to get UConn then there's something serious going on here. UConn is basically in the same realm as Vanderbilt - a pretty decent school that makes bowl games (actually I'd give Vandy the edge since they have been D-1A as long as I can recall). I'm sure we'll all remember that we got Vandy to come to the Big House without any such promise of a return game...
Now either that or the Alumni base in the northeast is so effing strong (and whiney) that Martin buckled to the pressure and agreed to have a game over there.
I hope it's the latter so I can say we are still "Michigan" and not just some rebuilding team...
At least Vandy has semi-tradition. And by that I mean, has been playing football for a long time. Let's not forget they came in in '22 and played Kipke and Yost to a 0-0 tie
You're an idiot. As the son of two Vanderbilt grads, I'm pretty familiar with their program. And, literally, UConn has accomplished more in the last 2 seasons than Vanderbilt has in the past 25 - make 2 bowl games. Vanderbilt had not, before this year, had a winning season in 26 years. They had been on a 40+ game losing streak to their primary rival (Tennessee) before 3 years ago.
It's a phenomenal school, and I like it, but Vanderbilt is the dregs of BCS college football. They pray to be on UCONN's level.
They don't have the week in and week out punishment of the SEC? (emphasis purposefully omitted)
Do you want to start comparing the OOC record of the Big East over the past few years to the Big 10? It won't go well for your argument.
But what I am thinking is....Vandy is at least in the SEC. All be it at the bottom, but that alone gets them more respectability than an also ran in the Big East. I'm not saying that UConn isn't a decent schedule ad. I;m also not saying I think Vandy is where the AD should go. IMHO, the 2010 opener should be something "special" and UConn just isn't the team to make it that.
If Vanderbilt played a Big East schedule instead of an SEC one it would be bowl bound more often as well.
This is what I love.
I say "Vanderbilt is bad because they didn't have a single winning season in 26 years, have made 3 bowls in the history of their program, and failed to beat their primary rival for more than a generation. UCONN, in their time in Division I (about 62 years less) already has as much if not more success in these regards." In other words, I made a statement, and provided evidence to support it.
THEN, someone comes in and says "Well, if this thing that isn't true was true in the gum-drop land of the fantasies of my mind, then this would happen." How can I possibly refute that? Yes, Kblow. Possibly, if Vanderbilt didn't play any of the teams that they've played for the past 75 years and you replaced them with different teams, their record would be different. Thank you for that.
That doesn't change the fact the Vanderbilt's "tradition" that the previous poster preferred, is one of consistent, overbearing, failure.
if my aunt had balls she'd be my uncle
If the goal was a couple safe,easy wins against a respectable opponent that I think we've met that goal. But at a time when our biggest rival has scheduled home and homes w/ USC, Virginia Tech, Texas and Tennessee this looks pretty pathetic. I personally would have liked to have seen a bigger opponent in this slot. Oklahoma State would have been fun.
While UConn is not the sexiest choice (perhaps RR elevated expectations too high with the "BCS opponent, home and home" comment), is it really that big a deal? They're not lame. And in the end, if we take care of business during that return visit (I am still not convinced there isn't a way to wiggle out of that) when RR is in firm control of the juggernaut, the athletic department won't go broke and we'll certainly have a better schedule than...oh, Penn State's non-conference on any given year (let me try and not mess this cut and paste up):
Sept. 5, 2009 Akron
Sept. 12, 2009 Syracuse
Sept. 19, 2009 Temple
Oct. 10, 2009 Eastern Illinois
OMG BUT TEMPLE WAS LIKE A LOT BETTER THIS YEAR I MEAN COME ON THAT GAME WAS NOT A CUPCAKE
In 2010, Penn State travels to Alabama to play Nick Saban. The return game is the year afterwards.
Is that big enough of an opponent for you?
Except 2010. Or 2002. 2003. Hell, I am bailing on this thread as I have made a fool of myself twice.
is probably mgoblog.com
Exactly what I was thinking.
Same. Lets hope thats what happened.
I was excited about Cal or Pitt.
Uconn. Nothing to get excited about.
Not that I am too worried, but wouldn't it be best to avoid a team RR has squared off against in the Big East, even if it was only for 3 seasons?
if the deal with UCONN included basketball games at Crisler for both men's and women's teams? A poster on rivals is suggesting that is the deal.
Do you think their basketball fans would meltdown like some of our football fans at the prospect?
They are coming to Crisler soon for last year's return game. It's apples and Oranges, we're a pretty historic basketball program compared to UConn's football program. Plus they play many more games in b-ball so one away game shouldn't be a huge deal. (I'm not ecstatic about traveling to play Utah this year).
With the basketball tie in it makes sense that they would work out a football deal.
Not a big fan of the choice. If they were going to make a splash, Uconn isn't it.
Perhaps we could get the return game with UConn at a neutral site like Giant Stadium. That might be more enticing and it would allow for a lot more tickets to be sold than at UConn = more $$$.
I wonder if Duke fans threw complete hissy like this when they schedules themselves to play a home-and-home with our hoops team. Or...uh...did UCONN throw a hissy when their hoops team scheduled a home-and-home with us?
Also - we scheduled a home-and-home with an up-and-coming Oregon team at their 50,000 seat stadium. This isn't an earth-shattering proposal.
Texas is playing AT Wyoming - smaller, non-BCS schools are becoming less and less willing to offer themselves up as sacrificial lambs to larger schools. Is UCONN AWESOME? No. But it's perfectly fine. They're better than most OOC games we schedule. I understand not being pumped by this, but I don't get the outrage either.
Yeah not that the game is official but Uconn is definitely pointed in the upward direction.
In 2010 they will have sr/jrs at nearly all the skill positions their oline will be more of a mixture but the Dline will all be veterans. And the secondary shouldn't be too shabby either, it is not a push over
Anyone who follows college football knows UCONN is an up and coming program. They just don't have traditional big name sexiness. In that way, they're kind of the opposite of ND. Zing!
Apparently, many, many people on this thread don't follow college football.
Both losses, too.
I will reserve judgment until I see when and where the return game is scheduled.
People need to remember that ND was supposed to be the major non-con matchup for UM when that deal was signed. UConn isn't an insulting matchup and I actually think they've got a lot of pieces in place to build a good program over time.
But again, I will reserve judgment until the entire layout of the series is announce.
I actually like the idea of playing UConn and getting our team playing a game in a new region. So I won't complain about the choice.
However, why would Duke complain about money by playing UofM in basketball, because UofM can offer a pay check as big as most schools. The same goes with UConn playing UofM in basketball.
If there is a home-and-home, I'd be willing to bet money that UConn's "home game" is at either Yankee Stadium or Gillette Stadium.
We win, and the whole world says, "big fuckin' deal, you're supposed to beat them." And if we lose, which nobody can say is out of the realm of possibility at this point, we become the laughingstock of the football world for the third year in a row.
What I don't get is that BM has known for at least two and maybe three years that this game would have to be arranged. Why is it coming down to the last minute?
Kind of funny how everyone is freaking out over something that at this point is nothing more than some person's speculation. In the next week when there is an official announcement made and we know the real situation then let us open this board back up and we will have this discussion then. Until then we all need to practice this excercise, "Breathe in, breathe out, now repeat."
What the heck is bothering me?
Ahh, I feel better.
A. I hate Beano.......
B. Are we jocking ESPN? Playing in Bristol's Backyard?
to the earlier post asking if Gameday would come to any M games besides "THE" game
If UM is going to play a home-and-home, it should be against a team in Florida or Texas to help recruiting there. Also, a trip to Florida during the regular season is a pretty nice perk, even if the weather is a little warm. FSU or USF would be a nice opponent, as would Texas A&M. I don't want to see a game against Florida or Texas, because they might not be quite ready to beat either of those teams yet.
UGA or Auburn would be pretty cool, too, because it is closer to where they are trying to recruit. There just isn't any real benefit to playing UConn right now.
All-in-all, I would rather see them play FSU so I can imagine they are getting revenge for what I still call "the evil Terrell Buckley game." I had the best seats I ever had at the Big House for that game, and was extremely disappointed at the outcome.
I will vote for USF only because I live in Tampa but I would make the trip to any city in FL.
yea a team from the south would be better but i personally would like to see them play USC. i doubt they have that date open but it would still be nice to open against them
this is not a big time opponent!
that doesn't mean it will happen. Alot of fans seem to think that it is easy to arrange big time matchups. It isn't.OSU can schedule those top teams because they will play three cupcakes to go with that. ONE tough OCC game a year.
UM's mistake was signing that deal with ND. People want variety, not the same ND team year after year.
most of you sound like a kid on christmas who didn't get a fucking M1A1 Abrams Tank like you asked for or something.
We play ND. That's our big OOC series. Deal with it. There won't be another big name on the schedule along with that.
The "UCONN SUCKS" stuff is patently absurd. They are a decent program and this horseshit (Vandy is better! App State would beat them! No upside!) is ridiculous arrogant.
Martin said that it would be a big name opponent, didn't he?
i think it was BCS opponent
USC plays Notre Dame too. Dosen't stop them from scheduling games like Arkansas and Auburn.
Beano Cook also predicted that Ron Powlus would win 3 or 4 Heisman trophies.
and he also loses his shit when people can't hear him (2:10).
If MGoBlog was a TV channel, this thread would be Real World what with all the petty bitching and whining.
but didn't UConn win a lot more games than we did last year? And, I wouldn't be shocked if they win more games than Michigan does this year. Chill, guys. It's not the be all and end all of games, but there's nothing wrong with scheduling a winning team from a BCS conference.
He supported UM b-ball scheduling games against top opponents even when the basketball team was in the dumps. Even though the football team had a down year, it's still in a lot better shape than the basketball team was.
Whether it's UCONN or not, can't do a damn thing about it. No point in bitching.
If the complete tease issued by RR, coupled with a few reports of who it's NOT, is leading up to a less-than-stellar matchup, then those folks who are spouting out the ambiguity are dicks and should have kept their mouths shut.
Beano Cook is still alive??? Huh.