Who's that guy on the far right who appears to be texting?
Monday Presser Notes: Gator Bowl Announcement
Actual News, Injuries
Practice schedule: They'll start Friday afternoon, go Saturday morning, and have 4-5 practices in between payers' finals the following week. First 4-5 practices working on "our own things." Need that fundamental work - and it would be good because the teams play similar offensive styles. Start putting in a gameplan end of next week. They'll have 11-12 practices in Ann Arbor, and 4-5 at the bowl site. Practices: benefit to get some fundamental work in. Lots of guys getting first bowl game, exciting for them.
The guys who are out for the year, like Martavious Odoms, Van Slyke, and Mike Jones, probably won't be available for the game, but they might be able to practice. "We're hoping that Van Slyke and Mike Jones will be able to do some things in practice... just to get them back working a bit will be good."
Lots of players beat up, including Denard. From the BGSU game, he hasn't been 100%. Having time off from football will heal him up. "Probably the best he's felt since the first couple games." His fingers are fine, he should be 100% by first practice. JR Hemingway should be fine, Darryl Stonum will be pretty healthy. Guys who were banged up for last few games should be OK, including Mike Martin and Jonas Mouton.
Defensive position changes: Putting Roh back down on the line helped, some of the personnel moves were by necessity with injuries. "Some of the others coming back healthy, we may be able to lock guys in there." Some coaches experiment with position changes during bowl practices, but Michigan may not be in a position to do that with the practice schedule.
Open competition among kickers starting in Friday practice. "We'll address that in recruiting as well," but he's more worried about the guys getting the confidence to perform in a game. Will Hagerup is back, and will make the bowl trip.
Michigan will wear Blue uniforms in the bowl, Mississippi State will wear white (H/T: @MVictors).
On Mississippi State
Rich has had no chance to look at MSU film this year, but he watched them on TV a couple times. He knows Mullen a bit and is familiar with the spread, he knows a couple defensive players from past recruiting. They run some spread principles, so Michigan will practice with some "good-on-good" (offense starters v. defense starters) to get ready.
Knows they did well against Auburn (though he hasn't had a chance to watch that game), and it should be a good football game. The SEC had lots of options for the Gator bowl, and the final selection depended heavily on the outcome of the league championship game.
In the past, lots of coaches came to visit WVU to learn the offense, especially after the Sugar Bowl. Florida (and Mullen) traded ideas with Rich at West Virginia, but both offensive staffs have tweaked their schemes since then. PSU and OSU were among the teams who learned at West Virginia, so Rich was worried he might have shared a bit too much when he came to Michigan (jokingly).
Cowbells: WVU played against Mississippi State a few years back, and is thus familiar with that school's "more cowbell!" tradition. They (RR's WVU) rang cowbells all week in practice. Somebody at WVU called this week to offer up all the cowbells they still have. "Our guys will hear them in practice here the next few weeks."
About Mullen's comments on Denard: "Maybe he forgot about the Auburn game."
The experience of practicing in another big city for a big game helps the payers grow. The added practices help too. Freshmen, redshirt frosh, sophs, who need work should be improved.
Evaluation process/job security: "You have to understand what Dave's position is with all his coaches." He has to worry about doing his job. "There's always obstacles in recruiting," so it could hurt a bit. "We'll maybe have to work hard in January to close with some guys, but we've had to do that before." He's met with Brandon throughout the year to talk about football, etc.
"The progress has been slow, but it has been progress... There's a lot of areas that we can get better quickly, and that's gonna take the next step." Going to a bowl will help with that a bit, because they get practice time, and get to grow together as a team and program.
On reactions to the Groban song: "Everybody's gonna have opinions on things, and that's fine." Emotional state: "Every coach has their own personality. I've probably always been emotional at our senior banquets." Has always felt close to players, and this senior class. "I thought the crowd was really appreciative of our senior class."
Feel in coaching limbo?: "It's a unique situation, and you deal with it the best you can." Recruiting is going well, they'll sign 18-20 guys, and are exicted about the guys who are interested. "We tell them we plan on being here and being their coach, and telling them all the positive things about the school and the football program." Recruits can come watch practices if they're open to public, some local recruits in Florida might swing by. More important for recruiting is getting your name in the paper, and giving Florida-based M players play close to home.
Exciting to become bowl eligible, guys got excited again to be in a Jan 1 bowl, Florida guys were excited to be playing down there. "Staying together for another 2-3 weeks as a football family" will be good. "It's somewhat of a reward of course, you want them to enjoy themselves... you've got to remember that the main thing is to go down there and win the game." More prestige to playing in a New Year's Day bowl, "I think the bowl system is so neat for the programs and for the fans..." likes some aspects of the bowls vs. a playoff.
Familiar with the Gator Bowl. They do good stuff with fans, Rodriguez has been there within the past 4 years. At WVU, the team stayed out at Sawgrass, this year they'll stay downtown. Terrific venue, exciting for players and fans. "They do as good a job as anybody in the country." Gator Bowl as a player: "That was almost 30 years ago." Played FSU in a night game. Fell into a puddle of mud on kick coverage. Was cold for the rest of the half, because he was only on special teams.
Will look at past gameplans for bowl games. Doesn't want to try to do too much. The Georgia gameplan for the Sugar Bowl was a very simple one, because they didn't want guys to worry about big-game jitters, etc. "We have to make sure we don't try to do too much, in actuality probably do less." All coaches go into the bowl game - or any game whatever it is - thinking "this has gotta be the game." There's always pressure to win though, and they'll do their thing coaching.
Coach's poll ballot: "The two teams clearly had outstanding seasons... TCU is phenomenal, they're every bit as worthy of talking in the same conversation with Auburn and Oregon." Those top two played tougher schedules, so he voted them 1 and 2. RR will vote on conference lines a bit as well. Most coaches think their league is a bit better, even their team a bit. Part of the allure of college football is that there's a lot to talk about with rankings and such.
Denard being Offensive POY but not All-Big Ten: "I don't know if that's happened before. How can you be player of the year, but not good enough to be first team?" May serve as some motivation for Denard going into next year. It was a great year for QBs in the Big Ten.
Roundtree's mindset after drops: "He had a couple, but he had a couple big plays, too." Really proud of his year still, didn't realize how close to 1000 yards he was.
Gator Bowl Chairman Steve Tremel
Pleased with opportunity to officially invite Michigan. "To have a team like the University of Michigan represented there is just fabulous." It's been since 1991 that M has been there, so the Gator Bowl is excited.
MSU (not that MSU) is ranked 20th by the AP, and Michigan is a great program and team, so it makes for an exciting matchup.
"I promise this is not the weather you'll see on New Year's Day."
"Good morning. I would like to formally accept." Heard late afternoon yesterday, and accepted "with great enthusiasm." Gator bowl representatives have been working hard, and he's excited to work through everything with them.
Excited to play a top-20 team on New Year's Day.
Brandon did not take questions from the media.
Some radio guy. I imagine he's tweeting updates or marking times on his voice recorder.
he's texting LL Cool J for a new Kango
Couldn't even hide it under the table.
Take a look at the table and i think you have your answer.
This team being completely healthy for the game is awesome. It's been a while since Michigan has been at full strength.
the last time Michigan went to the Gator Bowl. One of the best teams Michigan has ever had in my opinion, lost a few very close, tough games (at least one of which was completely stolen), and crushed Mississippi like they were nothing. I never felt so bad for the team in a win before or since. I had so much hope that year.
Start putting in a gameplan end of next week. They'll have 11-12 practices in Ann Arbor, and 4-5 at the bowl site.
How long until Freep jumps all over RR's plans to practice 15-17 times?
they beat a BCS Bowl team by 20 points!
with a Heisman QB. But also lost 2 early unmentionable games...
awesome that we get to be in our home blue jerseys for the game
Michigan looks best in their navy blue jerseys, so it will help the look on the TV.
As pointed out in another thread, by the way, we have Mike Patrick and Craig James calling the game. So it's sort of pick your poison.
We won't have Tay being a downfield billygoat.
Glad to hear we will recruit a kicker. Surprised no specific mention of Hart & Sousa. Any news of how the visit with Hart went?
on a recruit's name because it's a violation of NCAA rule.
Until they have signed on commitment day or are early enrollees on campus.
For all the crapping on RichRod's political savvy, I think he handled Grobangate perfectly. Which is to say (shrug) "I'm an emotional guy and that was an emotional moment for me."
Dude is the least cynical person I've seen, perhaps to his detriment. He is, at heart, a small town dude who loves coaching football, his family, God, and his players. Punto.
When the MSM or motherfuckers who have leapt off the bandwagon want to shit on him for that, it makes me like him all the more. If Foster and WalMart Wolverines are pissed off, he must be doing something right.
I hope (pray?) he starts winning BIG TIME because nothing would be better than to go NEENER NEENER to the MSM for him winning, with class, despite all their vitriol.
100% spot on. Big-city media types HATE simple, unsophisticated, non-cynical people from rural areas who are comfortable with themselves that way.
If Brian Kelly gets ND back to a position of true competitiveness, the media slobberfest over him is going to be disgusting, because Kelly is the exact opposite of RR: he's big-city, east coast, sophisticated (compared to RR), glib as hell, quick with a witty retort, with a cocky arrogance that's very thinly disguised.
My read on RR is that he's very trusting, maybe to the point of naiveté sometimes, when dealing with others; that he takes people at their word, and isn't automatically suspicious.
What's your semi-inside info?
So excited for this game. You gotta love Coach Rod's attitude. I cant help but root for him. Ofcourse this is about the team but for all the crap he has gone through a win on jan 1 against a top 20 team would mean... I cant imagine. Go Blue
If this has already been discussed I appologize. However, is it official that Michigan is home? not only does that look better for the team (Blue Jerseys) but the band as well. If Michigan's home they get to run their full pregame...
Don't know about that, usually they give the bands the exact same amount of time. It'll probably get cut to some degree.
the last time we went to the Gator Bowl, ourfootball team went out and kicked ass against a team from the State of Mississippi - then at Halftime our band went out and kicked their band's ass. Hopefully we can have similar results with the other Mississippi school!
1. I can't help but love RR. I still harbor my doubts as to whether he can get it done here (almost all of which I attribute tothe media shitstorn that he deals with), but I find him to be such a likeable guy. Whether or not he is back next year, I think that I would tear up if I saw RR carried off the field by this team after putting on a bowl game display.
2. Team health - I found it interesting that RR said that Denard has been hampered by injury since the BGSU game. What is the injury? It appears that he lacks his usual explosiveness (still crazy fast, but more tentative on some plays), so this could be a factor.
3. CC - RR doesn't sound confident that he will be back. Maybe I am just filling in my own thoughts to read between the lines - entirely possible - but this quote: "We tell them we plan on being here and being their coach, and telling them all the positive things about the school and the football program" doesn't sound too confident. I guess what else is he going to say.
4. Bowl match-up - my initial reaction was that I was disappointed to be playing MSU (not that MSU), because of the lack of sex appeal. But, they should be a good match-up - similar offense, and they are not custom built like Wisco or MSU (yes, that MSU this time) to exploit our weaknesses (size and secondary). This should be a good match-up against a ranked team.
5. While I have not loved DB's handling of thise whole CC issue, I think that RR is deflecting the issue perfectly by focusing on the game and by not making it about him personally. He always refers back to the "we" or the school. Great handling of a press that has done nothing but trash him.
I just think that what he is telling the recruits is a great way to keep them interested in and still considering UM so that it doesn't hinge on his employment. Then if he is retained, the recruits are still on board and he doesn't have to try to bring them back into the fold.
Funny the Gator Bowl guy mentioned the weather. Jacksonville is not guaranteed warm on January 1. In the 50s there today, and weather like that can happen any time from now to mid-March. Even if it's nice, it's more golf weather than beach weather.
against Mississippi State in the Gator bowl game.
Like me, Michigan football looks a lot better in the Blue and Maize rather than the tighty whiteys.
Blue over the White or Maize. Glen Rice will always be in my mind in the Blue 41. BTW, I noticed that his son also wears #41.
RR says he's more worried about the (kickers) getting the confidence to perform in a game.
Having watched the place kickers all year, they really do have the distance on their kicks, and they were not recruited if they were not acccurate.
The problem is confidence...psychology. You know that is the case when the guy bangs the upright from 25 yards. I think that kicking in front of 112,000 fans plus national TV just freaks them out.
Surely the University has a sports psychologist in the faculty whom they could call upon.
They mentioned in the commentary in week 6 or 7 that they had a sports psychologist come for the kickers. I guess that person just didn't have enough mojo.
Yeah remember that too...then the color commentator made a withering remark about how much psychological hand holding do u really need to hit a 25 yd fg from the middle of the filed. I think he followed that up with "just kick it !" Which made me think, yeah that will help his confidence when he goes back home and
watches the game.
Last time we went it provided one of my favorite quotes...
"They are the best football team we've ever played at Ole Miss, ever," said Mississippi coach Billy Brewer.
I hope the entire town of Deerfield Beach turns up to watch Denard. It's great that we get to play close to the hometowns of some of these players whose families can't make it to many games.