Information has value. Well aware of this, Coach Carr and his predecessors kept almost all information about the football team secured deep in a sub-basement of Schemblecher Hall behind a steel door with a left-handed combination lock. Fort Schemblecher. Sun-Tzuians should be proud of the minuscule amount of information our opponents could gather in order to “know” us. Just ask Florida.
On the other hand, Coach Rodriguez is giving away information like Santa passing out presents at an orphanage—there is something for everybody—videos, audios, pressers, one-on-ones, photo-ops, and lord knows what else. It’s feel good city for those who smoke, snort, or shoot Michigan football information, for Schemblecher Hall suddenly seems to have glass walls. The vault appears to be empty. And dusty.
Why is he squandering all this information when this has been the traditional time to start filling the vault for a new season? Rodriguez is a seasoned and successful coach who knows what he is doing. He is not running open practices for altruistic reasons. He is not running open practices for self-aggrandizement. He is not running open practices to satisfy your or my curiosity. He is running open practices to better win football games by spreading disinformation. There are smoke and mirrors on the practice field. Rather than burying his stock of information on the fifty-yard line in an old dill pickle jar, he is investing it in the information market with the expectation of increasing its value. He is trying to trick ‘em to get a leg up on ‘em.
What does this mean? In previous years we got little to no information. Now we have it coming out of our ears. The problem is all we learn is reliable but probably not truthful. We are getting smoked and mirrored, tricked, disinformated, and led astray along with Utah and Notre Dame. What we see and hear now is not going to be what we get. The only way to even come close to determining what we will see on the 30th is to wait until the game starts. Zontan may line up under center. We may have three quarterbacks in the game at the same time. Who knows? I have been saying that I don’t have any idea how Michigan will do this year, but that I am sure that they will be exciting. I am revising that upwards to exciting and surprising.