A Faint Silver Lining
From a media relations standpoint this story sucks. Michigan is getting dragged through the dirt and most people won't read far beyond the headline.
From a team standpoint, this is probably a huge unifying moment, the line in the sand, us against the world. Think about how angry the Mgoblog community is, and consider the fact that it wasn't your teammates that were mislead and ambushed, it wasn't your coach, the guy you work with every day, who was dragged through the mud. Your anger probably doesn't even approach the team's collective anger about the situation.
With the Athletic Dept and coaches probably instructing players not to talk to any media, there's no outlet, no way to defend their coach. Each passing day is only going to make the anger more intense, as more BS is piled on. The only way to improve the situation is going to be on the field. Come Saturday, every WMU player might as well be wearing a Snyder or Rosenberg Freep jersey. I have no doubt that Michigan will be hitting hard right out of the gate.
(Note: I'm not saying we're going to be head hunting/doing stupid things like a Crable or Butler. I think it will be a tight, focused anger. Execute, execute, execute, without pity. Also I'm told there's an ESPN article that corroborates some of this. Go Obi.)
There's been some talk about this being a distraction. While I agree that this is impacting our greater community and possibly Rich Rod himself, I doubt the players that have bought into his system (aka, the starters and key contributors) give a flying f*** about Rosenberg's allegations. Do you think they're going to take Rosenberg's side over Rodriguez's, that this story has instilled doubt into their minds? They know the results of their summer work. They know they have to avenge a 3-9 season. They know only winning will shut the critics up and will be more motivated than ever.
And on the flip side, Rosenberg, and the Freep by extension, will probably lose lots of access with regard to Michigan athletics. Good luck talking the athletes and coaches now; they probably wouldn't even admit that the sun is shining or that snow is wet to a Freep staffer (Rich Rod forces students, players, to fight, with snow!)(Follow up: anonymous players state: "I've never seen anything like this" "He just stood there and laughed")
So, to summarize: Team is Angry. Will try and use anger on the field to win the games. This strategy may work. Pad levels will be good. However, if Pad Levels are bad, this strategy also may not work. Watch the game to find out.
You know your username just made me realize,
Tacopants was never asked to comment on these allegations.
Honestly you can't deny he had to have been exceeding NCAA practice limitations last year. He played almost every offensive play from scrimmage last year and caught a majority of the passes, of course he was putting in extra work to build that level of endurance.
• "There is absolutely no story here. This is done at every major BCS program in the country (all the good ones). If this were seriously affecting academic performance, how did the football team set a GPA record last year? Is he demanding? Darn right. So are the Marines." -- Tacopants
This was in one of the Free Press articles today that had online reactions. No idea if it is the same Tacopants. It came from a Freep.com comment, but I still found it funny that Tacopants would ever be quoted anywhere.
I have absolutely no journalistic integrity, so I have no intention of linking this to those mouth breathing neckbeards. If you want the actual link for commemorative purposes you can google it fairly easily.
I agree with the idea that this nonsense will create a bunker mentality for the team. I disagree with the idea of restricting access. Toby Ziegler put it best on The West Wing:
"Time to teach these Stoli-drinking Tchaikovskys a thing or two about free press American style! You don't ban those who supported you opponent, you make them wallow in their losedom by covering your victory. You sit them in the front row. You give them a hat!"
i love west wing! toby's the bomb!