In advance of the flood of articles on this appearance, here's Angelique's twitter feed from the event. Apologies in advance to her followers as this is not meant to alert you to the existence of the tweets, but to start a dialogue among the MGoBlogerati on the content of DB's remarks.
- UM AD Dave Brandon at Det Eco Club: says in 6 months as AD has worked harder than in any 6 month period as a CEO
- Brandon on biggest surprise as AD: "the number of moving parts"
- Brandon on NCAA hearing: "we were prepared...did a mock hearing. We were rehearsed. When we got to the room felt like we had been there"
- DB on hearing: "thought we executed well"
- DB on Big Ten expansion: "some compromises changed are going to occur"
- Brandon: "the reality is we are as a fan base going to have to prepare ourselves for changes"
- DB: "if we put um osu in same div we will never play ostate for a champ and trip to RB that doesn't sound great to me"
- Brandon on um-bama 12 possibility: "I want mich to be a big-stage program..no prob w m teeing it up against a nat power & display who we r"
- Brandon on BIg Chill -- $1 mill to build ice rink. Projects dec 11 will be largest crowd in mich stadium history
- Brandon on being gov vs um AD: "I feel this is a better job for me"
- DB on RR: "I support my coach. I respect rich and the challenge of the job I support him and defend him"
- DB on whether RR needs a magic win #: "the people who say 7-5...that's nonsense" said insulting to simply decision process like that
So, expect U-M and OSU to be in different divisions, the Big Chill is going to be massive, Bama game is likely, you are likely to see RichRod prowling the Michigan Stadium sideline in 2011.
Meantime, Teddy Greenstein scored an interview with Jim Delaney in which the subject of "The Game" ("the game") was front and center:
"If Duke and North Carolina were historically the two strongest programs and only one could play for the right to be in the NCAA tournament, would you want them playing in the season-ending game so one is in and one is out?" he asked. "Or would you want them to play and have it count in the standings and then they possibly could meet for the right to be in the NCAA or the Rose Bowl? We've had those debates. It's a good one. The question is whether you want to confine a game that's one of the greatest rivalries of all time to a divisional game."
The interview was set up last week, before the latest hue and cry over the Ohio State-Michigan game. It lasted 26 minutes, and Delany might have said "competitive equality" that many times. He insisted that if Michigan and Ohio State are split, the decision won't be motivated by money or keeping the Big Ten's TV partners happy. It would be for "competitive equality" - balancing out the league's traditional superpowers - and so a second meeting could produce a Rose Bowl representative.
That will prove a tough sell, given that one prominent national college football writer Tweeted on Wednesday that Delany's middle name is "Cha-Ching" and another ripped the league in a column under the headline: "Big Ten selling out tradition." Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel opined that the Big Ten's motivation is to squeeze out an extra $2 million in negotiations for the TV rights to the title game.
"We have not discussed this with our TV partners," Delany said.
Delaney also covered the following topics:
- Championship game scheduling (time and network)
- Division alignment decision timetable
- Rivalry game protection
- Nine game conference schedule
- Timetable for naming the divisions
- Indoor vs. outdoor championship games
The first of the articles are in. This is the Freep's (two of the seven bullet points):
- On the expansion of Michigan Stadium: “I’m enamored when people say, well, so many of these things are just being driven by money. Well, hell yes. Hell yes, they’re being driven by money. These athletic programs across the country are going broke. You happen to be sitting on the campus of one of the few departments of athletics in the United States of America that doesn’t need to be subsidized and propped up by the general funds or other means. These athletic programs are hanging by a thread. They’re going broke. … The reality is we’re in a situation where we’re trying to leverage the assets we have in growth and strength we have as a department. It’s not only about football, it’s about 27 sports.”
- More on the potential changes: “I’ve heard that a lot the last couple days: what would Bo (Schembechler) say? Bo hated the idea that Penn State was allowed in the Big Ten. He hated it, he fought it, he thought it was a terrible idea. I love Bo, I owe a lot to Bo, I respect Bo immeasurably, but I can tell you the Big Ten is a much better conference right now that Penn State is in it. Bo would hate the idea that we let Nebraska in the conference. He would hate the idea of splitting into two divisions, and he’d hate the idea that we’d have a championship game to get to the Rose Bowl, as opposed to the way it’s always been. And there are a lot of people out there that feel the same way. … The favorable reaction to (Nebraska entering) was 99-1. People love the big brand ‘Nebraska,' great school. But now the reality is setting in… . You can’t split into divisions, you can’t have a championship game, without some changes occurring.”
"Hey, I was a part of this program in the 'Ten Year War,' I was part of the Bo vs. Woody thing," said Brandon, who played for Bo Schembechler at Michigan in the early 1970s.
"Nobody has to define to me the importance of this game. I do believe that one of the things people have lost track of in all of the noise is that if Michigan and Ohio State are in the same division, Michigan and Ohio State will never again play for the Big Ten championship -- we will never again play for the Rose Bowl. I think there's a lot of people that just haven't focused on that, and they need to understand that. And I have to tell you as a guy who was part of the program and who understands the magnitude of that game, to know that from this point forward we will never play Ohio State for a trip to the Rose Bowl again, never play them for the Big Ten championship again, that doesn't sound good to me. Now there's people out there that sounds good to, but I'm not one of them."