If this is a duplicate, I apologize.
"It's not about last year or who's here or who's isn't here," says your head coach. "It's about getting out here and competing and seeing who is here, and that's where we're gonna go."
If this is a duplicate, I apologize.
Good for him, too bad for the University. Always a class act.
My Dad was a classmate of his back in high school. He said he was a great guy back then too.
("cough, cough..early 90's). Good luck to him!!
Now Bruce Madej. I blame Dave Brandon.
Bruce was moved to an honorary, "special" role since DB came to power. Great guy, great sense of humor, great wealth of knowledge, but not a great fit for the new culture DB installed. There will never be another Bruce Madej; he will be missed dearly.
What exactly do you mean?
... But not in a blog. If you've ever been in a company taken over by a new outsider-CEO you'd understand. Not saying the change is good or bad, just significant.
He was a good professor too.
I was lucky enough to have him for one class every Monday because for some reason they combined both his and Bruce Watkins' sports media classes together so I got to enjoy his stories and lectures at least once a week.
He will be missed. Although I have a feeling he will still be on the golf course a ton.
Dave Ablauf gets my vote to take his place. Another class act.
And a fellow U of D Jesuit High alum. Well-earned retirement.
sad, but understood. always heard great things about him. I hope he enjoys his retirement.
What kind of stuffed shirt Brandon is gonna install.
Madej is the guy who was mischeviously asked "would you give MGoBlog a credential" by Richard Deitsch on WTKA in the immediate aftermath of the demise of the Ann Arbor News. He said "yes," I was in the room for the segment before and after his, and that led to me hiring Tim and Paul and eventually Tom, Ace, Heiko, and Brandon.
A great guy who gave it to you straight, and a guy for anyone to emulate. He will be missed immensely.
I never remember seeing much content from him. Tim was here for a while and now he's at rivals right?
Paul was more of a video/audio guy. He went to grad school at DePaul and didn't have time for the site.
paul who? (are these things able to be said on the internets?) i graduated from depaul, also a cinema grad- i knew about 3 pauls from there, and am wondering now if there is one of them i should be mad at for not telling me he worked with you guys-
also, incidentally, does this mean there is perhaps an mgo-opening in the audio/video department of mgoblog?
Answer is possibly. If somebody can make stuff like this and weekly chop the games up into plays (about 3 hrs/week during football season) I think we'd be very interested. Fair warning: we pay like shit.
I saw Madej cut in line at the Packard Dairy Queen once. Not really. I just wanted to be the first one to say something bad about him.
Bruce Madej has definitely been integral to the efforts of Michigan to be one of the most innovative athletic departments when it comes to compiling and disseminating information. It is because of Madej, in fact, that Michigan has used computerized tracking of in-game statistics since the 1980s and I believe MGoBlue.com was one of the first athletic dpeartment website - both of these were spearheaded by Bruce Madej. In that sense, he is part of the reason we know as much as we do about our teams. Actually, I think one of the projects on his plate right now is interactive content displays for Crisler Center.
Thanks for everything you have done to keep the department at the forefront, Bruce Madej.
is this the professor D. Hand is so crazy about?
Bruce is a class act, and persevered these last 5 or so years despite being on the outside looking in. he was the old guard who wad effectively demoted and given some remedial job after 30 years of being the point man. Despite that, he kept smiling and telling fantastic stories from his glorious past.
Go Blue Bruce. You will be missed.
A double Hoke point. A class guy who represented the university quite well.
He has meant so much to those of us who cover the team. Congratulations Bruce. May Michigan always be the Michigan you saw it as.
When I was a student I was doing some shooting for the athletic department with football and hockey. I saw all the glam and glory side and went into see Bruce about a career in sports info. He asked me if I planned on working 60+ hour weeks and never being able to tailgate or enjoy a UM game because I was covering it. Needless to say I left his office and stayed with my major. Sometimes when I am tailgating or sitting in the stands with my kids now I think of Bruce and how he saved my football Saturdays. Thanks Bruce!
Great guy. I played hockey with one of his kids a number of years. He would come help out on ice or coach with my dad when he had the time. My dad and I ran into him last summer at Yost when I was home visiting... first thing he asked my dad was if he had retired yet, so I figured it was only a matter of time before he called it quits.
Worked for Bruce in the SID from 1992-1994, ultimately serving as the Hockey SID for him. I couldn't say enough in support of what he has done for the University and Athletic Department. Sitting in the office or late in the Press Box while the West Coast media took their time filing game stories was always a wonderful time. I will always have extremely fond memories of the time I spent with both he and Jim Schneider - it was impossible NOT to like what you were doing with those two!
Enjoy your "retirement" Bruce, you've earned it!!
Bruce Madej was to the Michigan Athletic Media Relations Department as Jon Falk has been to the equipment room. Bruce's knowledge about the history of Michigan athletics in general, and Michigan Football in particular, is unparalleled. If you've ever seen any of the numerous documentaries of Michigan Football aired over the years, many of them have included Bruce for good reason: He knows what the hell he's talking about.
As for me, and as long as I’ve been around the program, Bruce was fair with the media and our access to the program. He’s been the face of the program for years. Over the past few years when he backed off from the lead role, replaced by Dave Ablauf, and has later appeared at certain functions, such as when Brady Hoke was introduced as Michigan’s 19th coach in program history, his presence in the Junge Family Champions Center was just as palpable as it was in the numerous former players in attendance supporting Hoke.
I have no direct knowledge that DB had anything--or everything--to do with Bruce stepping away. To me, I always felt it was the change of coaches that provided the timing and opportunity for him to step away. Linking DB with Bruce's departure is speculation at best. I will say, however, that Dave Ablauf has rather large shoes to fill and, frankly, he’s done an admirable job of it so far.
Whether talking about a university president, an AD, a head coach, or other support staff, no single individual can be everything to everybody. Just as Jon Falk turned the equipment room into what it has been over the past several decades, so, too, did Bruce with the Media Relations Department. Michigan doesn’t only talk about being the ‘Leaders and the Best’ on the football field; it is the mantra carried all throughout the athletic department, campus, et al. Bruce’s office was the direct mouthpiece of the department for the news media – a task not for the faint of heart. I’m sure there have been many butting-of-the-heads over the years in figuring out what unified message to disseminate to the media. But in the end, Bruce and his staff did it.
The next time I see Bruce, I will extend my appreciation for his work and wish him a great retirement.
Bruce went to Western the same time I did in the 70's. He was the sports editor of the campus newspaper, the Western Herald. My roomie and I won the intramural badmitton championship and we bugged him to put it in the paper. He actually did. Must have been a really slow news week. Ah good times......
Tough to see him leave, but at some point everyone retires. Wish him the best.
In the late 70s early 80s, baseball was good and we hosted some regionals. The legendary Mooris Moorawnick was the scorekeeper. As he did not have a driver's license, I was one of the people who gave him rides to the games. Two 7 inning doubleheaders Saturday, two more Sunday in Big Ten play. He was paid $5 per game.
They needed extra help for the tournaments, so Bruce gave me the lowest job in the history of UM sports information: Moorawnick's assistant. I got a parking pass and press pass into the game. My duties included circulating handouts to the out of town media, gettting the coaches quotes after the game and typeing(yes, typing) them up to hand out.
Bruce's complete lack of BS is unusual in anyone, and unprecedented in a PR guy.
Great storyteller, hope he writes a book.
HIs tenure started when Bo gave a weekly luncheon talk on Monday, and that was it.
The dinosaur media would have to write a story each day with one or two quotes from that lunch.
All the way to the instant tech multi- media of today. Yet never was he behind the times, never bemoaning the good old days.
I do not think his position will be filled; Ablauf has handled football the last few years.
As a person, and a presence, he is quite irreplaceable.