In his most recent blog post Dave Brandon mentions that the uncertainty surrounding Brock Mealer is untrue. He says Hoke personally called Mealer to make sure he knew he was welcome.
Dave Brandon "Sets Record Straight" on Brock Mealer
That's good to hear, but it makes me wonder why there is this story that suggests the opposite is true is floating out there in major media publications.
Local newspapers are always reliable and they never bend the truth to get more readers.
It wasn't just local newspapers reporting this. ESPN, amongst others, were reporting the same.
WHAT!!!! ESPN reported it...... well damn it has to be true. ESPN would never report anything untrue. ESPN is just about as bad as the Freep in my mind. They get wind of any kind of rumor and run with it. For the record, I never heard ESPN report it and I watch it 24/7. The Toledo blade did a piece on Brock and neglected to talk to him or Michigan reps before running the story. From what I hear, Brock is pretty pissed about the story because it was completely untrue.
This just in.......ESPN is reporting that unnamed sources say that there is indeed a Santa Clause. You assholes better behave.
I am sad for you.
... you just referred to them as a major news organization. That's hilarious. ESPN is entertainment and nothing more. They pick up stories from these other local sources and simply say "Newspaper X" says "Y". It's purely to capture the clicks that would otherwise be going to those other sources. it has little to do with validity and everything to do with page views.
It's exhausting how people simply take as truth things published on the internet.
Let's try it... I am dating Alessandra Ambrosio.
... come on...
Damn, it's not true.
I referred to ESPN as a major media outlet, which they are -- I don't suppose you want to dispute that, as well. Maybe instead of skewering someone for wondering why this rumor emerged from nowhere, you should work on reading comprehension.
Of course, since I'm being negbanged by everyone, there must be something hideously wrong with being curious as to the genesis of this rumor.
I am very happy to hear that this rumor about Brock no longer having access to rehabilitation via the University of Michigan is not true. I am also very unhappy that such a rumor existed at all, and would like to know why it existed in the first place -- I'm not questioning why ESPN isn't a panacea of truth. That much is obvious from the Herbstreit/Miles fiasco several years ago.
You have to pay attention very carefully to how ESPN reports things. They are often simply an echo chamber for other news organizations. They frequently will say things like "REPORT: Mealer unwelcome at Michigan." When they do that, they are indicating that they do not have a source, but that some other media outlet is reporting this. They technically aren't standing behind the report, though viewers might not catch this distinction.
ESPN didn't do independent reporting. they reported that a Toledo newspaper was reporting...
look good and they hate Hoke and want him to fail for the way he betrayed his alma mater Ball State.
ESPN didn't do anything other report on a story put out by the Toledo Blade and then add their own unresearched and uneducated speculation.
ESPN is a media outlet on paper. In practice, they are not much better then the Freep. Remember when they played "follow the leader" like everyone else on the "RR to be fired today" meme the day BEFORE he was actually fired?
Think of it this way. The "reporting" ESPN does could essentially be accomplished by a bunch of guys skimming the Internet and print media for noteworthy stories, adding spin by Expert Commentators like Lou Holtz or Media Darling Du Jour, and passing them off as news. It's more of a media clearinghouse for sports information than an actual "investigation" style of sports reporting.
ESPN are about as reliable as a drug dealer.
British English considers organizations as plural. ESPN in this context = they.
Readers all over the world post to this site, and as far as I know the server hosting it could be in India.
Maybe Anthony Thomas meant "the ESPN family of networks" are...
....because the WWL never gets anything wrong.
I had more Mgopoints b/c I would neg you. ESPN also reported 3 years ago what Les Miles was coming to M. Thats funny. He was never offered the job. So ESPN can make up whatever they want. Who is going to challenge them? You suck.
Cam Newton was just a kid having fun, I felt at ease.
and that was going to change. He then went out and hired a coach with a losing record who has never been a HC at a BCS school. You figure maybe he's going to get some big names on his staff which doesn't happen either sans Mattison. Maybe Hoke "Lucien" him.
Because controversy sells better than continuity.
The Toledo Blade took a shoot first and ask questions later approach, some other outlets picked it up.
The media is publishing untrue negative stories about this coach BEFOAR his team even plays a single game!!!
Hoke is getting the RichRod treatment already?!?!?
Maybe you ought to call Brock to confirm it...
How about calling the guy who they are reporting about. Maybe he would know the truth. But like my good friends Mickey Redmound says, "Never let the facts get in the way of a good story".
Wow best news today. Thank you.
That's great! I was at the game he walked in. I'm not going to lie, I tear'd up lil bit....I'm glad the story cleared up. Kinda made UM officials look bad, like Brock got thrown out
Wasn't this discussed yesterday also?
If you're referring to this, it's about how reports were Brock wouldn't be allowed to train at Michigan anymore.
Excellent news. I'm glad that this is settled and that DB set the record straight.
One of those awkward things involved in coaching changes. Glad it all worked out.
An OSU slappy paper like the freep is a sparty slappy.
Fact: Dave Brandon reads this blog and responds to the false rumors, even if we already know his answer before he gets around to telling everyone else. Gotta love the quick info you get here.
Fact: Bears eat beets, bears beat Battle Star Galactica (had to be done)
What bear is best?
False. Black bear.
thing at other institutions--the boss is either so revered, so arrogant, or so feared that his/her stuff fails to get the once-over before s/he hits send. Result: comes off looking like poop. Somebody take the guy aside, soon.
I would guess the problem isn't with Brock not being welcome back at UM but more to do with Barwis and staff, who know brocks rehab so well, not being around or even in the area anymore.
Either way I'm glad DB finally did the right thing and I wish Brock the best.
Its Jihad IV, or what ever number were up to.
BH would never turn his back on a Michigan Man "Brock". Never mind the 4 Letter Network, this will always be an inspirational story that will continue to develop. Go Blue!
Brock's story is way better than Rudy.
Kudos to Dave Brandon for calling out the media on this! Maybe they will be more carefull if they know that their half-truths will be challenged!
Singlehandedly diminishing the value of a Michigan degree.
"...last night (Thursday, Jan. 20) was the first time I had the chance to visit with he and wife, Ann."
No, Brandon knew there was an all-volunter force at the ready.
and it went out to the mass media before we got to him.
to Hoke? My recollection is that the article was peppered with quotes from Brock that he was uncertain if he'd be welcome under the new regime.
Not slamming Brock here. I think that was natural after the effort and affection RR, Barwis and the staff showed him - and he probably thought that these people who helped him walk were getting a raw deal.
I think it was a story worth pursuing by the media. They went directly to a direct source with attribution. I dont recall if they attempted to reach Hoke, Wellman or the AD for comment prior to the story, which I think would have been the appropriate thng to do, but I did not perceive this as a media jihad like practice-gate, shred-gate, number-1 jersey-gate, buyout-gate, shady real estate-deal gate, demar-doresey gate, justin feagin gate, etc. Rather, it was a legit human interest story for all the M fans that became emotially invested in seeing Brock's amazing march toward walking.
In short, it is one of the few things the media ever gave Rodriguez credit for and it was a legit story to follow to the end. Amidst all of euphoria at Rich Rod being run out on a rail, talking to the one person who was going to miss Rich Rod was fair game.
I am the first to criticize the media when it acts in a biased manner, but just not seeing it here. If anything I would have expeced them to not run it because of the MSM animus to RR and his "WVU cronies."
If I remember the story correctly, the quotes from Brock were all of the "I don't know what will happen" variety. But what's he supposed to say when some newspaper guy calls out of the blue a couple days after Barwis is let go? It was the newspaper writer's choice not to contact the AD or the new staff, which suggests he had already decided where he wanted the story to go and he figured that getting a denial from them would derail it.
if you think Brock is the only one who is going to miss RR. There may have been euphoria when everyone thought JH was coming not so much for Brady Hoke. One of the students at our MS had been fighting cancer for 18 months until Wednesday when he passed away. The family raved about RR and the treatment they got from him when they were in AA.
I'll miss RR, the offense, and what could have been this recruiting class had he stayed. It'll be interesting to follow the guys we would have landed and see how they perform. If he would have been left a little more IMHO he would still be here. I for one am not looking forward to a return to Lloyd ball when there was little excitement and we had the quietest 100,000+ stadium in the world. Here's to 9-3 next year with our schedule and 19 returning starters that is my expectation.
This is good to hear. This would have been the most disappointing thing DB has done if it turned out that he pushed Brock away. For me this would have been even more disappointing than the crappy handling of the CC.
It was strictly a Toledo Blade story.
If you are predisposed to thinking, "They couldn't possibly turn their backs on Brock, could they?", you might want to blame the Blade for going too far with this story.
If you are predisposed to thinking, "Yet another Brandon Administration foul-up," then you ought to be wondering where was the Free Press on this story.
I'm in the middle. My guess is that the departure of Barwis might have left the Mealers feeling left alone. And it was a case of mere inadvertence and inattention at Michigan. The Blade got the quotes, and did the story. I'm not so certain that there was any malfeasance on the part of the Blade's reporter. As far as I can tell, it was a fair, straight-up interview with Brock Mealer and others. All quoted, openly, on the record. (cf., the Freep.)
This sort of seems eerily like the Braylon/#1 jersey kerfuffle. Confusion that might have been cured with an early preemptive phone call was instead turned into a media controversy that had to be walked back.
Meanwhile, I get the powerful impression that our pals at the Free Press are no longer actively looking for stories with which to hurt the Head Football Coach of the Michigan Wolverines. With no more Rodriguez to attack, the Free Press is looking for different stories now; warm and fuzzy, with lots of former Michigan player/coach happy "Hoke" stories rolled into them. After all, there's only so much complexity that the average Freep reader can handle.
I'm glad to hear that the program is addressing this issue. Brock's story was a high point and it's nice to think the relationship will continue. But amongst all the turmoil and transition where does Brock Mealer fit in terms of priorities? Executive leadership 101: You can't have 20 different top priorities. And considering the timing of when that story hit, unless Dave Brandon is on tape telling Brock to F-off and turn in his locker key - there's just no story there.
I'd expect an executive to be out hiring the best people, mending fences, and seeing to it that student athletes had resources to cope with the transition. If Brock had to wait a few weeks - oh well - all signs are that DB was taking care of business.
These media sources were just spewing out BS to make Michigan look bad. Thats what media does. And once again DB is smacking people around with his pimp hand. I read his clarification post as "STFU all you people that don't know anything about what's going on in my program!"
DB also should have reached out to Brock himself and asked what he could do. It would be prudent for Dave Brandon to get in touch with Barwis and Wellman both and see if they could work something out to allow Brock to continue his rehab here....or continue here until Brock is able to continue elsewhere if he chooses.
Above poster nailed it, Brock was asked about things and in the transition Brock is obviously upset. He didn't slam michigan but he feels Rich and company got a raw deal and the fact that this transition has not gone on even a month yet it is way to early to start calling out michigan at all in this