I'm pretty sure Mary Sue Coleman does all of those things - or at least No. 1 and No. 2.
It's possible that I've been misinformed, though.
I'm pretty sure Mary Sue Coleman does all of those things - or at least No. 1 and No. 2.
It's possible that I've been misinformed, though.
Agree with all of this. No way to spin any of this a positive.
He's a strange, petty dude. This has been my very limited experience with him, anyway.
"A bizarre, half-baked MGoDiary post about Bama and Stanford" -- that's a perfect description.
To be fair, the NW AD looked pretty stupid at the end of regulation waving his arms underneath the goal post.
I guess I fail to see your point. Its a bad thing that the man in charge of funding our football and all non revenue sports is involved? I hate to break up a good anti DB circlejerk but really?
Oh my gawd this isn't Michigan, 1973 rabble rabble. Bullshit. Its bullshit.
In what sense do you mean Brandon doesn't understand football? He did play at a collegiate level, so it seems likely he has some knowledge base.
On Off the Field this week, Bacon recounted that he specifically talked to RR about Brandon watching game tape on Sundays. When asked how much Brandon actually knew about football, RR kind of just looked at him and said "about as much as the average fan." And left it at that.
Brandon was a benchwarmer on a series of Michigan football teams that pretty much didn't throw the ball (even less than most other Bo teams did, actually). He played three different positions over those years (including kicker) and played two actual snaps of game competition. He may have played football, but the football he played was a different universe than what we're looking at today. He never continued on in the game after 1973, either as a player or a coach. His "knowledge base" is pretty much relevant to running up the middle, in which case a 2013 Borges offense might be up his alley.
Plainly, Brandon watching game film is not being involved, it's being overbearing. Just because he played a pretty different form of football 40 years ago doesn't mean he automatically understands the far more complex offensive and defensive systems employed today, especially since he hasn't played or coached since. Him sitting there on Sunday mornings benefits pretty much no one. He would get just as much firing up his DVR.
So maybe he attends those film sessions to educate himself? Sure, he may be a total douche, but the reality is that nobody on this blog knows exactly why he's there or what he does when he's there.
With all of the coaches in the back row...
Good goddamn that's an incredible mental image.
That's another. Maybe he can multi task for Michigan as well.
". . . individuals who are spreading inaccurate rumors and saying inappropriate things about coachs, players and recruits don't know what's going on inside Schembechler Hall or on the practice field."
While I applaud Beandon for making a public statement of support for that beleaguered team, at the same Brandon does himself, nor the unversity, no favor with that Fort Schembechler bunker mentality. If he wants to head off inaccurate inofrmation or stop rumor mongering in today's world of unfiltered commnications he needs to loosen it up a little and provide some type of access to what is going besides pressors that are at best filled with platitudes and generalities.
If there are lingering hard feelings toward the Freep's flawed reporting, set up a pool reporter system, e.g. MLive, to have a semblance of control without a bunker mentality. It helps prevent media speculation while retain some semblance of information control without a bunker mentality. A bunker mentality is counter productive given today's democratized unfiltered communications tools.
All of people, Brandon should know that with a bunker mentality you allow people to say whatever they want and you lose the very control of the communications you seek, resulting in the scrambling to put out a statement like this evening's - either you tell your story and deliver your information or someone else will fill that void.
We also know how to hold people accountable for the roles and responsibilities they have as part of the privilege for being a part of Michigan Football -- and we will.
Yeah, that statement was not just an arbitrary choice of words. The rest of the statement was written like a Federal Reserve press release with everything parsed just so. That statement is no exception.
Did our AD just come out and make a statement about our coach in response to a tweet from one single recruit? Bo is rolling over in his grave for sure.
is the next Woodson? In that case, I think his comments are extremely worthwhile.
didn't live in an era with twitter.
But let's pretend like that's irrelevant. Right.
What a clown. Never throw your own people under the bus, even those you had to let go. It just makes everyone else ready for the axe to fall on them.
Secondly, bluster is a sign of weakness. Demonstrate results and exhibit confidence.
Who exactly is supposed to be the audience of this sweat flop?
...is the vomit rainbow-colored, sparkly, odorless, and immediately-disappearing.
Who has RR landed besides Denard, Lewan, Gallon, and Ryan and everyone knows that Jake ryan would be giving up 600 yards of offense a game with RR's defense. RR sucked here but I agree that he wasn't given a chance. We can't make the same mistake again. Brandon isn't going to fire Hoke this year. Either he makes a Belein like improvement in year 4 when he has more than 6 scholarship OL or he'll be canned. We have months to bitch and moan about stuff but only 3 days until we play in college football's biggest rivalry. Be there or forever lose your Michigan fan card.
RR had a chance and didnt fight hard enough for Casteel, along with having zero conscientiousness of the programs history. Plus he was sandbagged by the prior coach Carr. Bo once said that Bump couldve sandbagged him and didnt and was really grateful
Yep. It didn't slow down 'Bama in a bowl game or anything.
It is never a good thing when your AD has to make statements like this and it just shows you that the state of the program is not in great shape.
I don't know how good Gardner is when the OL gives up a sack on every play. He does still have a 60 percent completition percentage. I went to a HS hockey game with an all state goalie that gave up 7 goals because his defensemen suck this year.
Didn't read. But if he mentions Mattison and Hoke and no Borges, that is very telling
Raw deal or not, he was an embarrassment. Probation was unforgivable, along with the desperate recruiting. No way in hell he wind 11 games and goes to the Sugar Bowl that year.
Are you aware of what the probation was for?
Yeah, I'd rather discuss the omission of Borges than caring about RR or Carr or anyone else. I'd also rather get hyped for the game but I've been told to go hide in my closet for the entire day on Saturday because we have no chance of winning against the great Ohio State.
but I would not be surprised if this statement was made now because of the Peppers situation.
As predicted by many here, Borges will be THE sacrificial lamb for this season. David Brandon will continue to gouge season ticket-holders and demand that the next OC coaches MANBALL.
Where is he promoting MANBALL?
If that statement wasn't clear enough for you try this from today's MLive:
"This is a program in transition, this is a program that's going back to hard-nosed, big-boy football," Brandon said. "Which is what Michigan is used to playing. And we're in the process of putting the pieces in place to afford us to do that consistently and effectively."
The former AD's coach but not your coach. Like it or not Hoke is here for the long run. I hope he can turn things around but that may depend how loyal he is to Al? Only time will tell but my guess is that not many changes will be made through next season. They may hir a QB coach! I have a feeling that Hoke's loyalty may cost him his job. Al will run his predictable offense next year and we will see at least 4 losses. Will this be good for enough for DB?
Don Canham famously wanted to hire Bo from Miami, but keep all of the Michigan assistants. Bo refused. Bo got his way; he got Hanlon, Moeller, Chuck Sobart, Larry Smith, etc.
In a story that doesn't sound at all like Don Canham, it is said that Canham told all of the assistants that their hiring at Michigan had been Bo's idea, but that if Michigan didn't produce, they'd be fired. That sounds so unlike Canham, that I have a hard time believing it.
But in a story that sounds so much like Canham that I feel it has to be true, Bo asked Canham how the Michigan loyalists who could not imagine an unknown guy with a funny name from Miami of Ohio ever replacing the golden hero of Michigan football, Bump Elliott. Bo wondered if he'd be fired. Canham replied that if Bo didn't win, they'd both (Canham and Schembechler together) be fired.
Wading into the realm of assistant coaches is something that all AD's like to do. Bill Martin, as reported by John U. Bacon, wanted Rich Rodriguez to retain most of the Michigan assistants. Mary Sue Coleman stepped in and said, "Bill, you can't ask him to do that." We know that Canham tried to do it (that much is not rumor; everybody confirmed it).
And -- for sure -- it was a lot easier for Brandon to fire Rodriguez, than it will ever be for Brandon to fire Hoke. Exactly as you suggest.
My guess is that Brady Hoke will be Michigan's football coach longer than Dave Brandon will be Michigan's AD.
He's the only guy that can squash any rumors and he did fire the previous coach after 3 years, so that's out there as ammo for those that care to throw FUD. He did fire RR, so why would you expect him to even mention the guy. Yes, he is looking backwards to a happier time and I believe a lot of people around here do the same thing. We would like things to be like that again...as it traditionally has been. The use of the phrase "hold people accountable" is probably why Al was sweating bullets at his Tues. presser. Everyone around here is clamoring for that, so while the phrasing may not have met your personal tastes, I'd say the core message is what needed to be said.
Now, resume your self flagellation. "Domino is requiem" - thwack!
Pie Iesu Domine. Dona eis requiem.
It was late and I really didn't want to go fishing around for this clip. Thwack!
Nothing is going to happen until the people in charge of the team and AD take a look in the mirror and realize this isn't 1990. This is 2013 and Michigan isn't Michigan anymore. It's going to take a lot of work to get back on top. Work I'm not sure anyone currently in the University is willing to do. We didn't fall because we stopped playing Michigan football we fell because we failed to advance, failed to evolve. The SEC might use shady tactics and other what not’s but top recruits continue to flock there and the teams continue to excel. This isn't the good old days of college football the country club attitude that many fans and former players around here have is the reason we're here. Rich Rod was labeled as a failure before he got started. Rich Rod was an attempt to shift into a new era, I don't mean the spread offense necessarily. I am talking about an attitude. State out coaches us and develops talent better than we do. Ohio is willing to do whatever it takes to win and they WIN. Every time I watch Michigan State play they play with a chip on their shoulder blue collar style of play. When I watch Michigan the majority of the time it feels like they're just happy to be there. I'm just tired of people thinking oh it's Michigan we will win. Those days are gone. We're all tired of hearing Brady Hoke say well the kids played hard and we failed as coaches, we will try better next week. Or were still so young. Or we failed to execute. This has gone on since the Notre Dame game. No changes nothing in fact things have been worse. It's time they start turning the table. I don't know what the answer is but Hoke deserves his fair chance and he will get it I just hope a blue collar anywhere any place anytime mentality and work ethic comes to on of his teams.
I commend Brandon for this. It had to be said. Yes some feelings will be hurt - but you HAVE to steady the ship. Michigan is a threat to many programs so they try to tear M down. Go Blue!
So the Athletic Director putting up a weird blog post in direct response to a single tweet by a prize recruit is "steadying the ship?" Is Michigan really that much of a trainwreck that this is what we need Dave Brandon to do?
Hoke hasn't said anything that has given me any faith that he was willing to do something with his staff to address what is happening. If you're the boss and you don't think your employees are handling their staff correctly, sometimes you have to step in. I'm not in love with Brandon, but I don't have a problem with him putting this out there.
If Peppers is thinking that there's an issue, I'm sure he isn't the only one. I don't see anything to be gained from pretending this isn't a trainwreck. All signs point to this team getting pounded at home by its biggest rival and the light for the future is flickering. It's a trainwreck and if Brandon putting this out helps steady things, that's the right thing to do.
how many other #2 ranked recruits has this train wreck ever gotten? brandon knows the sharks are swirling around peppers unlike any other recruit in michigan history. I am very happy he is attending to this matter not only for peppers but for others considering michigan like mcdowell.
What was "weird" about the blog post? It's a blog in support of a head coach, and encouraging fans to be patient and support the team. And do you honestly think it was in response to a single tweet? Or maybe more accurately it was in response to the thousands of posts here and elsewhere, and endless media speculation, about the future of Brady Hoke? Probably best to just let that fester, huh? IMO, it was exactly the right thing to do, and gives me hope that we WILL hold people (read Borges, Funk) accountable after the season is over.
I hope that the decision to let Borges go initially came from Hoke and not Brandon. If Hoke will indeed be one of the best Michigan coaches ever, he has to be able to evaluate his employees independent of whatever friendship they might share.
who knows man. in truth who cares. competent coach vs competent AD, 6 of half dozen. preferably both, but this season makes you wonder. this letter was a good start. so long Al. thanks for two decent years and one shit one.
2011 success, imo. Then the O started transitioning and got worse. I wanted AB fired last year after the OSU game. The play calling was so predictable and that hasn't changed.