I was purposely not reading this thread. I decide to give in, and realize I was being paged.
Wait, you're one of those headcases that wallows in self-loathing and gets off on stirring up shit on message boards.
I have been thouroughly unimpressed with DB so far.
That said he was a successful (?) CEO who said it would be a dream to come be the AD at Michigan. I don't agree with the "pimp hand" meme that he can do no wrong. I think he is doing a horrible job right now with how he is handling the coaching "situation." I don't agree with putting us in a different division that OSU in the re-allignment. He does have more years to learn the job and hopefully he will end up as one of the greats. Time will tell if this waiting game was something that could have been avoided, but as of now I think it is his greatest mistake as AD.
really think Brandon could have done a ton about the division thing, even if he wanted to? Sure, he could have fought and fought, but in the end, U of M is only one team in a conference of 12.
Also, he has done a great job "cleaning house" and trying to remove some division within the department (See: Morris, Jamie).
Yes, coach search is worrisome, but he's operating with a lot more info than any of us.
Hypothetical. I like pizza. You don't like pizza. You can tell me how bad pizza is for a long while, but I will still enjoy it. Thank you for your opinion.
that you used Pizza for that analogy in this thread. Certainly not an accident, but I still like it!
I think he gets the little things right but he is batting .000 when it comes to major issues. I'd much rather have a gaffe-prone dolt that gets all the major decisions right than DB.
and I hate to add to this topic, but isn't it possible that Brandon is trying not to repeat the same mistakes as Bill Martin. You know, like not having your hand forced to the point where your first two candidates are say "No, thanks". Again, he has a lot more information than any of us, and until this ends one way or another, I think you have to reserve judgment.
In a year, he's oversaw the transition to a new stadium, installed lights into the stadium, arranged for the first night game in the history of the program, and arranged for a OOC game with Alabama where Michigan will be handsomely rewarded. And that's just football.
Yeah, I'm unimpressed too.
Seriously though, what are we going to get on him for? Not coming out and saying that Rich Rod is the coach for next year? I'm not sure RR comes back next year or not, but while there were strides made, I think the bowl game NEEDS to be part of the evaluation process. If we look great in the bowl game, then certainly RR would likely be deserving of coming back. But if we get blown out by Miss. State, do you still think he should come back? Why does DB have to be hasty with his decision? I don't buy the recruiting argument either. If DB says RR stays, then there should be no issue. If a new coach comes in, while that may turn away some recruits, wouldn't that also open up new recruits that would have a newfound interest (for example Stanford's stellar class). Remember guys like Shaw, Roundtree, and Odoms who became interested in us only after RR came in.
If DB's decided to fire RR and bring in someone else, what does announcing it do for us? If he doesn't have anyone pegged for the job, then I really don't think RR should be fired. Having an extended vacancy during which a coaching search is conducted is worst then having a coach whose status is somewhat unclear. If he's decided to hire a certain coach, and for argument's sake let's say Harbaugh, I still don't see why you can't announce it after the bowl game. The kids here like RR, and they and RR should be rewarded by getting to play for RR in the bowl game regardless. Moreover, I think Jimmy really wants to coach Stanford in their BCS bowl even if he leaves for another college or an NFL gig, and in a sense that's only fair to the university and to the kids he's coaching.
Yes, I (me, not you, but me) am unimpressed with him. I (not you, but me) place a higher value in some things (coaching stability, recruiting, the holding of the game at the last game of the year) over things like lights on the football stadium. Thanks for your opinion. My opinion is still mine. You won't change it. Thanks for trying. Again, I like pizza, you don't. Good for us.
Non-confrontational and well reasoned. This is a rational view on what DB is currently doing. I happen to agree, but this is beside the point. There is a lot of negging going on for disagreeing with other people's opinions, thereby turning this board into a popularity contest instead of a place for rational discussion. If you want to hate on people for disagreeing with you, go to mlive. If you want to read well thought out points, read mgoblog (this discounts 470000000000000 threads per day about coaching changes and other miscellaneous crap)
I'd rather talk about Dave Bandon
Nothing will make me laugh this hard again today.
Nothing will make me laugh this hard again
Thanks for the edit. That is, of course, what I meant to type.
raise me up.
there should be 500
That you are below that threshold, yet still advocate for it to be raised.
I like it!
I would gladly forfeit my right to post until I get to 500 if it means we have a better board.
this board is usually a great diversion throughout the day, but it's been so poor as of late...I would give up my right to post if it means a better board as well
Dave Brandon has more intelligence in his right pinky toe than many of the "doubters" on this thread
Then pos-bang me...just once.
Or I'll just double post
So Brandon was in charge of a corporation that generated over a billion in revenue worldwide, oversaw 150,000 employees, and you think this he has the saavy or is qualified to be our AD? On top of that, he's a former alum that played for Bo. Geez, are you being serious or are your standards just insanely high?
he was on the board of regents and knows how things get done at the university.
they've still got their jackets on. Looks like you've got a long way to go
...which means that he understands a lot about U-M processes and politics, as well as being familiar with the other Regents, and probably having a lot of trust from them.
Athletic Departments are run like a business, so they brought in a guy who knows how a big money business works. Also the fact he is a former player helped too. But we all know its because Mary Sue wanted to be hooked up with some free Dominos.
You just broke the conspiracy. Congratulations!
I'm a little disappointed that all of our hard work above was not enough to keep people from responding to the OT with an actual discussion about Brandon's credentials. Oh well. Back to work!
I try very hard. But it's like an insane addiction.
Looking at the amount of points you have, I'd hardly say you work. My guess is your a student, attending on his "Mom and Dad's" dime.
Oh, and learn how to spell and use quotation marks properly.
guessing that was Leroy Jenkins.
My guess is your a student
And judging by your grammar, my guess is that you're NOT a student.
sounds like someone is a lil testy. Loss of points hurt your self-esteem?
Bullying is not the answer.
For all his accomplishments and exquisite pedigree I can't say that I like the way DB is handling the coaching situation. This is officially his first misstep as the UM AD. Brandon has been manipulated into "evaluating" the head coaching position thereby creating mountains of uncertainty. This is happening 3 years into Rod's 5 year contract. Our Patriarch (Bo Schembechler) was a firm believer in honoring contracts. The possibility of firing a coach 3 years in would have been a non starter with him (barring of course exceptional cicumstances such as criminal behavior etc). Bo is probably turning in his grave by how this whole thing is being handled...
Man that shit's good!