Disclaimer: The excellent Michigan's First Night Game! thread prompted the following. While this topic is highly related to the previous post, I believe it deserves its own thread.
A highly respected Michigan blogger and MGoUser passed to me an email exchange he had with Dave Brandon regarding this year’s Michigan – Notre Dame game and authorized me to create this thread. Back in January, this MGoUser sent an email to DB recommending that Michigan should:
- Work with ESPN to have ESPN College GameDay in Ann Arbor for the game
- Recognize Desmond Howard at halftime for his recent enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame
- Potentially “retire” Desmond’s “21” jersey
An excerpt of Brandon’s response (the return email was sent within three hours at 12:56 am, BTW):
“This was all arranged last Fall when Desmond was announced. You will get your wish….we are all over it! It is going to be a special night for Desmond and for Michigan!”
Since Brandon did not specifically address each of the email’s recommendations, I think it’s safe to say that recommendations one and two are a go. I evaluate that recommendation three is merely a possibility. The bottom line is that the entire day and game will certainly be one of the most special occasions in Michigan athletics history (no hyperbole).