It has become clear that Dave Brandon should not read from a script. Today's opening comments were dull and somewhat uninspiring compared to his usual self.
Then, at the end when he took the podium back and spoke from the heart, he was direct, he was from the heart, and he was powerful. All of his responses seemed genuine and on point.
The last two minutes of the speech literally moved me... Please go back and watch the last 2 minutes.
"This is about football players. This is about changing young men's lives. This is about bringing leadership in here who makes a difference in the lives of Young Men. And they leave here with a Championship ring. And they leave here with a great education. And they go out and do great things in life.
"Michigan Men do that. They create other Michigan Men.
"And the guy that you just met is all about that. He's all about that. And he didn't spend as much time with a PR machine as others may. And he may not be dressed up and polished like the Toastmaster General like other people...
"And I don't care. I want a football coach. I want a football coach who's going to do with these Men what we want him to do - Teach them what to learn, and win.
"That's Michigan." /End Press Conference.
Maybe I'm crazy, but if that doesn't make you want to do this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwW_y2TuW58 to the Ohio border, then I think all good is lost in this world.