Here are a few interesting links, but first I need to mention Billy Joe Armstrong's shout out to Ann Arbor during his induction speech for the Stooges at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony (on Fuse right now). The Stooges: best A2 band of all time, hands down.
First we have Adam Rittenberg's selection of the best Big Ten traditions. Leading the list: Touching the banner (of course).
Next, we have EMU's release announcing Steve Morrison's hiring as their linebackers coach. Congratulations to one of the greatest Wolverines linebackers of all time for landing another Div 1 FBS coaching gig and welcome back to Washtenaw County.
Stewart Mandel's review of Big Ten football as spring football kicks off. No surprise here:
Can Rich Rodriguez save his job?
With Charlie Weis back in the NFL, the title of "Coach Whose Job Status Will Be a Subject of Weekly Debate" falls to Michigan's Rodriguez in 2010...
Last season's Wolverines defense was just plain awful. Michigan finished 82nd nationally in total defense, 90th in rushing defense and 77th in scoring defense. A combination of recruiting missteps by predecessor Lloyd Carr and mass roster attrition following Rodriguez's arrival left Michigan barren with talent in its junior and senior classes, as evidenced most vividly by the fact that a walk-on freshman safety, Jordan Kovacs, wound up earning a starting job...
...Michigan is still probably a recruiting class away from shoring up its weak spots. More realistically, Michigan is going to have to outscore people to win consistently in the Big Ten, which means Rodriguez desperately needs Forcier and/or Robinson to cut down on mistakes and become consistent playmakers...
Mostly, he needs to win. Soon.
Finally, this bleacher report post reminds us of Bump Elliott's post-Michigan head coach career as Iowa's AD and includes some new quotes from him.
Some of Bump's best days happened in Ann Arbor, but he's spent about half of his life in Iowa City, making the kinds of friendships one doesn't give up on so easily. Though Elliott visits Ann Arbor occasionally, Iowa City is home and has been for 40 years.
Though Elliott holds a special place in Iowa Hawkeye history, Elliott hopes the Michigan faithful remember his contributions. And his players. Guys like Ron Johnson, J. Paul Raeder, Jim Mandich, Tom Goss, among others.
"As a coach, a player, and a leader," Bump said, "I'd like to think that I carried on the Michigan tradition proudly."
No arguments here, Bump. Good to hear from you.