To All Michigan fans; to all students, alumni, staff, etc.
You must choose.
You have to choose between one of two, irreconcilable versions of our football program and our institution.
One version was voiced explicitly today by Athletic Director David Brandon. He labeled the fall-2009 newspaper reporting by the Detroit Free Press as "false and misleading." His statement to that effect follows the previous statement on behalf of the University that was contained in the institution's Response to the Notice of Allegations, that the Free Press' early reporting was "wildly exaggerated if not flatly incorrect."
Those are the official words, spoken on behalf of the University.
On the other hand, there is Michigan alum Drew Sharp, sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press. He now actively defends the reporting with which he had little original involvement. Sharp states today in the online Freep.com: "The final verdict validates the basis of a thoroughly detailed Free Press investigation in August 2009 in which former and current player charged the coaching staff with routinely violating."
It is of course possible for Michigan fans to have differing points of view about many things; about coaches and players, about games, or plays, or opponents, about recollections of history, and about any vision for the future of our intercollegiate athletics.
But you cannot resolve what Drew Sharp says, with what our University says. You must choose. All Michigan fans must choose.