In a sign that the Michigan Athletic Department knew the details of the allegations that the NCAA would level at the football program over the alleged practice time and compliance violations well before the announcement yesterday, the new spokesperson for the Athletic Department outlined the gist of the defense it will employ at the upcoming NCAA hearing on infractions. It's a ballsy defense that doesn't beat around the bush...and it employs a familiar face with a lot of star power to make it for them:
Despite the genius idea of hiring Allen Iverson as the new spokesperson for the Athletic Department (Dave Brandon, you are earning your salary!), it's a risky move by Michigan...some might even say it's stupid. But hey, USC just said "fuck you" to the the NCAA by hiring Lane Kiffin while under serious investigation for the violations that he spearheaded. So the "Fuck You" defense is not unprecedented. It usually doesn't work. But hey, since Bo Schembechler died right before the Game of the Century, Michigan has gone from 11-0 and on its way to the National Championship in 2006 to losing to Appalachian St in the biggest upset in college football history, getting embarrassed by Oregon at the Big House, one of the worst coaching transitions in the history of time, a 3-9 season with a loss to Toledo, followed by another 5-7 season, an additional 4 straight losses to hated rival Ohio State, fan outrage and scandals galore...so, the "Fuck You" defense may not be the smart thing to do, but God-damnit, it feels good!
GOD-DAMNIT NCAA! WE TALKIN' 'BOUT PRACTICE!