When Bill Martin first announced his retirement and Brian ran down the candidates, Bob De Carolis certainly seemed like the resume winner. Former Michigan man building a good department at Oregon State.
With the announcement of David Brandon as U-M's AD (something I'm fine with), I wanted to check out what the reaction would be of a relieved OSU (not that OSU) fan base. And what I find is... nothing. No posts about it on either the Rivals or Scout forums. Little mention of it on any Beaver-related (not that Beaver) blogs.
In fact, no Oregon State fan seems to give a crap. I did see one thread where a fan said that only Texas Tech's AD was dumber than Oregon State's -- possibly because of crying about a 2010 OSU football schedule with non-conference opponents any Michigan fan would kill for (well, kill for if we weren't scrabbling for a bowl game): TCU, Boise State, and Louisville.
In any case, thought it was odd that, among Oregon State fans, there's little mention of De Carolis being out of the running at U-M. That may be simply a reflection of the relatively small number of Beaver fans, but it makes me feel even better about Brandon.
Now excuse me while I try to scroll down on this Evony ad...