Should maybe add a: *by Michigan/elite program standards
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Should also mention that the stadium was never an issue even pre-renovations. It was the other things. Now, I'll happily admit when wrong but wasn't the new practice facility not finished when RR was hired or was it finished during Carr's last season? Don't recall Carr ever being in it. Also, the "infested with termites" quote is taken from an article where a "not named" but highly regarded mind in the CFB world was quoted as saying it. Said RR thought he was marrying into money and better facilities (one reason he left WVU) but found that Michigan was stingly with the money and the facilities outside the Stadium were not much better and in some cases worse.
I don't remember if the new indoor practice facility was finished or not, but the old one (Oosterbaan Fieldhouse) wasn't horrible. The main problem was that the roof was too low, so you couldn't punt in it.
The weight room wasn't bad under Carr. I had the chance to see it. Some people had questions about the basic S&C philosophy we had, but the facility/equipment themselves weren't subpar. Barwis had some of it replaced, because he needed some new equipment for his different philosophy - not because it was falling apart or anything.
This was nowhere near the issue we had with basketball, where there was literally no dedicated practice space for the team if Crisler was in use, so the team sometimes had to use the IM Building or Coliseum, and where the arena itself was old, dim and dingy.
The new practice facility was still under construction in '08.
This I know because I was at a alumni homecomming lunch at Oosterbaan, and I snuck out of one of the side doors to see the outdoor practice field. But then the door locked behind me and I was stuck out there. Nobody could hear me knocking to get back in. So I had to work my way out to the street through the new practice facility construction site and climb up and over the ten foot security fencing to get out.
I can vouch that it's a large building.
Finally, RM was (is?) an assclown but he was the steal of that draft. NE is going to turn a late pick into a 1st or 2nd today for him. Guy is still the kid who could throw the ball 90 yards in HS.
If coach just put you in you'd have won state. Probably gone to college then pros. Be sitting in a hot tub with beautiful babes sipping champagne. Would have been the life, Rico. Coach just didn't put you in. haha