This is a public University, so the easy answer is that the University of Michigan is the State of Michigan's. In reality, though, I think that the University belongs to those of us who have attended or are attending. The University is a body of people, past and present, a history and future as well as the buildings on campus. Having said that, I want to object to the people here who continually argue that David Brandon needs to ignore the old, out of touch alumni. I don't want this to degrade into a cc discussion, so I am going to remind everyone that there are pro-RR and anti-RR alumns. I think that it would be an arrogant travesty for the 20 thousand kids attending the University currently and the people on staff at the present time to disregard the opinions of the hundreds of thousands of people who were there before them. Why shouldn't the opinions of all alumni, former players, major boosters, etc. weigh heavily into any coaching decision?
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