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|4 hours 28 min ago||The PR flacks are diong their||
The PR flacks are diong their job for Brandon.
Yes, actions will speak louder than a few hundred people showing up at the diag. But will people actually boycott? That remains to be seen.
|6 hours 47 min ago||There will be a big media||
There will be a big media push to make Brandon out the hero, as with the WSJ article. PR flacks are making this happen.
|7 hours 3 min ago||Kind of an academic||
Kind of an academic discussion, isn't it?
Would you rather be a pencil or a Q-tip?
|12 hours 35 min ago||Some Dood scathed us. I mean,||
Some Dood scathed us. I mean, really, who cares?
Every school with a big reputation to live up to has its traditions and its expectations, many of which are based on past generations of students and alumni.
There's nothing wrong with us liking our traditions, being demanding of our teams, and being M religious zealots.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Seems there might be more of||
Seems there might be more of a downside to the University's reputation to keep them.
Barring a miracle, they're not going to win anymore football games this year, and recruiting new guys will be out the window, so why not?
|1 day 7 hours ago||Since Stephen Ross thinks||
Since Stephen Ross thinks Brandon is the best AD in America, maybe he can be persuaded to hire Brandon for his damned Dolphins.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Sure DB loves Michigan and||
Sure DB loves Michigan and Michigan athletics. So do I. But neither he, nor I, are competent to run the Michigan Athletic Department.
His repeated gaffes culminated with complete mishandling of Shanegate, or whatever you want to call it. His PR handling of this situation is obviously that of a rank amateur.
Yes, people are jumping down his throat because of things other than that, and yes it's partly because of the team's failure on the field. But mostly it's because he's done his best to alienate Michigan students, alums, fans, etc.
The job of the AD is not to alienate Michigan's faithful with complete incompetence.
This man may have the best of intentions, but in practice he is poison. He needs to be unceremoniously run out of town on a rail, tarred and feathered.
And as far as I'm concerned, Stephen Ross can go fuck himself, too. He may have bought the right to plaster his name everywhere, but that doesn't mean he should own Michigan or call the shots for our school.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Oddly enough, that looks to||
Oddly enough, that looks to me like it was written by the same person who wrote Brandon's apologia. I'm not at all encouraged that anything is going to change.
|1 day 19 hours ago||The system won't let me sign||
The system won't let me sign in. But I see it's up over 3,000 signers as of 11:25 AM.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Dissent on a mass scale won||
Dissent on a mass scale won in the 60s, I was there. But the issues were far more important then; the Vietnam conflict and race issues set the stage for the changes that were made.
If it's merely about football, the money wins.
If it's framed as an issue about the whoring out of the University by an out of control athletic department, it has a chance.
Then again, torches and pitchforks...
|2 days 4 hours ago||Always has been, going back||
Always has been, going back to the 60s.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Let 'em even change the||
Let 'em even change the colors. I don't care.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I'd like to see our||
I'd like to see our University own up to its many errors made prostituting itself at the altar of greed and marketing. The President of the University should step up and make a statement that what has happened recently will never happen again.
I'd like to see Dave Brandon not only be fired, but be too embarrassed to be seen on campus ever again because his lies, greed and bullshit have been outed.
I'd like to see the Clueless One, Brady Hoke, politely shown the door.
Finally, I'd like to see some integrity and class restored to the Athletic Department and to the University.
|2 days 4 hours ago||The University is a||
The University is a whore.
Academia has been a whore since the early days of rich men putting up money for buildings a century or more ago, since scientists started selling their research for grants, and Big Football doesn't exactly make the University an honest woman.
Michigan has long been able to hide its whips, handcuffs and chains beneath a cloak of dignity, but the skirt's been lifted. Michigan has been arrested and has been booked and hauled into court with the other prostitutes and pimps of Academia.
This embarrasses us, because we bought into the myth of Michigan being above the gutter for so long.
And not only are we revealed to be just another whore, we have been told we have AIDs.
I am wondering if having the truth exposed should lead us to demand another reform - stop the nonsense, and become part of something more like the Ivy League, where some of the hypocrisy and nonsense are much less of a problem.
People still want to go to Harvard, despite the fact that they're not in the Big Whatever. It's not a bad model.
|2 days 17 hours ago||I disagree that a boycott||
I disagree that a boycott won't work.
The Athletic Department is all about money and image. The University doesn't want its image as a first-class academic institution sullied by the hijinks of the Athletic Dapartment. Combine these two things, and an empty stadium will speak volumes.
I remember empty classes speaking volumes during the 1969 or 70 BAM strike that led to reforms in University policies. While the issue was certainly more significant than mere football, a similar uncomfortable situation was created for the University with the attendant publicity, and a dialog was created.
For all their largesse, it is shameful that the Unviersity has become Billionaire Playground, where the genuine wishes of students and alumni are ignored in favor of More Is More and Bigger Is Best.
|2 days 18 hours ago||Running for Regent makes a||
Running for Regent makes a wonderful statement, but it will merely amount to a protest and an asterisk down the road unless you are willing to get very heavily involved in one of the maintream political parties, or make a very, very big deal out of it as an independent.
I will support you in any case.
I think the boycott is a great idea, and virtually the only sure-fire way to not simply let the issues drop, and to have an impact. In fact, it should be publicized to be meaningful, especially to students in Ann Arbor, who might be more receptive to it than the general public. But I think the dreaded Freep and News should also get wind of the fact that there's a "movement" afoot and that people are going to do something about this. They'll certainly report it if they know it's happening. MaizeNBrew should also promote it.
In fact, with enough forward movement, it's possible that the television media might do a story on a grassroots movement to impact Michigan athletics.
Finally, I find Dave Brandon, his minions, and his shenanigans such an embarrassment to the community of Michigan alums and students that I believe the entire point of the protest should be to have him removed, and not simply to have Hoke fired.
|3 days 5 hours ago||The team isn't soft. The team||
The team isn't soft. The team doesn't know what to do on the field because of bad coaching. There's a difference.
|3 days 10 hours ago||My doctor may know more about||
My doctor may know more about medicine than anyone here, too, but if the majority of his patients die as a result of malpractice, I might go looking for another doctor.
|3 days 10 hours ago||We're so badass, we don't||
We're so badass, we don't care if our guys play hurt.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Does it matter if he's the||
Does it matter if he's the worst? Seems like kind of a poinitless discussion in view of what's going on.
He was brought here to revive the program. That hasn't happened; it's gotten worse year by year. We all know what's going on. We all know he isn't capable of making sure the little things get fixed, isn't capable of firing up the team to even look like they're playing hard, and worst of all, isn't aware of important health issues cropping up during games.
To make matters worse, after five years of Dave Brandon's gradual alienation of the fanbase, there isn't very much room for error.
The athletic department needs a reset button, and of course the football program does as well.
|3 days 14 hours ago||It's a matter of negligence,||
It's a matter of negligence, not intent I'm sure. But how in the world can Michigan stand for a negligent coach when it comes to player safety?
The whole thing is a shambles, yet no action on the part of the administration seems to be forthcoming. And that's even worse negligence than what happened yesterday.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Seems to me that a grassroots||
Seems to me that a grassroots movement to not attend one home game, leaving the Big House as empty as possible, might get someone's attention in a hurry.
The night game against PSU would be a very good opportunity to play it out on a national stage.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Here's the headline from||
Here's the headline from Business Insider:
Michigan Coach Leaves Dazed Quarterback In The Game When He Can Barely Stand Up, Appalls Football World
I see I didn't do this correctly, and for that I apologize.
|3 days 17 hours ago||If in fact this report is a||
If in fact this report is a leak, and not mere speculation, it will certainly kill any deal, just as happened with Les Miles before RR was hired.
In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if that's the reason it was leaked.
|3 days 17 hours ago||He will read mine, and I'll||
He will read mine, and I'll get a snarky response.
|3 days 18 hours ago||I am sending Dave Brandon||
I am sending Dave Brandon this email:
"Dear Dave Brandon,
In view of the coaching staff's incredible negligence regarding removing Shane Morris from the game yesterday after the illegal helmet-to-helmet hit that obviously made him wobbly, as well as the abject failure of team, and mismanagement of the Athletic Department staff over the many marketing gaffes, here's how to create a "Wow" experience:
1. Investigate the situation and immediately fire all coaches and medical staff who knew or should have known that the young man was injured.
2. File a protest with the Big Ten's offices regarding the officials' failure to eject the offending player or call a penalty.
3. Fire yourself for alienating students, alumni, lettermen, and fans with your disgraceful marketing nonense.
Do all that, and it will be the "Wow" experience that the Michigan faithful most desire."
|3 days 20 hours ago||It's a snake pit right now,||
It's a snake pit right now, and has to be a very toxic situation for anyone associated with football in the Athletic Department. We have a coach who has demonstrated incredible incompetence on the field, an Athletic Director whose main accomplishment is to have alienated alums, lettermen, students and fans, and a dumpster fire of assistants except Mattison who probably doesn't want any part of taking over the program under these circumstances.
There's really no option other than to let Hoke finish out the season, after which I hope that the Regents wake up and demand Brandon be fired, not because the team is losing, but because he's an asshole who should not be allowed to ruin Michigan further.
After that, we'll have some rebuilding to do, but the players have talent and maybe someone decent can come in and clean up the mess.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Is there any evidence to||
Is there any evidence to support your feelings that Nuss and Hoke disagree about playcalling or the direction of the offense?
|3 days 21 hours ago||I'd say you'd be right, but||
I'd say you'd be right, but in this case we have an AD who has alienated the alums, the students, and the fans with various shithead pronouncements and policies. He must go.
I fully realize that he won't go unless a miracle happens, but one can hope.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Good points.||