"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||I missed the game||
My son plays for Skyline, and they were hosting Huron last night, so we missed the game. Looking at the box score, it seems like they had their chances. Was it just an unlucky day, or something worse than that?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Main takeaways for a university administrator?||
Now that I'm starting year three as a low-level administrator at Michigan, I've been thinking of this book as a leadership template. After all, when a professor becomes an administrator, no one tells the professor how to do the job---we are just expected to figure it out as we go. (That's not quite true: CRLT does offer some training, but I still felt like I was thrown in the deep end.) But, perhaps unsurprisingly, being a professor has next to nothing to do with being an adminsitrator.
Brian's right, these are Brandon's Lasting Lessons, but in an inverted sense. Dave really did seem to love the university, and he clearly cared about the players and the department, but he just didn't lead it well. I've started to make a list of things to learn from the book, but I'm still only about 2/3ds of the way through, so I suspect there are things that I haven't gotten to yet. But, from your perspective, what are the take-aways for someone new to a leadership role in an academic institution (vs. "the private sector.")
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I'll put it on my list.||
I'll put it on my list. I really like Schöfferhofer's Grapefruit, great summer beer.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||One Last Saturday||
My BPL team is Everton. My son is a Spurs fan. They played each other today in a surprisingly entertaining 0-0 draw. Tim Howard had a number of oustanding saves.
Made dinner for the flock, including this corn/chard gratin that both kids ate: http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017637-chard-and-sweet-corn-gratin
The MGoWife went to UVa, and we are now sipping Mai Tai's (the original Trader Vic recipe) and watching them play UCLA in W. Volleyball on the Pac 12 network.
Speaking of which, time for another Mai Tai.
My son plays on AA-Skyline's varsity soccer team and they play at Temperence Bedford on Thursday night. So we'll be starting the Utah game on DVR delay when we get back home.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||As a Cal grad...||
... This pleases me. The Notre Dame vs USC game is a "meteor game," as in I hope a meteor hits the stadium during the game.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Cal||
I was a Cal undergrad, and am on the UM faculty. If they ever play, in anything, I am honor-bound to root for Cal per the Rules of College Football Fandom, as I have not taken advantage of the Faculty Exception.
So, I guess that technically makes Michigan my second team. But, I follow Michigan more closely than Cal, just due to longevity (I joined the faculty in '98) and geography.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I'm very disappointed...||
...that no one who has taken EECS 280 in the last 10--12 years has chimed in about C++ functors' ability to mimic many of the cool things that closures can do.
|17 weeks 5 days ago||I've got the same head/heart||
I've got the same head/heart split---pulling for Juve, expecting Barca.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||After a day of soccer...||
After a day of soccer, touring the indoor domes of Southeast Michigan, I broiled some chicken (rubbed with Detroit Spice Co. BBQ) and am now enjoying the evening with Atwater's Winterbock. Tasty.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||Regression to the mean is one||
Regression to the mean is one tough SOB.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||You beat me to the Glengarry||
You beat me to the Glengarry Glen Ross reference...
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Because they influence decisions about where to go||
They matter because a school's undergraduate "market"---prospective students and their families---pay (arguably outsized) attention to them. Perception drives reality.
The NYT published a nice data set about students who were admitted to two (or more) universities, vs. what they eventually chose. If you choose U-M as your comparison school, you'll find that the resulting list closely recreates the US News rankings---and that's even with a positive bias because Michigan residents (for whom U-M is a really good deal) are over-sampled.
|42 weeks 1 day ago||This has been done...||
...at basketball. When U-M won $750K in the MAGIC Robotics competition in Fall of 2010, the team was presented with a ceremonial check at halftime during the following winter term. Solar Car has been on the field at halftime for football games, as well.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe I'm too stuck in the midwest||
...but I don't see this as a big upgrade. He'll face better offenses there, but TAMU isn't the place I'd want to hang my hat if I wanted to move to a head coaching position eventually. And, if I didn't want to be a head coach, I'd probably rather just stay where I know the lay of the land.
But, perhaps I'm just not ambitious enough.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||It's not just the private schools that "recruit"||
In some cases, public schools can as well, particularly now with schools-of-choice and similar mechanisms that allow kids to enroll outside their attendance area. I know there was quite a bit of chatter around Ann Arbor about which of the area high schools might provide the best development for soccer players---though, to be fair, anyone truly serious about that sport is probably thinking Academy instead.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Regential approval||
"Hackett's appointment was expressly subject to the regents' approval."
That's standard operating proceedure for just about any administrative appointment at U-M.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||Roger that. This is one of||
Roger that. This is one of my pet peeves. Last time I checked, MGoBlog was not a public entity, and therefore can send any post (or poaster) to Bolivia for any reason, or no reason at all.
|1 year 1 week ago||The coke "promotion" did me in||
Right now: nothing.
I can live with the team being bad. I can live with RAWK. I can hold my nose at the BWW-sponsored halftime show at the home opener. I can even live with some reasonable discounting, like the groupon deal for the first few games.
But, giving away tickets with a couple of bottles of coke just to keep the 100K streak alive was a slap in the face to anyone who bought tickets this year--including the students. My tickets are end zone with the faculty/staff discount, so about as cheap as they get. I'm still paying north of $70/game with PSD, and can usually only attend about half of them due to conflicts, work travel, etc. For example, yesterday we went to the Pioneer @ Skyline game instead, because my son is in the band and my daughter's team was working concessions.
I'll still go to some games, as it's been a tradition to attend them with my kids since they were very little. They've got a few more years before they graduate and go on to their own college experiences.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||If you have a smartphone,||
If you have a smartphone, check out GameTime. It looks like a front-end to stubhub, but (a) filters out the best 20 or so seats based on some combination of price/locaiotn and (b) focuses only on tickets that can be delivered instantaneously/electronically.
I have a pair of season tickets that I'm often giving away to grad students in my department---too many conflicts with kid stuff this year---but if I were in the market for more, this is how I'd get them.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||EPL Rooting Interests||
My son and I had this conversation last summer, and it looks like we were mostly the same wavelength as Brian.
I picked Everton for the Tim Howard angle, and the fact that my son is also a keeper.
He picked Spurs, primarily becuase this was just before the Gareth Bale to Real transfer, and my son wears 11 for his club, which happened to be Bale's number for Spurs. But, transfer or no, the Spurs are his team, and he has stuck with them. It did not hurt that the Spurs were also the very temporary home of Coach Ted Lasso.
We're driving to Chicago this weekend for the Spurs @ Fire friendly, and will be in the stadium watching Bale's team the weekend after (if not Bale himself.)
|1 year 11 weeks ago||There might be some changes||
There might be some changes coming on the whole donor management thing. For example, someone on the search committee tells me that Mark wondered why donations to Athletics count for 10x the value of donations to the University generally when it comes to Priority Points.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||My answers||
1: DNA (but joined the faculty in '98)
I thought about not renewing, but only momentarily.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Not necessarily||
My kids' performing arts performances sometimes carry this disclaimer as well---it depends on how the sheet music they are performing was licensed. But, it's not a school ownership issue.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||"has anyone else decreased||
"has anyone else decreased mgoblog consumption due to the strange writing style of front page content?"
Nope. Each writer brings a different take on their pieces, but they all bring their brains.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||I did not know until my wife||
I did not know until my wife told me yesterday---and I ran in last year's race.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||That's exactly why, as an||
That's exactly why, as an alum, I'm not all fired up about him being gone. It could be worse. It could be a LOT worse. And, it probably will be.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||I'm a Cal alumnus...||
...and yes, that's the name blowing up my facebook/twitter feeds.
I've already bet several people rounds of drinks that it won't happen.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Shot advantage...||
My son and I were at the match. At about the 30' mark, we both noticed that there were Michigan "shots" recorded that were, shall we say, awfully generous in the scorer's interpretation of "shot". Likewise, at least one close miss by Niagara in the second half wasn't recorded---we joked at the time that the same strike might have been credited as two shots had it been taken by Michigan.
Until the second goal---which was a bit of a fluky deflection off a defender---I was not convinced M would pull it out. There was a shot advantage, no doubt---and a good chunk of play was in the Niagara half of the field. But it wasn't quite as lopsided as the score sheet suggests, and it looked like it might be one of those games where the team pressing advantage just couldn't get one to go in.
|3 years 1 week ago||I think the AP #25 is...||
...UCLA, not Cal. Cal is horrid.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Congratulations to all of||
Congratulations to all of you!
I've been on the faculty for 14 years now. Every year I've been asked to serve as a Faculty Marshal. Every year I've let someone else do it. This year, I decided it was finally "my turn." So, if you came down stairway #2 to enter the stadium, I was the guy at the bottom telling you to watch your step, and offering my best wishes. I even saw several students from my classes. It was such a good time, I'm thinking I should volunteer again next year.
I couldn't be more proud of you all. Go do great things.
|3 years 23 weeks ago||My take: the more||
My take: the more expensive school is only justified in one of two cases. One: there is a real, tangible expectation that the extra cost would be paid back through a higher salary over 5-7 years. Two: it enables you to compete for jobs that the less-expensive school can't *and* that job is important to your overall life happiness.
I suspect that neither of these are super likely. According to the NRC data (link here: http://graduate-school.phds.org/rankings/kinesiology), sorting based on reputation, student outcomes, and student services, Temple is low on the list of ranked programs. It's likely that the other school you are considering is unranked on this list, but even so---Temple won't be an order-of-magnitude better in employers' eyes in the way that, say, one of the top 4-5 programs might.
Now, granted: the NRC rankings are for Ph.D. programs, not MS programs. And, YMMV. But, my gut says save the money, because Temple doesn't have enough juice.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Even more amusingly,||
Even more amusingly, Duderstadt's current office is in the Dude.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||The new(ish) Pac-12||
The new(ish) Pac-12 commissioner has acquired a shake-things-up reputation already---and by and large that seems to have been good for the conference. Add to that the Pac-12's pretty lame bowl tie-ins (the Rose plus a buch of games no one watches) and it's not hard to see that Playoff($) >> Rose-and-five-thorns($)---and if it is limited to Conference Champs only, that means that none of the other "power" conferences can ever have two, and depending on how you count that means even in a four-team playoff, the Pac-12 champ is almost certainly in.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Colin who?||
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Best crowd comment from the||
Best crowd comment from the peanut gallery: "Hey Ref, are you pregnant? 'Cause you've missed two periods."
|3 years 35 weeks ago||At the top of Section six||
At the top of Section six with my son. Let's Go Blue!
|3 years 38 weeks ago||"I talked to a guy who's||
"I talked to a guy who's majoring in mechanical engineering at Ohio State and he told me Friday night was the 1st real sell out this team has had all year long."
Their rink does seat 17K and change. If Yost was that big, I'm not sure it'd be full most nights either.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I'm pretty sure I saw it this||
I'm pretty sure I saw it this week on the Green Rd. Busch's in Ann Arbor, as well. Didn't pick any up yet, but it's On My List.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Something to do with the||
Something to do with the Jerryworld game?
|3 years 39 weeks ago||Mostly, I suspect it shows that...||
...the Health System is the true 800lb gorilla in these parts.
The sponsored research doesn't hurt though, and neither does the relatively high tuition and healthy fraction of out-of-state students.
Edited to add: here's another interesting stat from the article:
"LSU generated less than $500 million in revenues in 2009-10, one of the lowest totals on the Journal's list. Michigan, the school with the highest revenue in the sample, reported just over $6 billion in revenue."
If you are a subscriber, the online version of the article also contains an interactive chart with more data. The second school in total campus revenue is UCLA, with just under $4.8B.
As for football revenue, the interactive chart lists Michigan at 6th, with $63M and change, vs. Alabama at #1 with just south of $73M.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||I went to high school||
at Palo Alto High. There is some rain in the winter, yes. Dark and gloomy? Not on your life.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||We aren't entitled||
We're just in charge. ;-)
|3 years 42 weeks ago||For the most part||
as long as you ask nicely and make it clear that you are really excited about taking the class, it should be fine.
Most of us just want to get students off of our waitlists as soon as we can, because we hate turning people away. If we know that you want to take the class, we know we don't have that spot for someone else. I have students in similar positions for one reason or another just about every semester, and it's never a big deal.
But, as someone said on a prior thread: ask, don't expect. Most faculty don't react well to the entitled-student routine.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||I hate to quote an 11W blogger, but...||
"Much of one’s love for a rivalry is directly derived from their hatred of the other side. What is a good guy, without a bad one? What is a novel, without an antagonist? What is a rivalry, if not for the bitter rival?"
Welcome back to the Big Ten, Urban. You'd better bring it.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||That, sir...||
....is an excellent question. Even this Cal alumnus recognizes that the regular Stanfurd uniforms are better than that...
|3 years 48 weeks ago||"If you know a Tennessee fan,||
"If you know a Tennessee fan, take his belt and shoes."
I've been to Knoxville and heard talk radio there. Truer words were never spoken.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||I've heard that from everyone||
I've heard that from everyone who has ever attended a Neb game. For example, I sat next to some Washington fans the last time they played at Michigan. They were very impressed with their reception in Ann Arbor, but said that Lincoln was even more hospitable---gracious hosts, whehter they are running up the score, or losing, doesn't matter. I think it also helps that we're a "new" home for them---the Nebraska fans I know are pretty excited about being in the Big Ten.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||Why allow ND to do this?||
Because the Big 12 *already* allows Texas to do this with their Longhorn Network.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||I didn't read it as an||
I didn't read it as an expectation that he'd be terminated, so much as the realization that as a non-tenured faculty member, your employment is always at the pleasure of the university.
That said, there are some things that the structure and governance of the academy makes difficult, and the President asking "Will no one rid me of this troublesome lecturer?" is one of them.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||A department that includes||
A department that includes among their faculty Tiya Miles, a MacArthur Fellow (a.k.a. "Genius Grant"), is probably a notch or two up from the University of Phoenix.
As it happens, I've had the good fortune to meet Tiya. We were both presenters on a panel at a recent Provost's Seminar on Teaching, in the Winter '11 term. She is wicked smart, and is doing some pretty fascinating work---but again, don't take my word for it, because the MacArthur folks backed up that opinion with a cool half million.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||But you really can't think of||
But you really can't think of "Michigan", especially the academic units as "one corporation". Each department is remarkably autonomous, the colleges even more so. The only point of common administrative control between the academic units and athletics is, more or less, the President and other University executive officers.
Plus, "the academy" is set up with a set of rules that more or less specifically prevent the administration from telling academic units what to teach, etc. There is some administrative involvement in academic hiring, promotion, and tenure, but that's the Provost's office and (in the case of tenure track promotions) the Regents. One book is probably not enough to get the Provost to lean on anyone, no matter what it says. Indeed, the whole notion of Academic Freedom (tm) specifically exists for just this sort of case---to offer safe harbor to a member of the faculty who writes something unflattering about the institution or its surrounding culture, provided of course that those writings are sound.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||The Ph.D. thing holds some||
The Ph.D. thing holds some water, but lecturers are often given a pass on it. Most of the lecturers in EECS are Ph.Ds, but one or two are not. Granted we are a department who values their lecturers, and every department is different, but we don't seem to care about it.
As for the discipline: I'm not as sure that it's thought of as soft. Harry Edwards (from whom I took Intro to Sociology at Cal) founded the field of Sociology of Sport as far back as the early '70s, when his seminal book on the topic was published. I could well be wrong about the AC department's specific views on the matter, but it's a broad enough bunch that it would be hard to draw that sort of line without some senior faculty being on the wrong side of it.
But, as a member of the faculty, there is one thing I *can* tell you: We. Do. Not. Take. Well. To. Direction. I can only *imagine* what our chair/executive committee would say if another *academic* department told us to let someone go, let alone the athletic department.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||The obvious question is...||
...can you buy them?
If you can't buy them, then maybe he's right. If you *can* buy them, then I call shenanigans.
And, it sure looks as though you can buy them, starting in March of '12.
Shenanigans, I tell you!
Edited: forgot to include the link.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||If the AD was smart...||
...he would tell everyone who would listen (and even those who wouldn't) that "It sure was a shame we had to let Coach go, but you just can't keep someone aroudn who does that."
They are getting to that message, but you are right, it has not been done unambiguously. And, from the point of view of getting the NCAA's blessing, that's a Bad Thing.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Not at all!||
"See, when you say they are "playing a game" because they are "claiming" it's only one coach, you are implying that the cover up goes farther, without any proof that it does."
That's not it at all. In most circumstances, if the head coach intentionally hides a violation, that school is SCREWED. I mean, completely and totally hosed. That's true even if no one else, anywhere, knows anything. Heck USC got nailed for *one* verifiable fact about *one* assistant coach that was a lot less serious than Tressell's misdeeds.
So, "playing the game" does not mean "hiding more stuff". Granted, I expect that more people did know, but let's assume for the moment that there will never be proof of it. Instead, "playing the game" is the *NCAA* game: get in front of it, admit it openly, blame it on a few bad actors, and hope that's enough of a mea culpa for everyone in Indianapolis to save face about the fact that the fox guards the henhouse and move on.
USC's problem was that right up to the time that Hayden replaced Garrett, Garrett would tell anyone who would listen that it was "just jealousy" that motivated the NCAA's investigation into Reggie Bush et. al. You. Can't. Do. That.
So far, OSU's biggest problem is that Gee actually said, out loud, "I hope Coach doesn't fire me." If that'd been the script still today, OSU would be in the hottest of hot water. But, Coach is gone, the administration can look stern about it, and that's what the NCAA digs.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Depends on who knows what...||
"In OSU's case, I don't see how getting free/cheap tattoos makes them play better."
That depends on who knows what and how widespread it is.
Here's the thing. College football is the last bastion of communism in the World's Freest Market. Every player---every single one---is "paid" exactly the same, from the four year starting quarterback who Leads Your Team to Greatness to the guy who sweats out the practice squad and doesn't see the field unless some Rudy-like miracle happens to happen.
And the pay is: One scholarship (length subject to chagne in the SEC).
Yet, acquiring the services of the Lead Your Team to Greatness types is pretty darn important to, you know, acheiving Greatness.
So, in this universe, little things can tip the scales. If Big State U is better at producing NFL long snappers than anyone else, then the best long snapper in the country is going to be awfully interested in Big State U. Likewise, if Another State U more or less routinely has its players picking up a couple bucks here, a few hundred there---you know, the infamous "pizza money"---then all other things being equal, Another State U starts to look awful tempting...if the recruits hear about it.
And, you have to admit, it would be easy to imagine a recruit hearing about jobs you don't have to work....charity events that include cash envelopes....what those golden pants are worth on ebay....and even a way to get a few extra tattoos. Maybe not all of them, but the stories are likely to be told. For an 18 year old kid, that's not the chump change it might be to us.
But, realistically, it's not the tattoos. It's what happened after that. The entire NCAA house of cards is built on one thing, and one thing only: institutions policing themselves. Without that, the NCAA has nothing. And, from where I sit, Ohio State plays this game better than anyone. They are masters at finding secondary violations, reporting them promptly, and wagging fingers. It seems as though that would get them in trouble, but it doesn't. The NCAA *loves* it when schools do that. Because, hey, a football team is going to have a few kids who make mistakes from time to time, and the important part is whether or not a school stays on top of it and corrects those mistakes as fast as possible.
But, the one thing you CANNOT do, under any circumstances, is intentionally hide a violation. That threatens the very existence of the NCAA's whole idea of amateurism. Do that, and Bad Things happen to your program, and in a hurry.
To OSU's credit, they are playing even this game masterfully. "Hey, it's just one guy, a rogue coach. Happened to be the head coach, but we've cleaned that mess up and are ready to move forward."
You know what? The NCAA might just buy it.
|4 years 11 hours ago||Yes it is more helpful if MSU||
Yes it is more helpful if MSU and Nebraska lose. But, remember: Michigan has a chance to take care of business on the field with both of them. So, we can have our cake and eat it too.
I want to see OSU lose. Every. Single. Week.
|4 years 2 days ago||I haven't read this||
I haven't read this particular book yet, but John has a reputation of being a stand-up guy and a top-notch journalist. He checks his facts, he tells you what their provenance is, and when he believes but can't confirm something, he tells you that too.
There aren't many other people that I'd give as much leeway to, but I'd give John the benefit of a big ol' scoop of doubt.
|4 years 6 days ago||and if I could...||
...a +1 to you, my friend.
|4 years 6 days ago||It's a damn good thing...||
Well, it's a damn good thing they don't have a systemic problem down there at Ohio State...
|4 years 1 week ago||I don't care about divisions...||
...I dislike TSIO more than I dislike LIttle Brother. I would be happy if TSIO lost every game they ever played, period. Let Little Brother win this one. Michigan will have the opportunity to take care of business when the two play later.
|4 years 1 week ago||Exactly right.||
It doesn't mean much...until you lose it. Then, it means a whole hell of a lot.
|4 years 1 week ago||Having visited VWU...||
...for the Backyard Brawl (Pitt v. WVU) I can tell you that this captures the spirit perfectly.
Though the WVU fans are a lot less polite when Pitt is in town...
|4 years 1 week ago||It doesn't mean that much...||
...until you lose it. Then it means a WHOLE LOT.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Agreed. Reading the book||
Agreed. Reading the book first sounds like it would be a good idea. Then again, that's never stopped the average MGoPoster before...
|4 years 2 weeks ago||I'm stupid for having my||
I'm stupid for having my name in my username.
Maybe. Maybe not. I always post with some variant of my "real name". I often have my signature linked to my "real life site". It reminds me to avoid saying things I would not want my mother to read.
(And yes, she is in my facebook circle, too.)
|4 years 3 weeks ago||I'm sure a torrent is out||
I'm sure a torrent is out there somewhere, but If you have MTN, they are replaying the game a few times this week. They are on DirecTV's sports tier, and should be on most others.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Probalby just an honest||
Probalby just an honest mistake. Most of the people working those stands are from random groups doing fundraisers for their organizations, and work that weekend only. I'm surprised they get it right as often as they do.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Wazzu has been putrid over||
Wazzu has been putrid over the last several years, but is at least giving the impression that it has a pulse this year. I watched a good chunk of the WSU/SDSU game last night---reasonably well-played. I didn't stay up late enough to watch SDSU pull away though.
I'm guessing this will be a very competitive game next weekend.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Dry Tanqueray martinis in the||
Dry Tanqueray martinis in the Redwood City Sofitel. Long two days at a client site, but upgraded for tomorrow's flight back to A2.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||PS: the client is a UM||
PS: the client is a UM undergrad and law school grad. He informs me that the next time I am here, two weeks hence, I am to bring him some Zingerman's love.
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Any coach who keeps a||
Any coach who keeps a dictionary outside his office is okay with me.
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Who gives a damn?||
Well, ultimately, Dave reports to her. So, that might be worth at least a half-damn. Maybe even three quarters.
(Note: I have no reason to believe that MSC does or does not have an opinion on any particular candidate this go-round. At least publicly, she is Not Involved. Very different from the last dance.)
|4 years 38 weeks ago||Only three years...||
True, only three years. But, it's not every day you go for two up 27 with six minutes to go.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||If you listen to sports radio...||
...in this town, it's not clear to me that "the average fan" wouldn't tell B1G to lighten up on the oversigning restrictions so that B1G teams can finally "compete" with the SEC.
And, ultimately, "average fan" is going to have a lot to say about what happens going forward---both with Michigan and the conference. At the end of the day, the various B1G schools need folks to keep buying those tickets, the licensed merchandise, and (most importantly) watching BTN to keep those dollars flowing, else Bad Things will be coming to an athletic department near you.
Michigan's athletics program is self-supporting. Many others aren't. My alma mater, Cal, has a dept. that gets heavy subsidies from the general university budget. And, times are tight---so they are cutting five varsity sports, including both gymnastics teams and baseball.
As an academic, I'm a huge sucker for the win-the-right-way meme. But, the beast has grown too big to ignore the reality that this is nothing other than a business. I wish it weren't so, but if wishes were horses...
|4 years 39 weeks ago||I'll admit...||
...I'm one of those blue-blood snob-types that wasn't all that fond of the aw-shucks-gee-whiz hillbilly act, and missed Lloyd's dictionary and poetry readings.
But, the way Rich handled himself over the past month or two showed me a lot about his character, and his class. I misjudged him, and he deserves more credit than I gave him, for sure.
I also admit that I thought three years wasn't enough, even though these three years have been historically bad in a lot of different ways. I can see why he had to go, but I don't feel good about it.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||The difference is...||
...John, by all accounts is a Real Journalist, with all that entails. The folks at the Freep, well, perhaps not so much.
Plus, he's a pretty darn good writer.
As to his provenance, Directory says that he is both a Lecturer in LSA, and a PhD student in the School of Ed. He's also won the Golden Apple award. As a halfway decent teacher here at the ol' U, with a couple of awards to show for it, I can tell you that that is a pretty darn big deal. I'd give my eyeteeth for that kind of recognition from my students, and it says a lot about him and his abilities.
|4 years 39 weeks ago||Indeed.||
I grew up in Michigan. I moved to Palo Alto at 16, and graduated from Paly, kitty-corner from Stanfurd Stadium. I went to Cal from there, while my parents moved back to Michigan. I didn't quite reach escape velocity, and ended up back in The Mitten, but I can tell you first hand, there are reasons why hanging out in the Bay Area has its advantages over dear old Southeast Michigan. And, Stanfurd, despite not being Cal (or Michigan), isn't a half-bad place to be a demigod. They've got plenty of loaded alumni who might be all too happy to sweeten the pot from time to time. They've got a well-run and well-funded athletic department. That his first wife---and the resulting kids---probably wouldn't come to the frozen tundra for a bigger football stadium doesn't hurt either.
I'm trying really hard to just wait and see what happens when it happens, and even if this is his state of mind this morning, it might change five times before he takes his evening constitutional. But, nothing will surprise me, 'cause all of Mr. Harbaugh's options are good ones. If he doesn't come here, it's because he has something else he'd rather do. There's only so much Brandon can do to change his mind, 'cause the Big House ain't moving to the corner of Embarcadero and El Camino.