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|34 min 28 sec ago||I don't believe most medical professionals would find the need||
Brian IS NOT saying that the medical guys themselves were "finding the need to soft-pedal a diagnosis"—he's saying or implying that the medical guys were being pressured by others "to soft-pedal" their medical conclusion. There's a huge difference there at least with respect to medical ethics and responsibility.
If there is even the barest appearance that anybody—whether the AD or the football staff—were trying to persuade the medical guys to alter their own wording in any way, no matter how slight, I guarantee that the outside world will regard it as an active attempt to cover up the seriousness of the situation, regardless of the nature of the actual discussions over parsing and wordsmithing.
|59 min 30 sec ago||The smoking gun here for Brandon and Hoke||
What happened on Saturday and the two days following is bad enough for Hoke and Brandon. However, Brian's reference to pressures being put on the medical professionals to alter or soft-pedal their medical conclusion that a concussion did indeed occur is another thing entirely, because it speaks to an attempted coverup.
If this is ever corroborated by any of the medical people, then that would give the Regents and Schlissel all the justification they could ever need to fire Brandon and/or Hoke immediately.
|1 hour 2 min ago||there is a need for some kind of electronic communication device||
|8 hours 3 min ago||If getting Jim Harbaugh came to U-M with the price of||
advertising in the stadium, would you still go for it?
If not advertising, what about a mascot down on the field?
|8 hours 10 min ago||This question is only partially sarcastic||
What does it say about Martin that Miami was one of our two victories in 2014?
|10 hours 58 min ago||Disappointing but not surprising and ultimately not important||
since this coaching staff couldn't develop talent if their collective lives depended on it.
|11 hours 20 min ago||greeted with blowjobs from the finest of cambodian immigrants||
How 'bout we start off with your mother, asshole.
|11 hours 21 min ago||...the finest of cambodian immigrants||
What in the flying fuck?
|16 hours 11 min ago||Submarine. Without ELF communication links.||
He's deep in the Marianas Trench, waiting things out and watching reruns of Michigan Replay from the 1970s to see if he made it onto any game tape.
|16 hours 35 min ago||They didn't need to speak over the weekend||
because they'll discuss things while Dave is attending the regular film session on Monday.
|16 hours 38 min ago||I still miss Haloscan||
It was an old friend cruelly thrown out on the ash heap. sniff.
|16 hours 40 min ago||And verily there was much bitching anyway,||
Just wait until Mike Debord is hired to replace Hoke. Muahahahahahaha
|16 hours 41 min ago||Didn't the Flight Tracker and CC machine get fired up||
before RR was hired? Memory is hazy....
|17 hours 3 min ago||And yours truly has access. I'm on it.||
Excellent. And pay no attention to those blips heading from Russia over the Arctic Circle towards us, either—we need to know whether anything is heading from A2 to San Fran.
|17 hours 8 min ago||I don't have season tix so I've got no skin in the game||
but if I did I would never boycott or wear red. The players on the team don't deserve a lack of visible fan support.
I believe it's naive to think that a few thousand empty seats are going to get Brandon fired. Pressure has to be applied in other areas.
|17 hours 44 min ago||Fire up the Flight Tracker!!||
Is that an app now?
|17 hours 57 min ago||Tommy (Detroit Lions coach from 1977-78) was his dad?||
I wondered the same thing, but their respective bios don't match up at all. Mark was born in AL in 1968 and then moved to Mississippi, but Tommy was HC at BYU from '64 to '71.
And a look at Tommy's resume just reminds me once again how ridiculously pitiful WCF's hiring decisions were.
|20 hours 11 min ago||Incrediblue, a suggestion||
I know you've taken a lot of heat—some from me—this morning, but you're in a unique position here, since you played for Hoke and obviously have respect and affection for the guy.
I'd really be curious to have your views on why things have gone south so badly over the last 1.5 seasons. I can understand if you don't want to say anything here, but it'd be valuable to hear anyhow. Not sure it can help Hoke at this point...
|20 hours 59 min ago||fighting within the family would be a good way to relate to it||
Did you play for Hoke at Ball St. or at Michigan?
I don't subscribe to the notion that Hoke knowingly put Morris in jeopardy re: concussion, but the best I can say is that the entire staff horribly mismanaged what should have been an easy decision. That's on Hoke.
|21 hours 5 min ago||talk of defense suckiness is now also fair game.||
That's odd, because I could swear that I expressed disappointment with our defense last year more than once, and I've never been to La Paz. And again this season, I'm more disappointed in our D than in our O. I think our D is rather overrated, and in particular our DL has not grabbed control of the line of scrimmage for any meaningful length of time in any of our losses. I'd place the blame on coaching, but I've also suspected for three years now that our S&C program bears responsibility.
I would agree that the notion that Al Borges was singularly responsible for our offensive woes now appears silly.
|21 hours 29 min ago||And that is more depressing to me than another loss,||
So, lemme get this straight: your displeasure over what the proprietor of a football blog has or hasn't written about Michigan football makes you MORE depressed than the fact that our team sucks?
|21 hours 48 min ago||Michigan's AD failed in a very public and unfortunate way||
For a man with such extensive experience at the high corporate level—where good PR is an absolute necessity—David Brandon displays all the communication instincts of an 8-year old caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
|21 hours 54 min ago||He is going to feel like this is somehow his fault.||
Yep. There's no doubt in my mind that Morris feels horrible that the coach who recruited him and that he personally likes is taking such heat now over something that happened to Shane. It's like kids whose parents get divorced frequently feel responsible for the breakup. He probably feels like he let Hoke and the team down, which is the reverse of what happened.
|22 hours 1 min ago||thank god we're a basketball school||
otherwise football season would be intolerable around here.
|22 hours 6 min ago||I think Sam is saying essentially both things||
Sam is at this point relying on what the staff is saying, which is apparently "Shane Morris did not have a concussion."
The question is just exactly how they arrived at that conclusion.
Personally, I think how they handled the Morris situation is emblematic of the program: incompetence, disorganization, mismanagement, and failure to put the players in the position to be successful. I don't believe that there's anything malevolent or evil or consciously malicious in the staff, from Hoke on down. It's just a bad football staff, and responsibility starts with Hoke.
|22 hours 12 min ago||I like Sam, but he was all over the place today.||
Maybe you heard different segments than I did, but Sam stated several times that the staff screwed up in not getting him off the field immediately. His view is that Hoke would not knowingly send a guy who was concussed back out onto the field—which I agree with—and that the staff on the sideline supposedly did the eval and said Shane was OK.
It's the second part—that the medical staff did an appropriate evaluation on the sideline in the 90 seconds or so they had available—that's extremely questionable. Just exactly what constitutes a real concusion protocol? The NFL version is 8-12 minutes, and there's no way the UM trainers had that amount of time.
UM is going to have to describe exactly what their sideline eval consisted of. If it was just looking into Shane's eyes and asking him who the President is, it's a big problem.
|22 hours 19 min ago||the NFL concussion evaluation takes 8-12 minutes||
which is much longer than the time Schmidt and the trainers had available to evaluate Morris.
That doesn't necessarily mean that the protocols that UM uses aren't sufficient, but eventually UM is going to have to answer just what exactly was the evaluation that was done of Shane on the sideline to determine he wasn't concussed.
|23 hours 24 min ago||A trainer is allowed to diagnose a concussion.||
The question is just exactly what is an appropriate test or evaluation to determine whether a player has sustained a concussion, and how long does it take. Some people assume that the very small amount of time that Schmidt had available to carry out that evaluation was sufficient, and others cite concussion protocols that require 15 minutes or more.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Definitely true that doing something for the first time||
in 43 years is better than 135 years.
The stat I find more remarkable is that the 30 points Minnesota scored was the largest point total the Gophers have put up in Ann Arbor since 1937, when they scored 39.
It's also only second time the Gophers have scored 30 or more on Michigan since 1937 either in Minneapolis or in Ann Arbor.
|1 day 7 hours ago||That's from 2012. Big changes since.||
Mainly that there's now a girl in that bed, amirite?