"Michigan has somehow created a world where loyalty is punished with price hikes, and disloyalty is rewarded with freebies."
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|6 hours 50 min ago||I believe...||
...you may or may not be accurate in your perception (assuming for the moment that you exist, are capable of perceiving, and are perceiving - all realities I'm willing to accept for the sake of argument to the extent that there is an argument, though I do not concede that there is one).
|9 hours 24 min ago||Yep||
It's all just part of a big black cloud.
|12 hours 12 min ago||Ask and ye shall receive||
And a bonus:
|1 day 3 hours ago||To everyone who was there:||
|1 day 7 hours ago||He "wows" recruits with things like...||
...showing up in a helicopter.
|1 day 10 hours ago||Yeah||
You can put me in the camp who believes the post-game mistakes have been much worse than the in-game mistakes. How Hoke took the podium yesterday and said what he did is almost unbelievable (and to be clear: I think he was uninformed, not lying).
|1 day 13 hours ago||I'm far from an apologist for this situation...||
...but I have to wonder how many teams do the sort of potential-concussion-spotting that we all agree should exist. The realities of football and the realities of our (relatively new) opinions regarding concussions are often at odds.
I don't think we, as fans, should forget it wasn't too long ago that we loved the following picture:
|1 day 13 hours ago||Sam made the following point:||
As far as Coach Hoke knew (assuming you believe him, and I do), Morris could have practiced yesterday but for his leg. That's really bad.
|1 day 13 hours ago||There is no question||
The short term is going to be very bad. Losing most or all of the current commits and most or all of the remaining games seems very possible. We can only hope that, in January, we have some reason for optimism for the (not near) future.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Did you listen to Sam this morning?||
He described the chain of events listed in Brandon's statement as a "catastrophic" failure. He particularly couldn't believe Hoke hadn't been informed that Morris had been diagnosed with a concussion when he gave his press conference yesterday.
|1 day 14 hours ago||a stray thought:||
I think we have to remember how fast both science and public opinion are moving with regard to concussions. Remember the picture we all loved of Alan Branch walking away from the obviously-concussed Penn State QB? Michigan absolutley messed up badly - you don't get to call yourself the leaders and best and make this mistake - but I'd also bet a lot of money that this could have happened in many places.
|2 days 9 min ago||No, they carry no such burden||
For starters, OSU's former players and former coaches are a more hetergeneous lot than their counterparts at Michigan. And while Michigan can claim to be elite academically, OSU has a pluralistic quality that Michigan doesn't match. OSU people like it if a coach has a prior connection to the school - and a great many do - but they mostly just want to win. The biggest reason they liked Tressel more than Cooper - by far - was the fact that Tressel beat Michigan.
|2 days 52 min ago||"Or do you really think he roams..."||
That's a fine strawman you've created.
|2 days 5 hours ago||comedy of errors||
I don't think this situation is as black and white as many do with regard to Coach Hoke. I admittedly want him gone mostly because of the losing. I know that sounds bad.
The problem with Coach Hoke's take on the above is that it paints the pictures of a comedy of errors. Morris is hit in the head, and everyone has to know this fairly quickly because the refs threw a flag for it. Then Morris is stumbling around and - best case - the coaches don't see that despite Braden propping him up and Hill and Hayes gesturing. Then - for reasons I'm still not 100% sure of - the coaches do pull Morris a play later. Then, when DG loses his helmet, they seemingly put Morris back in because Bellomy can't find his helmet and because Coach Hoke doesn't know the timeout rule.
Coach Hoke describes the play in which Morris went back into the game as if he were a passive participant. Who is keeping track of which QB plays? Why not call a timeout to let Bellomy find his helmet even in a world in which you can't put DG right back in? Would Nick Saban have a seizure if his QB couldn't find his helmet?
|2 days 5 hours ago||Something both sides seem to ignore:||
The coaches pulled Morris only one play after the hit. Why was that? What had they seen at that point that they hadn't seen before?
|2 days 10 hours ago||Having had the wind knocked out of me multiple times...||
No, it doesn't look like that.
|2 days 13 hours ago||You handled that very well||
I'm glad you shared this.
|2 days 13 hours ago||I support Brian's plans 100%||
It's a relief to see him advocate for action rather than just indulge in the complaining we tend to do on the board (I include myself in that "we"). You can't just sit around and hope the powers that be will eventually tend to whatever needs fixing.
I say rally round the Muppets, Henri, and Brian, lads and ladies, and head now into the breach! We cannot led Michigan rot from the inside.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I respect the OP for posting this, but...||
At some point, things are so bad that the details don't matter anymore. I would defend this program if it looked like this team was improving but likely to to go 8-4. But we are not there. And every program - even Alabama - has reasons it can point to as why it should struggle to at least some extent...Should we be calm in the sense of being respectful to the players and our fellow fans? Absolutely. But accepting the status quo is not the sort of calm we need.
|3 days 14 hours ago||no||
I thought people might be overreacting last night, but I'd also stopped paying close attention by the time of the hit to the head...I re-watched much of the 2nd half later. Here is what you see: Morris gets nailed in the face. He lays face down grabbing his facemask. He gets up. He looks weak on his feet. He falls head down into Braden, who catches him. He rights himself somewhat, but Braden is still helping him stand. Khalid Hill seems to tell him he needs to leave the field. Justice Hayes seems to motion to say that someone needs to come onto the field to help. Morris steps away from Braden and waves to say he wants to stay on the field. He looks to be in very rough shape while doing this. Play resumes...The coaching staff could not have been paying close attention if they missed all of this. You have to send in the next play to the QB, after all, so your eyes presumably go to him pretty quickly.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I was wondering what you were going to say||
It speaks volumes to me that he's lost your support.
|3 days 22 hours ago||good luck with your half-marathon||
|4 days 4 hours ago||not a rhetorical question:||
Are we sure Morris was concussed? I understand why people suspect he was, but I only saw what happened on the field.
|4 days 5 hours ago||it's big of you to say this||
|4 days 10 hours ago||^^^THIS x 1,000^^^||
We have to organize something as fans. You can be in the "keep Brandon/I'm indifferent camp" or the "fire Brandon; let's do something" camp. But the "fire Brandon; doing something is poor form" camp is BS...There are undoubtedly better and worse ways of tackling this problem, but doing nothing is not the answer.
|5 days 7 hours ago||Count me among those glad to see this||
The more heat on the administration, the better.
|5 days 11 hours ago||If the country were nothing but Michigan Men in the 1700s||
There apparently wouldn't have been an American Revolution.
|5 days 11 hours ago||I think Bacon is being very specific||
When he says Brandon never met with Harbaugh, I think he means exactly that. That's a terrible failure, IMO, even if Brandon had exchanged phone calls with Harbaugh's agent. You meet with Harbaugh, look him in the eye, and tell him his school needs him if you're Michigan's AD in 2010. And you offer him a lot of money. Make him say no to you in person.
To offer him $5 million in such a way that his people aren't sure you're serious doesn't cut it. And I think, if this is true, we can say Brandon didn't reallyoffer Harbaugh the job. Instead, if this version of events is correct, he offered the job in the most nominal way (presumably so he could say he did it and Harbaugh declined).
|5 days 13 hours ago||SC - check out Don's recent posting history||
A former player told him that Brandon offered Hoke the job in the spring of 2010. I believe someone else chimed in about having heard that too.
|5 days 23 hours ago||the regents||
It would be nice if people got a "fire Brandon" chant going on Saturday too, but every suggestion made on the blog other than writing letters has so far been roundly attacked.