"Though I received no official response to these sophisticated and elegant tweets to the Illini Athletic Department, I would like to think that Beckman spent the evening prank calling everyone in Illinois named George McLellan and then ordering an absurd amount of hats off an internet haberdashery to hoard in his home's hat annex."
|24 weeks 5 days ago||34-17||
Because they will scare us that much.
|26 weeks 1 day ago||I would agree, but...||
I kind of thought the same thing about Brad Stevens- I thought only Duke could drag him from Butler. I wouldn't bat an eye at any move at this point.
|45 weeks 3 days ago||Oberon||
I am in DC and so grateful they have it here. Plan to continue on Oberon for the rest of the night!
|47 weeks 5 days ago||It's all about perspective||
I try to remember back to the beginning of the season and think about what my expectations were. Was Michigan the best team in the country? Honestly Louisville was pretty dominant and yea, they probably really were the better team. That doesn't diminish how far this team went. This season was a coming out party for Michigan, a basketball juggernaut resurrected for the long haul. So they didn't win the title- only one team ever can. I try not to think about the game itself, that is just one data point on a whole spectrum that show the upward trajectory of this team. Big picture, this has been an amazing time for Michigan basketball. One game can't spoil that.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||THIS||
I don't know who you are and of course no University fundraisers would ever go on the record, but... THIS. YES. THIS.
The football program was long a way to funnel donors into the academic mission of the university. They would start by making gifts to the athletic programs and would subsequently get better acquainted with the academic side and start to fund scholarships, professorships, etc. Now those donors are being sequestered, with no one else from the university allowed to talk with them. This eliminates most of the residual benefits to the actual university (we are a university, not an NFL team) from having an athletics program.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||THIS||
I don't know who you are and of course no University fundraisers would ever go on the record, but... THIS. YES. THIS.
The football program was long a way to funnel donors into the academic mission of the university. They would start by making gifts to the athletic programs and would subsequently get better acquainted with the academic side and start to fund scholarships, professorships, etc. Now those donors are being sequestered, with no one else from the university allowed to talk with them. This eliminates most of the residual benefits to the actual university (we are a university, not an NFL team) from having an athletics program.
|1 year 11 weeks ago||Money for money's sake is just paper||
Money in and of itself makes nothing better or worse. Dave Brandon is successful at making money. I hope he does not alienate the older donors who will provide some of the endowed long-term funds for the athletic department.
Regardless of that, being profitable (just as having money in life) is only valuable in how it is used. Building new monuments to vanity that do not advance the basic academic mission of the university are not as important as maintaining our integrity and identity as an institution.
Dave Brandon is very good at what he sets out to do. He is a very talented man. I question what he is setting out to do. The AD is more than a CEO, he is a representative of the University. I didn't come to the University of Michigan for the football, I came here for the finest education I could obtain at an institution that had integrity, identity, and class. I want our representatives to care about more than making money.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Health System||
The health system is one of the most inefficient medical systems in the country in terms of fundraising, which is why those folks need those kinds of cuts. The University kind of lets them operate on their own turf, which has its downsides. Those folks need to clean house and learn how to raise money properly. They have the facilties, they have the experts- now they need to learn how to pay for them.
I hate the need to buy up all the property in Ann Arbor- when I was a student and a few years after I could see the need, but at this point it is feeling a bit sprawling. The best thing about Ann Arbor is the city/university interplay. If it becomes all university it takes away what made my experience unique, and what I think makes Ann Arbor such a wonderful place to live.
|1 year 15 weeks ago||Sent mine in||
Good luck and great work!
|1 year 15 weeks ago||The story on Maryland||
I think the post sells Maryland short. First of all, a Terrapin is a specific kind of snapping turtle, not just an ordinary turtle (not that it makes a big difference). Second of all, yes their uniforms are garish but that is better than them coming out in drab red and white garb like about 40% of the rest of college football. They are trying to build a fanbase by puffing out their chests and being a bit garish- not every school has the strong automatic affinity we do at Michigan. There is an effort there.
There has been a ton of mismanagement but the reason they wound up in this financial situation is largely the result of investing millions over the last couple decades in Olympic sports at the expense of football and basketball- they have some of the best soccer and lacrosse facilities but of course have let their football facilities languish until recently and even then, it's rough.
Maryland basketball has fallen on hard times due to Gary Williams being a bit of a Lloyd Carr in letting the program slip as he neared retirement and Mark Turgeon is really turning things around. Football is a mess because of firing Ralph Friedgen (who wasn't great but was a solid 8-win coach) and hiring Edsall, but now that they can compete on more even footing with Penn State (which has made a career out of poaching the best Maryland talent) by being in the same conference they have a shot.
Finally, don't rip Maryland baseball too badly. After all, they were good enough for Michigan to hire away their coach earlier this year.
Source: Michigan alum, Maryland native, twin brother went to Maryland
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Divided loyalty here||
My twin brother went to Maryland so while I would love to go to Michigan games in College Park we are both cringing at the thought of having to root against each others teams (we both grew up Michigan fans). I live in DC (he lives in Baltimore) so it would be nice, but terribly awkward. So personally I have to lean on the side of not being in the same division for selfish reasons.
Oh, and New Yorkers won't go to Rugters for a game the way DC folks would show up in College Park anyway.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Trying to think like the Big Ten may make your head explode||
In order to make this determination you need to come up with some logical way of putting the teams into divisions- prestige, talent, geography, etc. However, therein lies the problem. There is no logic that defines how and why the Big Ten makes decisions except in what can glean an extra dollar.
If they find out that Maryland playing in the Legends will increase viewership by 14 people in Western Maryland over putting them in the Leaders, it will happen. There is no other rationale.
We don't need logic, we need MBAs.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||I am a Maryland fan- my||
I am a Maryland fan- my brother went to Maryland, I grew up in the state, and I love that university. However, they were a founding member of the ACC- they have long-standing rivalries with UVa, UNC, and Duke (I know, not primary rivals or anything). They have no connection with the Big Ten and so much history with the East Coast. Also, Maryland is not a powerful brand, even in the state, at least not at the level of the Big Ten public schools. Maryland fans that I know are really not happy about this potential move- it isn't Nebraska, where there is a cultural connection or a style of play that matches with the conference.
This is such a transparently financial moves that doesn't just add an unnecessary extra pair of teams but also wrenches one from a lot of tradition, cultural connections, and longstanding rivalries.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Thanks, much appreciated||
I will do both of these, thanks.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||UM Club Question||
MGoShoe, I figure you might be a good person to ask about this. I moved to DC in August from Ann Arbor (BA 2008, worked for U-M until now) and want to try to be more engaged with the UM Alumni Club. Do you know a good place to start or a good person to talk with? I have seen a ton of different committees on the site but I don't know what half of them even mean...
|1 year 17 weeks ago||As a former out of state student||
1) Come on now, in-state tuition at Michigan is the biggest bargain in higher education. The sheer quality of the institution relative to the amount paid is lost on so many Michiganders- the most frustrating thing about my time there was people thinking they were being robbed when there was always, you know, ANY PRIVATE SCHOOL. They don't realize how amazing their school is because it's always been right there.
2) Out of state tuition is ridiculous, but at the same time, you get what you pay for. If I want to be at an elite institution that remains elite, it is worth it. And even then out of state tuition doesnt even cover the full cost of educating a single student. Thank God for fundraising to make up the difference.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||From what I recall at the||
From what I recall at the time DG's medical redshirt was something that we wouldn't know about until after his senior year but was something that was more or less expected to go through without a problem. Now folks seem to highly doubt it will happen. Since there has been a complete lack of information/updates I wonder why the perception has changed.
Even so, for today- WOOOO!
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Three shots of Canadian whiskey||
I have a big drive in the morning but my roommate is just too damn persuasive. It may get to four, depends what happens. This is what goes down when we have run out of beer...
ed: yes, the fourth happened. We are sitting here talking about deep dark personal stuff that probably isn't that relevatory but feels deep at the moment.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Fall Break||
I was told it was Fall Break for students- many of them may have gone home or somewhere else for the long weekend. Not an excuse, but a mitigating factor.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Wait...||
You lost respect for the whole fanbase and find us universally evil because your thread got taken down? That's it? Just making sure.
It's a good thing I wouldn't lose respect for an entire fanbase because some whack job went all-caps on an unhinged insulting rant.
Well you did wish me a good day, so I will give you credit for that. That was a nice touch. Good day to you too, friend.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Roommate is an Auburn fan||
My roommate is an Auburn fan and she said she and her family (made up of almost all Auburn grads) are universally rooting for Michigan. The thought never even occurred to them to root for their hated rival. She figures the SEC is going to be the best anyway in the end, they don't need to prove anything.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||At least 1||
Oh, did you mean Arlington, TX? I live in VA, you will have to be more specific.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||Marketplace||
Ross Douglas and his mother were on Marketplace, a public radio show, yesterday. He sounds like a great kid and I am glad to have him in the fold. I wish he had been asked why he went to Michigan but they were concentrating on the Penn State reaction.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Sorry, don't feel bad.||
Aww, he was promised a job before the hiring process was actually done and they wound up going with someone else? I feel so bad for him. I guess being a national champion qualifies you for all kinds of jobs. Without knowing the whole background, I hope the university did its due diligence and went with the best candidate rather than just giving a wink and a nod to someone.
No one should have "promised" him the job in the first place of course, but still. I have been passed over for a lot of jobs and no one should be gifted one.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||Any known U-M Connection?||
Saniya Chong may be a great player but who says U-M hasn't reached out? Is she a closet Michigan fan waiting on an offer or something? Given that our new coach came from St. Johns I am sure she is familiar with the New York recruiting scene and isn't overlooking anyone. If this is just a random talented player then there could be any number of reasons why U-M isn't among her top schools.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Use the career services||
I have heard their career services are absolutely amazing, they really invest in that. They will hook you up if you stay active with them, especially for the MPPs.
|1 year 36 weeks ago||Thoughts from a true Maryland baseball fan||
My friend is a Maryland grad, baseball broadcaster, and close follower of his alma mater's baseball team. Here were his thoughts:
Wow, you swiped an up and coming coach. Maryland got Bakich from Vanderbilt where he was an assistant, where he recruited people like David Price. He made Maryland much stronger in his three years there, and really recruited well there. In fact, the Terps had problems of players would commit to Maryland, then get drafted and sign. That was his only problem really, the Terps took two of three from UCLA this season, a team that went to the CWS.
Maryland did not make it to the NCAAs, but I honestly feel one more year and the Terps would have gotten there. I have no doubt Maryland was on the verge of becoming a strong ACC power, but I don't blame Bakich for leaving Maryland for Michigan. You have a great coach coming to Ann Arbor, I just wish Maryland had a few more years with him.
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Summary||
Allow me to summarize his piece:
Alabama is better
SEC Fast, B1G Slow
Alabama is still better
Denard can't throw
Alabama won't let Michigan run either
Alabama has better players...
Better coaches, too.
Insert cliches and statistics grabbed off of Yahoo! Sports in 3 minutes.
There, just saved everyone some time.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||As a Ravens fan I am upset||
As a Ravens fan I am upset but this defense has a knack for players coming in and out and performing well. When Adalius Thomas, Ed Hartwell, Bart Scott, Will Demps, Jim Leonhard, etc. all left at various times it looked like the defense would take a step back and it never really did. Players tend to be better with the Ravens than they are anywhere else.
I am cautiously optimistic about this season, but it will require the offense to take another step forward. Unfortunately the easiest way to do that is to kidnap Cam Cameron and lock him in a dark room for the duration of the season, but that is frowned upon in Maryland law.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Patience, grasshopper.||
Come on man, RDT will post if he has info that he is comfortable sharing, it's not like he is holding out on everyone just to be spiteful. Just wait for the Hello post if/when it comes, in the meantime sit back and take it easy.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||It still took all this for him to do the bare minimum||
It still doesn't take away the fact that it took an absolute uproar for the Athletic Department to do the bare minimum that they should have done in the first place. It honestly made us look like a second-tier department compared to Alabama and our numerous peer institutions who would have certainly brought their bands in the first place.
I hope Brandon didn't just turn the screws on donors to get some big donors to pay for it- that kind of extortion is not how you build loyalty or set yourself up for larger future gifts.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Uh Oh||
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Ann Arbor is an amazing town for reasons well beyond football||
Ann Arbor shows up on just about every list of good towns:
Best College Towns (#2)
Smartest cities (#1)
Best Small Cities (#46)
There is a ton to do even as a non-student living in the area. A fair amount of local bands (that are actually talented), a wide range of drinking establishments from Good Time Charley's to The Ravens Club (very different experiences), a ton of festivals, shows, and other events, and a 20 minute drive to a major airport. It costs a lot more to live in the city than right outside but it's worth it to me, there is so much to do.
It couldn't be more different than Detroit. In fact, just about every city in Michigan (except Flint) is way different than Detroit. I moved here from Maryland and found it completely different than the sad news stories they show about Detroit. Great place to live.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||Michigan should be better than this||
I am just waiting for Brandon to just get rid of the band altogether- maybe they can just have a hype video and rawk music instead of the band forming the M at the beginning of the game. Sound is sound, right?
Apparently his conception of the Michigan brand is just anything that saves/makes money. He should remember that money is useless except in what it is used for. We don't love Michigan because it's a really wealthy athletic department or because it has a great marketing department. We love it because of things like the band, the winged helmet, etc. I knew I had arrived at a special place when I saw the band first come onto the field and form that M, with the banner being raised soon after.
Oh and I am not some old timer who hates any and all change. That moment I just wrote about? 2006.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Regarding bubble screens||
I love that you went there, I just hope it doesn't mean he won't call on you in the future!
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Not only the board, but the front page too||
The assumption is that a poster would at least read the blog...
Let's consider this a learning experience.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Yes but isn't Big 12 country||
Yes but isn't Big 12 country just Future SEC country? SEC folks can be downright scary about this kind of stuff, and I would hate to see that when your state gets annexed.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||It's a SportsNation Poll||
It should be as important to us as proper officiating was to the Big 12 in 1997. That is, not at all.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||We may even go for $30K...||
Let's remember, 20,000 is only 2/3 of the production costs. If people keep giving we can cover all of it- let's hope we keep going past $21K (as of now)!
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Still a lot less than he was being sued for||
I am sure at the moment he is pretty happy it wasn't any worse.
|2 years 4 days ago||Yea, that's him||
His Dad had a bit of a temper to him, word is he never quite forgave officials (as a group) for hitting him in the eye with that flag. As a Ravens fan I liked his play and understood why he would hold a grudge but wished he would calm down sometimes. It's a real shame what happened to him last year though, hopefully his family's doing alright.
|2 years 5 days ago||Call his agent||
Beilein is a great coach and I hope Michigan finds a way to offer him an extension for the remainder of his natural life, but this is the contract he signed. I am sure he could have forfeited some NCAA tournament bonus opportunities for Big Ten bonus opportunities, but he and his agent chose this avenue. I won't begrudge him for it, every contract negotiation is unique. If it isn't in his contract I don't see retroactively giving him a bonus that the university didn't agree to (I am sure it was discussed) now. Maybe you can extend his deal and offer him a larger base salary, but not a formal bonus.
|2 years 1 week ago||Exactly||
Let's not dwell on what the folks in COlumbus think. I mean, since when do we really care? Do we expect them to do anything other than whine about whatever is going on with Michigan? We aren't really in a position to be puffing out our chests TOO much, just because we are supposed to be above all that.
Let them complain about Molk, et al. They will throw a little hissy fit and you know what, we would probably be a bit annoyed if Brewster mouthed off about Molk. Ugh. I would just rather we ignore them.
|2 years 1 week ago||As a Ravens fan...||
The Ravens need a center because they are not going to keep Matt Birk around. Ozzie Newsome doesn't seem to like drafting Big Ten players but I hope they go after Molk and solidify the center of that offensive line, which was patchwork at best this year.
As much as I would love to have Mike Martin or RVB the Ravens don't really need them unless they wanted to put them at end opposite Suggs and even that's not a priority. Same issue with Koger, since they already have two solid TEs. While they want to get another receiver I think they are looking for more prototypical deep threat so I doubt they will fully appreciate Hemingway.
I am going through the Michigan players here, I am leaving it to Ozzie to find talent in the rest of the country.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Finally||
At least he finally bowed to all the pressure. O'Brien deserves a full release, like any transferring player.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Agreed||
Oh yea, he is far from a savior and he will have to hope his transition at whatever school he goes to will be better than his last transition was. He has the potential to be in the top half of Big Ten QBs in my opinion from watching him play, but not the elite. I think he would be an improvement over a lot of teams situations though, and I hope I don't have to root against him.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||He also spent 2011 with a||
He also spent 2011 with a moronic HC and OC and lost two of his best playmakers to the NFL, WRs LaQuan Williams and Torrey Smith. I think he is still a solid QB and his 2011 was a result of an awful new staff and system than his own talent.
Not saying he would put MSU in the Rose Bowl, but he isn't awful.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||He is still a solid QB based in his 2010||
He was the ACC Rookie of the Year in 2010- as a fan of the Terps I think his regression in 2011 was more the result of Edsall and Crowton than it was his talent. He is still a very good QB.
This was his 2010 line:
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Charlie Munger||
Charlie Munger, Buffett's #2 at Berkshire Hathaway, is a big Michigan donor (that $1.2 million is the tip of the iceberg) and fan (he also attended UM in the 1940s before he had to leave for WWII). I imagine that might have something to do with it. Awesome though.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||As another Ravens fan...||
this just looks ridiculous to me. Honestly, at this point can't the Ravens just keep their DC for a bit? At least we have seen that A) it doesn't matter much who is running the D and B) anyone would want this job since it's a ticket to a HC gig. One of these days it will blow up though, probably the year Ray retires.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Interesting||
I guess the book wasn't wholely successful maintaining class and poise among Michigan men, but at least we are still well ahead of State.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Something similar from last year?||
I seem to recall something last year that actually charted starters lost to the delta in wins the following year, and showed that losing the QB was more predictive than the # of starters lost overall.
I can't find it, perhaps someone can help?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||In Memorium||
Perhaps we could make a donation in memory of 5 prostitutes who were murdered in Dallas, TX between 1979-1982 by someone not named Craig James because he did not in fact MURDER 5 HOOKERS WHILE AT SMU.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||OSU will be a very tough out.||
Agreed. There is still a lot of talent there and Urban Meyer is a very good coach (liar and cheat not withstanding). 6-7 was a complete abberation, even without Posey I expect them to progress with a second-year starter in Miller and a defense that may get even better. They can't win the Big Ten next year, but that won't stop them from having a USC-like year next year.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||He must have done something to get pulled over to begin with||
It isn't just driving with a revoked license, right? He would have had to do something in the first place to get pulled over if I am not mistaken. I want so badly to reason out why he should stay with the team, but honestly if this was a Spartan with this history we would be slamming Dantonio if he let him stay on the team. Sure we can rationalize it any way we want, but in all honesty if this was another team we would say Stonum needs to go. Really sad, but I think it has to be done.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Horrible PR||
Horrible PR will do that to you after a while. Tennessee has gone out of their way these last few years to become a second-rate program, and this was not helping. I wouldn't be surprised if some non-AD higher-ups at the university forced this one on Dooley after a while.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Ryan forcing the pitch against Ill||
You saw a young player in Ryan finally figuring things out and a veteran leader in Kovacs cleaning up the play. It was one of those explosive stops that showed that Michigan defense was back- it didn't hurt that the game was also a bludgeoning against a decent opponent. When I think about what was new and special about this season, I will think about that play.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Office of Financial Aid/Scholarship Funds at UM||
That way some other kid will be able to afford to attend UM, especially out of staters (being an out of state grad, I want to let kids from all over the country have that experience). We know the tremendous impact that a Michigan education can have.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Agreed||
You didn't see a wave of transfers over there even with the two year bowl ban, I doubt that many guys will be jumping ship at OSU just for one year somewhere else (unless like you said, they are depth guys who probably wouldn't see the field anyway).
|2 years 11 weeks ago||A violation, but I like the move||
Good by Richt, giving his own cash to keep his assistants and pay them what he felt they deserved. A violation sure, but he is a good coach and doesn't deserve the "grief" he gets from UGA fans every year.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||They will probably do what USC did||
USC was able to have the penalties not count towards that particular recruiting year but instead start in the next cycle. That may have been because they were appealing them but in either case, it's clear the NCAA isn't being as hard on OSU as they were on USC so it probably won't affect this season.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||I'm not surprised at all||
I am just saying that we should all be equally excited about other prospective recruits. These things tend to take on a life of their own when the recruit can't quite decide. It would be awesome if Michigan could grab Dunn, but people have been pumping it up to be the end-all-be-all of Michigan's recruiting efforts. In the grand scheme of things it isn't as huge as its being made out to be. In the short run yes it is incredibly important.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Dunn is not the end-all-be-all of the remaining recruits||
With Michigan having Fitz for a few more years and his replacement possibly already in the system with Rawls, I don't get the constant preoccupation with Dunn. I would love to have any recruit of his calibur, don't get me wrong, but it seems to me that I would rather have a great o-lineman or especially some great DBs or DLmen,
I am more excited about Wright/Reeves because of need down the line than I am about Dunn. Also, I am a bit tired of the Dunn drama, him going one way or the other. I worry whether he is just playing everyone to build the drama, though I know it must be tough for a kid to make this kind of decision with all this attention.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||A Yuengling, an Asahi, a Blue||
A Yuengling, an Asahi, a Blue Moon Seasonal Winter Ale, and some homemade IPA my roommate brewed. I am slightly inebriated at the moment but I feel strangely fulfilled. My roommate did well on his IPA for a first batch. And no, I am not in college anymore, just too poor to afford my own place.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Baltimore! As a Baltimorean||
Baltimore! As a Baltimorean I approve.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Covered on MZone too||
What do you expect him to say? I mean, if you got fired and your replacement did well, wouldn't you say you would have done at least as well? It's a matter of personal and professional pride.
I mean yea, he probably could have dodged the question, but I don't blame him for feeling perhaps a little stung about seeing the guys having so much success without him. I can't say I wouldn't have wanted to say "Yea, I'd like to think I would have done just as well." It's a tough spot for anyone to be in and I am sure that this year he has felt like he had something to prove.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Good tactic, but horrifying move||
I understand the tactics of it, if it is true. Implement change incrementally so that no one change is big enough to get the whole population against it. That said, it is an awful idea- but the only thing against it is tradition. Nowadays how powerful is tradition really? It is to us, but we won't stop going to games or buying jerseys (especially in Ohio where the sales of said jerseys are turning the tide on the rivalry). If they think it will make more money then they will push for it. It is going to be up to whether Dave Brandon gets enough pressure to fight on behalf of Michigan fans and traditions instead of against them.
If this is put forward it will be tough to stop, and it will rely on OSU and Michigan fans getting as up in arms (probably moreso) than they did last time. They are just trying to sneak changes by piece by piece until MIchigan Stadium looks and feels like every other team and Michigan tradition as as unique and valued as Wonder bread. Great brand, but no substance.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Double-post||
First ever, not even sure what I did wrong. FAIL.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Agreed||
We have no idea what happened one way or the other. The kid isn't a free agent, he is a high school student.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||D-1 Qualifier||
Doesn't mean he necessarily met Michigan's standards. And what do you expect a mother to say? Whatever the reason, I am sure there was a good one for Standifer/the coaching staff to go in a different direction.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Well done.||
Mad Men FTW.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||DId you notice that the||
DId you notice that the article only searched archives from 2003? Hart is attributing the quote to 2009.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Anything by Dan Wetzel...||
just about. He literally wrote the book on BCS hate. Go buy Death to the BCS.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Seriously?||
My father was a UMLaw73, and you sir are no UMLaw73!
|2 years 15 weeks ago||By the time today is over...||
Will there have been more threads about Rich Rod or Urban Meyer?
|2 years 15 weeks ago||A lot of comments about Mattison...||
He isn't going anywhere. He will not follow Meyer or anyone else. This guy is close to retirement, he just wants one more good run with a team that he believes in and a chance to work with his old friend Brady Hoke. This guy is not at the stage of his career or of the state of mind to go running after other gigs. He was doing well with the Ravens and as a Ravens fan I can say that no one wanted him out (though they did complain that he wasn't aggressive enough, which is kind of funny now).
If anything, think about what might happen if/when Michigan loses him in 5 or 6 years, but that is a while off and a lot can happen.
I cannot believe we are talking about this, but no. Mattison would not leave U-M for any other job until that job is sitting on his front porch taking it easy.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||But they won't||
I don't have any faith in the NCAA's ability or willingness to actually punish offenders. USC was supposed to set a certain standard punishment for these things. OSU's offenses blew way past what USC did (or was supposed to have known about), but I doubt they will get anything close to it.
I am content to beat them into the turf on Saturday.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||I would also think about name||
I would also think about name recognition outside of Michigan. If your relative has any thoughts about moving out of the state at some point there is a chance no one will have ever heard of GVSU. That is a distinct possibility.
It's not a shot at the school, either. I went to Emory University and transferred to Michigan for a number of reasons, but one was because I got tired of explaining to people what Emory was and that it was in fact a really good school. Even though Emory was on paper just as good as Michigan (or maybe better), it didn't help me as much as U-M. Michigan had more immediate name recognition, which is at least good conversation starter with prospective employers.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||It's an act of Congress||
How much more official do you want?
Unfortunately most Sparties are not aware of this. Reading is not their strongest suit.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Different types of rivals, but OSU is always #1||
Growing up in Maryland, everyone knew it was Michigan-OSU. In fact, until I moved to Michigan I treated MSU with a sort off paternalism. They were that other team that I kinda wanted to lose, but if they won against other teams I didn't care. I didn't know they were supposed to be a rival really, just another Big Ten foe.
Then I moved to Michigan and had to put up with MSU fans every day. They are so irritating and immature, I have no idea how they have assembled anything closed to a civilized existence.
I want to beat them both, but for different reasons. I want to beat OSU because they are our legendary rival, the matching of traditional equals on the football field representing our states and our universities. I want to beat MSU just so they shut the hell up. After Michigan beats OSU I swell with pride. After Michigan beats MSU I sigh and grab a beer.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||I felt bad for that guy when he took over at Memphis||
He definitely seemed over his head at the time and had next to no experience. I hope he can get it together in the next few years, you would hate to see a young guy fail because he was thrown into the fire too early with really high expectations.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Good for him||
If his spread "didn't work" in the Big 10 it sure will be more effective in the wide open Pac 12. Wouldn't it be fun to see the spread n shred up against Oregon? The 3-3-5 (if properly run) would probably match up well against the spread out looks of the Pac 12.
Good luck to him, I hope he has enough success to make his tenure at Michigan just a smudge on his resume.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Nope, I guess we are not in||
Nope, I guess we are not in fact better than that.
Re: the pooping one, the others are fine.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Could be poor reads on ZR options||
The default strategy also worked to the tune of 238 rushing yards, so I am not too worried about it. Part of that might be poor reads by Denard on whether to run or hand off, there were a few of those.
As an aside, I like Michigan football when our criticisms of the team are little concerns about a few negative runs and not an existential question of whether or not the defense is merely hypothetical.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||I think the OP means the # of||
I think the OP means the # of days since Michigan last beat Ohio State thing that they have had in the corner since forever. They replaced it with a minutes countdown until the game.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Not to mention your vs.||
Not to mention your vs. you're.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||It would have been wishful||
It would have been wishful thinking to imagine that this class would continue intact. However, I was excited about Brown- if this is really how they are parting ways, I doubt there will be much chance of a reconciliation. If Michigan can replace him with an equal or better player who is truly committed to Michigan, then great. If not, then I will be a litle disappointed that Michigan is missing out on Brown's talents.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||I hope you were being sarcastic.||
That is just not right. I grew up a Michigan fan from birth, went to U-M (LSA 08) and currently work for U-M in their Office of University Development. I had to spend the UM-MSU game in a bar in East Lansing and it was the most miserable, horrific experience I have had since The Horror. I may be anxious about losing this game, but I am far from an MSU fan.
You were probably being sarcastic, but that struck a nerve.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Weather could be a factor...||
At the risk of getting blasted on the board, we cannot assume that Denard wouldn't have a bad passing game in poor weather or that the sharp cuts by Toussaint would be somewhat negated in slick conditions. Moreover, OSU still has a solid defense so they could conceivably rise to the occasion and stall our offense. Add in an arm punt and a rain-induced fumble or two and this game could completely turn on its head.
Until I see Michigan beat Ohio State, I will not be too confident about this one. Logically it is undeniable that Michigan has played like a superior team this year and should win by a fair margin, but I know better than to count out Ohio State when it comes to this game.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Agreed||
Though I am also a Ravens fan (from Baltimore), so that might have something to do with it as well.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||It is a huge story about||
It is a huge story about college football, it should be talked about. We don't "always" worry about the other program, 98% of the stuff on this blog is still Michigan. But it's Ohio State week, and it is a major program with major issues. Yea, I think it is fair to give it a mention.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Even so...||
Even if they did hire Meyer they wouldn't install a whole new offense for the bowl game, that takes a year. He would have a staff to assemble, etc. Any actual schematic changes would have to happen after the season.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Holiday and family obligations||
Some of us are from out of state, unfortunately- my grandparents live in Atlanta and we are all doing one last Thanksgiving there. At that point I think family has to take priority. As for the students, they want to spend as much time home as they can- if they can't be bothered to show up on time (which as a student I always showed up on time) why would they be bothered to cut their vacation short?
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Knowing what you need is huge||
It is better to go for it early- I would rather know I need to get two scores with 5 minutes left to go than find out I need an extra score when there is no time left. The earlier you do it the more you can plan on the possibility of either needing an extra score or just one TD. I would hate to get a TD, kick the XP, then on my next TD not make the two-point. Then I have very little time left and can't do much about it. If I had gone for it earlier than maybe I could have planned my play-calling around it.
PS. This is assuming I am down by 15 in the fourth or some such situation.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||This isn't 2010||
I am thankful that I can now rest assured that this is finally, officially not 2010 in any shape, since this team has done something that last year's team never could/would have.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||She most certainly does.||
Well done, sir. Well done.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Yuengling||
Took some Yuengling back with me after my brother's bachelor party in Baltimore a while back... one bottle left after this one, so I plan to save it. Can't get it in Michigan... yet.
Later going to head out to downtown A2 and check out the scene. Where should I start? Jolly Pumpkin, Raven Club, Bab's, or Old Town?
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Meyer's rebuttal didn't sound like one||
Meyer never said that he hadn't talked to OSU about the job or even that he hadn't talked terms. He said that he hadn't been offered or accepted the job. That could just mean that he hasn't gotten a contract formally put in front of him. His terse answer left a lot of wiggle room for him should he wind up taking the job.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Who cares about BCS?||
Beating Ohio would be bigger than any bowl game. If we go to a BCS bowl then great, but what does a BCS game matter if it isnt the national championship game?
This weekend's game is bigger than Sugar/Orange/Fiesta/Rose, let's win that one.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||I can wait a week and give him his moment...||
I will believe it when I see it. I will maintain composure and stay totally calm.
Inside, I will be screaming EEEEEEEEE like a little girl.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||The team recently moved out||
The team recently moved out of their old practice facility Oosterbaan fieldhouse, they are now at Glick Fieldhouse, which opened a couple years ago.
Either way, Crisler and the stadium are a bit separated from the other sports. Hope you got to see a bit of the town while you were in A2, or get to see some more when/if you can make it back!
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Yost||
Actually the addition next to Crisler is a brand new practice facility. The hockey rink is on the other side of the parking lots and practice fields, it's a much older looking building. It is really beautiful and really takes you back if you can get in when it's empty and look around. Definitely worth a visit.
Glad you enjoyed your trip, we (most of us anyway) pride ourselves on being good hosts- we have learned from watching the way MSU and OSU do things!
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Go for it.||
I don't have the numbers, but given my history I am guessing then that I should not be at the game...
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Class||
You are always welcome around these parts- glad to see that there is another fanbase in the B1G that values sportsmanship and class. Good luck against Iowa and your bowl game, Nebraska is a better team than the score reflected.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Beat Ohio...||
and keep it classy. At the end of the day, that makes and keeps us better than tosu everywhere and in everything.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Go after the extras||
A few years ago when they did the first Block M thing my girlfriend and I were a couple seats away. She got so fixated about the shirts that she emailed the athletic department and they let her come by and get one of the extras- they always have a bunch of them because they dont know what sizes the students will need.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||If you can't get into M...||
Well if you have had trouble getting into Michigan isn't that what most people do? Sam might just be putting 1 and 1 together here. /jk... kinda.
In all seriousness I hope he gets a shot here to make a difference and get a Michigan degree.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||IIRC||
I think he was a safety in HS but we were going to have him play CB at first.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Doesn't look like it's up yet||
Maybe he got delayed this week, there is nothing under his name on SB Nation more recent than Nov 8.
It happens to all of us, I am sure it will be up soonish.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||But...||
But I thought the kid was Jayme Thompson... I am confused as well.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Yes.||
Yes... back in January.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Rich Rogel||
Owned by big-time U-M supporter Rich Rogel, co-chair of the Michigan Difference campaign. He lets university execs use it sometimes, especially on trips to China where he has a lot of business interests. It seems to get a mention around these parts every once in a while.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Depends which Michigan team we see.||
As capable as Michigan is of playing a stellar game on both sides of the ball, they are unfortunately equally capable of turning the ball over and making big mistakes offensively. If Michigan plays to their ability then they certainly should have a slight edge. However, if the come out the way they did against Iowa then it's another story.
Just as Nebraska might not click on all cylinders for this game, we cannot count on Michigan doing so either. There is a reason why Nebraska is 8-2 as well. With the way the Big Ten has been and how Michigan and Nebraska have played, this game looks like anything could happen.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Odoms||
Did Odoms get a majority of snaps or was I just noticing whenever he happened to be in the game? It seemed to me like he was in a lot more than in any previous week, and unlike earlier in the year he wasn't just in primarily as a blocker. Was there just more WR rotation in general this week or has he taken some of Gallon or Roundtree's playing time?
Either way I am glad to see it, this guy has really put in his hours and effort and I want to see him finish his career strong. Class act.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Ah, I thought you meant you||
Ah, I thought you meant you were too young to remember 2003 and before that. I was in HS in 2003 and I was suddenly feeling way older than I should. Thanks for clarifying!
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Wow, either you are||
Wow, either you are incredibly young or I am way older than I thought...
|2 years 17 weeks ago||I don't want to be that guy...||
but I think beating Nebraska next is first in my mind, though beating OSU would definitely make this season.
Let's go focus on Nebraska, since that will be a pretty huge and challenging game. There will be plenty of time to talk about how huge a game OSU is once next Sunday rolls around.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||I think I have seen his work before...||
I think I have seen this guy's work before... wasn't he on the production team for "Birth of a Nation"? (misinterpretation/portrayal of history, not racism of course) That is some nice cherry-picking of history right there...
He ignores that UM has not established a veterinary school, does not teach certain languages, and arranges programs alongside MSU simply to ensure that there isn't too much overlap and competition. UM goes out of its way to prevent conflict by not assigning its massively superior resources to overtaking the programs that MSU has hung its hat on since its inception. Michigan has allowed MSU to have its niche programs that draws students there, that type of cooperation is entirely ignored and continues to this day.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Edit: MSU -3 sounds about right*||
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Yes I comprehend||
I said I figured that (as in, I expected that Michigan would be the favorite). I then added HOWEVER to indicate that while the result is not what I expected it makes sense from a logical standpoint. I then listed the reasons why that was a logical result. I finally concluded with a statement that all in all, MSU being favored makes sense. I may have put a plus instead of a minus at the end, but that was a typo.
Thanks, but I got it.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||Sounds about right||
I kinda figured that Michigan would open as the initial favorite because of the hype that follows among the MSM when Michigan is undefeated. However, the Spartans are the first truly solid defense that Michigan has played to this point... unless you count ND (which let's be honest, Michigan was a tad lucky to get out of that one with a win.
Yea the interior of the MSU line is very shaky but I am still not 100% sold of Michigan's defense either. Denard still hasn't gotten his interception-monkey off his back, and you know that State will be itching to get him in those same situations that NW was able to and capitalize off of those turnovers. If I was a betting man MSU +3 sounds about right.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||4 down, a few thousand more to go.||
Hey, I will be there with some friends, so that's a start...
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Lack of confidence in current commits?||
I have to think that this has something to do with the coaching staff either not feeling confident in getting Banner/Diamond/etc. or they don't feel like all of their current commitments on the OL are solid. I don't see the need unless he is really just THAT good.
Then again, back in January I thought hiring Hoke was a mistake, so what do I know?
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Two thoughts.||
1) I am glad to hear that he looks likely to go with Michigan
2) I feel dirty that the information came from creeping on some kid's facebook page.
One day I will learn to reconcile that, and that is the day I will probably stop reading recruiting updates. If it doesn't have a Hello: in front of it, there is something a little creeptastic in reading about it.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Columbus Radio = Drew Sharp 2008||
Remember when Drew Sharp predicted a 9-3 year going into 2008? He got the numbers right at least, if not the correct order. Anyways, that was more optimistic than anyone else and I figured at the time he was doing it so that when Michigan had a bad season (which I thought at the time would be 6-6) he could write all about what underachievers Michigan was. "Well, this SHOULD be a 9-3 team..."
Argh. It's Columbus radio, why do we even listen to a word they say?
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Let's hope he doesn't care.||
Hate to say it, but I think God might have bigger things to worry about. And since Michigan has historically been a Goliath (to keep the biblical analogies going), I wouldn't imagine God would prefer they beat the scrappy underdog (David).
Best case scenario, God doesn't even watch football. I would hate for him to see what I do and say during a game.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Give him some credit||
He isn't pretending like it isn't a big deal or that it is all a series of isolated incidents. Heck, most Buckeye fans look at this like one giant conspiracy to make OSU look bad. He is actually holding Smith and Gee accountable and telling the players they should be off the team for what they did (despite the fact that they are great players). I would say that he is an exception to so many Buckeye fans, and I think he was pretty reasonable actually.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Umm....||
Different nose, different ears, different eyes, different skin tone... they are both black and have the same general shape of the head, but this isn't that close. Maybe they are both 6' 4ish and so they looks similar from a distance? I will give your gameday experience the benefit of the doubt, so I will avoid passing judgment on this one.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Kharmic justice a long way off||
OSU has a long way to go to suffer through anything close to what Michigan has had to endure from 2007-2010 (and who knows what could happen this year though it feels markedly different). A few losses won't do much as far as kharmic justice, but I will take what I can get. Let's not sell our misery short. 2011 OSU might wind up like 2005 Michigan, when we thought that 7-5 was rock bottom. How wrong we were...
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Former Michigan Head Coach||
By the way, let's remember that Rich Rodriguez now falls under the heading of "Former Michigan Head Coaches", the same heading as Oosterbaan, Elliott, and Moeller. All men who did their best to uphold the high standards of this team, whether they succeeded or not. One cannot act like Rodriguez falls in some category that no other Michigan coach did. He did his best here, and he failed no matter what definition you want to use.
That sucks, but let's try to treat him with respect as a former Michigan head coach regardless of how his tenure ended. Heck, did anyone else find it odd that the only time we ever wore numbers on the helmets was '59-68, the years of Bump Elliott? Elliott was pushed out of the job after years of underachieving and yet here we are remembering his so-called underachieving teams.
I hope we continue to have the team run to the student section after the game like they have since RR got here, it is one good tradition that has come of that era. As far as the history books are concerned, Rich Rod was as much a Michigan coach as anyone else. Unless you plan to say the same thing to every Michigan coach who has ever failed and been fired, I would treat this university and its history with a little more respect.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Doesn't matter||
The rankings don't change how good this team is. Whether Michigan is #2 or #25 only changes whether the team will be considered an underdog the rest of the way- though it is hard for me to imagine the MSM ever considering Michigan the underdog. Let's not get hung up on misguiding rankings.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Exactly.||
|2 years 23 weeks ago||With a game like that they||
With a game like that they probably needed to get it in at some point, just so they didn't forget it.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Dantonio would bolt for Columbus||
With how much he hates Michigan? I would not at all be surprised if that was 100% true, which would be hilarious to me. Maybe he wants to prove something about MSU becoming a big name program, but at the end of the day he fits the mold of an OSU guy to me.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||NSFMF||
Let's not get too cocky- the BIG is definitely down this year and OSU looks pretty awful, but a talented freshman can mature quite a bit (at least to competency) over the course of a season and we have yet to see what Michigan will do against a really good defense, unless you count ND. I don't.
I still feel better about Michigan's chances, but I want to see them beat a team like MSU or NEB before I say that they will break such a long streak of losses to OSU.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Visiting Slippery Rock next Friday||
I am actually going to visit Slippery Rock next Friday while I am on my way out east since it is right on the way. Something seems interesting about visiting the university after all the mentions of it and the long, if random, history of the Slippery Rock score at Michigan Stadium. Does anyone know anything I should do/see while I am stopping over, besides grab some gear of course?
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Oh don't be silly... you know||
Oh don't be silly... you know Brandon will have raised ticket prices by then! Come on now, more like $75 or $80.
In all seriousness, if you want to figure out Dave Brandon look no further than his work at Domino's. He knew how to market a product, how to create revenue streams, how to basically make his pizza profitable. What he didn't know about or care about was the quality of the product. Notice how just after he left was when they put together their "new" pizza. I honestly believe that Dave Brandon is a brilliant marketing and branding guy, he knows his product and his audience.
However, he could not care less about the fan experience as far as parking, marquee games, etc. He wants butts in the seats, and he knows that people will fill up the stadium whether it's Georgia, USC, or Baby Seal U. He will expand the student section to fill that up and create the illusion of more demand (a la Canham) and then put in more seats around the jumbotrons to fill the "demand". It's Brandon's job to make money, not to make fans happy- if fans still spend their money on tickets and Michigan gear, then he is doing his job.
He is doing what an Athletic Director is hired to do, unfortunately. According to his job description, that is. I don't really like it but then again I'm a fan, and yes, I still go to the games.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Normally I would agree...||
but given his track record I would give him a shorter leash than most. Don't replace him yet, but if he goes 1-3 or even 2-4 in the next couple games it would probably be time to see what Wile can do. Gibbons hasn't given anyone a reason to cut him slack just yet.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||He got at least one tackle||
I remember hearing his name on a tackle, I think it was in the third quarter, because he was referred to as "William Campell". I actually saw him in there quite a bit, didn't see as much Black as I was expecting but I may have missed him.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||This is going to be a close one.||
Had I read the preview without that last line, I would have thought Brian was predicting a 35-24 San Diego State win. I am worried about this one, and at the end of the day I feel like the Aztecs are a sharper, smarter team than Michigan right now. Am I an expert? Far from it, but I see this is as a narrow SDSU win.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||*Sigh*||
Awesome, another opportunity for the NCAA... to do absolutely nothing of note to the offending school. We get all hyped up for the NCAA to actually punish a program and they get wins retroactively expunged and a few years probation. Honestly, if I was a school that only cared about winning I would just put a lot of effort towards looking the other way- get my championships, hope no one notices, and if they do throw the coach under the bus.
This is small potatoes compared to what we have seen in the last couple years, but even if it wasn't it wouldn't amount to much in the end.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||SDSU is far from a cupcake or an easy win||
I keep reading about this team not having a game against a "real opponent" or words to that effect until Michigan State. I am a bit hesitant about that since SDSU had a pretty decent season last year and while they lost their top 2 WRs they still have their QB and RB. I am not ready to write off the next three weeks as easy wins, not by a long shot. Minnesota sure, but if Persa is back then I don't think anyone should underestimate them and certainly not SDSU for the aforementioned reasons.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||That's what I'm doing||
I invited my buddy, his fiancee, and his 7 year old son to the game since I had some extra tickets. Apparently the kid is going nuts over the idea of seeing his first Michigan game. I am glad to be able to bring him into the fold (my friend isn't a big Michigan fan but his fiancee is and I am trying to get the kid started off right).
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Yea, it'll be interesting to see||
but I hope he doesn't punish him, depending on what the real story is. If he isn't paying his rent it might be a number of personal or family factors, I'm not sure there is anything Hoke could or should do. I certainly wouldn't feel comfortable with the head coach punishing his player for not being able to pay his bills... if he doesn't have the money he doesn't have the money. But I am sure that Coach Hoke will be asking questions to figure out what the real story is.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||But why was he living at Briar Cove?||
What I don't get is what he was doing living in Briar Cove- that is one of the most expensive places in the area. I lived there for a year but had to move because the rent was just "too damn high" after they were going to up my rent for year 2. And even that adjusted rent wasn't as much as Demens was being charged! And I actually have a decent paying job, not a college student.
I hope he gets this all cleared up and moves into a more affordable complex, even if it isn't quite as nice.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||This topic has been up twice||
This topic has been up twice aready. One is off the board, another is locked. Might that be a clue of what the mods think of this subject?
|2 years 25 weeks ago||A guess||
Hey, I have a guess- it is something in his life entirely unrelated to football or his recruitment. I know, when I was in high school that is the only thing I thought about- not girls, school or anything like that. But bear with me, I am going out on a limb here. /sarc
Being recruited is not actually his profession, I am sure there is tons of other things going on in his life that he could be excited about.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Well compared to Michigan's||
Well compared to Michigan's secondary perhaps. At least your cornerbacks were close to the receiver who had to make leaping acrobatic catches. Michigan's corners weren't even in the right zip code.
Notre Dame is a hell of a team and on the whole outplayed Michigan badly. Things just went wacky in the 4th quarter. Hey, as Michigan fan I will take it, I have certainly seen it go the other way these last few years.
Thanks for having so much class, may y'all go 10-2!
|2 years 26 weeks ago||It works for Maryland, it doesn't have to play in Michigan||
Look, Edsall is trying to create enthusiasm for Maryland football, and Marylanders are insanely proud of their flag. Does it play in Michigan? No, but it doesn't have to. It has to generate interest from Marylanders themselves. The University of Maryland isn't in a state like Michigan, where people have an inherent interest in college athletics. People don't care about them despite their solid performance over the past few years (and a team that this year might even be able to win their division in the ACC).
For Maryland as a state and a program, the uniforms work and are no worse than what Oregon did when they first came out. Remember how stupid the "feathered" look and metalic shoulderpad look appeared when they came out. This is just their thing and it works for them.
They don't get the luxury of having a national brand and a solid uniform identity like Michigan does with the winged helmet. If this helps advance a brand and get Marylanders interested in college football, then great. I hope it works, since Edsall is really serious about getting Maryland kids dreaming of going to/playing for Maryland the way Michigan is about their kids.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Chart?||
Thanks for putting this up, I am sure some MGousers will go wild on this... and I look forward to it.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Whatever||
It's his job to predict, and whether he predicts 5 wins or 13 it doesn't change how the team will play this year. I mean, didn't Brian say on WTKA that 5 wins was more likely than 10 this year or something like that? There is a chance, albeit a small one, that the defense doesn't improve very much and the offense takes a big step back.
And yea, Corso doesn't know as much about this team as most of us do, but I don't think we know as much about Oregon State, Baylor, Virginia or any other random team as he, Herbie, or Desmond do.
Let him make his predictions, I don't think it's out of any sense of bitterness or hate towards Michigan. Remember when Drew Sharp predicted 9 wins before RR's first season?
|2 years 28 weeks ago||C6H0||
In 1921, Centre College in Danville, KY upset the then #1 team in the nation, undefeated Harvard University, 6-0.
To this day, Centre College has C6H0 all over their campus, from a wall in their athletic facility covered with pictures and images of newspaper articles from that game. They have C6H0 on their sidewalk, on their brochures, everything. It is and always will be a huge deal to them.
Would anyone care if Harvard had whooped them a thousand times after that? No, because tiny little Centre College took down the big man just once. It was later named by the New York Times as the upset of the century. Doing this does nothing to exorcise the demons of that first game, and will do nothing but remind fans, recruits, and the college football world of a day Michigan would rather forget.
Great job, Dave Brandon. Is this what you call "branding?"
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Exactly||
Bring in some other 1-AA team that has had recent success- Delaware, Richmond, Montana, Eastern Washington, Villanova come to mind. Nothing good can come of playing App State again. Even IF Michigan wins and wins big, the App State fans will still be taunting the hell out of Michigan fans because of that huge win. Deservedly so, I might add. But still, this is such a bad idea.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||My thoughts exactly||
There are tons of halfway decent 1-AA teams Michigan could bring up- Delaware, Montana, Richmond, Villanova, etc.
Bringing back Appy State makes no sense, especially when the program just decided to make the leap to the big boys in a few years. I was at that game and whether we win by 1 or 100 it won't make the sting of the first loss any less. You know their fans won't care either way- I can't wait to get taunted even if we win. And yes, I have to say if.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Agreed- great flag, not so great unis.||
As a Maryland fan and Maryland native, that is all I could think, that they must have been trying to work in the flag however possible. It is a gorgeous flag, but I don't know that they integrated it very well. I can only hope that they will leave the truly awful ones on the shelf except on very rare occasions.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Understandable, but there's a distinction.||
Since you can park in the commuter lot for free, you don't make any money. You would have to charge people to park there year-round and expect people to fill it. Maybe you could do that, but it couldn't operate like a commuter lot.
Parking garages are really expensive, and we don't have $15.7M laying around. Should it be higher on the university's priority list? Definitely. But the perception that the university has millions just laying around is false- these things are planned almost a decade in advance to have proper financing for it.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||No, the university does not||
No, the university does not have a lot of disposable income right now. That $8 billion endowment can't be touched since all of that money is contractually allocated elsewhere by donors. That and the annual 15% funding cuts the university gets from the state doesn't help- and no, tuition increases do not even make up for it.
There is a perception that UM has tons of money laying around to use that just isn't there. We are fortunate that UM hasn't had the hiring freezes and mass layoffs that other schools have had due to the economic recession, but that is only because Michigan has planned for economic hardship and is one of the best-run universities in the country financially.
UM needs the major gifts and the $50 here and there from their donors to be able to function, much less undertake big construction projects.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Fundraising||
And that last line is why they are revamping and beefing up their fundraising efforts at Athletics. Expect a much more aggressive- and profitable- Athletics fundraising operation in the next few years. They just hired a new Director of Development and from the looks of the job postings are really cleaning house.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Desperation by a Homer||
The guy is grasping at straws- does he expect Yahoo! to come out with a 500 page report detailing every tiny scrap of corroborating evidence? I heard Wetzel in an interview hte other day say there were tons of other allegations they didn't print because they couldn't independently verify them.
He is clearly very smart and would make a hell of a defense attorney, but at the end of the day he is a homer desperate to save his program that has just been nailed by some great journalism. Let's not forget, Yahoo! Sports has a pretty solid track record with these things.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Orioles and Ravens||
Orioles and Ravens- Baltimore guy, I can't help it. I grew up on Michigan football from my family, added the Ravens when they came to the city, and felt like getting kicked in the groin on a daily basis from April-October so I figured the Orioles were a good way to go.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||Maryland||
My twin brother and one of my best friends went there, I grew up in Maryland, and it didn't hurt that they won the NCAA tournament when I was in high school. I still have trouble when UMD and UM play in baskeball (but at least there I get a nice bet going with my brother). My family were all UM fans growing up in Baltimore, but it was hard not to root a little for the local team.
The Comcast Center and Byrd Stadium are still great plays to see a game, especially an ACC game at Comcast.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||In short? Yes, I have seen||
In short? Yes, I have seen it happen with huge donors (I don't recall/wouldn't disclose anyway Ross or Glick families in particular)- they get disappointed but a lot of the time they understand how the process is. It's usually a niece or grandson or some other iteration, not immediate family, which helps. I have been surprised at how often they realize that it isn't a personal slight and speaks to the integrity of the institution. There is usually some work that needs to be done to make sure the relationship between them an UM is still strong, but it almost always works out.
We make money, but we don't sell out. I would leave that part to Dave Brandon. Okay, so that last part about Brandon isn't technically university policy...
|2 years 34 weeks ago||I work in fundraising for UM||
I work in fundraising for UM and I can emphatically say that being the child of a major donor isn't a factor here, we aren't Illinois over here. In fact, there is one designated fundraiser who is allowed to even talk to admissions, and even then they can only ask for the status of an application, not pull any strings.
Michigan puts a hard and fast barrier between admissions and fundraising- in fact, if we find out that a donor has a kid or relative applying and they want to make a major gift we tell them not to just to make sure that there isn't even the appearance of impropriety. Most other schools are not like this and don't have the wall between admissions and fundraising, it is something we should be proud of as fans, that our school is willing to sacrifice a few wealthy egos to ensure that the right students are in each class.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||A few caveats and explanations||
As someone who works in the "revenue" side of the university, it should be noted that not only does it do an incredible job of protecting its investments (it outperformed almost every other high-endowment school in the country with how it has weathered the recession), its dedication to cost-cutting and efficiency is second to none.
U-M hasn't had a mass hiring freeze like Johns Hopkins, Berkeley, and others did, or even a soft hiring freeze. They haven't cut salaries across the board or demanded grand concessions from employees. They still offer some of the best benefits in all of higher education.
The tuition increases (percentage-wise) are still some of the lowest in the state, and every time they raise tuition by a percentage point they increase financial aid by more than that percentage point, so I am certain that financial aid will increase by at least 7%. Now I know that it isn't a 1-1 exchange, but that shows the commitment that this university has to making things affordable. That is why for the fundraising people, scholarships and financial aid is the top priority right now.
Tuition increases are terrible and they certainly aren't sustainable for the whole of higher education in the long term, but we take pride in the fact that a U-M degree is amazing. I chose U-M over Ivy League schools and I am so proud of the education I received and wouldn't exchange it for any experience in the world. In the competitive world of higher education, the university has to keep up to keep that degree meaningful and ensure a great quality of education for its students. Unfortunately that costs more money now than ever. All we can do is try to hope that we can make that experience affordable for everyone.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Thank You||
MGoSoftball, you do the Michigan fanbase a service they cannot find anywhere else. And to everyone else- yes, softball matters.
Thank you for everything you do, I love it!
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Ah yes, probably should have||
Ah yes, probably should have added the /s tag in there...
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Fair Enough||
Hahaha fair enough- I have never lived there but I get my accounts from people who live there and used to live there. Maybe it depends on what side of the water tower you live on after all. I still wouldn't raise a young family there if I wasn't familiar with the town.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Dexter/Chelsea is your best bet||
I would avoid Brighton if you can. It is very vanilla, lots of Spartans, and feels like a plastic town. I am not from there, but my girlfriend of 5 years is and since I don't have any family in Michigan I have spent just about every holiday and long weekend there. It is one of those towns with a huge gulf between a few really rich neighborhoods and some "caucasian individuals with serious sunburn above their back with an affinity towards motor sports." I know some people who enjoy it, but all in all not a favorable account. Besides, do you want your children going to high school where Drew Henson went?
Ypsi is dangerous, but at least it has some local pride and character (if you are careful). Maybe not the best place for families, but I personally don't mind Ypsilanti at all.
I have heard great things about Dexter and have a lot of colleagues who live there to raise their young children. There is a lot to do for families in the Dexter/Chelsea area, I think it'd be a great place for you. Even I have a lot of fun visiting friends out there, I think this is your best bet by far.
Of course, Ann Arbor still bests them all, but I take it that is off the table cost-wise?
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Chris Peterson is incredible||
I served on the LSA Curriculum Committee with him for a couple years back in 2007/2008, and he was engaging and truly seemed to care about the issues relating to the college. At various events he has been engaging, honest, and straightforward, almost to the point of being blunt. But he is a brilliant speaker and is capable of communicating in a way everyone can understand.
I have never heard your other potential speaker, but you can't go wrong with Chris Peterson.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||You don't find it funny,||
You don't find it funny, that's cool. No need to go out of your way to point that out to me.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Hoke lacks family values||
I think this is a clear sign that Brady Hoke lacks family values. He doesn't understand the tradition. He is driving players away from the program... where is Drew Sharp when you need him?*
There could be satanic rituals involved. I have no solid sources on this but it's probably true.
*note that you never, ever, ever need, want, or even whimsically hope for Drew Sharp to show up.
|3 years 1 day ago||Let me give you an actual answer||
Unrest in oil producing countries Libya, Egypt, Bahrain, and even Saudi Arabia (as of a few days ago) have raised doubts about future production coming out of the Middle East. Libya itself has seen its oil exports drop by over 2/3, which by itself isn't enough to raise the price until you consider that the unrest threatens to derail what these countries are able to export in the future. As such, the value of existing oil goes up since the future oil may not be there in the short term.
I suspect if the oil fields in Libya are bombed and unrest in Saudi Arabia grows, prices will go up even more.
I hope this helps!
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Craig Roh could be used like Terrell Suggs...||
Terrell Suggs wasn't particularly effective until he was used as pretty much a straight-up pass rusher on every play. The Ravens 3-4 was really a 4-3 since Suggs was always rushing the passer. Craig Roh could be used the same way, as a great pure pass rusher.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Wait, you read the MGoBoard||
Wait, you read the MGoBoard and that is the dumbest post you have ever read?
Anyways, some people, yes, are dumb enough to need a disclaimer to distinguish the fact that you can criticize the guy doing the hiring without criticizing the guy who got hired. If someone was recently hired at my place of employment and I thought the hiring manager botched it up by not hiring the right person right away and instead waited until the project was way behind schedule, I would want to criticize them.
It does NOT mean that the wrong person was hired or that the person who was hired is an idiot or that person shouldn't have taken the job (I am not sure why that is even mentioned)- it's that the hiring manager should have gone about their process differently.
If that's above your head try to read it slower, Dad.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||It's all about stats, unfortunately.||
Generally one's numbers have to improve over the previous year and your team has to win more games to be considered for the Heisman after missing out. While I think we all agree that Michigan will win more games, given the offensive transition and the offensive staff assembled I doubt that Denard will add to his eye-popping stats from last year. The RBs will get the carries more often, and while his passing numbers will improve, his numbers in the air will hardly be among the best in the country.
Maybe a shot in two years, but even if he is a better player next season I doubt the voters will send him to NYC.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Swing and a miss||
I haven't heard anyone criticize Hoke for taking the job. However, I have seen people criticize Brandon for not either offering Hoke right away or try to get a different candidate. Sorry man, no one is criticizing Hoke. See the disclaimer Brian puts on his posts...
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Where did all these Steelers fans come from?||
I had no idea there was such a concentration of UM fans in Steeler Nation. I mean, I didn't expect there to be a lot of Ravens fans, but still.
By the way, why the heck do Steelers fans yell "HEEEEATH" after he gets a catch? Doesn't that sound like a rip off of the Ravens fans yelling " HEEEEEAP" after his catches? Just sayin.
|3 years 7 weeks ago||Come on now...||
And Taylor headbutts Houshmanzadeh, and nothing gets called. Chill, the officials aren't hosing anybody.
In full disclosure... go Ravens.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||As a Ravens fan...||
Terrell Suggs is a great pass rusher, but he just needs to keep his mouth shut and stop buying those idiotic tshirts. Let it go, Terrell
Besides, he has had a great year but didn't live up to the hype last year or even the year before that when he was going for a new contract (and got it anyway).
|3 years 8 weeks ago||That's dangerous thinking, Larry.||
Yes, the pushback has been a bit much, as though all the support the AD withheld from RR is now pouring out for Brady Hoke. Man, if they had this good of a marketing plan for their head coach I would have loved to see them implement it, oh, I don't know, maybe a year ago?
Either way, try not to think about it. Just close your nose and drink the Kool Aid, because continuing to be skeptical won't do any good, so might as well enjoy it until football season.
I do find it funny that most of the board was "Oh no, not HOKE!" until he was hired, and now it is "Hoke was the best choice, this is awesome!" I think part of that is that once the guy is hired, you have two choices- do a 180 and accept it or continue to stew. Stewing makes you look unpatriotic (i.e. not supporting your university), so just roll with it. It's not worth the hastle.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||You mean like... now?||
Man, in the last 48 hours it has felt like if you have any reservations about Brady Hoke you aren't supporting your coach... it's like being told you "don't support the troops" or something.
Brian was absolutely roasted on WTKA for saying that Hoke would win Big Ten championships but struggle in bowl games, just like Carr and even Bo. Yet even for that he was killed on the radio.
It's like if you don't say that Brady Hoke will win consecutive National Championships until he actually becomes the trophy itself you aren't supporting Michigan. I think Hoke is a good hire and he will do well. Not a great hire and he will do great. But he is good, and he could be better than that, we don't know. Please don't hurt me for that...
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Are we being a bit melodramatic?||
See you in a month, tops.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Any link or quote?||
I'd love to hear how he talked about it and what he said at halftime in general. Was he introduced to the crowd? How did that go?
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Can't cut too many people off...||
If we excommunicated all the people who hated RR from the moment he started and all the people who are upset with the Hoke hire, we wouldn't have enough people to fill Michigan Stadium!
Let's give some people some time to calm down and see how things go. People can't help it if they think this was a bad hire, but with time people should mellow out. But as we saw with Rich Rod, some people never did. We will see a lot of backpeddaling if Hoke starts to win, though. I know I will have to eat some crow too if that happens.
It's just like when we elect a president, everyone who didn't vote for them gets all up in arms and says stupid things like "Well that's not my President." Some of them never calm down about it, but the smart ones do. I love that the people who said "That's not my president" about Obama are the same ones who said "Hey, he is EVERYONE's President about Bush" (and visa versa). Hopefully people will chill, but in sports as in politics, most people are total morons.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Disqualified||
But I don't think Randy Shannon lays awake at night dreaming about coaching at Michigan, he didn't go to Michigan and he wasn't a coach at Michigan. I am pretty sure that disqualifies him. I mean, if he at least slept in Michigan pajamas or named his first born son Bo Lloyd Gary Shannon then maybe we could talk.
I think without those qualifications it must mean he blows as a defensive coordinator.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Dave Brandon wants defense... I think||
DB made comments that he wanted a defensive minded coach and one with head coaching experience and ties to the midwest. As much as I personally would like the Malzahn hire, I don't think he is on Brandon's radar.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||The Showalter Effect||
Agreed regarding ESPN. As an Orioles fan I remember how the tenor of Orioles coverage changed once Buck Showalter left the WWL to become Baltimore's manager. Not only were they covered more, but all of a sudden they went from a laughingstock to a rising AL power.
They won some games, which didn't hurt, but overall they got positive coverage because they were the "Fighting Showalters". If the Wolverines got Gruden I think we could expect the same effect.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Link for Context?||
I keep hearing about the interview he gave in ESPN Magazine or whatever where he actually said it was his dream job. Can we get a link so we can see the question asked and his full answer in context?
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Recruiting visits||
I know Mississippi State's DC was in Baton Rouge on Friday doing recruiting visits, I assume Mullen was doing the same...
OR secretly meeting with Michigan officials!
I hope its the latter.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||He will come around, no worries||
Brian may not like who the new coach is, but once the new staff is installed he can start thinking about the players and the X's and O's part of it. If they start winning, he can talk about that. He doesn't ever have to necessarily like the people in charge, but that may give him plenty to write about.
After all, there were tons of people in the media who have made a damn fine living lately who seemed to dislike Michigan's head coach. Brian I imagine will be fair about it, and at least he's honest.
So he'll be pissed for a while. Hell, we all will be. But we are all Michigan fans and we will dive into the team (the team, the team).
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Tin Foil Hat Time||
I know much was made of Rich Rogel's plane being in Baton Rouge, which I didn't think was such a big deal- refueling, probably. But then I read that apparently at least the new DC at MSU (NTMSU) was in Baton Rouge doing some recruiting today.
Does anyone know if Mullen was in Baton Rouge as well? Could there have been a meeting in Baton Rouge with Mullen?
Okay, so I will post this, but I am pretty sure I need to stop thinking before my wall is plastered with articles a la Beautiful Mind- except instead of being a genius I'm just an obsessed football fan putting off going to a party to check MGoBlog.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Mattison? Eh.||
Honestly, Mattison is a fine assistant coach but I don't see him as HC material. The sense around Baltimore is that he got the DC job because when Rex Ryan left he was the only one with experience around. I think the D has taken a step back and he has been a bit less aggressive than Ryan was. Besides, he doesn't need to have any leadership because Ed Reed and Ray Lewis act as de facto position coaches and coordinators.
Mattison would of course be a great DC (not that that is happening here), but not HC.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Another random list...||
Omitting Fitzgerald/Meyer/Stoops/Peterson because they are not coming, Mullen because without Diaz I am nervous as to how good he really is.
2) Harbaugh (yes, in that order, Harbs is starting to really piss me off and he would bolt for the NFL in a year)
3) Miles (Hold my nose, but I will take it)
4) Mike Bellotti (probably wouldn't come and is older, but another shot at a big job could give him some energy and drive)
5) John Harbaugh (I am a Ravens fan and I think his approach to dealing with players is very much like a college coach, very much a "rah rah" type)
6) Gruden (would be a great recruiter
7) Hoke (has done a good job resurrecting two programs, but... no. I hope to God it doesn't come to this)
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Starting to?||
Starting to warm to Patterson? It shouldn't take you long to warm to a guy with a 36-3 record over the last three seasons with wins over Wisconsin and every mid-major worth beating. Personally he has been at the top of my list- Harbaugh's Michigan connections were the only thing putting him ahead. Patterson seems like a Michigan type of coach, even if he doesnt actually have any formal Michigan connections.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||A Long-Time Michigan Fan? How did we find one here?!||
I don't know we have heard anything about potential coaching changes from actual long-time Michigan fans before. It was a great brand new perspective. However did we get one to post on MGoBlog?
That said, I do agree with the poster. I feel bad for RR because he left his alma mater, his home state, and everything, getting beaten around by his former fans for it. Then he comes here and gets nothing but misfortune- NCAA investigation, 2008 (enough said), GERG'ed (though he hired him), and all the rest. He has had nothing but class throughout.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||It's more than the wins...||
He wasn't fired for getting "only" 8 wins. 8 wins is a very good season for Maryland. Friedgen was fired because his coach in waiting left for Vanderbilt and will be taking almost the entire coaching staff with him, leaving Friedgen to rebuild. Add that to the fact that Friedgen wasn't planning to coach much longer anyway, and it makes it tough to rationalize letting him put together a whole new coaching staff that probably wouldn't make it past another season.
Moreover, MD just finished major renovations to Byrd Stadium and after a year still haven't sold out the luxury boxes. There is no more cache to Friegen's teams. After an ACC title and 9 win seasons early on, this team has done nothing but tread around .500 and show no signs of mobility one way or another. Even this season's 8-4 record was built on smoke and mirrors, and comes right after a 2-10 campaign. The university needs someone to get the alumni excited, and unfortunately Friedgen's teams weren't getting it done.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||+1 to any MD Terp/ Wolverine||
+1 to any MD Terp/ Wolverine fan, my good man.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||All about location... and just plain winning||
I was born and raied on Baltimore, and I thought it was always a matter of location. UMD (as I try to refer to it) was always on the DC side of the state, forever associated with DC, MoCo, and NoVa. I always thought if UMD was located in the heart of Maryland (and near a lot of the talent pool in Baltimore), they would have had an easier time becoming identified with the state's sports fans and become more of a central sports figure. It wasn't until I moved to Michigan that I realized how important college sports could be for a state. They wouldn't have had nearly the competition for recruits and still would have been able to reach out to the DC area.
But whatever. Either way, if MD breaks its streak of mediocrity then people in the state will start to notice. Even when Va Tech or Penn State have a mediocre year it's not a huge worry because you know they will be back. MD fans know that 8-4 is about as good as its going to get. That doesn't exactly fire up a fan base. That and of course being located in an area of the state made up of transplants doesn't help. But if they win, they will get the fans back, just like MD basketball did in the state.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||UVA isn't exactly lapping MD right now...||
Um... is UVA really that much of a better program at this point than Maryland? I mean, MD is a basketball school anyway, but even football-wise, it seems pretty even to me. I have always wondered why UVA wasn't a stronger football program, but that's another story.
I compare Friedgen to Groh in a lot of ways- always seemed to do just enough to keep his job each season. Maybe this will be MD's chance to start over with a higher ceiling the way UVA did last year. At least Friedgen got an ACC title back in the day, but that was a long time ago.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Well my brother lives right||
Well my brother lives right on the Towson/Baltimore border, I live in Ann Arbor working for the University. We grew up in Towson, though. You?