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|9 hours 57 min ago||If you are referring to the||
If you are referring to the use of the word 'muggle' for non-athletes, the. I agree with you. It's harmless, and every group of people do that kind of thing in varying degrees of jest to bond over their shared experiences. However, I am referring to the culture where people in the athletic department feel the need to publicly express that those outside the athletic department don't matter and don't know what they're talking about. Because that is exactly what that tweet was expressing, and based on the available evidence, that's exactly the kind if culture Brandon fostered. The AD must take care of the athletes, but it also serves the non-athletes. Brandon seemed to forget that last part.
|12 hours 9 min ago||Can't he be positive about||
Can't he be positive about Brandon without demeaning the experiences of the hundreds of thousands of non-athletes that find UM important to their lives?
|12 hours 27 min ago||If this is the culture that||
If this is the culture that Brandon fostered, there is no better reason to get rid of him.
|12 hours 47 min ago||Man, Brandon resigning already having an effect.||
Man, Brandon resigning already having an effect.
|13 hours 47 min ago||I hope the Indiana game has||
I hope the Indiana game has the highest attendance is the loudest all year
|14 hours 16 min ago||I know this site has said||
I know this site has said Jeff Long and Brad Bates are the top choices. 247 passed along info from other place saying UM is reaching out to Oklahoma's AD who is a Maryland grad, AD of the year last year, and hired Bob Stoops. Honestly, just as long as they are a succesful high level AD already, I'll be fine. And if they can hire Jim Harbaugh.
|14 hours 18 min ago||247 said UM is looking at||
247 said UM is looking at Oklahoma'a AD. Maryland grad, AD of the year last year. Hired Bob Stoops.
|14 hours 41 min ago||Hope at last, baby!||
Hope at last, baby!
|14 hours 52 min ago||Also, forget the white out. Maize it out baby!||
Also, forget the white out. Maize it out baby!
|15 hours 1 min ago||If he's gone, seriously, like||
If he's gone, seriously, like EVERYBODY MUST SHOW UP FOR THE INDIANA GAME. And show up early.
|15 hours 5 min ago||Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!||
|16 hours 15 min ago||Don't buy it. Bacon doesn't||
Don't buy it. Bacon doesn't have 24/7 access to the Howe family. Clearly just has an axe to grind.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Isn't IU down to their like||
Isn't IU down to their like 4th string QB or something at this point?
|1 day 11 hours ago||Yeah, personnel wise I agree||
Yeah, personnel wise I agree with you. But man, the last few years have been a crash course for UM fans in the things we took for granted for almost 40 years since Bo took over. Things like finding competent coaching, recruiting the right guys, proper roster management and retention, not changing with the times, support of the program alums, etc. They've all struck at various times to make the last 7 years pretty bad, and they've all been things no UM fan has really ever even thought about in decades. Hopefully the program just comes out the other side in better place instead of cannibalizing itself into oblivion.
|1 day 15 hours ago||DAMNIT DAVE CAN'T EVEN GET THE MONTH RIGHT RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE||
DAMNIT DAVE CAN'T EVEN GET THE MONTH RIGHT RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE
|1 day 17 hours ago||Wait, wasn't the whole point||
Wait, wasn't the whole point of that post to verify that Brandon did indeed write them with evidence "beyond a reasonable doubt"? That's a bit dismissive of the actual reporting done. Somehow I think that if she published the same article after doing the same research in her paper, it would be charachterized as 'verified', with obviously the same caveat that nothing on computers can be absolutely 100% without Brandon signing an affadavit that he did, in fact, write them. God knows they've presented stories as verified with less to back them up than what this blog did with the e-mails.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Cole. He's at MSU if not here.||
Cole. He's at MSU if not here.
|2 days 9 hours ago||I don't think this has||
I don't think this has anything to do with UM at all. What impropriety did UM do? None according to this. Peppers still graduated and is eligable to play in the NCAA. Alll this has to do with with NJ's high school athletic association.
|2 days 13 hours ago||If they are nearing||
If they are nearing completion, then there's nothing the donor can do about current projects. And honestly, there are very good AD candidates out there who are very successful at convincing donors to give money that are not Dave Brandon. This is not a skill that only Brandon possesses.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Ah yes, Captain Hindsight! Hero of the Modern Age!||
Ah yes, Captain Hindsight! Hero of the Modern Age!
|2 days 15 hours ago||He doesn't have any ammo.||
He doesn't have any ammo. The party lines thing, while I don't doubt is true, is absolutely irrelevent. No regent who actual wants what is best for UM, regardless of political party, has any legitimate rational for wanting to keep Brandon at this point. Just because some regents belonging to Brandon's political party are sticking with him because of said political party affiliation, or just because other regents may be even more eager to fire him because of his political affiliation, does not make it a politcal witch hunt. Dave Brandon has not performed at an acceptable level in his duties as the Athletic Director by all objective accounts, and should be fired. That's it.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Amen. I remember being there||
Amen. I remember being there for the Diag vigil on the eve of the Ohio St game, watching Dierdorf speak, and I was struck by the (as I now realize only 'so called') Michigan family. I knew that game was going to be the catapult for UM to regain its domianace after a few down years. Man, it's crazy how it's gone since then. It actually may have better for me. It has broken me of my old habit of getting to much of my identity, happiness, and mood wrapped up in sports. Know I can enjoy without letting me destroy my soul, and for that, I suppose, I should be greatful. Still, it would be nice if UM actually started winning again.
|2 days 15 hours ago||I can agree with you on that.||
I can agree with you on that. I think actively engaging your fanbase and building loyalty through shared experiences is crucial in today's age. Don't have to dress it up like MSU's midnight thing though. An open practice and meeting the players is a fantastic way to do it.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Jesus, I cannot freaking||
Jesus, I cannot freaking believe Brandon is trying to make this seem like a political witch hunt. Do the head coaches actually believe this? Does Schlissel know about the backroom vieled threats to the coaches basically saying 'you better support me and make it look genuine or else...'? That man needs to GTFO now.
Also, UT can keep Butch Jones. For now at least.
|2 days 16 hours ago||I like that the basketball||
I like that the basketball team is actively engaging the fans. Especially needed in the current enviornment of fan disfranchisement with the AD.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Good catch. I believe||
Good catch. I believe Brandon already admitted to watching film with coaches in his PR blitz after the botched handling of the concussion. However, he said it was for his own edification and personal interest, and not used as a performance measure for the coaches. Interesting.
|3 days 12 hours ago||While I don't deny Brain has||
While I don't deny Brain has a legit source on the deleting e-mails thing, I think any accusation where law is possibly being violated requires even more investigation to properly vetted. Especially if it is used as cause for dismissal, and any investigation that finds something would likely result in the university having to admit wrong doing and pay the fines. That section of MGoBlog's investigation is actually some serious stuff that warrents a second look at by the university.
|3 days 12 hours ago||No, I don't think it impacts||
No, I don't think it impacts Schlissel's timeline. I mean I would like it to speed things up. Maybe it would if it really gains national traction or something. But Schlissel seems like a very deliberate guy. I think he has his own plan, and unless Brandon walks down the street punching old ladies in the face, Schlissel will keep to his deliberate timeline. There is already enough evidence in to fire Brandon that the e-mails confirming his petulance probably won't change much.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Frankly, any 'journalist'||
Frankly, any 'journalist' that ran with the e-mail initially, before any ounce of investigation into its voracity, is an idiot. And do you believe any news you hear anywhere? Because in you opinion, that is all opinion and little fact as well. As readers we put faith into a journalist that they are not lying. Yes, some do, and some make honest mistakes. But if Brian says he had someone from Gmail look at the e-mail chains and give an expert opinion that (at least one) is authentic beyond a reasonable doubt, then I assume he is flat lying about it getting third party verification.
|3 days 13 hours ago||It would be silly if it||
It would be silly if it doesn't confirm the greater sentiment that Brandon is a petty man who has run the athletic department like a petty man. Frankly, there's no excuse for this. I agree that some of the e-mails are ridiculous, but as an athletic director in one of the biggest athletic departments out there, one of your biggest jobs is to deal with assholes. You have to know when to shut up and be PC and when to be as asshole back. Brandon seems only capable of being an asshole back and that's not a sustainable way to run an athletic department that depends on the goodwill of fans and donors.