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|3 hours 3 min 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
|5 hours 21 min 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.
|17 hours 26 min ago||Cole. He's at MSU if not here.||
Cole. He's at MSU if not here.
|21 hours 48 min 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.
|1 day 1 hour 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.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Ah yes, Captain Hindsight! Hero of the Modern Age!||
Ah yes, Captain Hindsight! Hero of the Modern Age!
|1 day 2 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.
|1 day 3 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.
|1 day 3 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.
|1 day 3 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.
|1 day 3 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.
|1 day 23 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.
|2 days 1 min 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.
|2 days 9 min 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.
|2 days 1 hour 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.
|2 days 1 hour 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.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Alright WD, where are you? I||
Alright WD, where are you? I need to posbang you!
|2 days 2 hours ago||Also, how much you wanna bet||
Also, how much you wanna bet Olbermann or ESPN doesn't pick this up now that it actually has some substance beind it?
And, for anybody who has worked in an athletic department, do ADs normally respond to irritating fans in this way? I.e. is this getting published going to scare away AD candidates becuase they all do it? Or is this just a Brandon thing?
|2 days 2 hours ago||Oh snap. Sooo, this is like,||
Oh snap. Sooo, this is like, bad, I assume for Brandon? I mean I'm taking MGoBlog at its word that they did their due diligence when doing 'actual reporting'. Damn, just don't respond to those e-mails. Or get an intern to send PC responses back or something. Anything but snark in return.
Also, how about a WD posbang thread for enduring the trashing he took after the FOIA came back negative.
|2 days 3 hours ago||So not firing arguably the||
So not firing arguably the best coach in America qualifies him as doing a great job? I didn't stab any of my patients in the neck yesterday withy pen either; does that mean I'm doing a great job? I'm not saying everything Brandon has done is bad, and he does deserve his share of credit for upgrading facilities and upgrading assistant pay. But that stuff was the lowest of low hanging fruit for an AD. And facility upgrades were already being talked about before Brandon walked in the door. I'm sorry, but you can't say he deserves to keep his job because he doesn't fuck up the easiest 50% while ignoring the clusterfuck he's made of the 50% that needs actual leadership and brain power.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Can UM afford to take the||
Can UM afford to take the risk of Brandon hiring the next coach? If there's a new AD, the candidate pool becomes much wider. And it's been widely reported that choice number 1, really the only coach possibly available at this point that would be a home run (provide excitement, coach good football, unify all factions of UM, is Michigan Man(TM), etc) will not come if Brandon is the AD. It gets quite hairy if UM has another down 3-4 years while MSU and OSU continue their upward trajectory.
|2 days 6 hours ago||I think your logic is||
I think your logic is waaaaaayy off. There is almost no imaginable scenario outside of a very unlikely 10 million per year pay check that brings any good head coach to AA with Brandon at the helm. He's a dead AD walking who now has a terrible rep in the coaching community. The only way UM gets a Harbaugh is without Brandon. Hoke is just a symptom of poor leadership at the very top, he's not the penultimate problem.
|2 days 6 hours ago||In what world can Brandon make a solid FB hire at this point?||
In what world can Brandon make a solid FB hire at this point?
|2 days 15 hours ago||How is it 'pretty obviously a||
How is it 'pretty obviously a hoax'? Sounds like you're the biased one if you won't even listen to possible evidence that it might be real.
|2 days 15 hours ago||I mean Nussmeier had the||
I mean Nussmeier had the number 4 and 10 S&P+ offenses, and the number 5 and 9 (I believe) FEI offenses his years at Bama so it's not like there was some miraculous turnaround by Kiffin there.
|2 days 19 hours ago||I like how in the FOIA age, a||
I like how in the FOIA age, a lot of people think FOIA-able communications are the only way to communicate.
|2 days 20 hours ago||No Narduzzi from anybody?||
No Narduzzi from anybody?
|2 days 23 hours ago||So far, at least. Still time||
So far, at least. Still time to get a Goodbye: Dave Brandon though...
|2 days 23 hours ago||I have to imagine that if a||
I have to imagine that if a great HC is hired to replace Hoke, he'll at least give them time to make a pitch. I have a hard time imagining a recruit telling, say Jim Harbaugh, that he won't even listen to what Harbaugh has to say.
|2 days 23 hours ago||But firing Hoke could also||
But firing Hoke could also have the opposite effect. There are probably still commits being held onto by Hoke and the staff. Getting rid of Hoke could cause those guys to run. At this point, Brandon really needs to go, get a new AD, and have that AD get prepared to make fast decisive moves as soon as the regular season ends.