I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|1 day 34 min ago||Me too. Coach Hoke is||
Me too. Coach Hoke is putting that food away with efficiency.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Oh man.||
Oh man. The summer of 2007. July 2007, specifically. Really, the days just before we'd all degenerate into where we are today.
For those of you not clicking on that post, some highlights from back then:
- Les Milesis not a candidate for the Michigan job, because his language and cretinous ways would instantly make him a pariah at Michigan.
"It's a place where the next coach will not only need top-tier football coaching and recruiting skills, but a background that shows he can navigate an elite academic institution. It's also a place where hundreds of former players are actively involved with supporting the program. Those players, and Carr, will have a voice at the table."
- Recruiting profiles of Toney Clemons! Darryl Stonum! Sam McGuffie seems like he's committing to Michigan soon. Michael Shaw might commit too, but Penn State wants him.
- On the other hand, basketball recruit Draymond Green is going to Michigan State.
Oh, what and where we were back then.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||This sums everything up.||
A crushing game last week. We are all this otter.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||A good sign!||
Da'Shawn's Michigan highlight was a professor, the other two highlights were just objects.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Not the week to do that,||
Not the week to do that, guys. Not the week.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I've gotten tickets outside||
I've gotten tickets outside the stadium for below the stated face value for every Michigan game since 2007, including both Under The Lights games and the 2011 game against Ohio State.
I'm not getting a $95 ticket for $15, but a $105 ticket for $80 right before UTL2 isn't bad either.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||It's the whole equation.||
Ragequitting season tickets after bad playcalling blew a winnable game is a dumb idea in a bubble, but all of this goes back to a larger problem.
I got a ticket for today's game for $15 outside of the stadium before gametime. For Michigan-Nebraska. Throw out the records, throw out the circumstances. It's Michigan-Nebraska, and I'm getting a ticket for 12% of face value ($95).
Considering that there is another donation on top of the tickets, and considering that the 2014 home schedule is terrible, why would I want to buy season tickets for hugely infalted prices according to the market?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Then what is Drew Sharp? And||
Then what is Drew Sharp?
And what is Jason Whitlock, but another misguided reader of Drew Sharp?
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Well then.||
This will ultimately go nowhere, for two reasons.
- It looks like almost everything occurred from 2001 to 2007, outside of the NCAA's statute of limitations.
- According to the CBS Sports article, this investigation does not affect any current players and coaches.
This might sell some magazines, but I don't think it will lead to any major sanctions.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Does this even count?||
What's the difference?
"Alternate uniforms" should only really count if it's a noticeable change.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Good post||
Good post, good effort.
|14 weeks 20 hours ago||Dave Brandon, once again||
Dave Brandon, once again building the brand of Dave Brandon.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||This. This is it. This is the||
This is it.
This is the peak of summer anticipation, right here. Pardon me, while I go sadly drink out of a fishbowl.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||If FS1 has a positive||
If FS1 has a positive attitude about things, they'll go very far.
Part of ESPN's underlying problem is their reliance on stupidly contrarian opinion by unlikable people. I don't know who actually wants to watch that kind of content, and apparently the rest of the country agrees.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Never been there.||
Don't like long lines, don't like expensive food.
I'm a Mr. Spots man, like Coach Hoke and Tom Brady.
Spots all the way. Followed by BTB.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Matt Dery is currently||
Matt Dery is currently serving out his no-complete cluase in his contract. He'll be here eventually.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||There's certainly more than enough choices...||
Of the bad alts (non-UTL), there's....
- 2011 reverse-UTL whites against MSU
Someone mentioned that Hoke was talking about the reverse-UTL whites when he mentioned a jersey that will never be worn again.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||There is no such thing as||
There is no such thing as Culture Wars. Your schtick is growing thin, and increasingly off-topic.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||I'd say it's Lewan, Gordon,||
I'd say it's Lewan, Gordon, and Gardner.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||He would've been fired if the||
He would've been fired if the column in question were an actual thing for the school. If the column actually was plagiarized, that's something for the Detroit News to handle.
This excuse has come up before in certain political circles, for the same kind of rhetoric. It's always ended up being a thinly-veiled excuse.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||No one's politics are being||
No one's politics are being made into an issue.
Frank Beckmann said something that's ignorant and racist, and was disciplined accordingly. It doesn't matter what his political views are, he said something incredibly dumb, and got in trouble for that.
Unless you are claiming that saying blatant racism is an inherent core truth of conservatism, Frank was not let go for anything conservative.
Remember, Bo was a conservative, and he treated everyone exactly equal.
This isn't an issue of politics. This is an issue of basic respect.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||Some more info on what happened...||
Talking around Ann Arbor today, it sounds like this went down in May:
- Frank writes an idiotic column for the Detroit News, that goes viral with the Michigan name attached.
- The university is notified of the column by shocked alums who saw the thing online, or saw it linked to online. The latter group of non-locals are taken aback at what the football announcer does for the rest of the year.
- Michigan contacts Frank, who gives the "I didn't write that, an assistant did" excuse. The athletic department calls BS on that. At this point, Dave Brandon, Brady Hoke, and Jim Brandstatter are in the picture.
- One side wants Frank gone, the other side threatens to claim that any firing is due to Frank being a conservative, et cetera. An immediate dismissal would have resulted in some people going out to burn bridges, which the athletic department did not want.
- The highest level of athletic department staff write the apology, which Frank immediately tries to soften as much as possible. There's a reason why that column does not actually include the words 'sorry' or 'apologize'.
- Michigan sends out its own statement, now even more angry due to the non-apology.
- At some point after that, with Frank intractable, the retirement compromise is agreed upon.
If a certain side decides to burn bridges with this, there is no reason why a replacement (temporary or permanent) can't be put in the booth this year. That leading candidate would likely be Matt Shepard, given his relationship with Michigan over basketball broadcasts.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Accountability||
Brady Hoke is all about accountability.
He mentioned it when he got here.
He mentioned it when suspending guys for violations.
He mentioned it when discussing the Manziel situation.
"Hoke also maintained that accountability of the individuals on his football team is one of the program's top priorities, and has been for as long as he can remember.
"Being here at Michigan for eight years before and understanding the character and integrity -- we have those expectations here at Michigan,” he continued. "This is always going to be based on what's best for the program. This is our 134th year of football, and the coaching staff, the players and everybody who works in Schembechler Hall, we have a tremendous responsibility to this program and the history and the legacy of this program.
"All the decisions we'll ever make as a staff are going to be what's best for Michigan football."
He mentioned it on the week of his first game, in 2011.
"This program has so much history and so much tradition and so much respect. For us, to have the kind of edge or play with that mentality that we need to, we have to understand those things. We are Michigan. We are the winningest program in college football. We are accountable to that. As coaches, players, managers, trainers, grounds crew, anybody who is involved. We’re all accountable to the standards and expectations that Michigan has."
Frank did not hold himself accountable. Simple as that, to Coach Hoke.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||It isn't about politics.||
It's about brand management, Dave Brandon's biggest issue.
If a public face of the school does something horrendously controversial and embarrassing, on any level, in this media climate, they will be gone.
The Michigan brand has always been a high priority for Brandom, for better or worse. That's what the Alabama game was last year, that's what the night games are designed to be, that's what the new marquee outside Michigan Stadium is.
This story, when it broke back in May, was not reported as "Frank Beckmann Makes Racist Comments." It was "Michigan Football Play-By-Play Voice Makes Racist Comments". Or simply, that Michigan tacitly approved of everything.
Here's the Deadspin article - http://deadspin.com/it-took-a-while-but-michigan-decides-that-fried-chicke-510612333
Michigan's mentioned in the headline, not Frank. Michigan Stadium is pictured, not Frank.
Dave Brandon does not want the image of Michigan Football, or Michigan, tied to ignorant comments. And neither does Coach Hoke, or anyone involved with the school.
This isn't a liberal conspiracy to oust a conservative. This is a move to keep a valuable brand from getting prominently linked to racist comments.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||The only replacement is Al||
The only replacement is Al Randall.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||This is true.||
The helmets do look noticeably shinier under lights this way, and with less glare.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Gregg Henson is reporting that...||
...Coach Hoke was one of the ones who led the charge for Frank to go.
Looks like lots of people got behind this.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||There actually was a Michigan||
There actually was a Michigan CD around 1995 that had stadium-style songs mixed in with Michigan play calls. The last song was Hail To The Victors.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||One other thing to note...||
So many Michigan men retire on odd-numbered years, for the potential to have their last regular season game be a home victory over Ohio State.
Bo went out in '89, Lloyd retired before the 2007 Ohio State game, and now all of these guys are retiring before a potentially historic 2013 season.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not attacking everything||
I'm not attacking everything right-wing.
I'm simply pointing out that one job of Frank's has to be something universally accepted, and another job has to be something divisive, with the two not being completely able to mix.