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|15 min 48 sec ago||Perhaps my favorite WD post||
Perhaps my favorite WD post ever.
|18 min 45 sec ago||Yeah so that was kind of the||
Yeah so that was kind of the joke.
|24 min 38 sec ago||Deeply unseemly||
Hot take: Brandon is abusing the enthusiasm of these kids to fight a PR battle for his job. This is unseemly, and if I'm President Schlissel, I don't like it. Of course, if Brandon had enough class to realize this was ridiculous in the first place, the department wouldn't be such a clownshow to begin with.
IMO the serious and insuperable problem for Brandon is that he learned to lead in a world where his stakeholders were a bunch of overworked hourly employees who lacked the time and energy to pick through his disingenuous PR efforts. But the stakeholders at Michigan are thousands of lawyers, thousands of PR professionals, thousands of doctors, and tens of thousands of other intelligent and successful people with the time, energy, and commitment to Michigan to look past the lapel pin on this particular empty suit.
|32 min 58 sec ago||Somebody send this Bernie guy||
Somebody send this Bernie guy a DVD of Frost/Nixon.
|1 hour 45 min ago||DB will be in charge of what gets asked||
He's just going with a journalist he can control in exchange for granting the interview.
|14 hours 25 min ago||bah||
Maybe you'd have enough time to do your job if you shaved your beard, hippie.*
*I am just kidding. My beard is way bigger than your tiny ladybeard.
|1 day 49 min ago||Totally meaningless. Kerridge||
Totally meaningless. Kerridge and Countess (whose name is spelled wrong on their site) are listed as members, but I wouldn't make anything out of this. They can't say anything else, and frankly it's worse in my view if the AD heard this was coming and let them put themselves on the wrong side of this story to try to save DB.
I mean, this guy's whole problem is that he surrounds himself with yes men and can't admit a mistake, and here it is again.
I hope student-athletes understand that none of this is criticism of them, though. This is about ensuring they have the leadership, oversight, and protection they deserve as they pursue their goals and represent the University so much more positively than the AD administration has in recent days.
|1 day 5 hours ago||no||
Unfortunately the kid doesn't think he belongs at Michigan, so he wasn't going to get up and do it. I'm glad they got it together though. That was good.
|1 day 5 hours ago||random dude||
It's really too bad he didn't turn the megaphone over to the people who should've been talking to the crowd.
|1 day 5 hours ago||The whole thing was a||
The whole thing was a miscommunication.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Is there footage of Brian's||
Is there footage of Brian's interview? Only thing I missed.
|1 day 6 hours ago||I missed this. We need a||
I missed this. We need a transcript.
|1 day 6 hours ago||This guy's getting way off||
This guy's getting way off message. He should keep it about the mishandling of Shane's concussion.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Who is megaphone guy? He||
Who is megaphone guy? He should turn it over to the petition author next.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Unreal||
ahhh where'd this guy get the loudspeaker? that's great.
|1 day 6 hours ago||This dude needs the People's Microphone||
Hooray "protect our players" chant. Hooray whichever one of you has exactly my intuitions and/or is reading my posts.
|1 day 6 hours ago||YES||
Good job, students!
It'd be great if you guys got some "We support Shane" or "Support the team! / Fire Brandon!" or "Support the players!" kinds of chants going, too.
|1 day 7 hours ago||doesn't matter||
camp out there long enough and he'll show up
|1 day 7 hours ago||I thought you were leading||
I thought you were leading them to Schlissel's lawn.
Also, it doesn't matter if Schlissel lives there. He'll get the message that the students are there. Stay there long enough and he'll show up.
|1 day 7 hours ago||He's guessing||
But it's a good guess. But it's wrong about the endgame--Schlissel's statement paves the way to fire Brandon for cause, and sooner or later Brandon's going to retain a lawyer who's going to explain that to him.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Thank you. Do it please.||
Thank you. Do it please.
|1 day 7 hours ago||why am i not in a2?||
i could lead this. lead your people, WD. Brian. somebody.
|1 day 7 hours ago||ok kids||
for serious, somebody needs to lead this to the president's lawn, chant "come out schlissel" until he shows up, and then chant "fire brandon" for a while until he asks for quiet and again promises the students directly that he will take care of things.
|1 day 7 hours ago||here's an idea||
WD: you should get on a bench and get everyone's attention, then lead a march to the president's house and chant "fire brandon" on his lawn.
|1 day 7 hours ago||I've got sound but no video||
I've got sound but no video on the feed.
|1 day 7 hours ago||hey WD||
yell "mic check"
hopefully enough people will know what to do from there from OWS.
then you can make a statement and get some stuff organized.
|1 day 7 hours ago||The Office of the General||
The Office of the General Counsel and the AD/President's PR people wrote the statements. But don't be distracted by the professionalism of the statements. Look at the content. Look at the clearly implied criticisms that a University President just publicly let fly about an embattled underling. These are very serious people. Those are very serious criticisms to make public. That's as close as President Schlissel can come to saying "I'm going to fire Dave Brandon as soon as legal figures out our strategy for not paying him his full buyout."
The way these things work is that you have to negotiate a buyout--we won't fire you for cause and you won't sue us and we'll say complimentary things about you and you'll resign for a small payoff. That takes time. It takes time for an egotistical asshole like DB to come to terms with the fact that he's done. It takes time for his lawyer and the U's lawyers to come to terms and get DB to accept those terms. And it takes time to craft a plan to competently run an AD that's been recently restaffed by handpicked yes men without the leader it is supposed to be their entire job to fawn over.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Guys, Brandon is done||
That is the statement of a University President who is about to fire his Athletic Director for cause. They're going to get sued by Brandon for doing it, so they have to be careful here. But read between the lines--Brandon is done.
HOORAY PRESIDENT SCHLISSEL!
PRESIDENT SCHLISSEL FOR PRESIDENT!
LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT!
|1 day 7 hours ago||This||
The thing about our communications going forward is also an extremely serious shot across Brandon's bow in a situation like this. Like I said below, I really, really hope this is real. That is a statement from somebody who knows how to run this place. And Brandon is as good as gone if indeed Schlissel released that.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Atta boy, President||
Atta boy, President Schlissel!
I hope that's real. That is how you handle yourself at the University of Michigan.