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|11 min 11 sec ago||Here's That Story...||
For those interested, here's the MLive story - LINK
"In the midst of the controversy, members of the popular fan message board mgoblog.com have planned a "Fire Dave Brandon Rally" for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Diag on U-M's central campus"
It references the initial thread and some of the comments as well.
The Central Student Government meeting is tonight too. Kind of interested to see if they have an official statement as well.
|49 min 32 sec ago||The Limitation...||
I qualified it (a lot, short of verifying really - I put a big "if" in my initial statement) with that given the person he claims to know, he would probably only have access to certain information (a very narrow scope, but some of it game-related) - that thread Saturday night would have been way beyond the scope of anything he could have credibly known given his described relationship to the person he mentioned, and as a few of the items have been shot down by people even closer to the players now, we'll probably not take that as sourcing anymore. I was willing to give him the benefit of a doubt, but that time has passed now.
|1 hour 51 min ago||The Origin...||
There was a thread which appeared perhaps a couple hours after the game from someone who gave us a laundry list of things - this meeting included - which turned out to not happen (or at least not as they were described in that thread), at least most of the items they mentioned didn't to the best of my knowledge. It was the same person who posted some stuff about the QB situation last week, I believe. That might be where this came from.
|2 hours 15 min ago||Can't Find It Now, But...||
I can't find it now - it's probably buried deep in their TL now, but the official Michigan Football account tweeted on Saturday about 40 minutes or so before the game that Peppers had suffered an undisclosed injury on the field in practice last week and would not be on the dress list. No word on exactly what happened since then though, at least not that I have seen. If someone has anything, do share if you can, of course.
|2 hours 22 min ago||Here's One...||
We needed a therapeutic thread like this...
|4 hours 28 min ago||Vague Statement...||
What did that statement regarding recruiting mean precisely? "We have a great belief in what we do and how we're doing it" - I am not sure what the takeaway message is supposed to be on this one.
|4 hours 34 min ago||Among Other Things...||
On Monday afternoon, Brandon allowed his head football coach to step to a press conference podium in an absolute no-win situation. Hoke was unprepared, unsupported and left there to face live bullets.
This among many reasons is why no one of any note would probably come to Michigan so long as David Brandon is in charge. The crisis management on this one was deplorable and as critical as I've been of Hoke's in-game strategy lately, I really felt bad for a man who, in a time of need, was left to face that situation by himself and unprepared. A responsible manager would have at least gone to bat with their employee if not for them per se, and he didn't even bother to do this. There are very few respectable, accomplished people who would want that to even be a possibility.
|4 hours 56 min ago||Bumping....||
We'll leave this for now, but I can always bump the initial thread by changing the timestamp, so further threads on this aren't necessary. If it is falling off the first page, someone can always nudge me on Twitter and I can put it back in the first few threads. I agree with the sentiment, but I am a little sensitive to thread creation right now. ;-)
|5 hours 51 min ago||I Signed...||
I usually only use my old account for Alumni Association stuff like renewals, but this was well worth the time struggling to remember my login ID. Done and done. Mods on a blog like this probably shouldn't take positions, but the last few days have upset me rather a lot as a fan and alumnus.
|6 hours 6 min ago||We Needed This...||
We needed this thread, I think, so thanks for posting it.
Going back to the time when he first appeared on the recruiting radar, it seemed clear Michigan was where he wanted to be and that being the QB at Michigan was his dream. He's dedicated and he has competed for his spot. In his first regular season start for Michigan, he ends up getting hurt and then through some confusion and what seems like negligence, he is put into a position where he can get hurt even more than he already is. I can't even imagine how he feels right now, and shame on the people that put him in this spot. I hope he bounces back and has a great career as a Wolverine.
|6 hours 15 min ago||Missing Nothing...||
If a communications meeting at Michigan is anything like one where I am, then what we'll more than likely get from this is some sort of statement about their stance on what happened and how they plan to look further into the matter. I very much doubt we're sitting here later this afternoon talking about anyone being a now-former employee of the school, at least not as a result of this meeting by itself.
|6 hours 26 min ago||Already Posted...||
SIAP: NY Times on the Morris Incident
It was very quickly booted from the first page, but this did make it to the board early this morning.
CC: Let's say Hoke is fired mid-season
This is sort of covered in the "Realistic Timetable" thread, so this post might be better inside that thread.
Inaction by President/Regents
I don't know that we want equate a communications update not happening today to inaction just yet.
|8 hours 24 min ago||It Would Be Interesting...||
The delay makes it a sadly plausible scenario given the people in charge and everything else, but I don't know how such a thing would be confirmed short of having someone on the training staff just say this very thing. If it were the case, however, that's all sorts of wrong on all sorts of levels.
|8 hours 34 min ago||Something Like This...||
If there is an approach which would probably be the easiest sell, if there is indeed a call for a "new Michigan", then you may have hit upon it, in my opinion. Taking the core values, the things that make Michigan what it has traditionally been, and pushing them forward into the now is probably what needs to happen within the football program.
I said the other day that one of my morbid fears about what was going on within the program and really the athletic department in general is that a preconceived ideology of "Michigan football" was drawn up in the chaos of post-RR January 2011 and people have been asked to assume roles within it regardless of their actual talents, even down to the level of the players perhaps as it is a top-down push.
If that is the case, then the inverse approach probably would have been less harmful by far - hire people that exude the values you seek but let them build the team around those, and if it incorporates elements which so repulsed the game's traditionalists, that's fine and you've done no disservice to your history as a program because those values should be timeless.
|9 hours 49 min ago||Oh Yes...||
I can't even express my appreciation for the department's ability to insert itself into the narrative belatedly, after the story went national and after dozens of major outlets took shots at the program and its staff, for what seems to be the express purpose of being roundly ignored as the flames burn out of control. Kudos to whoever is handline media relations for Michigan football...not.
|9 hours 55 min ago||Not The Way...||
Releasing this statement at 1 AM, about 13 hours after it was promised and going on nearly three days after the game, is not exactly getting out in front of the story and telling your side of it first. Perhaps it is the case that Hoke was fed incorrect or insufficient information on the sideline, but it seems to me that letting him speaking twice now in pressers about this and then releasing a statement like this is now setting the staff up for questions that wouldn't need to be asked if the department had been on the ball and leading in this crisis. If Brandon is truly pleased with his head football coach, making him look bad (worse? who knows now...) potentially with a belated release is a weird way of showing it.
|10 hours 9 min ago||A Little Cleanup...||
Nothing particularly bad here, just some condensing of the discussion by removing a few threads which are sort of covered by other parts of the board right now or other threads.
Where the hell are Michigan's leaders?
There are numerous threads asking this very same thing in different ways.
Don't overlook the cradle of coaches
Extensive discussion of potential candidates in the Diary section already, plus I don't know that a discussion of anything other than high profile names will go anywhere for a lot of reasons. Remember to use "CC" on the board for coaching change though.
Morris probable concussion
On the front page as well as the board already.
|17 hours 31 min ago||Difficult To Say, But...||
But his performance, not only with wins and losses but with an ability to oversee a high-profile program and all that comes with it, including handling a crisis, should be scrutinized.
This is the part that sort of hits the problem in a nice, concise way, I believe. To me, it's clear that he loves this program and does his best to manage it, but the trials and tribulations of a top-rung FBS program seem to elude him on many critical levels, in my opinion. Worse, his support - if it is that - comes from an AD that is demonstrably incapable of effectively managing a crisis such as this.
|18 hours 37 min ago||Probably Not...||
While I would put Mike Leach in the category of "most remote possibilities" and for many, many reasons, as football fans, we will always have -
|19 hours 20 min ago||This Is A First....||
I have never had something I said in jest - mainly because I am a bit irritated with the delay - make it on this board in quite this manner.
|20 hours 10 min ago||Potential Destinations...||
Steve Lorenz tweeted about some potential destinations earlier....
|20 hours 44 min ago||It Could Be...||
It could be that the Pony Express man who was supposed to deliver it is currently cooking the elk he killed over a fire and the statement will be along as soon as he finishes dinner, or this is going to be the best statement regarding the medical state of any player ever conceived and they simply require time to finalize a few details.
|21 hours 49 min ago||Averages...||
If it means anything, Rutgers averages 4.0 sacks per game to our 2.0 sacks per game, and they allow 1.2 sacks to our 2.0 sacks. Translated to a percentage, Michigan is #87 in the nation in sack percentage on offense at 6.80%, but on defense, we're #45 at 6.54% for sacks made. Rutgers is #52 and #14 respectively. If it means anything, Rutgers is #128 in INT% on offense - 7.53%. Only a Nova can destroy like that, to paraphrase Star Trek.
|22 hours 29 min ago||If There Is Interest...||
Here's the video that came with it, which provides some brief glimpses into various tailgates as well as some quick-hit interviews on the experience.
|22 hours 48 min ago||No Henson...||
Gregg Henson, that is, who is officially part of the "persona non grata" list, therefore...
Dave Brandon negotiating release?
This one goes. Also this...
MGoFrenzy: The Rant-O-Rama of the Entitled
This one is going downhill too. We've left plenty of threads for rants, folks.
|22 hours 52 min ago||No Hard Feelings...||
I restored your points and everything, but yeah, one kitten thread might have done yesterday - I was willing to leave one but then I admittedly got more than a little irritated with the time it took to remove the rest of them. No hard feelings on this one, just a gentle warning, if you will.
|23 hours 3 min ago||Cleaning Up...||
Apologies to everyone, but I am trying to condense the board discussion just a bit here and the extraneous protest threads seem the best target....
CC: A protest we can all get behind
Make an immediate statement: Wear RED at UTLIII.
Support #BoycottMaryland or #BoycottIndiana
I know one wasn't too bad, but let's keep the obvious disenchantment limited to select discussions.
|23 hours 33 min ago||It Is Interesting...||
I have to wonder now if there was significance to the answer that Hoke gave - in the negative - when asked if he had talked to the AD at all since Saturday. It very well could be nothing, but this news gives it an interesting spin to say the least, if there is any spin to give it. It was very unusual, given the circumstances, for the AD to NOT be at this one if for no other reason than the veneer of solidarity.
|23 hours 40 min ago||The Thread / Point Threshhold...||
I've gotten a lot of questions about this lately on Twitter, but I'll answer here too - this is a Brian / Seth call and it is typically done as an emergency measure, if you will. It is becoming apparent, however, that this might be a period of extended crisis when it comes to content here (52 threads beyond those mentioned in the Sticy were removed by me alone in the first day after the Minnesota game). Putting the threshhold higher for more than a few days might be a good idea at this point, but it isn't my call or JGB's call sadly.
|23 hours 58 min ago||I'll Watch...||
I will watch because it's Michigan and I will support the players in my own way, even if I am not a fan of the coaching and disenchanted with the leadership. I am far too much of a football addict not to watch my own school play anyway, but I can't deny that there will be a supply of booze nearby just in case. I'll get through it just fine too and wade through the modding afterwards.