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|2 hours 21 min ago||It's Definitely Bigger...||
It is about time that there was a story which at least mentions the notion that it is a cultural issue to which people object and that the relations nightmare of the last few days is something which underscores it in a manner which gives it a voice that must be heard. In simpler terms, this athletic department has to change its culture and personnel if anyone of note is to come to Michigan. I think the mishandling of Shane Morris but also everything related to what happened to him gives these many cultural issues in the department a very loud, tangible voice, if you will.
|3 hours 1 min ago||Slight Quibble...||
I am going to quibble with this stance, if you don't mind.
I believe that this level of cynicism is not indicative of this fanbase. Perhaps the record exacerbates things, but I do believe that among these fans on this blog (and beyond, in the Michigan fans that I know), this is still a problem (and a big one), the events of Saturday. I would like to think that we are generally aware that player safety is at the forefront as it should be, and I don't believe for a moment that we would blithely dismiss the apparent maltreatment of our own player by his own coaches (regardless of how it came about) if this were in a situation where on-field performance was better. Sorry, I don't buy this aspect of the larger argument.
|4 hours 33 min ago||I Chuckled...||
I admit, I chuckled at this one...
|5 hours 18 min ago||I Was Thinking This...||
I would agree that this is not bad for an idea that, as far as anyone knows, is not yet 24 hours old. It would be nice to see this continue intermittently until some change finally comes into being. At least to me, what has transpired in the last few days is evidence enough that change is needed and soon - nice to see so many people on the same page.
|5 hours 31 min ago||Upon Reading That...||
I don't mind this in the sense that, as someone said, it looks like it was written by an adult, but more importantly, it really doesn't do more than show awareness of the situation, as it should, and at least ostensibly promises a review of how things went down and what we could do better. I don't think the door was shut on the possibility of Brandon or even Hoke eventually going (actually there are statements in the letter which lead me to think the idea of both of them going may yet become reality), but it seems clear that it will not happen right this moment certainly.
|5 hours 57 min ago||Probably Should Come Down...||
The Michigan Indifference
We've had similar ideas in a few threads that were left standing in the last few days, so this one might be played out at this point.
Another Gregg Henson article about Brandon
Gregg Henson was indeed placed on the "journalist non grata" list, so no.
Foster Quotes Sideline Watcher Who Says Trainers Told Hoke to Remove Morris
I found the segment, and typically a particular show on 97.1 is not well-received here due to the people who do it. Well, more one than the other, and I rather failed in my duties by picking a fight in that thread, but I don't know that this tells us anything that couldn't easily go into another thread right now.
|7 hours 55 min 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.
|8 hours 33 min 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.
|9 hours 35 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.
|9 hours 59 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.
|10 hours 7 min ago||Here's One...||
We needed a therapeutic thread like this...
|12 hours 12 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.
|12 hours 18 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.
|12 hours 40 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. ;-)
|13 hours 35 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.
|13 hours 50 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.
|13 hours 59 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.
|14 hours 10 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.
|16 hours 9 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.
|16 hours 19 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.
|17 hours 34 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.
|17 hours 39 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.
|17 hours 53 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.
|1 day 1 hour 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.
|1 day 2 hours 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 -
|1 day 3 hours 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.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Potential Destinations...||
Steve Lorenz tweeted about some potential destinations earlier....
|1 day 4 hours 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.
|1 day 5 hours 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.
|1 day 6 hours 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.