FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
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|5 hours 52 min ago||Two weeks of the World Cup||
Two weeks of the World Cup was not enough to get your rant out of your system? How could you have anything left to say that was not said a dozen times already?
|4 days 2 hours ago||mGrowOld looks even better in||
mGrowOld looks even better in a boat than Nick Saban.
|4 days 2 hours ago||If you squint just right,||
If you squint just right, Lake Erie looks like the waters off Tahiti.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Needs MOAR old.||
Needs MOAR old.
|4 days 10 hours ago||To be fair, it was Sarah||
To be fair, it was Sarah Heath - an unmarried single woman in her 20's. She was not "Sarah Palin" at the time.
|4 days 13 hours ago||I wish we were not breaking||
I wish we were not breaking in a new QB in 2015. It nullifies some of the progress that is made by then.
Hopefully we can lead some games by enough points to get Shane some meaningful game-situation reps.
|4 days 13 hours ago||The uniquness of Michigan||
The uniquness of Michigan rests on a triad of Academic excellence, Research excellence, and Athletic excellence.
I can't think of another University in the entire country that can combine achievement at the highest level in all three areas the way Michgian does.
There may be some Universities that are slightly better in one of the areas, perhaps even two. But not all three. There really is a "Michigan difference".
Academic excellence, Research excellence, and Athletic excellence should be in our mission statement.
|4 days 14 hours ago||I can only answer for a||
I can only answer for a sample of one: Me.
I give money to Michigan academics, but not athletics. I do it in large part because Michigan is top of mind because I follow Michigan sports teams. It keeps the University relevant to me on a day to day basis, long after I've moved away from Ann Arbor and forgot what classes I took.
I feel bad about it, but I don't give money to my undergrad, a small private D3 school with no prominent sports teams and no national presence. It's just not top of mind to me.
My wife went to Duke and Emory. But she only gives money to Duke. For the same kind of reasoning. Fair or not, I'm sure this is pretty common.
I live in the DC area. I rememeber reading in the Washigton Post that George Mason University built more than ten new buildings because of the increase in donations and public interest when they made the Final Four. It's not just theory, nationally prominent sports teams have a tangible benifit to the academic side of a University.
|6 days 12 hours ago||None of that precludes||
None of that precludes athletics.
|6 days 12 hours ago||They don't like football, but||
They don't like football, but they like the things football brings . . . Alumni donations. They can't have it both ways. Michigan is blessed to have successful sports programs and the enthusiastic Alumni base that results from that.
Michigan is not Brown. It's not a little private boutique college that can survive off the large donations of a handful of rich people. If that is the world you want to live in, don't come to Michigan.
|6 days 13 hours ago||As long as they understand||
As long as they understand that they care, even if they don't understand why they care, things will turn out OK.
When you come to a place like Michigan, athletics are part of the very DNA that makes up the institution. If that freaks you out, stay at Brown.
|6 days 13 hours ago||People don't like Duke here,||
People don't like Duke here, but of all coaches, John Beilein reminds me most of Coach K.
It's good there is not much age difference between the two or Duke would come after Beilein when Coach K retires. Don't know if Beilein would actually leave though.
It was so awesome to see John Beilein build our program up from scratch, and he is now able to reap the rewards.
When he lost to Harvard - Tommy Ameker's Harvard - early on, it was the low point of his time here. Admit it, we thought the hire was a mistake . . . a Princeton system guy who can't recruit about to have his lunch eaten by surrounding competitors who recruit top 10 classes evry year and know how to let them play and win.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Much as he would have liked||
Much as he would have liked to, Duderstadt could not and did not ditch athletics at Michigan. The new President won't either.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Bottom Line:||
If he puts a leash on Dave "Wow" Brandon, color me happy.
If he tries to go all University of Chicago circa 1939 on us, it's torch and pichfork time.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Athletics are part of the||
Athletics are part of the very DNA of Michigan. If that surprises and puzzles you as a University President, you may be better off somewhere else.
Just like the culture of religion is part of Notre Dame, and the military culture is part of Texas A&M. If those things are alien to you, you may be better off not going to those places. Because its not going to change just because you showed up. (And you probably should have resaerched that a little before you took the job.)
|6 days 23 hours ago||In Columbus in the fall,||
In Columbus in the fall, maybe. Akron in the summer? No. Go for it.
You will likely be dissapointed . . . not at the venomous trash talk that will come your way, but that no one will care.
|6 days 23 hours ago||Next thing you know, he's||
Next thing you know, he's going to give the #1 parking spot to a TA.
|6 days 23 hours ago||I am encouraged by this||
I am encouraged by this quote:
"The (regents) meeting featured a passionate discussion about the tradition of Michigan football versus the bells and whistles of modern sporting events."
|6 days 23 hours ago||I actually think you are||
I actually think you are right on the money, Don.
To me, it was a bit of a Rich Rodriguez "Michigan Man" type of slip up, where you seem out of touch with the organization you are about to lead . . . an organization that one would assume you would have researched the hell out of to know what makes it tick.
Even my grandmother knows that athletics are part of the culture at Michigan. There is no "seems".
He is either discovering it for the first time (yikes, how out of touch could you be? I don't know much about Green Bay, but I know that football is a big deal to them), or he is using really clumsy wording that comes off like an ambassador to a foreign country inadvertently insulting the Prime Minister at a dinner party. You would not expect that from someone as supposedly sophisticated as a University President.
If I was going to become the President of say, Dartmouth, an institution I don't know much about, I would make damn sure I learned about its culture before a single word left my mouth.
Why deliberately make yourself look out of touch with the institution you are about to lead?
|1 week 48 min ago||Zing!||
|1 week 49 min ago||Michigan needs to stay in the||
Michigan needs to stay in the national spotlight. The University President can't afford to deemphasize athletics to the point where they become irrelevant to the University's mission. Even if he would personally like to see that happen. They are too much of a catalyst for the things he really does care about.
|1 week 1 hour ago||I don't think it's Pitino and||
I don't think it's Pitino and Clapari giving the better shot at a national title. If they were at Michigan and could not run an NBA farm team under the guise of a college team, they would not do nearly as well as Beilein has done.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Things went south when they||
Things went south when they stopped naming the cars with "UM" at the end as in Quantum. Time to fix that.
In the ASC, are they allowed to use the charging techniques used by the Dutch in the last WSC?
|1 week 1 hour ago||It's quite a statement when||
It's quite a statement when winning yet another National Championship and earning a top ten finish in the World is a dissapointing year.
But i've been closely following UM Solar for years and it was dissapointing.
We are Alabama.
|1 week 1 hour ago||"Athletics Isn't Part of Our||
"Athletics Isn't Part of Our Mission Statement"
But raising money is. In fact, many would argue that it's the main job of a University President these days.
It's a whole lot easier to rasie money when the athletics are doing well and are in the national spotlight. My wife went to Emory and Duke. Guess who she gives money to?
|1 week 1 day ago||Indiana Day on BTN?||
Indiana Day on BTN?
Does it end at noon?
|1 week 1 day ago||Keith Jackson's voice is like||
Keith Jackson's voice is like butter. I could listen to him and Ian Darke narrarate a game of checkers and be excited.
|1 week 1 day ago||Watching now. This blog is||
Watching now. This blog is my TV Guide.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes, when I was at Michigan,||
Yes, when I was at Michigan, most games were at 1:00. That one hour really did made a big difference versus 12:00. It was also easier (as a student at least) to go to the game 15 minutes before kickoff and still be able to get to your seat by kickoff.
|1 week 1 day ago||I love the energy leading up||
I love the energy leading up to the game . . . the tailgates, the band pre-game show, the house/frat parties, the general buzz while touring around campus.
A noon game just cuts it all off short. After the game, win or lose, the buzz is gone and everyone heads their seperate ways. The glue that binds us all for the part of the day is gone. We're not a gathering of Wolverine fans anymore, we're just a bunch of people walking around the same place.