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|49 weeks 2 days ago||Wishing you the best Mr.||
Wishing you the best Mr. Hockey.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||Brandon Email Reporting||
I think this kind of reporting is absolutely necessary. It doesn't help the program to have a condescending douchebag running things.
The most important part of Brandon's job is keeping the Big House full. And here's the AD going out of his way to insult season ticket holders and offering to pull their seats. He does not care one bit about fan retention.
This is the opposite of how Don Canham would have done things.
There is no benefit to "protecting" the program. Intense scrutiny is actual a huge benefit. It helps root out problems.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||Final Nail In The Coffin||
Please please please please let this be the final nail in the coffin.
I cannot take this never ending onslaught of PR nightmares.
|1 year 1 day ago||Agreed||
Sonny Dykes isn't going anywhere. That program was a huge mess and he's got a lot of rope. Not that he needs it.
Also, the Bears are in first in Pac-12 North.
|1 year 4 days ago||Breaston Was A Boss||
Breaston over Norfleet all day and forever.
|1 year 6 days ago||Terrific And Such||
Good for him. Seriously. But it doesn't change the fact that he's not "serving" his school. He's a highly paid employee. He gets paid the big bucks to make big calls and take the criticism. He's not some charity worker building houses for Habitats for Humanity.
Too much of these interviews focus on his hurt and his feelings.
|1 year 6 days ago||Right||
Right. Because wins would wash away the fact that Dave has alienated the students, pissed off season ticket holders and basically been terrible at handling any sort of turmoil.
Athletic Directors just can't disappear for 48 hours when their team is embroiled in a PR fiasco.
FSU is undefeated and returning national champs and no one's letting their athletic department or coach slide for how they enable Jameis Winston.
|1 year 6 days ago||Tone Deaf and Hard of Understanding||
I love that Domino Dave used "tone deaf" in response to a question about how all this criticism is affecting him. "I'm not tone deaf. I can hear all ranges of sound including the constant calls for my head."
|1 year 6 days ago||Not In His Mind||
Not in Dave's mind. His over inflated ego tells him that if he wasn't "serving" his school and singlehandedly resurrecting the football program with the pure galvanizing force of his epic "leadership" he could be making a kajillion zillion bucks being CEO of all the companies.
At worst, he probably thinks he would be Governor of Michigan.
|1 year 6 days ago||Not Quite Accurate||
Not quite accurate. People are calling for Brady Hoke's job because the team has been awful.
People are calling for Dave Brandon's head because he is atrocious at his job. This Shane Morris incident and the resulting PR fiasco is the latest in a long string of tone deaf missteps and screwups.
Brandon has alienated his fan base, pissed off the students, and completely eroded anyone's faith in this athelic department.
He's been a good projects guy. Finishing up Bill Martin's reign of expansion and improving facilities, etc. But he's been a disaster at handling crisises, is awful at PR and fails at the most important part of his job - filling the Big House.
|1 year 6 days ago||Yes Yes Yes||
Yes. He comes off as an ass in these. Smarmy. Defensive. Prickly. Condescending. This was an awful PR move to have him in these one-on-one sitdowns. Because he's an arrogant prick.
Should have been a podium presser with a prepared statement and be done with it.
This whole load about having "better things to do" is ridiculous. He basically went on a pump up Dave's ego tour talking to all the student athletes he could find instead of facing the very real criticism that was waiting for him. Lame.
|1 year 1 week ago||Silly Goose||
Uhhhh. You're on a Michigan sports blog suggesting that they everyone just ignore the massive Michigan Football PR nightmare that's unfolding in real time right in front of our horrified eyes?
Not really into the whole pespective thing, huh?
|1 year 1 week ago||Kiss Cora Good Night||
There are plenty of places to discuss other things in sports. Go find them. The fact that you continue to haunt all the Dave Brandon threads and comment on them shows you're not all that ready to move on yourself.
Seems like you've got a little bit of Dave in you, blaming others for your own failings.
By the way. Expect the story to continue. It has major traction.
|1 year 1 week ago||Brandon Sucks||
Uhhhh. How do you expect anyone to "move on" when the very athletic department at the center of this nightmare won't? This is day five since the Morris incident and it's the fifth day that the athletic department has continued it's campaign of shifting blame and obstuseness.
So far there's been three pressers by Hoke where he's had less than full information. Three press releases, of which two were awful (Brandon's) and one was acceptable (Pres. Schlissel). And now Domino Dave has decided to Expand The Brand by providing one-on-one's with every outlet in town.
Don Canham is fuming right now. Never turn a one day story into three.
|1 year 1 week ago||Pour Gas On The Fire||
This onslaught of one-on-ones is an absolute disaster. Brandon appears smug, arrogant and smarmy in all of them. Instead of providing one concise, calculated response in a presser, he's gone with the carpet bomb approach and it's going to backfire spectacularly. Each one is full of enough bad quotes to generate a dozen more irrate columns.
Good job. Good effort Dave.
Never turn a one day story into more. Somehow he's going to get a week or more out of it.
|1 year 1 week ago||Goodbye Dave||
Goodbye Dave. These interviews prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you're a smug, arrogant douche who will place blame on whoever's convenient at the time.
Can't believe this guy blamed the medical staff. WTF.
|1 year 1 week ago||All For It||
Domino Dave can be as hands-on top-down involved as he wants on the business side of the equation. You know, checking in on marketing or doing strolls around the stadium on Gameday. But the coaches need to be left alone to do their thing. Watching film crosses the line and cuts into the Head Coach's autonomy. Also creates the impression that everything is being micro-managed.
Good luck to Dave if he's in place to make the next hire (I just barfed in my mouth). Outside of the truly desperate, no real candidate wants to have an AD in his face on Sundays.
|1 year 1 week ago||Brandon watching film has||
Brandon watching film has been out there as fact. Not much of a stretch to accept that he watches it without Hoke. Teams break down film as seperate units. I'm sure Mattison and Nussmeier get plenty of Dave Over Their Shoulder Time.
He strikes me as frustrated former athlete pining for glory. Wouldn't put any lame meddling past him.
|1 year 1 week ago||Eight Years Ago||
What does Lloyd Carr have to do with today? It was eight years ago. Move on, man.
|1 year 1 week ago||Agreed||
No one should take "Three and Out" as gospel. John U Bacon is a terrific guy and a hella of a writer, but he was embedded with the Rodriguez family for the entire three years and the book is far too slanted and sympathetic towards them.
I took everything he wrote about Carr with a shaker of salt because, as far as I know, Lloyd did not cooperate with Bacon or sit down for any interviews.
|1 year 1 week ago||Lloyd Was My Homeboy||
I love Lloyd more than anyone, but he was not forced out. He wanted to retire. He also seriously lost interest in hiring decent coordinators and recruiting. His last few years were painful.
|1 year 1 week ago||Because It Looks Stupid||
That Britney Spears microphone looks stupid and lame and it sucks. Football has traditions. Not looking like a clown on the sidelines is one of them. What's next? Google Glass? An iWatch? Big chunky headset is the only option.
|1 year 1 week ago||Uhhhhhhhh,,,,,||
Uhhhhh. Bruce Feldman might be the most credible CFB writer working today. Breaks loads of news. I would trust him over just about anyone else out there.
Because of his long form work (Meat Market and Swing Your Sword) he gets inside access that others don't. I've read pieces from him where he was inside A&M for a week, behind the scenes at Texas Tech. He's dialed in and gets places no one else does.
Stewart Mandel on the other hand is basically a column slash game report guy. I can't recall a single behind the scenes piece from him or him breaking any real stories.
|1 year 1 week ago||Yuck||
So full of yuck. Contradicts so many things said / lied / released before.
|1 year 1 week ago||Made Me Laugh||
Thanks for this. Cuts right through the fog to the essence of crapitude that was Saturday.
|1 year 1 week ago||Whatever||
I still think it's pretty impressive to be 2 - 3 before October 1st. Takes some seriously awful football.
|1 year 1 week ago||Not In The Gameplan||
Opens you up to all kinds of future accountability. Legal and otherwise. For instance, people will then expect apologies for how dreadfully awful this team has been.
|1 year 1 week ago||A Bit of Both||
Manages to be both. Taken straight from the Dave Brandon Damage Control 101 Press Releases To Further Damage Your Brand For Dummies.
|1 year 1 week ago||Too Little Too Late||
Typical nonsense from the Dave Brandon Department Of Not My Fault Press Release Releasing. Utterly tone deaf and avoids the real issue.
|1 year 1 week ago||Justified||
It's entirely possible to be totally through with Hoke as a coach AND demand his firing for this incident and not have the two be related. Player safety takes precendence over everything.
This is just a game. No kid should be blasted the way Morris was and stay in there. Regardless of Hoke's situation right now, that is unacceptable player management.