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|3 years 42 weeks ago||Still a lot to do||
Soccer support facility
New pool for water polo
Indoor rowing tank
New track facilities, both indoor and outdoor
Lacrosse facilities, indoor and outdoor and support
Upgrades to weight training facilities and medical training for a lot of the sports
Maybe some administration building changes?
DB says he wants to close in the south end of the football stadium during his tenure.
I assume they want to solve some of their parking issues too.
Anything I'm missing?
|4 years 2 weeks ago||Wasn't a very big crowd last||
Wasn't a very big crowd last night since their 7pm start was the same as the hockey game. Maybe 400? A lot of people left at halftime to catch the rest of the hockey game with the score in Oosterbaan already pretty lopsided.
Looking forward to the Michigan State game next Saturday. It's at Birmingham Seaholm High School at 7:00. Should be a great crowd. State is pretty good this year.
|4 years 2 weeks ago||But how can the NCAA confront||
But how can the NCAA confront it? Title IX is not NCAA legislation. It is federal legislation that is enforced by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). It has to do with gender equality in all areas of education that receive any federal funding directly or indirectly, not just athletics.
Publicly NCAA administrators and athletic directors and probably even most university presidents have to toe the party line that Title IX is good legislation that has advanced women's opportunities, blah, blah, blah. It's true that it has done much good. But privately, off the record, I'd be willing to bet that most of them hate the way it controls how they operate. Unfortunately, since it's a federal law, there is not much they can do about it.
The solution to changing Title IX is political. Elect a president and senators and congressional representatives who want to change it. Good luck with that, by the way.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Deker's banquet was a lunch.||
Deker's banquet was a lunch. Got my invite, but didn't go. Seriously, he was at the lacrosse game until the end. (Not obsessed with this - but I think it is evidence of his commitment to lacrosse to be there for entire games two weeks in a row).
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Brandon was there the whole||
Brandon was there the whole game. I was standing near him the second half. Immediately after the game he went to straight to Coach Paul to congratulate him and they spoke for a minute.
I thought Michigan looked a little tired tonight. They came out flying, but ASU had fresher legs late. Would make sense since ASU didn't play yesterday and UM played the #2 team in the nation. ASU had three amazing players, and they all stepped up. Plus Michigan hit a ton of pipes. Misses are misses, but they were getting good shots in the second half and were centimeters from putting quite a few of those in. If they had shot a little better, this game wasn't close even with all the things ASU did well.
|4 years 4 weeks ago||UCSB was at full strength.||
UCSB was at full strength. Michigan wasn't. First line middie Doug Bryant, who scored three goals last week against BYU, was out. So was their top d middie, Sean Sutton. This was complete domination. Michigan just looked way more athletic and fast and physical and talented.
Great to see Dave Brandon there. I got to meet him and chat for a second. He was with his wife and some parents of lacrosse players who he seemed to know pretty well.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Or set up remote access to||
Or set up remote access to your DVR (assuming you have a DVR nowadays). Maybe cable doesn't allow this? but with uverse you can control your DVR from your computer or from your phone. I think the satellite companies do this as well, no?
|4 years 5 weeks ago||Pretty good showing last||
Pretty good showing last night. Pitt is not good, so a win is not unexpected, but they did completely shut them down in a game that easily could have been a let-down after the huge game against BYU the night before.
Michigan State beat BYU Saturday night 10-7. The first time Sparty has ever beaten them. The April 16 showdown between UM and MSU at Seaholm HS is shaping up to be pretty good. It may be the first time that game has ever been of the "anticipated" variety, given UM's total historical domination in the series.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||I had the pleasure of||
I had the pleasure of attending last night. First time I've seen this year's team live. Incredible start put the game away early. BYU was HUGE and seemed pretty athletic. One of their midfielders was listed as 6-6, 235 and a bunch of guys 6-3, 220 and over. Quite a few small, quick waterbugs too, but Michigan ran by them and was more physical.
If you haven't been out to see the lacrosse team play yet, go. It's a great atmosphere, they are really good for their level, and it's a fun sport to watch. Fast moving, high scoring, very physical. I'm saying that as someone who discovered the sport fairly recently and has become a bit fanatical about it.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||15-5 isn't a blowout?||
15-5 isn't a blowout?
|4 years 6 weeks ago||I just can't help it. I||
I just can't help it. I always want to Sparty to lose, even if it ultimately hurts our RPI or whatever. Call it a weakness I have.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||This is not even a little bit||
This is not even a little bit surprising.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||You got one right||
There's a Max. Greenspan from San Diego, CA. But is Max really a typical blue-blood name?
I get your point, but I don't get why you're making it. Rich, prep-school kids play lacrosse? Stereotype much?
According to Laxpower there are 109 high schools playing boys lacrosse in Michigan. Looking at the list I'd guess at least 80% of them are public schools. Hell, Ypsilanti, Romulus, Dexter and Tecumseh have teams. I'm guessing there are not a lot of the kids you're alluding to there.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||How many of these responses||
How many of these responses actually provided an answer to the question posed by the OP? Maybe 20%? Maybe a quarter of those serious responses? How easily we go off on tangents.
Those, by the way, are not my questions for DB.
I don't really want to know why he handled the coaching change the way he did. It's done. I'd prefer to focus on the future. Plus, the request was for questions that would not be a waste of the opportunity. Assuming this is more of a semi-private luncheon, with a formal Q&A at the end as described, then DB isn't going to be giving in-depth answers to many of the questions posed here. (Although, he may give you some insight into the boxers or briefs question if you ask it professionally.)
I have three:
Now that you have a CMO on staff, what are your goals in marketing Michigan athletics? (ie. How do you want to improve on what is already one of the most recognizable brands in sports?)
When are you going to announce new varsity men's and women's lacrosse teams, as has been rumored for some time?
With nearly a year on the job now, how much has the actually job of being AD at Michigan been a surprise to you, and how much is fitting your expectations?
|4 years 10 weeks ago||Spring "game"?||
When was the last time Michigan played a real scrimmage/game at the spring game? I definitely remember them, but at some point Lloyd Carr changed the format to a simplified practice with ocassional controlled scrimmaging.
Don't most other major programs run actual spring games? With big crowds even?
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Wish I could||
...but I can't make it in.
I've gotten hooked on lacrosse since my sons started playing in youth leagues (never really exposed to it growing up in the midwest), and I get to Michigan games whenever I can. It's a great sport, and we have a really good team. Oosterbaan is an interesting place to watch a game. You are right on top of the action (imagine watching hockey from right next to the ice, but with no boards!). And there's a very social atmosphere after the games. My sons have loved being able to meet the players and the coaches after ghe games and load up on autographs.
As much as I like watching the current Wolverines, I'm looking forward to the rumored D1 team that is coming. I think lacrosse can be a high level varsity sport at Michigan, both in terms of success and fan interest.
|4 years 13 weeks ago||Agree||
When you put it that way, I guess count me as a Hokester. But isn't everyone a lax fan already?
Seriously, coming from someone who actually is a Michigan lacrosse fan, it's really great to read stories like this about some of these young men. Thank you for posting.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||My sister's cousin's||
My sister's cousin's boyfriend's plumber apparently told someone none of them know that Hoke broke Troy Woolfolk's ankle in order to help ensure RR would get fired so he could get the job.
You seriously think DB would tell players that? How naive are you? He's a very media savvy person. He knows full well that anything he tells anyone has a chance of making it to the public, and right now everyone wants to seem like they are in the know somehow. Even if this was true (it's not), no way he's telling 19 year old kids secrets.
What are the "obvious reasons" for hating the Hoke hire? Because Brian said it's a bad hire? Because you wanted Harbaugh, and now you feel rejected because he had other career ambitions? I just don't get all this negativity. Brandon has been nothing if not consistent in his message. He was pretty clear yesterday. He did a lot of research, and everything kept pointing back to Hoke.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||When might this be formally||
When might this be formally announced? The rumors have been flying around for awhile now, and Brandon is obviously not hiding his interest. I'm assuming that the 2012 season is out of the question, but if they are looking at the spring of 2013 as the first season, they need to announce and hire a coach pretty soon or miss out on whatever junior recruits are left. Most of the top ones have already committed.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||lacrosse maybe||
Ohio State plays a couple of lacrosse games every spring in the horseshoe. One of them is played before their spring football game (which is an actual game and draws a much bigger crowd than our spring game). I wonder with all the talk about Michigan lacrosse going varsity if they will be playing a game or two in the Big House in the future. Maybe a home and home in alternating years with the buckeyes before each school's spring football games?
|4 years 29 weeks ago||Varsity||
Thanks for the update Tim. Any new news on a potential elevation to D1 for the lax team? Behind the scenes info? Gut feelings?
|4 years 31 weeks ago||tangent||
With all the rumors about Michigan adding lacrosse, and the Title IX and budget reasons often given for not doing it, this shows that an athletic director at a fiscally healthy department with good donor support can get it done. As the new guy on the block who is still learning the ropes, I wonder if Brandon views this as a bit of an opportunity or validation to get that done. And if he does, will it open the door for women's hockey to offset men's lacrosse for Title IX, or would Michigan add men's and women's lacrosse together? Pure speculation, I know. But certainly the Michigan lax team is at least as successful and ready as the PSU hockey team. Plus, I'd like to see a women's ice hockey team at Michigan.
|5 years 6 days ago||home and home||
I would guess it's more about teams not returning trips. They played at UCSB and Chapman last year, but neither one came to Ann Arbor this year. Chapman vs. Michigan would have been a great regular season game. The game at Chapman last year was televised in ESPNu and had a crowd of something like 4 or 5 thousand. You would think Chapman would want every crack at Michigan they can get.
One of the things I'm always most impressed with is what a great gameday experience the lacrosse team provides, especially considering what a cramped, fan-unfriendly facility they play in. Big crowds. Lots of kids. Very good PA announcer. Music. Promotions. Cheerleaders. I've seen the dance team there before. No concessions, which I assume is because of the facility limitations. I wish they could get the UM pep band there for a big game or two. More bleachers would be nice too, but I'm sure there's only so much they can do with what they are given.
|5 years 6 days ago||Purdue game||
I haven't posted in awhile, but since I assueme phjhu89 will say something about the "broken ride" goal...
From my perspective it looked like what Tim describes. A pass from one Purdue player to another that the second guy couldn't handle at midfield, and the ball simply rolled down the field into the goal. The irony is that this wasn't a broken ride so much as a case of a bad team scoring because they are bad. Had the player caught the ball, the UM players probably would have been on him quickly and taken the ball back away, as the ride is intended to do. Similar to a pass to the crease that misses everyone but gets past the goalie because he's expecting the pass to be caught.
A great crowd, including at least a hundred little kids in their lacrosse gear, got to see another total blowout. This sounds like the common refrain about football scheduling, but I wish these guys could schedule more quality opponents for home games. Tim, do the better MCLA teams not want to come to Ann Arbor? I'm assuming Coach Paul tries to get top level opponents at home. They seem to have no problem scheduling the best teams on the road, so they aren't dodging anyone.
|5 years 2 weeks ago||sure, but who cares?||
I don't think anyone would argue that they could hang with Virginia or Syracuse right now, but who would expect them to? You can't really compare this team to those teams. They dominate the level they are allowed to play in. That's all you can expect of them. It's actually more than you should expect of them, but certainly all you could want from them. The fact that they can hang with, and even beat, ANY D1 team with scholarships is a pretty strong statement on the strength of the club team.
If they become varsity they'll be recruiting the blue chip players and the top players on this team probably become role players and walk-ons. That's a given isn't it?
I'm all for making noise about adding varsity lacrosse. But in the meantime, we have an incredibly successful team on campus that is fun to watch. By the way, Sparty is in the top ten of the MCLA for the first time ever(?). They play each other April 24. Big game. We may all put a higher priority on football, basketball and hockey wins (thank you Hunwick) over the greenies, but here's another chance to crush some Spartan dreams.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Impressive||
If they are drawing about the same number of fans as softball and baseball as a club team playing in a practice facility with uncomfortable seating if you can find it, no concessions and no space. And if they are doing this with almost no media coverage (mgoblog duly noted for getting on board before most others) and no athletic department marketing support, what does that say about the potential for lacrosse? I think it's pretty encouraging. If varsity is in the works, and you'd have to figure an outdoor stadium and indoor games in Glick eventually, could lacrosse here draw as well as it does at some of the eastern schools? Some of them average crowds well into the thousands, with bigger regular season games and events drawing between 10,000 and 20,000. This is not counting the 40,000+ who watch Ohio State play one of their games in the horseshoe every year before their spring football game, and the 50,000+ who go the NCAA finals.
The club team already plays in front of as many as 5000 every year when they play Michigan State at a neutral site. (East Grand Rapids on April 24 this year). The new soccer stadium beyind the tennis center will seat around 2200, according to mgoblue. I think it's safe to say lacrosse would need a bigger facility than that. Is this is a potential impedement to varsity status (the fact that the sport might need a bigger stadium) or is the fact that the sport has the potential to draw so well more of a selling point to the new AD?
|5 years 3 weeks ago||Mel Pearson||
I can't imagine the job going to anyone but Pearson. It does seem as if he's been groomed for it. If we learned anything from football, drastic changes to tradition-bound programs can bring a lot of short-term anguish (hope, hope, hope that it's not long term). Nobody can replicate the Red persona and presence. It's one-of-a-kind. But at least someone who has dedicated his career to Michigan and to Red can understand what it means to uphold a tradition that is not only special, but is also not holding the program back.
|5 years 3 weeks ago||what?||
Did the head coach of WMU lax really just post on here? Is that a first for mgoblog? (Opposing coach posting, at least openly.)
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Sorry to hear that||
That's too bad. Then I guess we all owe you an even bigger thanks for keeping lacrosse covered considering the boss doesn't get it.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Time is now||
Detroit Mercy just got their first win as a D1 program in their second year of existence.
I agree with all that the time is now. I only hope that DB sees it that way as well. I truly see lacrosse growing at Michigan to at least the level of baseball and possibly even approaching hockey's status as a 2nd tier sport, just below football and basketball. There is a tremendous opportunity right now, and it sounds like the transition could be fairly painless given the success and organizational capabilities of the club team. I'm not saying this is a final four team right away, but certainly the team could compete at a fairly high level if given full support, including scholarships.