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|5 days 16 hours ago||timing||
setting aside all the caveats that would otherwise apply, it seems like there are two primary possibilities for the timing of a potential firing here, 1. is the immediate (or close) aftermath of the OSU game; and 2. after the Football Bust on 12/8... as one of Bo's boys, I tend to think Mr. Hackett will wait until after the Bust, to let Coach Hoke & his staff handle the outgoing seniors' last big event, and to allow for the "evaluation process" to take place as well...
so yeah, a bit turtle-ish, but with purpose
|5 days 17 hours ago||100% agree||
"it's a quick leap from pointless moralizing to dismissing a guy forever as only that one thing in that one moment."
thanks for putting this sentiment into words Brian; he's clearly made the wrong decision, and will have to deal with the consequences, but that doesn't mean we as fans should think of the guy as a "waste," someone to simply crumple up and toss in the trash... here's hoping he can pull out of this and make a positive life for himself
|1 week 1 day ago||was actually pondering...||
...this last week; these are likely the last two games for Fred Jackson as a Michigan football coach, as I agree with the earlier comments that there is basically zero likelihood he survives this next coaching change... if he did, it would be the fourth head-coach transition and fifth HC that he'd worked for at Michigan.
Say what you will about the man, but he has been a veritable institution within the program for 23 years, which, especially for an assistant coach, is an extremely long time... I mean, Wheatley, Biakabatuka, Hart, Powers, and the greatest of all time, Chris Perry, all came up through his tutelage, and he even made good backs out of Howard, and Floyd and Toussaint, etc.
for a quick trip down hyperbole lane, check the old tag entries here: http://mgoblog.com/category/tags/fred-jackson-hyperbole-tracker
the end of Fred is nigh... long live Fred
|1 week 5 days ago||killer title||
to this post... immortality does indeed come in all kids of ways.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"the product"||
...this is precisely why the intimations on ESPN that Schlissel et al. are looking at NU's AD are all the more interesting; wouldn't be completely impossible that the UM athletic department won't get up close and personal with the student-athlete union issue sometime soon.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||like the Stubbs "Big Blue" koozie...||
...creeping in the background there; anyone know where an interested, fellow protein connoisseur might acquire such a fine beverage accessory?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||what's the basis?||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||true||
thanks for the careful and deliberate work in compiling/reporting this Brian and Ace; this is truly a game-changing event - no way this post and the information in it don't get into President Schlissel's hands.
I personally cannot see any way that he could condone or excuse such behavior on the part of the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, which means Mr. Brandon is over.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||you're both||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||it depends on whether you asked for all electronic records...||
... it is possible to request and obtain documents and electronic files (metadata, etc.) through FOIA, so long as you (a) request it specifically, and (b) are willing to pay for it to be compiled and produced in either its native format, or via some other method (in person inspection of the computer, burned to a disc, etc.). If you got into litigation over it, given the recent trends in electronic discovery, assuming you have the right specialists and data miners ready, you'd find it... IF it was ever there.
but that's a lot of money to spend on an "if"
|4 weeks 2 days ago||in order to add some baseless speculation...||
...doesn't it seem this would be more likely to relate to the potential departure of one of the presumed parties who is leaving (rather than who might be filling such a position)?
the likelihood it involves anything about a possible incoming candidate for one of those positions seems thin, as it seems ("seems"... again, I warned you, baseless speculation) that most sources who'd leak an email to Brian in this context would likely be someone in or around Ann Arbor and/or the university/athletic department, or at least with current ties there...
hopefully we find out down the road (perhaps soon?), but it seems less likely to me that there would be a leak or a source providing Brian info. coming out of the Boston College Athletic Department or the 49ers, etc... anyway, just my admittedly baseless reading of barely existent tea-leaves
|4 weeks 2 days ago||can of soup here too...||
cue the sad trombone
|4 weeks 4 days ago||word from my friends down in Arkansas is...||
...that they've obviously been watching what's going on in Ann Arbor, and are aware of Long's potential as candidate for replacing DB; they've said that the scuttlebutt down there is that he and his family are super happy in Fayetteville, that he is extremely well-liked and respected within the University community, and that the only position he'd potentially leave UofA for would be to replace Mike Slive as the head of the SEC.
Now, again, that is nothing more than my friend's pro-razorback, SEC-biased view and his reading of various news outlets, blogs, etc., but still...
I personally still think our ADirectorship is a hugely desirable position within college athletics, and Long was (a) hired into the athletic department by Bo, and (b) an associate AD here for 11 years, but I think we should probably hold-off on convincing ourselves that he's already given his notice and is going to jump ship at the drop of a hat...
|4 weeks 4 days ago||one note...||
that Brian has touched on previously is that the next class of recruits is likely to be only 8-10 kids, and several have stated they're coming no matter what happens (include caveats here); but the idea that we can't do anything based on the recruiting effects and NSD is a bit of a stretch
|4 weeks 4 days ago||the thing missing from this...||
"...it seems like if Brandon were going to be fired he would be by now..."
...quote/viewpoint is Schlissel; the man has been in place as President since June (iirc), and he is obviously trying not to be perceived as a hasty decision-maker, which could affect the rest of his tenure as President. Say what you will about the effect of the deliberate process he's undertaken as it relates to the concept and timing of a coaching search, but I don't think Sam can rest his laurels on the idea that Brandon is staying based on the simple fact that Schlissel is being deliberative.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||no, I'm not really...||
involved down there at all (unless you count traveling there a couple weeks ago for my 20th high school reunion)... most of us alums that live out of state only see what the rest of folks see (Grantland, occasional articles like those Brian linked, etc.), but I can tell you that it was pretty clear on my last visit that someone has been ponying up big bucks to upgrade the athletics facilities there; my guess would be that is part of the school's attempts to keep him happy at PA. It's a private school though, so although I'm not an arkansas FOIA expert, I'd guess you wouldn't be able to get his wages through a public records request like you can for University coaches here; any attempt to figure out what it would take monetarily to lure him away with higher salary would be a complete guess on our part. i'd wager most small schools in the area (UCA, etc.) wouldn't necessarily be able to offer too much in terms of salary increase, so he'd probably need to be at a place where he was ready to try his skills at the next level (unless an even bigger school came calling with bigger $$ to make that decision easier for him)
[also, not that it matters that much, but this was something that aggravated me about those articles in Brian's post: no one down there refers to the school as "Pulaski" in isolation. the county that Little Rock is in is called Pulaski County, and since the school's name is Pulaski Academy, everyone down there refers to it solely as "PA" #themoreyouknow]
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Pulaski Academy/innovation||
the fact that there is even a hint or suggestion that it would be possible for my university alma mater to hire the head coach of my high school alma mater is basically making my head assplode...
I do like the convention-challenging nature of Coach Kelley's tactics and it sounds like most people currently at PA are enamored with the success (other than those who would prefer to continue to focus on fostering top-notch academics, rather than shifting towards solicitation of big donors for more sportsball facilities), but it might be helpful to have a little context in terms of the student body at the school... PA is a small, private, high-achieving academic school in west little rock, and has always had a very small (despite recent growth) pool of potential athletes for major athletics. [football has always been big there, but when I played we ran a wishbone and played an offshoot of the standard manball of the early '90's...]; kind of a high-school equivalent to Vandy, if you want an analogy
just as a thought exercise (because I don't think Brian is seriously suggesting hiring Coach Kelley, per se), i think the real question mark for hiring someone like Kelley is whether they could replicate their success in innovating tactically, while also taking advantage of the larger resources and type of recruits you can pull at a large program like Michigan... in other words, can you scale up the application of your tactics, or is your success more about taking advantage of the particular circumstances (ie. developing creative strategies to utilize the skill-set of a nerdy, hard-working set of kids at a lower-level) that won't work when you apply it on a higher level.
I think someone like Mullen is clearly succeeding with a particular brand of this, but am skeptical that coaches like Stitt (closest analog to Kelley that I see on our current CC roundups) could appropriately scale up their coaching tactics/style, at least in the time frame that they would be allowed before the mgofanbase decides it isn't working... in short, I would love to see a forward thinking, innovative coach who can attract and coach the best and the brightest, and out-coach the B1G and beyond with creative tactics, but I think finding a football Beilein is a much tougher task from a practical perspective than doing so in basketball; it's great if you can find someone that brings you to the point where you end up with a Fitzgerald/Harbaugh/Mullen-type of a program, but my sense is there was a portion of Bill Martin that thought he was getting a creative/innovative type of a guy in RichRod, and we all know how much rope he was given... for my money, it would be best to find someone who has already proven a level of success at a major program, vs. trying to uncover a pure, small-school innovator who miraculously has success (and quickly) at their first attempt in this kind of big-time college program
|6 weeks 1 day ago||nuance...||
totally agree that there are many out there who claim to be fans who do not have a nuanced sense of the team/AD/coaching staff/admin dynamic at all...
For eg., one random fb friend of mine who "loves Michigan, just not when they play ND" (don't ask, I've tried to figure this out numerous times, to no avail) posted after last week's game: "worst team ever!!" Now, obviously the outcome of the last game is one we all didn't want to see, but there seems to be a sense among fair-weather fans that you can just say that "Michigan sucks" and leave it at that... which is ridiculous as far as I'm concerned, because if anything, this whole scenario makes me feel terribly for the current players and want Brandon out precisely because of how horribly he is screwing up their only chance to get this collegiate athletic experience; the players all seem like great kids, and there is a lot of talent there, but their leaders are failing them and that is why a change is needed
|6 weeks 3 days ago||blue cheese...||
...seems like a particularly inspired ingredient. well done sir, and thanks!
|6 weeks 5 days ago||#brandoning||
#Brandon RT @Bry_Mac: Screwing up Michigan's brand is damn impressive. It's like screwing up something that is good even when it is terrible, like pizz… oh... I see
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I, for one, would welcome||
First Lieutenant Aldo Raine from Inglorious Basterds as our next HC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ft7kkXO98c#t=91
|7 weeks 4 days ago||under these circumstances||
it would likely be "illegal", in that DPS would be justified in removing one's pitchfork, and likely, the bearer of said pitchfork, from the Diag.
If you take a look at the University's Standard Practice Guide Policies sections on "Violence" and "Weapons", both include language that would:
(a) allow a pitchfork to be arguably classified as a weapon (See http://spg.umich.edu/policy/201.94), and/or
(b) allow one bearing a pitchfork to be characterized as engaging in threatening behavior (See http://spg.umich.edu/policy/601.18)
If you want to bring a pitchfork and be sure that you're not going to get arrested or have it confiscated, make one out of cardboard or papier-mache.
This is not intended to be legal advice to any younger wolverines out there, and I'm not saying whether there is a good likelihood that you'd be charged or that any charges would be prosecuted successfully; in a sense, that doesn't even matter, because all they really want to do in that situation is remove you and/or the pitchfork from the Diag, and they'll be able to do it based on these policies... whether you are deemed to have violated the policies a few months later is somewhat immaterial.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||perfect||
I'll bring some milk too
|8 weeks 2 days ago||betting that||
...adding an addendum to the end of next year's HTTV with 5-10 of the best MGoBBQ recipes would boost sales even further
|11 weeks 3 days ago||High "well" count||
I counted 7 (not including the descriptive "wells" in there):
|12 weeks 3 days ago||1 is pretty young, but it can be done||
As has been mentioned, it could be a bit rough for a one-year old attending a game. I was about 1 when i was taken to my first game, but that was in '77, so things are a bit different these days (and my parents may be insane). We took our sons to games when they were 1 and 2 (actually, the first time I took my oldest son to the stadium he was 4 months old and it was for Bo's memorial service...), but I think we lucked out at all our early games because we were flexible, had good weather, and had lots of support (ie. sat with the grandparents); if it is just you and your significant other, it might turn out to be miserable, because it does take a good amount of work; however, again, it can be done.
Definitely lots of good comments above, so read through those; sorry if I repeat anything excessively here but here are my quick thoughts:
If you're going early in the season, water and sun protection are vital. The first/August game is basically too hot for adults, and is really hard for kids generally; so it goes without saying that toddlers would not like it at all. In short, don't go to the August game with a 1 year old. Later on in the season (late sept. - oct.) would be preferrable, and you'll just need to be ready with various layers and weather protection.
As far as pre-gaming, rather than sit around by the back of a car, we've always tried to balance snacks with a variety of activities for the kids, so after we set up base at the tailgate and eat a snack, we would then go watch the drumline on the steps of Revelli Hall; come back for more snacks, then watch the band march into the stadium; now that they're older we can play a bit of catch, etc. I think that helped get my boys excited about the pomp and circumstance associated with the gameday experience, which is always helpful, and is something they still remember (perhaps due, in part, to the fact that we took lots of pictures). The variety/activity helps tire them out as well, which was always helpful for our little guys (our oldest slept in a sling on my lap for most of the 38-0 blasting of ND years ago after this kind of pre-game), and even if they're going to stay awake, they will at least not be entering the game already being bored by having sat around a tailgate for 3 hours doing nothing.
When you get into the game, all the normal toddler caveats apply too: have lots of wipes, hat, sun shade, snacks and beverages (one-year olds complicate that a bit, depending on what they're eating), be prepared to exit your section quickly if a diaper change is needed (or just to calm down an anxious tiny person who isn't as keen as you are to sit in the same place surrounded by tons of people; remember too that you're trying to watch a game that actually may be physically impossible for your one year old's eyes to focus on too (depending on where your seats are), so don't be surprised if they aren't into watching the game since it is likely too far away for them to see!
As has been mentioned, leaving the stadium entirely in the first half or so is a very likely possibility, given all the stresses and issues you'll be facing; if you're lucky, if they get fussy you can just get them calmed down a bit by walking/playing around the grass outside the stadium, etc., but that obviously means you're missing the game... Might be a small price to pay, however, if you want to stick around for longer and potentially be there for the end of the game. Finally, you'll need to finesse their napping schedule if you're going to have any chance at staying long enough for you to enjoy the game too. As I mentioned, we lucked out in that our boys were still napping, and I was able to get them to sleep on my chest while the game was going on because we'd tuckered them out so much before going into the stadium and they were already past their normal nap-time.
Anyway, whenever you're able to take your little one to their first game, here's hoping you and they have a great time. Best of luck, and GO BLUE!
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Walter Smith's catch||
Walter Smith was the heartbeat of the team back in the early 90's, but in the august of what was to be his senior year, he tore his ACL; he was still voted team captain, and was always a presence on the sideline; Mo snuck him in for one play against Minnesota in November, however, and it is my favorite two-yard gain of all time... shed some happiness tears in the stands on this one (thanks to Wolverine Historian for digging this one up) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XakgFGqSFPU&feature=player_detailpage#t=1312s
|18 weeks 1 day ago||someone who clearly "gets it"...||
thanks for the really nicely written piece.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||*truth||
Pitino used to be as shady as Calipari, but Beilein is as classy as they come-miles ahead of those two-and I am really looking forward to his first of hopefully many NC banners in Crisler
|34 weeks 5 days ago||...and since they||
can't work at the no-longer-in-existence (as far as I know) Bagel Factory, they can no-longer bake for him either. #RIPJake