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|2 days 6 hours ago||nah Hollis is Brandon's counterpart||
He's great with their fan base but comes off equally petty and immature towards other fan bases. His tweets about UM and its athletes would be thoroughly embarassing if he were at any other university.
|2 days 6 hours ago||its only a matter of time||
before he starts putting fans, students, and alums in solitary for a month
|2 days 6 hours ago||Duh!||
"A good leader always accepts credit for success and passes off blame for failures"
SOURCE: Proud graduate of the Dave Brandon leadership seminar
|2 days 7 hours ago||In all fairness if I were to hear that a news report originated||
on a blog I'd have to find out which one, and how credible they are. There are a metric shit-ton "social justice warriors" with blogs who are not above fabrication or hyperbole for the sake of their cause. And some sports blogs I can see running with a fantastic story without fact checking because it illicits homerism or contempt.
That being said you cannot merely dismiss something just because it originated on a blog especially one as reputable as MGoBlog, and especially since Brian and Ace really did their homework.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Douche Brandon||
I was expecting something narcissistic, condescending, and ignorant; was not dissapointed.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Hoke is an anchor that he will cut if necessary.||
I agree that he will cut Hoke loose if he deems it necessary, but I'm not sure how necessary he would think it is. I see Brandon making a few changes to try to appease the students and large donors at the cost of ordinary fans (these will be more changes in departmental policy, not coaching changes) I highly doubt that Schlissel says anything that tells him firing Hoke is necessary to keep his job, therefore I doubt its seen by Brandon as a necessity.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||fair enough||
If that's the case it'll be interesting to see who he picks. The top candidates being Tyrone Willingham, Mark Mangino, and Eastern Washington's Offensive Coordinator.
On a serious note: Who wants to coach a team where your athletic director handles his staff like a paranoid despot.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||This is common, for example||
Everyone knows E. Gordon Gee was the president at Ohio, but he was also the quarterbacks coach. Hence his fear that Jim Tressel would fire him.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||If Brandon is kept on its moot||
Brandon will not fire Hoke. He hired him, and firing the guy you hired would show that you are not omniscient. He's already conceded his omnipotence (by giving in to pressures and lower student ticket prices, although likely at the expense of all other ticket buyers).
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||the students are the more visible group||
They have much more access to Schlissel. Why buy off regular fans? They're far less likely to get him fired; so why would he care about their opinions.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||definitely a solid bet...||
I'd put it all on that happening... Maybe then I can afford to go to a Michigan football game
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Here you go||
|3 weeks 15 min ago||1. I'm referring to the||
1. I'm referring to the players' and certain former players' perception of these actions; not to the overall perception nor how it is relayed in the media, national or otherwise.
2. Perhaps to some extent, but the fact that the president is even holding a forum means he realized at least that there is a big issue here. Brandon can go ahead and call the fans and students poor fans, he can go ahead and write snarky emails and take up as much time in the media as he wants because if you ask me having a mass of students, alumni, and fans tell Schlissel personally they want Brandon gone is immeasurably more important and effective than skipping the kickoff of a football game. Even if it is Michigan Football.
|3 weeks 16 min ago||who said anything about coercion?||
I'm talking about the athletes hearing from our athletic department that these actions are because we as fans don't support the team. The football players have expressed this, and its clear that regardless of whether or not they know the real reason we're upset the athletic department is attempting to paint this as fans and students just being wishy-washy and bad fans.
Alternatively, If you're referring to the line of student athletes that gave the football team a send off as they left for New Jersey I think that that was really cool and probably one of those cases where they would have done that if they'd thought of it, the fact that Dave Brandon came up with it just means that he has a good idea once every five years.
Edit: Got Dan autocorrects
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||I know I'm going to be in the minority here||
But I agree with this. I understand the statement being made by not attending kickoff and I think it would difinitively get the point accross to the administration. However, as stated by several players and former players (perhaps because they've been listening to the Athletic Departments spin team too much) it will be seen by them as students and fans not supporting the team.
It's a difficult situation, with the fans attempting to show their distrust and anger at the athletic department and it's alienating policies, and the athletic department seeming successfully portraying those fans as fickle, whiney, and on a crusade to purge the deparrment of anyone associated withthe football team. As a result it seems clear, at least to me and based on player and former players statements, that the department has successfully passed off the idea that any protest by the students is related to team performance and not horrible policies; as such, actions that involve open criticism (booing) and not showing up are likely to be seen as not supporting the team.
I'm not supporting the athletic departments use of the athletes as human shields, I think it's despicable and is itself cause for review by the university and its administration. However that all having been said I think that there are other ways to get the point accross without allowing the department to spin it into the student body and fans not supporting the team. President Schlissel is holding an open forum which, while a less media covered venue, is I think a more appropriate way of voicing these concerns and issues. That along with vigilant emailing of the higher-ups is while less sexy a better way to catalyze change as it doesn't risk the team thinking we dont support them (at least not as much).
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Stoning?||
you should be so lucky!... No, your punishment will be far worse; you shall recieve downvotes and snarky comments!
|3 weeks 2 days ago||found it,||
"Do you like fishsticks?"
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||I think this is a case||
of two sides who see two different halves of a whole picture. The student athletes see Brandon show up at practices, talk to the athletes, etc. They see that he cares for them and has a passion for Michigan, but they don't see his policies alienating fans, students and alumni... whereas the fans, students and alumni see just the opposite.
Does it make our opinions irrelevant because we don't see Dave Brandon working everyday? No, because we do see the results of said work, i.e. screwing over fans, students and alumni. Our opinion (nformed from our half of the picture) is no more irrelevant than his (being formed from the other half).
What it comes down to is does the bad outweigh the good with Brandon. Sure he interacts with the players and shows them that they're important to the university, but any competant Athletic Director can do that. He also drives those who pay for the athletic department through donations and merchandise purchases away. To me that outweighs the good, pretty heavily.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||Dave Brandon is expected to announce||
later than the University of Michigan will now be abandoning Football in favor of Sarcastiball
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||Its easy to criticize a group||
Its easy to criticize a group of disgruntled fans, students, and alumni when you don't understand the big picture and think you're better than all of them.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||My thoughts exactly||
If he were 100% going to keep Brandon, he'd say so. As itstands there is a regents meeting comming up, and it will likely be discussed there. He can't exactly say Brandon is getting fired right now, not until after they've discussed it.
thefact that he hasn't said anything definitive about Dave Brandon is good news to me.
|4 weeks 8 hours ago||exactly||
Regardless of the fact that it is the same email I like this response. It's a professional (looking at you Dave!), well written statement. He didn't have to respond at all, and frankly I wouldn't find it rude if he didn't. University President is already a busy enough job, especially at a place like Michigan, but then you throw in this whole mess and the fumbling of this whole mess, as well as a student body who is pissed of enough to rally about the fumbling of this whole mess and a bunch of reporters circling campus like sharks. He's got quite a bit on his plate.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||i picture brandon as the guy who gets hit by the drunk driver||
He has a bunch of stupid ideas and thinks he's gonna get rich off them
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yes but,||
Yes but, but, okay but.... That is the last straw
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Shaw||
Shaw, I know it's not likely but he's my ideal fit outside of Harbaugh
|4 weeks 2 days ago||whoa whoa whoa||
lets not go that far buddy!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||plus, its probably safe to assume||
plus, it's probably safe to assume he knows the words "I", "am", and "Groot"
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Brian and Bacon for Regent!||
Brian and Bacon for regent!
edit: I dun goofed
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Brian and Bacon for Regent!||
Brian and Bacon for regent!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Didn't he make Michael Taylor pay||
Didn't he make Michael Taylor (1989 QB) pay for a ticket to the game when they were honoring the 1989 Rosebowl team?