What Dave Brandon is really about

What Dave Brandon is really about

Submitted by StoneRoses on September 30th, 2014 at 10:10 PM

Dave will be out soon with this media frenzy that is surrounding this imploding football program and embarassing athletic department, there is simply no way he can stay - plain and simple.  This guy has "created the future", just like the all-too-frequent mgoblog tags. What Dave Brandon is really all about is Dave Brandon, not the University of Michigan. That is what is bringing the football team to the depths it is at currently.

No athletic director sits in on film study, picks a coach after purposely avoiding to offer Jim Harbaugh - the biggest, most accomplished option at the time, and then 'pimping out' the school's tradition and brand while raising ticket prices. This guy stands on our sidelines during games and clearly has a presence in all of the critical events of each teams' seasons. This guy is Jerry Jones. Michigan football is now nothing like it was during the Carr years which, while not the most successful during his later years, were a period of stability and success for this team. Dave Brandon turned the football team into a product that he can supply, market, and create a profit. This has become Michigan football in name only. Things must change, from the top-down. 

Dave Brandon if you read this, don't make this uglier for any of us and resign please. Michigan students, fans, alumni, whoever - they proved that we demand change. Brandon will be removed when we continue to make our voices heard. We can't let the program continue to fall apart.

Watching the rally and Brian speak today, and then later seeing the major news story that this is becoming is unreal. The fans are demanding Brandon fired, Hoke removed, and some are demanding an offer to Jim Harbaugh to be our next coach. Could Michigan become something that the University must share decision making processes with its alumni and students? A Green Bay Packers situation and maybe even the opposite of the players' union at Northwestern. This entire season has been crazy and almost surreal and I hope this is all resolved as soon as possible.

No one in football is innocent when it comes to concussions

No one in football is innocent when it comes to concussions

Submitted by Erik_in_Dayton on September 30th, 2014 at 8:14 PM

This is the worst week I can remember for Michigan football.  My mom, a Michigan grad, sent me a text this morning saying she's ashamed of Michigan and sad about the program's state of affairs.  The world does and should expect more of Michigan, she says.  My mom follows the team perhaps more than the average mother, but I do not usually receive texts from her on Tuesday mornings about the program.  That by itself means something's very wrong.   

I share her sentiments, and I think Michigan should unquestionably do better than it did.  But I also can't help but see a contradiction between being outraged by what Michigan did and also being a part of tackle football – even as a fan.

To explain my reasoning, I ask that you indulge me in a brief journey backward:  I grew up playing pick-up football.  I loved it.  I was also either knocked unconscious or made woozy, stumbling around seeing stars, multiple times.  The same happened when I played organized ball.  Those few of you who usually read my posts may not be surprised.

I bring up my own unremarkable experience playing football because I believe my experience was entirely typical.  And the important point here is that football and concussions go together like dating and awkward moments.  Football is a concussion-producing machine. 

Does everyone remember the 2012 OSU v. MSU game?  William Golson was knocked out for a good minute, and he still finished the game.  MSU later claimed he had the wind knocked out of him.  You can see that he was unconscious here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AZsok00Pio

If you don’t remember that 2012 contest, how about 2009 Iowa v. Michigan?  Tate Forcier was slammed to the turf by Adrien Clayborne and kicked in the head by another Hawkeye (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VrBNPEVFuM)   He played another series before being pulled by Coach Rodriguez for performance-related reasons.  Coach Rod wouldn’t learn he had a mild concussion until after the game. http://www.annarbor.com/sports/tate-forcier-suffered-a-concussion-vs-iowa-still-michigans-starting-quarterback/

And what about 2010 Notre Dame v. Michigan?  Brian Kelly put Dayne Crist back into the game after Crist took a hit to the head that caused him to lose vision in his right eye.  http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5576505

A final clip: one of the many absolutely brutal hits 49ers great Steve Young took during his career, which was cut short by concussions.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkm2TzGPX8Y

These are, needless to say, not isolated incidents.  The Center for Disease Control estimates that teenagers suffer two million brain injuries per year while playing football.  http://grantland.com/features/jonah-lehrer-concussions-adolescents-future-football/

Also needless to say, brain injuries are bad.  Former NFL players age 30-49 are 19 times more likely to have dementia than men in that age group from the general population. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/sports/football/30dementia.html?_r=3&hp&

Grantland, meanwhile, reported the following regarding research into concussions in youth players:

"In 2002, a team of neurologists surveying several hundred high school football players concluded that athletes who had suffered three or more concussions were nearly ten times more likely to exhibit multiple “abnormal” responses to head injury, including loss of consciousness and persistent amnesia. A 2004 study, meanwhile, revealed that football players with multiple concussions were 7.7 times more likely to experience a “major drop in memory performance” and that three months after a concussion they continued to experience “persistent deficits in processing complex visual stimuli.” What’s most disturbing, perhaps, is that these cognitive deficits have a real-world impact: When compared with similar students without a history of concussions, athletes with two or more brain injuries demonstrate statistically significant lower grade-point averages."


Additionally, teens with a history of concussions suffer from depression at three times the rate of teens who have not had a single concussion.


Jeffrey Max, M.D., studies the psychiatric outcomes of traumatic brain injury in young people at the University of California, San Diego.  He stated the following this year: 

"In the clinic, we've certainly seen cases where within hours [of sustaining a concussion], a kid who's never had depression before is suddenly depressed and suicidal. One of our studies found that the brain images in children with traumatic brain injury and depression were actually quite similar to those seen in adults who develop depression as a result of traumatic brain injury."



I don't post any of this to absolve anyone involved in the game this Saturday.  But I do post it to put the game in context. 

Given that context, I caution any football fan away from being too high-and-mighty with regard to the Morris incident.  You're drawing some awfully convenient conclusions if you think you are clean with regard to the issues described above.

Remember when we all loved this picture?   


You're fooling yourself if you think PSU's Anthony Morelli wasn't concussed on that play.  Despite this,  we - myself included - reveled in that moment.  And that was only eight years ago, though we've admittedly learned a lot about football and concussions since then.

Standards change, and that's often good.  A series of bad acts also don't justify another bad act.  But with football, we are all contributing to possible bad acts against young people all the time.  You can minimize risk, something Michigan failed at on Saturday, but you also cannot have football without this: 


Michigan and all schools should be better about watching out for possible concussions.  But everyone involved in football should take time to think about the nature of the game and its inevitable outcomes.  We can lessen the game's risks, but all fans and participants of football live in a glass house when it comes to player safety.  We should be mindful of that. 



YouTube Video of Today's Brandon Protest

YouTube Video of Today's Brandon Protest

Submitted by m1817 on September 30th, 2014 at 7:42 PM

YouTube video of today's Brandon protest at president's house.


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More video's including, one with Brian, from the rag east of Ann Arbor.



Schlissel releases statement re: Shane

Schlissel releases statement re: Shane

Submitted by wlubd on September 30th, 2014 at 5:37 PM

EDIT: Updated with non-microscopic font. (H/T to Maize and Brew for getting it up)

As the leader of our university community, I want to express my extreme disappointment in the events surrounding the handling of an on-field injury to one of our football players, Shane Morris. The health and safety of our entire student community, including all of our student-athletes, is my most important responsibility as university president.

I have been in regular discussion regarding this incident and its aftermath with Athletic Director David Brandon and the Board of Regents. I support the immediate protocol changes that the department's initial assessment has identified. I have instructed the Athletic Department to provide me, the Board of Regents, and other campus leaders with a thorough review of our in-game player safety procedures, particularly those involving head injuries, and will involve experts from the University of Michigan Health System in assessing its medical aspects.

Despite having one of the finest levels of team medical expertise in the country, our system failed on Saturday. We did not get this right and for this I apologize to Shane, his family, his teammates, and the entire Michigan family. It is a critical lesson to us about how vigilant and disciplined we must always be to ensure student-athlete safety. As president, I will take all necessary steps to make sure that occurs and to enforce the necessary accountability for our success in this regard.

Our communications going forward will be direct, transparent and timely. The University of Michigan stands for the highest level of excellence in everything we do, on and off the field. That standard will guide my review of this situation and all the University's future actions.

My thanks go to the many members of the University community who have taken the time to express their thoughts.


NY Magazine cites Brian

NY Magazine cites Brian

Submitted by elhead on September 30th, 2014 at 4:29 PM


MGoBlog getting all this publicity is no consolation for this new rendition of horror, but take it for what it's worth.

Article bit: "suggests that the department tried to force Michigan’s medical staff to lie or obfuscate about its diagnosis," as per Brian's post this morning.

Hell, Brian for Guvna...

Was There a Players-Only Team Meeting on Sunday?

Was There a Players-Only Team Meeting on Sunday?

Submitted by saveferris on September 30th, 2014 at 2:44 PM

After the Minnesota game on Saturday, I remember reading or hearing something about the team calling a players-only meeting for Sunday.  Does anyone know if that actually wound up happening or did that get pushed aside by the Concussion-Gate shitstorm?  Looking for a sign that there may be some semblance of leadership left on this team.

US Congressman wants B1G to investigate concussion

US Congressman wants B1G to investigate concussion

Submitted by FreddieMercuryHayes on September 30th, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Weeeeee!  Congrats Brandon and Hoke!  A US Congressman from NJ, who is chair of the  Congressional Brain Injury Caucus, wants the B1G to investigate UM and the handling of Morris' concussion.  Man, this athletic department is so great handling a PR crisis!  Glad the President and the Regents are around to address the shitstorm!