We can probably use a little break from our own problems. Their five suspended players may finally get their hearings this week. I can understand the frustration their fans must feel at the pace of this process. Many here were convinced it would be settled before our game. That was four weeks ago, but it feels like so many more.
In the newest Michigan press circus that was live on ESPN, here are our counts:
"It's in the statement": 4
"We're not gonna talk about injuries": 3
- Peppers is hurt
- Does not believe Brandon left him out to dry
- Gardner will start at QB with Bellomy as his backup and Speight as the #3...
- ESPN was there along with Joe Shad
- Schad asks Hoke about headset, he says "no I won't. I have guy behind me that relays info to me"........
Hoke: "I like our football mindset and where our team is at."— Josh Newkirk (@JoshNewkirk7) October 1, 2014
I also think people like having root canals.
If there is in fact a new AD at the end of the season (as is almost guaranteed), Les Miles likely jumps to the top of the list, even at the age of 61. I'm going to have to disagree with our fearless leader on this one, I think Les is the top candidate. If Ward Manuel becomes the new AD, I think Michigan fans should prepare for the Mad Hatter to come north. "I'll never say no to Michigan", and I think that comes to fruition this time. Although if I were the AD, I'd like Les to answer for this: "I'll never forget what he said," Weems said. "He had that twinkle in his eye as he often does and said, 'Why would anybody leave LSU to go to Michigan?' I knew we had our guy."
Given his age, pedigree, and ability to recruit, Pruitt's name could likely be at the top of any number of school's coaching searches. If Michigan wants to go into a new direction, this would be the guy they should go with. Has been wildly successful at Bama, Georgia, and now FSU.
Art Briles too old? Then how about his offensive coordinator? He's considered "cutting edge" in the rise of the passing game, and he runs the fastest-paced offense in the country. Wildly popular name right now, and he likely makes the jump to head coach this off-season.
He's only making 3.85 million at Auburn, and may consider being in a different state than Nick Saban a good thing. If Michigan comes calling offering between 5-7 million, he may jump. In my modest opinion, this may be a name to watch.
Jack Del Rio
Still one of the best defensive minds in Football, and still relatively young. Given Jim Mora Jr's success, a move to Michigan may appeal to Del Rio.
Other outside candidates
MARK HUDSPETH: Give the guy a chance! God damnit.
I am hesitant to post this, but I think it's a good perspective to see what some former players have to say about the reactions of the Michigan community. These are pulled from social media and I have left out names for obvious reasons.
"What people do not understand is that the players will take a bigger hit than any of the staff members. The transition wasn't easy from 2010-2011, but nobody outside of the program has a clue as to what we went through. I'm sure they couldn't care less as long as they can get stone drunk and brag to their buddies that "their" team won."
"The so called "fans" and students claim that they want to support the team and want what is best for the program. They are the same jack wagons posting articles and fb statuses portraying their "disgust" of the university. In the grand scheme of things they are hurting that team more than anything adding fuel to the media fire. If you truly want to support the team, shut your collective mouths. Show up to games and cheer not boo."
I first want to state that I am glad that there has been such an outpouring of condemnation for all the broken things. And there are a lot of broken things.
I know that a lot of people have expressed this opinion in other threads, but there hasn't been (to my knowledge) a thread that directly addresses this:
This movement is starting to creep into the "self-importance zone," in which it becomes less about the original offenses, and more about the reaction. Don't get me wrong, the original petition was sorely needed. I think that the Occupy Schissel movement last night was about as far as things should be taken.
I'm not advocating that anyone stop beating the drum, as the AD is PRAYING that people simply lose interest and stop. I'm not advocating that people show up to games this year. I'm not advocating we put down the swords and welcome a mascot with a sandwich board around his neck saying "EAT MOR CHIKEN!"
But I would not be surprised if the next thread to pop up on this blog is "SIGN MY WHITEHOUSE.GOV PETITION TO GET BRANDON REMOVED!!!!"
There are so many things in this world to get overly worked up about. Hong Kong, Chad Strong, among many unmentionable political and ethical issues that are common today.
The point I guess I am trying to make is this:
If you stage a hunger strike to fire the AD at Michigan, you've stopped making it about them, and started making it about you. The further this is taken, the more absurd it looks, and the less credible everyone looks.
I'm tired of feeling sad.... I just want to watch videos of Denard...
Saw this in SaddestTailgateEver's lates Diary and thought it might be better on the MGoBoard.
Someone is trying to get 10,000 tshirts made for the students to wear at the PSU game. They've only given themselve 48 hours to raise $40,000 to get them all printed.
MLive spoke with Don Canham's widow and it's obvious she's not happy with what's happening at Michigan.
Recently, the widow of the “father of modern college athletics directors” has begun to add her voice to the chorus expressing concern that the powerhouse built by Canham is in jeopardy of losing its luster.
“I’m just devastated that his lifetime at the school—he was there for 50 years as a student, a coach and an athletic director—to see that his legacy is going down the drain, that’s what I’m angry about,” Margaret Canham-Keeley said.
It's worth a read to see that even Canham, who was an innovator his time, got some pushback but obviously ended up being a pioneer as an athletic director.
As many of you know, Brian was at the rally last night and was interviewed by a few local stations. I saw him on WILX, which I have linked below (can't embed). The Michigan segment starts at 4:30 (Brian is at 6:02).
In Ace's photo it looks like he was interviewed by Fox 47 as well, but I can't find video of that.
EDIT: YouTube video of Brian