I just received my bowl tickets for the game against South Carolina and I have a question for some former and current students with bowl experience. How easy is it for one to move around. I'm a senior and got placed into the upper deck and was curious how easy it would be to move to a lower section. Any feedback would be great.
So, I haven't been to Eleven Warriors, one of the better Ohio blogs, for about a month, or before the game in Columbus. I happened to run over, and whaddaya know, they have a full column by Johnny Ginter focusing on Rich Rodriguez and Michigan.
I guess this is what you can expect when they are going through a bowl ban and have nothing to write about in terms of Ohio football. The piece has been up for a day or so, is about Michigan, and actually references mgoblog and Brian several times. For some of you, it will be an interesting read.
I'm not going to put a whole bunch of quotes in: if you're interested, go to the link. If you're not, well, I didn't waste your time. Basically, Ginter goes through the whole thing of Rodriguez being a decent coach who made some missteps, was never given a real chance by Michigan, being both mistreated and having some rotten luck.
However, I'll put in two quotes that were intriguing.
So now you have a choice, Buckeye fans. Do you root for the guy, knowing that each successive victory angers the Wolverine fanbase in a vague, irritating way? Or do you root against him, forcing him to walk the earth as a shadow, forever branded with the mark of Cain that is Michigan football?
You can link to see which way Ginter goes.
The other quote is from a Michigan fan in the comments, regarding our blog:
You could send MGoBlog into a complete meltdown with this post. Not because it is in any way inflammatory; it isn't. But because anything related to Rodriguez now seems to divide Michigan fans. Through no fault whatsoever of Brian Cook (always fair to Rodriguez, and sometimes critical of Rodriguez such as when Brian Cook was about the first person anywhere to doubt the wisdom of Greg Robinson), the mostly anti-Rodriguez MGo readership -- with many notable exceptions -- sort of convulses in a denial of service attack whenever Rodriguez's name comes up.
I kind of agree with this analysis, and can see why Brian wants to just roll his eyes, disappear, and put his fingers in his ears when RR comes up . . . "LA LA LA LA LA LA I Can't hear you LA LA LA LA have you gone away yet LA LA LA LA LA."
Hopefully we'll be able to have rational and non-meltdown discourse on RR at some point in the future.
One thing for sure (unrelated to the Eleven Warriors Blog) is a terrible legacy of RR: his recruiting, even for the different "spread" scheme, has set Michigan back, and left Hoke at a disadvantage. It irks me to have heard the "cupboard bare" complaints about Carr, when Hoke and Mattison and Borges have not complained once (that I've seen) about the players they inherited, but have made do and coached them up.
So proud of my good friend Jason Abrams. A Detroit kid whose new show on HGTV "Scoring The Deal" premiers on HGTV next month featuring Michigan alum Cato June. For those of you who haven't seen the preview, it's basically House Hunters meets Jerry McGuire. The dude has the most fascinating career I've ever heard of, and obviously ESPN and HGTV seemed to have agreed. Check out the promo:
Not bad for a Farmington Hills kid who never went to college.
He delivers a sincere apology for his mistake and it really sounds like he hopes to be back next year. I really like the part where he describes the coaches as nice people who aren't yelling at him but rather concerened with his well being. That's one of many signs of how great a coach Hoke is.
"Without offering details, Hagerup said he lapsed into "old habits" and blames no one but himself. He was suspended the first four games of 2011 for violating team rules, and missed the 2010 Ohio State game for the same reason."
"Hagerup has been meeting with the staff and said he hopes to meet again with Hoke today. Hagerup added there has been no "screaming or yelling" from the coaches, and they have had good discussions."
Looking for help, links, information and memories on Michigan recruiting prior to databases and the like. I thought I could trust my memory but then realized I completely forgot things like James Taylor (apparently a 2000 WR we stole from Sparty who didn't qualify).
I highlighted the boxes I need help with. This is for an upcoming Hokepoints.
You can find the full statement at the link below
($). Here's an excerpt from the seemingly very sincere apology. Best of luck to him in the future.
Although I looked forward to finishing my college football career playing against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, I fully understand the decision Coach Hoke had to make by suspending me from the bowl game. I have called Ann Arbor my home for the last five years, and I can honestly say that everyone here will remain an integral part of my family.
EDIT: Turns out it's not paywalled after all, thanks dnak438.
Nice to see that one of the lower rated commits in this class has the athletic ability to do this:
Just noticed on TTB that we have offered a DB from Virginia named Chris Holmes. He is an NC State commit with meh offers and a consensus low three star (Max 2 star on 247). Looks a lot better than that on the film below - maybe he blew up in his senior year and was overlooked. So far staying with his commitment until he meets their new staff, but if he decommits we are in a good position.