CC: ESPN's Rittenberg comments on Michigan coaching uncertainty

CC: ESPN's Rittenberg comments on Michigan coaching uncertainty

Submitted by StephenRKass on December 6th, 2010 at 6:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg has a new article up at on the coaching situation at Michigan.

There isn't much new news in the article. However, there were a handful of interesting comments. Among others, 

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says he is very comfortable waiting until after the bowl season to evaluate his coaches. Rich Rodriguez is not.


And also,

On Monday, Rodriguez and his boss walked by each other at least twice without making eye contact. Brandon insisted he's not worried about Rodriguez feeling unsettled about his future with college football's winningest program.


Lastly, from RR on recruiting,

The Rodriguez-led coaching staff is trying to persuade high school seniors to commit, or stick with their commitment, to Michigan even though there's uncertainty about who will be coaching at the school next season. Rodriguez said his status at the school has created an obstacle in recruiting, but he has an answer for recruits and their parents when they ask a question he can't really answer. "I tell them we're planning on being here and being their coach," he said.


As I said, while not much is new, this seems to allude to some level of current discomfort or strain in the relationship between DB & RR.

OT:(???) Hollywood Releasing GERG Movie

OT:(???) Hollywood Releasing GERG Movie

Submitted by jhackney on December 6th, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Well folks, we have our first work of PR. Hollywood is releasing the guaranteed blockbuster film titled The Beaver. Mel Gibson has the lead role of GERG Robinson.

From the Daily Telegraph:

Mel Gibson has had to endure questions about his stability following a string of controversies. Now he is preparing to relaunch his career by playing a man who befriends a hand-puppet beaver after suffering a breakdown.

Coincidence? Conspiracy? GERG's hair finally landed him stardom?

Enjoy the trailer, I played it three times in a row in utter shock and disbelief of the great clips that will eventually make it to this board:

TomVH: Quick Chris Bryant Update

TomVH: Quick Chris Bryant Update

Submitted by TomVH on December 6th, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Chicago OL Chris Bryant is coming in for an official visit this weekend with his parents. He does not have any other visits planned after this, but he could schedule a few if he decides he needs to. 

Michigan is in good position with Chris, but he does have some concerns about the coaching situation. He plans on asking about those concerns this weekend. I don't expect him to make a decision this weekend, but it's not out of the question. I don't think he really knows what he wants to do at this point until some things are cleared up. This visit will be for him to see more of the social life and how he interacts with the players. 

Reminder to self: never make bet with MSU fan

Reminder to self: never make bet with MSU fan

Submitted by StephenRKass on December 6th, 2010 at 2:53 PM

"There's a sucker born every minute." In this case, me. In the euphoria of our 5 - 0 start, I thought we had a good chance to beat Michigan State. This was a fatal miscalculation. In the hubris of that moment, with blind confidence in then Heisman front runner Denard and in the proud and sure confidence of Michigan's return to glory, I made a wager. A foolish wager. One requiring the wearing of Michigan State garments in a public setting, and the possible sacrifice of my first born child.

After the loss, I was required to take my senior daughter on a campus visit to Michigan State, on a beautiful Fall day. She was not swayed, and is planning to attend Kansas State. (A planned major in animal science with the goal of large animal vet school does not make Michigan a viable location for attendance.) Disaster narrowly averted . . . I can't imagine the pain and humiliation of Michigan alumni who have offspring attending Michigan State. I wonder if there are support groups for those unfortunate souls.

The second part of the bet was paid off yesterday. Needless to say, this goes down as a day of great personal shame and infamy. Sigh. At least the tie I wore was reasonably tasteful. Muted green and silver stripes with a single "Michigan State" at the bottom is tolerable. A loud, garish green and white polyester abomination with a field of leering Sparties would not have been. Lesson learned.

Note to self:  should Michigan somehow get through the first 10 games next year without a loss, do NOT, repeat, do NOT, make a wager with colleagues from Nebraska, or nephews from Ohio State. Yes, I believe 2011 will be a good year. Yes, I believe that we will be in all our games. But no, this ginger does not want to take the chance of wearing Nebraska or Ohio State red.

MI DL Damon Knox to MSU

MI DL Damon Knox to MSU

Submitted by DGDestroys on December 6th, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Scout is reporting that Muskegon DL Damon Knox has committed to MSU. For anyone wondering, it's been reported here multiple times that his grades wouldn't be good enough to net a scholarship offer. Best of luck to the kid, even if he's off to Sparty.

Why did he commit?

"That coaching staff is amazing,” he said about the Spartans. “They’re so energetic and never flat. I constantly hear from them and they really want me. They make me feel very wanted…I love that program.”

Bowl Game: Questions for a First-Timer

Bowl Game: Questions for a First-Timer

Submitted by UMGooch on December 6th, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Bought my first bowl tickets today! Its the first bowl game Michigan has gone to where I live in the state in which they are playing. Very excited to make it to my first one, but I have a few questions maybe some of you MGoUsers can answer. By the way, stadium seats are $65 a pop.

1. I signed in with my MGoBlue user account (the one I used to buy student season tickets all 4 years of undergrad). Is there any preferential seating selection for repeat customers or customers with seniority (alumni, perhaps)?

2. Will I be placed in the Michigan group? I purchased Stadium level seats.

3. How many of you are making the trip? I hope there's an awesome showing by Michigan fans. I'd like a home crowd advantage.

Go Blue! Let's beat up on the SEC!

OT- Holy (sh)Nikes! Oregon did have a different uni every game this year

OT- Holy (sh)Nikes! Oregon did have a different uni every game this year

Submitted by Wolverine In Exile on December 6th, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Via HT from Dr Saturday:

A nice recap of Oregon's uni combos this year. And yes, they had a different combo for every game. Sometimes a shirt, or a helmet, or sometimes an entirely different color combo (still surpirsed no all-neon yellow look this year).To think we bitch about striping changes every couple years on an away jersey...

Jim Mora: "Striping? You're talking about striping?"