FWIW: "A Michigan Football VIP and my waiter friend"

FWIW: "A Michigan Football VIP and my waiter friend"

Submitted by yossarians tree on December 2nd, 2010 at 11:02 PM

First, I like Rich Rodriguez and I want him to succeed. I think next year is the tell-all year on whether he will succeed, and I would love for him and his players to have that chance.

But I do have an interesting story to relate on a very VIP in Michigan football history, who happened to have dinner at a local establishment in the last couple days, and happened to be waited on by a very good friend of mine who enjoyed bantering with this man and his companions for the better part of three hours.

This is no bullshit. And I am being very vague for the reason that I don't want to bust my buddy, or the establishment where he works.

My buddy is a kinda Michigan fan, more just a local sports fan, and he was very cognizant and impressed by the fact that he was waiting on said VIP.

The shocka quote, among many my friend heard from the jovial men that evening: "I always said, You don't win with one player and you don't lose with one player, but what they've done with that young man...."

My friend came away with a very strong, favorable impression of this man, who he said was friendly, engaging, and down to earth. As well as his friends. He said upon approaching the table at one point the name "Harbaugh" was being tossed around, but they quieted down when he came up.

Okay, that's it. I debated posting this story here for many reasons, primary of which it is hearsay and I do not want to put my bud or "VIP" under the gun. Ultimately I decided to report in this sophomoric cryptic way because I think many mgoblog readers might read the tea leaves and have some idea of what is going on here.

My conclusion: I would still like RR to stay. But I doubt that he will.

Our fanbase and recruiting

Our fanbase and recruiting

Submitted by rbgoblue on December 2nd, 2010 at 10:36 PM

Well, Rich got ripped a new one a few weeks ago by some who objected to his suggestion that the negativity in our fanbase was hurting us on the recruiting trail.  Well, I certainly wouldn't think it has helped us here... Bye Dee, would have loved to see you share a backfield with Denard.

 

Any objections?  Neg away...

Rodriguez' confidence

Rodriguez' confidence

Submitted by Farnn on December 2nd, 2010 at 9:34 PM
Over the last few weeks it seems to me RR has shown more confidence in this team than at any point in the past 3 years. Before he was always cautious with how he described the team; as if he knew they would be bad though he obviously couldn't say that. But now he really seems to see greatness down the road. He may be just trying to win support and keep his job, but from the way he enforced team discipline (Hagerup) I don't think that's his personality. Has anyone else noticed the change in outlook? Or am I seeing something that isn't really there?

From Banquet, Denard promises victory in bowl game, Dave Brandon on bowl destination

From Banquet, Denard promises victory in bowl game, Dave Brandon on bowl destination

Submitted by InRodWeTrust333 on December 2nd, 2010 at 9:00 PM

Per Angelique twitter account,

Denard to seniors re: Bowl "We're going to let you all out with a big victory. No matter what team, we're going to get a win"

and Per Mark Snyder

AD Dave Brandon on bowl destination: "Frank (Beckmann) thinks we might be going west, I think we might be going in a different direction."

CC: Does the bowl game really matter for RR?

CC: Does the bowl game really matter for RR?

Submitted by sammylittle on December 2nd, 2010 at 8:49 PM

I have seen several people comment that the bowl game is make or break for RR.  I can't see how the bowl game makes much difference.  Our bowl opponent has yet to be determined and could be either very tough, mediocre, or somewhere between.  The main arguments for replacing RR:  bad defense, losses to rivals, 33% winning percentage in conference will not be changed by a bowl victory.  The main arguments for retaining RR:  improvement, youth/inexperience, offensive genius, etc. also will not be changed by the bowl result.  I have to believe that DB has a good idea about what he will do and is just checking with his subordinates and being sure he is not too hasty in his decision.  Also, like an NFL receiver in the end zone, AD's must complete the process or any decision they make will be void.

UM Academic All-Big Ten List, 1953-2009 & Academic All-Americans

UM Academic All-Big Ten List, 1953-2009 & Academic All-Americans

Submitted by FL on December 2nd, 2010 at 7:24 PM

For those who asked about how many Academic All-Big Ten recipients the football program has had over the years, follow the link below. Over the last 10 years, we've had between 7-12 per year, with a high of 16 in 2005:

http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/052109aaa.html

Also, a list of Academic All-Americans (hail Space Emperor!):

http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/042709aaa.html

Which players will primarily play secondary next season?

Which players will primarily play secondary next season?

Submitted by Blue boy johnson on December 2nd, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Who on our roster will remain in the secondary next season. Here is a list of our secondary from the roster at http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/mich-m-footbl-mtt.html. I have omitted the walk-on types.

I know some of these guys are already linebackers, but other than Kovacs and Vinopal, who are going to be the players contending for spots at the more traditional free/deep safety positions.

I think there is a chance that either JT Floyd or Woolfolk displaces Vinopal from the starting rotation, and the one who doesn't replace Vinopal ends up as the other starting corner.

Mike Williams S RS JR
Jordan Kovacs S RS SO
Jared Van Slyke S RS JR
Floyd Simmons S RS SO
Ray Vinopal S FR
Thomas Gordon S RS FR
Carvin Johnson S FR
Brandin Hawthorne S SO
Josh Furman S FR
Cameron Gordon S RS FR
Marvin Robinson S FR
Troy Woolfolk CB SR
Cullen Christian CB FR
Terrence Talbott CB FR
Tony Anderson CB RS JR
J.T. Floyd CB RS SO
Courtney Avery CB FR