OT (??) - Prohibition on Coaching Change Posts Act of 2010

OT (??) - Prohibition on Coaching Change Posts Act of 2010

Submitted by profitgoblue on December 1st, 2010 at 10:53 AM

For those of you that have been waiting, below is an official copy of the Prohibition on Coaching Change Posts Act of 2010.  For those of you that are predisposed to comply with the terms of the Act, I suggest printing the below and posting it in your cubicle, office, dorm room, or some other location where it can easily be referenced.  This act was codified on November 30, 2010 but is always subject to further revision.  Please let me know if you see any glaring issues that need to be addressed.  Thank you in advance.


The Prohibition on Coaching Change Posts Act of 2010.

Article 1 - Notices

(a)  Notices of MGoInfraction shall be "filed" by Profitgoblue as soon as practicable after a violation of this Act.

(b)  Notices shall be in writing and shall specifically (i) explain the violation, (ii) inform the offender of the fine levied, and (iii) inform the offender of their opportunity for appeal.


Article 2- Infractions, Defined

(a) Thou shalt not, under any circumstances, discuss Jim Harbaugh in connection with the Michigan head coaching job unless and until Rich Rodriguez has officially been relieved of his current contractual obligations.

(b)  Thou shalt not, under any circumstances, lobby for or otherwise argue in support of the firing of Rich Rodriguez until at least the end of 2011.

(c)  Thou shalt not, under any circumstances, speculate, opine, or otherwise comment on Dave Brandon's decision timeframe with respect to the head coaching and/or defensive coordinator job(s).

(d)  Thou shalt not, under any circumstances, post a personal opinion with respect to whether or not Rich Rodriguez will be fired.

(e)  Catch-all provision - additional infractions can be identified at a later date by Profitgoblue in his sole discretion.


Article 3- Penalties

(a)  All violations shall carry a minimum fine of 1 MGoPoint, issued by Profitgoblue, with a maximum fine to be determined by the MGoCommunity at large.

(b)  Fines are subject to waivers as more fully described below.


Article 4- Waivers

(a)  Waivers of Application of the Act - posts that would otherwise be deemed violations of the Act can be excused by formal, written waiver issued by Profitgoblue in his sole discretion.

(b)  Waivers of Levy of Penalty - posts that are deemed violations of the Act shall be cited by penalties can be excused by formal, written waiver issued by Profitgoblue.


Article 5- Appeals

(a)  All MGoInfractions will be final determinations unless a formal, written appeal is "filed" within twenty-four (24) hours of the initial notice of the infraction.

(b)  All appeals must be "file" by posting a reply to the initial Notice.

(c)  The merits of all properly-filed appeals, as well as all amicus briefs filed on the offender's behalf, will be considered by Profitgoblue in his sole discretion. 

(d)  If successful on appeal, the MGoPoints deducted by Profitgoblue will be restored.

(e)  If unsuccessful on appeal, the MGoPoints deducted by Profitgoblue will be lost forever.  However, a mandatory restoration of MGoPoints shall occur if the ruling on appeal is sufficiently negged.

Not OT: Henri Aroused From Slumber, Attacks

Not OT: Henri Aroused From Slumber, Attacks

Submitted by DoctorDave on December 1st, 2010 at 10:49 AM

Henri, the Otter of Ennui, is mad as hell and he is not going to take it any more.

In Boca Raton, FL, two days before the Wisconsin game, he attacked and bit a dog. The day after the game, two people were attacked and bitten. Three days after the Ohio State debacle, Henri struck with a vengeance and the young man in the video was attacked.

Animal control has fielded over 100 calls from residents in and around Boca of an out-of-control otter - suspected to be the same one.

David Hitzig, executive director of Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, says, "It is a mystery as to what's going on and why we've had these attacks recently." "The behavior we've seen in these incidents does not point to a diseased animal." Experts say if the otter was rabid, it would have likely have died by now.

Reports are uncertain as to whether Henri's behavior is related to Michigan's football coaching situation, area recruits, or existential angst within the MGoBlogosphere.

A speedy recovery to those upon whom Henri's pent up wrath was unleashed. A pox on those who provoked him.

OT:MGoblog College Football Bowl Pool

OT:MGoblog College Football Bowl Pool

Submitted by jhackney on December 1st, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Hello MGobloggers. A couple of us last night decided it would be kind of fun to set up a college football bowl pick'em pool. I got the go ahead from Brian to post. This pool is open to the MGoblog family.

Go to ESPN.com

Look under Fantasy and minigames. Pick College Bowl Mania

Choose join a group.

Our pool is obviously called mgoblog

The password is Denarded.

Create your entry

No cash prize, just for bragging rights, although if you get the best on ESPN I think you win a Best Buy $2,000 gift card.

If there are any questions, don't hesitate to post them.


You can start picking in 3 days. Let the games begin, please. I will post this again before bowl season starts since it becomes locked once bowls begin.

Brandon on WTKA this morning...

Brandon on WTKA this morning...

Submitted by BKFinest on December 1st, 2010 at 10:09 AM

Asked only one direct question by Sam & Ira and it related to the impact on recruiting that waiting on a decision had. His response:

"I have to look at the big picture thats what I do and approach things and the big picture is most important. Everything you do impacts recruiting...there's all this firestorm about speculation and all that. What i try to be is infinitely consistent, we have our banquet tomorrow night, we have a bowl game to play, 15 practices to prepare for an undoubtedly a really fine opponent..the players and coaches have earned that right, get that experience behind them hopefully in a positive way. So all the firestorm that's trying to move timetable is not going to work."

Read into it what you'd like, but basically, status quo from him in terms of what he's divulging.

Maybe this is one reason why DB is waiting until early January

Maybe this is one reason why DB is waiting until early January

Submitted by Don on December 1st, 2010 at 10:08 AM

A comment about RR and WVU on another thread prompted me to do some quick digging on the WVU/NCAA situation, and I came across this:


"A closer look at the NCAA report on West Virginia shows that in violation 5(a) “Prior to the 2005-06 academic year through the fall semester of the 2007-08 academic year, the [WVU] compliance staff communicated concerns to the football staff regarding various individuals with interactions with football student-athletes during practice and game-day activities. However, individuals who were considered to be noncoaching sport-specific staff members continued to engage in impermissible activities… subsequent to the discussions.”

In layman’s terms, West Virginia’s compliance staff told Rodriguez he was breaking the rules and he ignored them.... When West Virginia faces the NCAA in December, it is likely Rodriguez will very much be a man of interest."

Assuming this article is accurate, then it provides another possible reason for Brandon to delay a decision until very late in December or early January. Even though the NCAA did find that the transgressions in the Michigan program were far, far less serious than the Freep alleged, the fact that we are going to be penalized at all is certainly a black mark in the eyes of many at UM. Brandon can't simply laugh it off in his capacity as AD, even if he thinks privately that the whole thing is a bit ridiculous. However, the WVU case is more serious for RR, since WVU is apparently alleging that RR and staff ignored complaints and concerns of the WVU compliance dept. It's difficult for him to maintain that he did nothing knowingly wrong at WVU when there is evidence that problems were brought to his attention.

I don't know what the nature of WVU's December appearance before the NCAA will be. The problem for Brandon is that he can't risk giving a public endorsement to RR's continuation as Michigan's head coach prior to the hearing, when there is a chance, however slight, that RR could find himself in hot water with the NCAA all over again. At this point, the issue of the seriousness of the infractions at WVU—practice time and impermissible coaching—is secondary to the issue of whether or not RR ignored the complaints from the WVU compliance people, which would indicate an attempt to knowingly flout the rules, however picayune they may be in our eyes.

If anybody here has more recent info that would eliminate all this as a concern for DB, by all means go ahead and post.

Any expected recruiting decisions this month?

Any expected recruiting decisions this month?

Submitted by StephenRKass on December 1st, 2010 at 9:45 AM

Just a few recruiting questions.

  1. When is the "all clear, go ahead" signal expected on Kinard? I know we're waiting on something.
  2. IIRC, Frost is an early enrollee, so his decision, one way or the other, should be soon. Can he decide anytime between now and the beginning of the Winter Term? (i.e., as late as Jan. 2, say?)
  3. Are there any other undecided recruits who would be enrolled in January?
  4. Beyond the early enrollees, are there other recruits whose decision is imminent? It seems that many of those remaining will announce either at one of the High School all-star games, UA  or Army, or on signing day.

If I have a sense of what's happening on the recruiting front, I can stop obsessively visiting Mgoblog. I'm with Brian, in thinking that the only opinion on the coaching front which really matters is that of DB. Other than the recruiting front, and a bit on B-Ball and Hockey, there's not a lot of threads that really matter to me. I'm tired of the pro/con RR/Harbaugh vitriol, and actually have stopped reading many of the threads. What's been said has been said ad nauseum, sometimes pretty vociferously. It all is now beating a dead horse.

ESPN likes Beilein

ESPN likes Beilein

Submitted by Ziff72 on November 30th, 2010 at 11:28 PM

I like Beilien and think we are on the right track, I was just laughing my ass off imagining RR watching the game in his living room and sayin "Where the fuck have you been all year Mike Patrick?"   "Where are my fucking graphs for my defense you idiots!"

It seemed ESPN was prepared for Mich to get blown out and explain it with graphs showing how young Michigan was but how the future is so bright.  They were gushing on Beilien and the young guys before we even got the lead.

RR gets Millen yelling "Shankapotomous"

Did anyone else notice the completely different vibe of the telecasts?   I think I saw the Michigan is the youngest team in the Big Ten graph 3 times.  I've never seen the graph for RR's defense in 12 games.

Michigan Bowl Tour

Michigan Bowl Tour

Submitted by goblueram on November 30th, 2010 at 10:51 PM

I want to know if anyone has done a "Bowl Tour" through the alumni association?  I just need to know an approximate cost if possible, and a few words about the experience.  I am doing a presentation about this (tomorrow morning of course), so any input would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!