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!

Strength of Schedule

Strength of Schedule

Submitted by Ziff72 on November 30th, 2010 at 9:40 PM

All this Stanford talk has taken me into internet link tangent.  I was just curious if anyone who has looked at this closely can help me understand how these things are possible.

Someone mentioned that Stanford had only played 1 team currently ranked(Oregon).  I thought that was interesting to see how really good they were.  Then I click to a different link and see that they played the 8th hardest schedule according to Sagarin.   

So you played the #1 ranked team,  the Pac 10 is admittedly terrible this year and your hardest out of conference game was the Michigan staple 6-6 Notre Dame and that gets you the 8th hardest schedule in the country?  Alabama 15th hardest schedule would like a word.

This lead me to notice the Pac 10 is considered the best conference this year.  Huh?

So this lead to me to a few questions for the statistically inclined.

Since the PAC 10 did horribly in non conference with few marquee wins how did Sagarin get them to be the hardest conference?  

Did the fact that most of the PAC 10 beat each other up besides Oregon and Stanford lead to a better conference rating?  I guess playing more mediocre teams than playing 1 or 2 real hard teams  and a tomato can makes for a harder SOS which I don't believe.

Is there a more respected strength of schedule rating than Sagarin or is that the accepted standard, because it seems pretty out of whack.




Michigan Won't Be Playing Texas A & M in a Bowl

Michigan Won't Be Playing Texas A & M in a Bowl

Submitted by jhackney on November 30th, 2010 at 9:36 PM


We can cross off Texas A & M off the list. They are in the Cotton Bowl against some team from the ESS EEE SEE.

What does that leave us with now? Missouri, Oklahoma St., Nebraska, K-State, Baylor, Florida?


What say you?

OT: Tom Brady Is... The New Face of UGG

OT: Tom Brady Is... The New Face of UGG

Submitted by ATLWolverine on November 30th, 2010 at 9:24 PM

One of Michigan's most famous QB alums is taking his talents to UGG... Would this convince any of you to wear UGGs? This is like an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object: Tom Brady's masculinity vs. Man-UGGs... which will prevail?



"I have worn and loved the UGG brand for a long time," added California native Tom Brady."This collaboration gives me an opportunity to work with a leading global brand with a great history and a true vision for the future of its men's collection.It's an exciting time to be part of the UGG(R) Australia team."

The Press Release (…).


This may not be the most exciting sports news of the day, but on the other hand, it's far more interesting to me than RR vs. Harbaugh: Game of Death (Part 6,410). Enjoy!