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Ye olde football time. The @MichiganHist twitter account regularly throws out bits and pieces of Michigan athletic coverage from years past and this one is a doozy:
The Detroit Free Press did a massive profile on University of Michigan football in their 10/9/1898 issue pic.twitter.com/EgdBILzYD6
— Michigan's Past (@MichiganHist) October 9, 2018
"Such is the training that football, played by eleven gentlemanly fellows with eleven other gentlemanly fellows, gives to the one who enters its lists."
AAGO update. A clarification from the AAGO on the Wisconsin game:
Park-n-party pre-paid passes have been rescinded. This is preemptive to allow people to make alternative plans. We will take in our season pass holders if possible. That decision will be made Wednesday or Thursday. We did sustain significant damage and the course is still too wet to repair.
Touch and go but not definitively closed.
A history of cheese violence. MVictors has a history of crowd disasters against Wisconsin:
1902 – Chicago (Marshall Field) – U-M 6, Wisconsin 0. In a massive game held in the Windy City, trains full of fans from Madison and Ann Arbor descended on Chicago to be there. According to John Kryk’s epic Stagg vs. Yost, both schools agreed to construct temporary stands to meet the demand for a few hundred additional fans. Unfortunately it seems many more than could fit hopped aboard the stands…and it got ugly. Again, Kryk:
In the middle of the first half, timbers in the grandstand suddenly began to creak–then snapped. The whole stand swayed to the north then collapsed, dropping hundreds. Incredibly, no one was killed and only a few were seriously injured.
The game was interrupted for fifteen minutes as stunned, scared, and some bloodied spectators flooded onto the northeast corner of the playing field to escape the woodpile wreckage.
A lighter note: during the hysteria following the collapse, with the guards distracted while tending to the mess, hundreds of ticketless fans rushed in to the field to grab of a view of this huge game.
And no, things never change as a big legal mess ensued between Wisconsin, Michigan and even Chicago (whose Marshall Field was used to stage the big game), with fingers pointing in all directions.
I love that the damn stadium collapsed and the delay was 15 minutes, or half of the current wait when there's a thunderbolt in the area. Let's go! It's 1902, we're all dying in the near future!
[After THE JUMP: a worse crime against football than the above]
Good God. Jason Kirk memorializes Mike Stoops by digging up the worst defensive strategy in football history:
They did this the whole drive. If you can stand it, the video is at the link above. Do not show this to Don Brown unless you have prepared a bunker in an adjoining state.
MSU injuries. Starting MSU guard David Beedle is out a month, which will obviously hold him out of the Michigan game. Punter Jake Hartbarger had an initial prognosis that may have seen him return for the Michigan game but is now out for the year. That latter is a bigger loss than you might think. Hartbarger's replacement is averaging just 35 net yards; Hartbarger was at 44.
Beedle's injury is one of several on the OL:
Sophomore right guard Kevin Jarvis hurt his right ankle at Indiana and has not played the past two games.
Third-year left tackle Cole Chewins got hurt in early August and slowly has been getting more reps, though he has been coming off the bench.
Sophomore Luke Campbell, who began the year at left tackle and now has been shifted to guard, also got banged up at Indiana and has not started the past two weeks.
Those injuries have led to constant shuffling and significant playing time Saturday at guard for two redshirt freshmen: Blake Bueter, who made his first career start in place of Jarvis, and Matt Carrick, who debuted on the offensive line in place of Beedle after working on field-goal and extra-point units.
MSU is struggling to run the ball as a result. They're 114th in S&P+.
Panic! No wait, don't panic. Michigan was roped into the FBI's NCAA corruption trial:
2. Tai Streets, as a former Michigan football player, is a rep of Wolverines so alleged 5K payment is problem even if it was to play for his AAU team not attend U of M.
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) October 9, 2018
As problems go, a former football player giving some cash to a guy you're not even recruiting is a pretty minor one. Law-talkin' guy Richard Hoeg looked into the specific bylaw:
Broadly, the NCAA could (if it deigned to), deem a high profile former University Athlete as steering folks to Michigan even with actions completely separate from what we would normally think of as recruitment, but that would open up a whole new avenue of problems.
— Richard Hoeg (@HoegLaw) October 9, 2018
Michigan might have to "disassociate" Streets but I'd imagine that's as far as it goes.
Meanwhile at that trial. It's not going great for the FBI, it seems, because the law they're trying to rope in to go after the various agent types is flimsy. Dan Wetzel's covering it and has it right:
They should be shamed, but it’s a shameless lot. Emmert and the others lack even the courage to come to Lower Manhattan to listen to the reality of the sport and the families and the kids that have made each of them generationally wealthy. They’d rather stay away, bury their head in the sand and commission some “blue ribbon” committee headed by Condoleezza Rice to tell them whatever predetermined truth they are desperate to hear.
Rinse, repeat, cash the check.
A multinational corporation allegedly went to Saginaw and offered a high school sophomore a glorious opportunity. It could help him. It could help his family. It could help his future.
The NCAA finds this objectionable, a bad and terrible thing that must be stomped out, even prosecuted.
It seems like the wrong people are on trial here.
Even though that's the case the trial is flinging off a ton of evidence of how busted the system is:
De Sousa played last year on the Jayhawks’ Final Four team and is returning for his sophomore season. Meanwhile, prosecutors said evidence would show an agreement to pay top recruit Billy Preston $90,000 to play for Kansas. Preston enrolled at KU but never played following an automobile accident that led to the school investigating the ownership of a vehicle.
Attorneys for both Gatto and Code also said that a discussed $150,000 payment for recruit Nassir Little to attend the Adidas-sponsored University of Miami came about only after evidence would show, “the University of Arizona was going to pay, or offered to pay, $150,000 for [recruit] Nassir Little to go to Arizona,” Donnelly said. “… Jim was asked to match that offer.”
Donnelly also said the family of former North Carolina State player Dennis Smith Jr. received $40,000 while he was playing for the Wolfpack, although she denied that it was an inducement to sign with the school. “He grew up dreaming of playing for NC State,” Donnelly said.
They're going to find similar payments at, what, 80% of Power 5 schools if they look into them? There has to be some point at which the NCAA throws up its hands. Right? Probably not. But maybe?