MGoBlog & Friends trip to Cleveland - A recap

Submitted by mGrowOld on January 15th, 2015 at 1:09 PM

This past Monday Brian, Seth and John U Bacon traveled to Cleveland to speak to the Northern Ohio Alumni Association about the coaching change and all things Harbaugh.  The event was a sell-out with over 120 people in attendance despite our fair city getting three inches of snow that day.  The MGoBlog team + John U were joined by ex -Michigan All American "Big Ed" Muransky and a surprise guest the immortal (and he is immortal if half the stories told about him that night were true) Team Captain Andy Cannavino.

Brian kicked off the program with an excellent summary of what we can expect from the team offensively next year (power, more power and hopelessly confused opponent safety's) as he showed us what Stanford did and why it worked so well.  John U Bacon gave his insight on the coaching change and they dynamics that led up to us getting Harbaugh and had the room laughing hysterically with the best Bo impersonation I've ever seen.  Ed Muransky & Andy Cannavino told "back in the day" stories that were classic Bo and compared the teams they played on (mucho successful) to last year's (not so much) and gave their insight as to why things turned out the way they did.  Seth did an excellent job moderating the panel and keeping both the presentations and questions from the audience moving along.

For me the biggest scoop of the evening was the general revelation on the part of Muransky and I think John U (sorry I don't have this down exactly - by then I was several Dogfish 60's into the evening) that Harbaugh actually DID have a verbal agreement to coach here back in 2011 but a series of screw-ups and missed opportunities led him to taking the 49ers job and that Hoke was somewhat of a desperation "oh what do we do" hire.  

After the panel was done with their presentations the guys hung around and watched the first half of the National Championship game with everyone.  For those of you concerned about potential for problems with the Buckeye faithful - we were in a separate room quite apart from everyone else so all was peaceful on that front.

I know the group down here was thrilled with the presentations and turn-out and wants to make this an annual event - either at the beginning or end of the season.  Thanks again guys for making the trip!  And lastly I got a chance to meet several of my fellow posters (Magnum PI, Wave and others) which was really fun.   

Here are some pictures from the event:


Brian & the panel


Crowd shot


Me, Brian, Andy, Big Ed, John, Rick (President of Alumni Association), Leslie (Alumni Association executive who did a ton of work down here for this event amoung others) and Seth


Brian, John U, Me and my better half.  FWIW - if you ever get a chance to have a beer with John U Bacon you need to do it.  He is one of the nicest, funniest and all around good guys I've ever met.




Me and a guy who doesn't lurk OR post on the blog yet has this license plate.  Don't ask me why.....












January 15th, 2015 at 2:27 PM ^

Basically not moving rapidly with an actual contract.  There was allegedly a verbal agreement in place but Brandon delayed in getting him an actual offer and during that delay the 49ers moved in and made one he took because he didnt know if Michigan was serious or not.



January 15th, 2015 at 2:50 PM ^

This does beg the question of how long would Harbaugh have stayed here WITH Dave Branding at the reins, doesn't it?  

I know we all heard a lot of rumblings that Harbaugh wasn't coming here from San Fran so long as DB was here but that likely wouldn't have been the case in 2011 when Branding was still a relatively unknown quantity.


January 18th, 2015 at 11:55 AM ^

He's working on one with John Saunders, topic unknown, as well as a project on Herb Brooks and the 1980 Olympic Team. Very possible he gets going on something concerning 2014 Michigan football as well. He always takes the winter semester off from teaching to work on writing books, so hopefully something gets out this year.

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January 15th, 2015 at 6:09 PM ^

Take JUB's class. It isn't offered every semester nor is it always in the same department (Am. Cult or School of Ed), but it is an amazing class. You learn a ton, the speakers are great, and you may even get to have that beer with JUB ;) 


January 15th, 2015 at 7:07 PM ^

I know the past three years were painful! Hoke'so first year was a pleasant suprise! But I am glad that Harbaugh is hear now with Jim Hackett.   Now that Jim had his taste of the NFL & Brandon is gone makes for better situation for the long run.


January 16th, 2015 at 1:27 PM ^

It is amazing to see John U's speeches the second time around because he clearly has them down.  You just need to wind him up and watch him go.

What was interesting about John's talk the other night in Cleveland though was that Cannavino was there and could add his own touches to the story.  Cannavino confirmed the entire story, except that he said he was not nearly as confident in Bo's office as John gave him credit for.  He was scared to death going in there.


January 16th, 2015 at 12:12 PM ^

Congratulations!  You captured one of the rarest of sighting known to man:  Brian sans the Michigan hockey jersey.  Hold on to it.  It may be worth something one day.

This looks like it was a fantastic event!

steve sharik

January 16th, 2015 at 12:30 PM ^

...stated that Harbaugh was on board in 2011 but a close friend of his said something to the effect of (in regards to Brandon), "you don't want any part of that."

I think we saw why this past fall.


January 16th, 2015 at 1:31 PM ^

I really enjoyed this event and having the gang come down to my neighorhood.  Thanks, MGrowOld for helping organizing this, along with Lesley and the others from the local alumni association board.

If any of you have the opportunity to see Brian, Seth, and John live in your area, please make an effort and attend.  It will be well worth your time and they deserve to get a good turnout.

Evil Empire

January 19th, 2015 at 9:08 AM ^

I heard from some friends who attended that it was a good time.  I wish I could have been there; alas it was a weekday evening with lousy weather and some parental obligations.  JUB told the Cannavino story when he was here a few years ago promoting Bo's Lasting Lessons. 

I got to chat with John Kolesar at that event.  Kolesar is about seven years older than I am, so he was torching the Buckeyes during my most impressionable fan years.  Plus he was a skinny kid from the Cleveland area who attended Michigan, and even though our similarities ended there, he was my hero.  I think I did okay keeping it cool.  He told a great story about how Woody Hayes was indirectly responsible for his attending Michigan, with an assist from a surprise source.  John's dad, William Kolesar, was in high school when Woody got the job at OSU.  Woody's zeal for juco players rankled the Ohio high school coaches, including William's coach at Mentor High, Lee Tressel.  Tressel encouraged Kolesar to attend Michigan instead, which naturally led to John growing up a Michigan fan.


January 20th, 2015 at 12:15 PM ^

I was planning on going, but got sent to a business trip in Chicago.  Can't wait for the next event like this, albeit under better circumstances (no OSU playing for a title).