In not my most controlled emotional state, I posted that Hart “Wasn’t a Michigan Man” The topic was removed from the board and that is probably best. The point was a touch tongue in cheek since it was Hart who, without evidence, accused another former player of not being a Michigan Man. Those two men are not facing each other on opposing sidelines- Carr defender wearing IU garb – Jharbs wearing UM garb. I was trying to let the optics tell its own story. I apologize to Hart. He played great for UM and wish him all the success in the world.
I do think there are a couple of things worth noting. If Chase throws his entire body weight on a clearly down and sitting Haskins at the end of a play, I will be the first to voice my displeasure. I want to win the way a 17 year old wants… female attention (to put it nicely); but I absolutely will not be happy if UM does cheap shots. I say this to provide the logical mindset and consistency with which I am going to move to my next point.
Indiana, specifically number 72, played dirty. I am extremely disappointed that the refs didn’t control the game and allowed players to get injured needlessly. That said IU coaches are responsible - 18-23 year olds can make poor decision (as can 40 year olds). The coaches should be upset with such conduct. They do not appear to be upset. It is difficult to rebuke your employer. It takes a lot of character to put yourself out on a limb and criticize your own team’s sportsmanship. I would expect a Michigan Man to have such character.