Can we start a petition here?

Submitted by MGlobules on September 28th, 2014 at 12:25 PM

I have never seen this kind of activism at mgoblog, but may be it's time for it. Could we create a petition demanding that Brandon have no part in the choosing of a new coach? I think it should say something to the effect that it is his bad decision-making and micromanagement that has led to this impasse, and a group of thoughtful, trusted alums and employees should be chosen to carry it out. There is too much bad blood now attached to his name for the community to trust any process he is at the head of. Is there something like a survey monkey to do this with? Who can set it up? 

Meantime, if you find this idea persuasive, please post something like a "yea" with your comment. 



September 28th, 2014 at 12:29 PM ^

I have no idea how you would expect the AD to not be involved with an athletic's hiring.


Either DB is involved with the replacement of Hoke, or he is no longer employed by the university.


September 28th, 2014 at 1:05 PM ^

No... Not at all. Those aren't my only two options. I want Brandon gone as much as the next guy, but forcing him to abstain from hiring a coach would be a disaster. Would you go work for a company where your boss was mandated by [customers/shareholders/whatever] to abstain from your hiring process? Yet, once hired, he's still your boss? That sounds like a tire fire that any reasonable person would avoid with a 1,000 foot pole.

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September 28th, 2014 at 12:32 PM ^

I'm fine with DB being involved if he chooses John Harbaugh. In fact, I don't like DB and agree with the party line here that his antics are deplorable, but if he can swing JH and the program gets on track then I think we could stomach him. Big ifs.

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snarling wolverine

September 28th, 2014 at 2:16 PM ^

If Brandon could hire Harbaugh, that would mean 1) the football program just got a lot better; 2) Brandon must have promised to stop doing all his Jerry Jones-esque crap like watching film with the coach; and 3) there'd be no need for marketing fiascos like the Coke promotion, because fans would actually want to buy tickets.

Brandon becoming more competent at his job would be helpful because conducting both an AD and HC search this fall would be problematic.  Of course, if we can pull that off and still land a Harbaugh, better still.



September 28th, 2014 at 3:19 PM ^

consulting firms are out there and better equipped at evaluating coaching candidates than an AD.  i would immediately fire hoke and brandon and hire such a firm.  the board of regents along with the firm (and even some former trusted football alumni) could make a better decision than brandon.

unfortunately, we have a president that just started here.  i'm not sure he has the cajones to fire brandon so early in his tenure.


September 28th, 2014 at 5:09 PM ^

Not a rhetorical question, as I don't actually know:

Who does the firinf of David Brandon?

Only the President?

Is there not a board of trustees (or something similarly named) that can bring that kind of grievance to the President?

Waters Demos

September 28th, 2014 at 12:36 PM ^

Michigan should consider including John Beilein as a member of any coaching search/hire committee.  MSU did that with Izzo in the Dantonio hire.  I think the strong relationship between basketball and football has not only paid dividends for MSU but could also be a model for these  decisions.

JB is arguably your biggest asset right now.


September 28th, 2014 at 12:46 PM ^

I don't think we need a petition at this point - pretty obvious what the prevailing opinion is and it's near universal.  It should be done today.

True Blue Grit

September 28th, 2014 at 1:07 PM ^

the President and Regents.  If they get enough complaints, they will get involved.  But my belief is that average schmucks like us don't have much pull with them.  It will take the big-hitter donors to get the coach and AD replaced.  Money talks and if threatened with donations being pulled, the Regents will take action - guaranteed.  


September 28th, 2014 at 1:09 PM ^

There was another user on the board that  was setting up a Kickstarter account to fund skywriting "Fire Brandon" or something of that sort.

I think using Kickstarter as a form of a petition would work  with people donating money for a "Fire Dave Brandon and Others" Fund. At the end of the fundraising, the funds could be donated to charities.   The act would be symbolic as well as able to raise money for great causes


September 28th, 2014 at 1:36 PM ^

Seems to me that a grassroots movement to not attend one home game, leaving the Big House as empty as possible, might get someone's attention in a hurry.

The night game against PSU would be a very good opportunity to play it out on a national stage.


September 28th, 2014 at 1:39 PM ^

I'm in favor of anything that will get these ass clowns out of here Sky writing petitions, letters..WHATEVER IT TAKES!! I'm talking about you DB!!! I even write letters to the regents. I know I'm a loser, but oh we'll.


September 28th, 2014 at 2:07 PM ^

Who is the approrpriate person to write to to voice outrage about Hoke's handling of Morris yesterday? President, regent...? I understand that my letter is unlikely to tip the scales, but I am still a member of the Michigan community and when behavior is this negligent and dangerous, I feel a need to register my disapproval in some way.


September 28th, 2014 at 2:30 PM ^

I have a great idea. 

Everyone that planned to go to the Penn State game still go up and tailgate, but don't go into the game. Or everyone congregate around the stadium but never actually go in. Bring picket signs or something. 


September 28th, 2014 at 3:55 PM ^

This post is retarded For reasons so obvious their not worth explaining. "Let's vote to not let the AD do what the AD is hired to do..." blah blah blah


September 28th, 2014 at 4:52 PM ^

Maybe the student section will organize (yeah right..I know) flash cards that read "Fire Brandon" with one flip and "Fire Hoke" with another. 


Or....maybe we should write to Coke and express our displeasure.

Magga Saraivah

September 28th, 2014 at 5:24 PM ^

is written on federal reserve notes. An empty stadium and no concession revenue will get the university's attention much more than any other single thing the students or a fan can do. The only language this AD (and all modern major programs) understand is money.  Hit them where it hurts, and you will see changes made. Everything is else is random noise....