Gator Bowl Conspiracy

Submitted by 909Dewey on December 9th, 2011 at 2:52 PM

I was looking at the Arizona Wildcats football page to see how they spin their new staff's tenure at Michigan.  So far RR has hired MaGee, Gibson, Dews, and Smith who were all at WVU and UM. They list RR's Wolverine record as 15-22, which is correct.  However, they make no mention of the 2011 Gator Bowl.  For the assistants they actually list the bowl history of each and each list omits the 2011 Gator Bowl.  John Bacon also claimed the coaching staff received no rings for the Gator Bowl, contrary to custom.

Did the 2011 Gator Bowl really happen?  Did Dave Brandon create an alternate reality future so that he could avoid the higher buyout AND avoid buying jewelry?

What is going on here? 



December 9th, 2011 at 3:00 PM ^

Can't say I blame anybody for wanting to forget that debocle. It's also possible that at some level coaches and players rationalize the loss to themselves as them already having gave up on the coaching staff. In that case, they just threw in the towl and called it a day.


December 9th, 2011 at 3:08 PM ^

Why is this always brought up!  Everyone on that staff would have thrown those rings in the garbage.  Win/Lose, that ring will always have meaning to the players.


December 9th, 2011 at 3:59 PM ^

I really don't want to argue this, but I have no idea why people think that. As bad as the loss was, I'm sure the RR and his staff would have kept the Gator Bowl ring next to their Sugar Bowl rings wherever they keep them.

It wasn't as bad as the 2011 Gator Bowl, but do you think Carr still has his 2007 Rose Bowl ring? We got smoked by fourteen while we were the number three team in the nation, and I'm sure if LC ever looks at it he has a lot of fond memories of 2006.


December 9th, 2011 at 9:58 PM ^

What is sad is that we could have made the shift, ala the 2008 Cap One Bowl offense.  We had the tools to do it.  

In the first half, we wanted to run and USC wanted to run.  We could not run and USC could not run.  The score was something like 3-3.  

In the second half, USC adjusted and went to the air.  We did not adjust.  Game over, USC by 14.  

What could have been.



December 9th, 2011 at 9:56 PM ^

We were essentially out of the game in the first quarter. It was a hot mess. USC throttled us. We scored late to make it look like we kept it close and even made a two point conversion, but everyone pretty much knew who controlled the game. Thank goodness the rest of my trip to SoCal was amazing.


December 9th, 2011 at 3:46 PM ^

While RR is getting the old band back, he is following an already familiar path.  Get the offense and position coaches in place and don't worry about the defense.  Everyone knows that defensive coordinators are a dime a dozen - there's no need to fill that slot.  All you need to do is outscore the opponents with an attacking offense.  Can't lose!  /sarcasm


December 9th, 2011 at 4:31 PM ^

Congratulations on one of the most disappointing threads ever.  I thought I was going to get to read about a real conspiracy theory concerning the Gator Bowl, Ohio, and Florida.  Instead, all we get is some idiot finding yet another excuse to bitch about RR almost a year after he is gone.  


December 9th, 2011 at 5:46 PM ^

I'm fairly serious.  Why wouldn't they list the 2011 Gator Bowl?  Presumably every other bowl is listed.  I am fairly certain it happened.  So then, what were the terms for the parting of RR and DB and is there more to the story about the coaching staff not getting the rings.  I'll admit it isn't the best conspiracy, but there are no coincidences.  Maybe it is just gamesmanship on RR's part?