December 21st, 2016 at 1:53 AM ^

She shouldn't have had her scollie pulled but come on.  So excited you flipped off the camera?  Pretty lame excuse for doing something so silly.


December 21st, 2016 at 6:19 AM ^

At least he didn't make Harbaugh apologize. I'm not sure what good would have come out of a public "statement" where that was the direct purpose of some scheduled or purposeful statement. The best situation for him to make a comment would be off-handed when questioned about it showing his support of the coach, and to my knowledge that situation hasn't presented itself as of yet.

I won't be surprised if something is said in the future. And just because he didn't say something publicly doesn't mean he didn't reach out to the conference privately.


December 21st, 2016 at 6:22 AM ^

Also, if I recall correctly, the school was fined for Harbaugh's comments and not Jim Harbaugh. It would be interesting to see who actually footed the bill on that one. The school paying the fine and not Jim Harbaugh would be a pretty solid statement in my opinion, but that never was made public knowledge that I'm aware of.


December 21st, 2016 at 8:59 AM ^

We don't know if he contacted the Big Ten office over that or not.  We know that he didn't make a public show of it.  Note that he did not do so on the issue of Friday football games either, but evidently communicated to them all the same that we would not be participating.

On this lawsuit, it sounds to me that it was the coach's decision to suspend her scholarship and he ultimately backed up the coach.    


December 21st, 2016 at 9:56 AM ^

I think part of the issue is we are now used to the Dave Brandon style of AD where everything he has to say involves a press conference of some sort aka publicity.

Warde Manuel is the opposite of Dave Brandon in every way possible. He's said before that he does not want to be the public face of the department - it's not the role of the AD to be a media spectacle. I think we need to remember this before we get angry about what Warde Manuel "doesn't say." Just because he's not making a public spectacle does not mean he isn't standing up for both his University and Coach Harbaugh. Another good example of this is the whole Satellite Camp deal. He only mentioned something when he was questioned about his support for Harbaugh. He did not go out of his way to make his thoughts heard, and we should assume this will be the case going further. 

We do not need another Dave Brandon type who makes public statements about everything offensive to our University. Besides, like I mentioned above, I'm not sure what good another public statement would have done. Harbaugh made the conversation relevant - the media did not have to hear Warde Manuel's feelings on the subject as well, especially when all that would have done would resulted in more fines for the University. He can shove it down the Big 10's throat without the public knowing about it. 

And on another side note, I believe the media has some say in this. Next time Warde Manuel is on the stand, ask him questions about this specifically. Did he support Harbaugh's comments made in the post-game press conference? Was he aware that two of the officials were Ohio natives and had a proclaimed fandom of OSU while also being an alum? Did he discuss those things with the Big 10 office?

The media will have an opportunity to get a response out of Warde Manuel.


December 21st, 2016 at 2:08 AM ^

I have to say I support her in this.... sounds pretty shaddy.  

Not a good look for UConn or our current AD.  

I hope he continues to grow and mature in his current position because as the Michigan AD and a "Michigan Man" I hope he side steps any actions that could even remotely be constured as inappropriate going forward. 

Someone famous said if you have to cheat to win, then you've already lost. I think this fits the bill at least in spirit. 

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December 21st, 2016 at 2:31 AM ^

This definitely looks bad for UConn, but I am not sure how much I put this on Manuel. He is pretty much a footnote in this right now as he is barely mentioned in the lawsuit. It looks like this is more on her coach as he is the one most mentioned in the lawsuit. And we also only have her side of the story right now.


December 21st, 2016 at 9:23 AM ^

to hear the coaches and schools side on this. Maybe this was the last straw among several incidents with this player. Also people need to understand it's a privilage to have a scholarship to play a sport at a college not a right. You don't act appropriately a school has every right to pull that ship.


December 21st, 2016 at 6:46 AM ^

Definitely deserving of losing her scholarship. How embarrassing this must be to the whole UConn community, unless their fans are like PSU fans and turn their back and pretend nothing happened.

Cmon people it's a fucking finger.... get over it. At most make her apologize and buy her coach a coffee.

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December 21st, 2016 at 2:22 AM ^

This is ridiculous, especially when we see guys raping and punching women staying on scholarship around the country. I understand wanting to uphold a good image, but come on.

Really not impressed with Warde thus far. Still nowhere near yet, but he's trending toward Dave Brandon.


December 21st, 2016 at 6:56 AM ^

So, when are you going to do his six month eval? Or his yearly evaluation? You are less than what you're expecting. One positive is that we led the nation in attendance again. Check! This negative bullshit this early in the morning about our Athletic Department leader. Yeah, let's Go Blue.

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December 21st, 2016 at 7:26 AM ^

Unless you put him right at the Hackett level to begin with, he's not trending toward Brandon.  He stays out of Harbaugh's, Beilein's, Hutch's and Berenson's way.  He does not seek out the spotlight.  He may be a bit of a meathead compared to Hackett*, but he's nowhere near the meathead that Brandon is.

So plus one for the graphic.  So far I'd give Warde Manuel 3.5 Canhams out of a possible five.

*So am I, w/r/t ability to come in and do what Hackett did.  He was incredibly deft at that job.


December 21st, 2016 at 2:30 AM ^

If the accusation is true, that they wanted to give her scholarship to an incoming transfer, it looks mighty similar to the Swenson fiasco of last year. No wonder Warde backed up Harbaugh and pushed the meritocracy angle.

Not a good look for Warde, who I really like. Does no one value loyalty anymore?


December 21st, 2016 at 6:58 AM ^

Almost from its origin, the U.S. has always had a higher-than-average number of snowflakes. This is partly because equality of opportunity is assumed by many.

At least a handful of alpha males are still doing fine. They have the snowflakes (red team, blue team) divided and conquered pretty well at the moment. (And, yes, there are plenty of red snowflakes.)