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01/23/2011 - 1:08pm Seconded...

Indeed, this has been at the back of my mind over the past week or so, as well. Sometime in the next 4 years, the Miami Hurricanes and the (real) UM will meet in a bowl game, the higher the stakes, the better. At least I hope this is the case...

01/22/2011 - 10:26pm Nope...

Nope, definitely Heather Thomas...

 

01/22/2011 - 9:49pm Heather Thomas, circa

Heather Thomas, circa 1980's?

 

 

01/20/2011 - 1:56pm Dude...

Dude... I'll be 40 years old 3 days before National Signing Day and, right now, I'm more excited about the potential and what this staff is doing with this recruiting on such short notice than I am about my birthday or any presents I might receive.

Of course, on the flip side, this birthday may not exactly be one that many of us look forward to, but still, GIDDYUP!

01/19/2011 - 6:10pm Cow Pies...

Interesting, as I was also undecided as a young man, but between Michigan and MSU.

So, in the 1980s my old man took me out to one of our family farms in western Michigan, walked me through one of the cattle pens, and asked, "Look around, son, you smell that?" 

"Yes, sir," I replied.

The old man then fixed me with a firm Marine Corps stare and said in his deep and raspy voice, "This, son, is Michigan State... Any questions?"

"No, sir, not any more," I answered.

I'll always owe my father a debt of gratitude for his strange ways...

 

*(All of this is, of course, an approximation and rather fictionalized accounting). 

 

 

 

01/13/2011 - 12:41pm Snake Oil

Hopefully, as he was packing up the office, Rich forgot about his case of snake oil and left it for Brady to utilize, both now and in future...

01/10/2011 - 5:38pm Schad "Tweet"

"LSU might be willing to waive or lower Les Miles' 1.25M buyout to Michigan"

01/03/2011 - 3:41pm Sesame Street

I've heard it said that there is no such thing as a coincidence, so query me this: Did you by any chance catch Sesame Street this morning, i.e. Wherein the word of the day was "scrumptious" with Jessica Alba serving as the guest celebrity doing the word of the day spot? (And, apparently, Sesame Street is a much more mature show than I thought...). 

12/16/2010 - 12:36pm Army of Darkness...

(Very, very randomly) switching lanes, and intentionally so, but it might be worthwhile to leave all of the above-mentioned films on their respective shelves and, instead, go out and rent "Army of Darkness," a tale so bad but so very, very good (with Ash - who surely loves lasagna as well - representing an embattled Rich Rodriguez)...

12/09/2010 - 1:15pm Q...

Agreed on Quinton Washington, he's got great size and physical ability, and it'd be great if he "sticks" at DT and becomes a difference maker there. Here's to hoping, anyway, as a lot can be done to "progress" him in the off-season, I think, if the coaching staff decides to keep him there. 

12/09/2010 - 1:45am Very, very nice... It's good

Very, very nice... It's good to see that hit again and, oh, how I wish Graham, Stevie B., and D. Warren were on this year's "D"...

12/06/2010 - 10:14pm Entitlement...

Nah, a significant part of our fanbase has developed a deeply held entitlement complex, and we really need to get over that...

12/05/2010 - 8:24pm Good Match-Up

Well, as a firm supporter of retaining Rich Rodriguez, I really like this match-up, as I think a healthy/healthier UM team has a really good chance of performing well, particularly after 15 more practices for our young secondary and a full month-plus from the OSU game for Mike Martin to heal up those ankles and return to his early season form. Really looking forward to this New Year's Day game! 

12/03/2010 - 1:07pm Maybe...

Of course, it may very well mean that he will commit to Alabama, or that he's giving serious thought to doing so. That said, I don't know if it's "safe to say" much of anything right now, particularly with the UM Staff visiting Dee today and, additionally, the 2 months that currently exist between today and national signing day. It doesn't look good right now, but everything is fluid around the UM program and recruiting right now (not attempting to argue here, just trying to clarify where no clarity really exists). 

12/03/2010 - 1:49am Change of Timeline...

Agreed, the last meltdown didn't reflect real well on us. That said, I do wonder if there is any chance Dave Brandon changes his existent timeline and comes through with a decision one way or another? He's stated that he will stick to his plan/process and evaluate the program, coach, staff and team after the bowl game, but I wonder if there are factors that might force his hand to some degree (for example: Rich Rodriguez himself, current players, recruiting considerations, corners of the "melting down" fan base, etc.)? I'm not suggesting this will happen, and recognize my relegation/resignation to "wait and see" mode, but just wondering out loud here...

12/03/2010 - 1:11am Thank You...

Thanks, Tom, much appreciated (as always).

As an FYI, I did notice that Rivals took away Dee Hart's commitment to UM and has him as a "high" interest to Alabama. Not sure what exactly this means, but I suppose we'll find out tomorrow and in the days and weeks to come.

Still breathing in, and breathing out...

12/02/2010 - 10:53pm Sigh...

OK, I just spent some time over at GBW and read what Tom B. had to share about the banquet tonight, including what I take as some positive comments about what Rich had to say and how he said it, as well as noting that UM is getting "killed" on the recruiting trail right now. So, while I'm taking that "wait and see" approach, I do fully support bringing Rich back (I think very highly of him, in fact) and my "lean" is that I am not overly fond of the way Dave Brandon is handling this situation, though I do respect him a great deal, as well, and assume he has a plan that he is following. That said, if I'm going to throw conjecture out there, the way this is playing out in the early stages it seems to me that one potentially reasonable conclusion - as others here have also suggested - is that DB does have a plan and that the plan may already be set in place and is merely waiting not only the conclusion of our bowl game but the bowl season as well (i.e. That the next head coach has been identified and, going forward, the dominos are lined up to fall when as the bowl season progresses and concludes, with everything being kept close to the vest in the meantime). So, if anything like this does happen, while I can do nothing but support and remain a fan of UM Football regardless of the outcome, I'll be disappointed in the way our university and fan base treated Rich while he was with us... 

12/02/2010 - 10:31pm Breathing...

In and out, in and out, in and out...

As some have here noted, this board has completely melted down over a rumor which, if it comes to pass, is definitely a big, big BUMMER, but it's not the end o' the world and it certainly wouldn't be the end of UM Football, regardless if Rich or whoever else may be our head man next year.

That said, I have been terribly excited about Dee Hart going BLUE and, again regardless of who the head coach will be in 2011 and going forward, I really hope this works out for us in the end, i.e. Dee remaining BLUE or returning to the BLUE by February 2nd. But, I'm taking a wait-and-see approach, on this and on everything else.

In the meantime, it simply ain't worth the angst to behave as if the ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE is upon us - though admittedly it may sometimes be fun to do so - even where we may in some places be reverting to cannibalism in the BLUE UNIVERSE. Be well, brothers and sisters, one way or another the light will eventually return to A2. 

12/02/2010 - 1:52pm Death by Speculation...

Thanks, good post. My only contribution is to note that out here in Seattle my head is spinning in Exorcist-like fashion, what with so many questions, so few answers, and so much speculation. 

Strangely, even though I'm looking forward to seeing how everything sorts itself out over the next month or two between now and national signing day in early February, I'm actually sort of enjoying this chapter in UM Football (not the losing, or the "not quite winning enough," but the "up in the air," "I wonder how this is all going to work out" location we currently find ourselves in).

For the record, I'm for retaining Rich Rodriguez, but this Christmas season has taken on added dimensions as I wonder what will be placed underneath our maize and blue tree this year. As a small and useless aside, here's to hoping our stockings hold a resurgence of earning helmet stickers in 2011, though.

Challenging, difficult and exciting times, my friends...

12/01/2010 - 7:10pm Thanks!

Thanks for the update and information, I very much appreciate it! Also, I am really high on Rawls, and would really like to see him in this class, though with Michigan Nation in "wait and see" mode I'd be a little bit surprised to see additional commitments between now and early January (unless there is information being passed along to and through the coaching staff that we are not aware of, which is of course entirely possible). Sitting here, typing and, as one who enjoys following recruiting, I'm realizing just how "on pins and needles" I feel right now and, in all likelihood, will feel for the next month-plus...

12/01/2010 - 12:44pm Good Work...

Good work on this diary, I appreciate it and it's given me another fascinating metric to chew on while we await the next word(s) from Dave Brandon. Also, I like how you placed and related the two graphs together, and the picture that the "strong" graph seems to paint. Again, excellent work and thank you for contributing it to this board.   

11/30/2010 - 2:38pm A Good Plan...

Haha! This sounds like a good plan to me, for your son and... for you too!

11/30/2010 - 11:05am Christmas List...

Good work! If only the action figure were real, I'd be placing it on my Christmas list and hoping Santa placed it in my (39-year-old) stocking on Christmas morning... Where I might also have to break out the old Star Wars action figures from my youth, paint an Ohio State uniform on Darth Vader, and bring Denard into imaginary battle against the dark side of the force while we all await word from Dave Brandon...

11/30/2010 - 10:51am On Recruiting...

Agreed, while I think highly of Dave Brandon and trust him to make the best decision(s) for UM Athletics and UM Football - as if I have any choice, right (?) - this is the one significant critique I have of the evaluation process as he's (clearly and repeatedly) laid it out, i.e. Not only does this seeming "limbo state" likely put some significant questions in the minds of the kids already committed (Hart, Crawford, et al), but coming to a decision after the bowl game leaves very little time for either Rich Rodriguez or his potential replacement (and staffs) to finish strong for this recruiting class by the February 2nd signing date (I think that's the date this year). Additionally, I'm really curious how the current staff (and Dave Brandon) will handle the recruiting events through the month of December with those kids tripping to Ann Arbor. Of course, it may be that the AD has given or will be giving these kids and their families some assurances, but the question about the head coach (and staff) has to be at the forefront for many/most of these kids and I'd have a hard time thinking such assurances would somehow get "leaked" at some point in time (if even given, of course). Waiting is hard...

11/30/2010 - 2:27am Thanks for the Post...

Thanks for the post, Tom, really appreciate it and, even amidst so many other questions, I hope we can finish the season strong with a bowl win and a couple of these kids going Blue...

11/29/2010 - 7:16pm Congratulations, Denard!

Congratulations, Denard! Great news, and well earned!

11/29/2010 - 7:15pm Thank You...

Thank you for the clarification, as I was searching high and low for this same information. Much appreciated!

11/29/2010 - 7:02pm On Denard...

Yes, definitely, I agree with your more reasonable and optimistic response to my worse case scenario tongue-in-cheek fiction (at least, I hope it's fiction)...

11/29/2010 - 5:30pm Suspicious Minds...

Well, suspicious minds might suggest that, if Rich Rodriguez is not retained as the head football coach at UM that, in all likelihood, he will be brought on as the head man somewhere else in fairly short order. In the Universe where the gods hate Michigan football, Denard would follow Rich Rodriguez wherever he goes, sit out a year with two years of eligibility remaining, and win a Heisman Trophy while guiding that program to 1-2 BCS appearances. That said, here's hoping that fiction does not become reality. Sigh...

11/29/2010 - 5:24pm On the Flip Side...

Of course, on the flip side of my above post, perhaps waiting for another month allows some time for some distance from the regular season (and the bad losses to Wisconsin and OSU) for the emotive/reactive "Fire RichRod" sentiment to die down, and for Dave Brandon to cooly support Rich Rodriguez for a 4th year without jumping into the middle of a fire on either side of the fence. Again, I've no idea at all, but since Dave Brandon is seemingly doing such a solid job of keeping everything close to the vest, we exist in a world called conjecture, I suppose.  

11/29/2010 - 4:57pm Appreciate the Post...

Thank you for this post, I appreciate it, particularly since in my almost 40 years I cannot recall as divisive and "up in the air" time in Michigan Football. While I'm on the side of the fence that would really like to see Rich Rodriguez remain our head football coach, I have a WHOLE LOT less insider information than some of the folks on this board and I have absolutely no idea how this will pan out. 

That said, one thing I've considered is a perspective on UM "constituency," i.e. While I'm supportive of retaining Rich Rodriguez, I am first and foremost a Michigan Man and - though I'll be disappointed if he is let go - I'll still be "All In" and excited for UM Football and Jim Harbaugh (or whoever the next head coach may potentially be). On the flip-side, the passionate call (and passionate venom in some quarters) from my brothers and sisters on the other side of the fence calling for a new head coach is somewhere between STRONG-SCARY FANATICAL, and I suspect there may be more "Pissed Off Pete / Patricia" types if Rich gets a 4th year than there would be folks jumping off the Ship Wolverine if Dave Brandon decides to go in a different direction.

Just a thought and, along with the Michigan family on both sides of the fence, I will simply wait and see, wrap up the Michigan gear for the kids this Christmas season, continue to teach them "Hail to the Victors," and look forward to supporting UM, UM Football, the Kids, and whoever is leading our program going forward.

11/29/2010 - 4:57pm Appreciate the Post...

Thank you for this post, I appreciate it, particularly since in my almost 40 years I cannot recall as divisive and "up in the air" time in Michigan Football. While I'm on the side of the fence that would really like to see Rich Rodriguez remain our head football coach, I have a WHOLE LOT less insider information than some of the folks on this board and I have absolutely no idea how this will pan out. 

That said, one thing I've considered is a perspective on UM "constituency," i.e. While I'm supportive of retaining Rich Rodriguez, I am first and foremost a Michigan Man and - though I'll be disappointed if he is let go - I'll still be "All In" and excited for UM Football and Jim Harbaugh (or whoever the next head coach may potentially be). On the flip-side, the passionate call (and passionate venom in some quarters) from my brothers and sisters on the other side of the fence calling for a new head coach is somewhere between STRONG-SCARY FANATICAL, and I suspect there may be more "Pissed Off Pete / Patricia" types if Rich gets a 4th year than there would be folks jumping off the Ship Wolverine if Dave Brandon decides to go in a different direction.

Just a thought and, along with the Michigan family on both sides of the fence, I will simply wait and see, wrap up the Michigan gear for the kids this Christmas season, continue to teach them "Hail to the Victors," and look forward to supporting UM, UM Football, the Kids, and whoever is leading our program going forward.

11/22/2010 - 10:35pm The Kids...

Thanks for this, it makes me feel better than good, as I scared the [email protected]!% out of my kids when I learned of the commitment, to my wife's mixed ire and bemusement...

11/13/2010 - 11:58pm Denard is shifty and...

Appreciate the overall post and generally agree with much that you've shared, though as with my fellow posters here I would differ in saying that Denard is really fast, is definitely shifty, and also has great, great vision - a lethal combination. That said, I do agree with the bigger picture of your sentiment here, i.e. Denard is a sophomore, first-year starter who is still very raw and still has a lot of development/growth ahead of him. Of course, this is also very, very hopeful for the Blue in my opinion, as I think his ceiling is incredibly high and (scary for our future opponents) his best football may very likely be ahead of him...

11/10/2010 - 2:53pm From Dreadful to Dreaded...

At least, here's to hoping that we go from being "dreadful" to "dreaded," in both senses of the term. That said, if it does turn out that his B-Day is also his "Blue-Day," then this is absolutely a top tier talent that we're picking up, even apart from the possibility that this may help bring Sammy Watkins into the fold, as well. Giddyup, I say, giddyup!

11/07/2010 - 12:55pm Thanks...

Thanks for posting this, I agree that this was the right move by Coach Rodriguez, and demonstrates his care for his players, on and off the field...

11/04/2010 - 7:13pm Well, playing "Various" or a

Well, playing "Various" or a 3-3-5 certainly contributes to the significant issues (i.e. significant youth, lack of experience) in our secondary at present, but even in a 4-3 or 3-4 alignment  the challenges would be the same and we would be equally exposed (arguably more, given how both actually require a higher level of responsibility for the CBs and Safeties). As we've discussed at great length on the board, the injury to Troy W., the transfers, and those that didn't get academically accepted have come together in something of a "Perfect Storm" on the defensive side of the ball at present and, hopefully, we can hang on, hope for experience to yield "salty" players down the road, and do our best to improve quality-depth through our ongoing recruiting (Dallas Crawford, anyone?). 

11/02/2010 - 9:30pm Position Changes...

Well, on the bright side, this is our opportunity to move Big #73 once again, starting him at CB opposite James Rogers, with the hope that some (screw hip fluidity and revert to) bump-and-shove-to-the-ground coverage will have the desired Woodson effect in completely taking 1 player out of the game each play...

11/02/2010 - 4:10pm Staying the Course...

Very much appreciate this post.

To start, in my 39 years of living, breathing, walking, talking and being a fan of Michigan football (at least for 34 of those years, since I remember the "decision" taking place in Kindergarten, at age 5), I  was left on Saturday night thinking that the Penn State game (er, defensive debacle) was the most disappointing loss that I can remember. Initially, I thought the Appalachian State game was in the pole position but, as time wore on, I realized I was in shock for a long time after that game and didn't experience the same level of existential angst and pain as this past weekend.

That said, I find myself today still supporting Rich Rodriguez and thinking/believing that, if given time, he can do something pretty special with UM football. The "D" must certainly be improved, and a coaching/philosophy change may definitely be warranted following the season, but I also remember 2-3 months ago thinking that, even under the best of circumstances, our "D" would cost us a few games this year - and after losing (very, very) arguably our best two players in Troy W. and Mike M., not to mention the extreme youth and lack of development/experience, I think we are a long, long way from our hoped for best of circumstances.

So, yes, I absolutely agree, I think Rich Rodriguez and the current program by far offer us the best opportunity to develop, grow, and succeed in 2011 and 2012 (and I'd argue 2015, as well), and my greatest concern at the current time is what might happen if we let him go in another month, or two, or maybe three, i.e. Needing to hire a new coaching staff, implement a new system, recruit for that system, and in the meantime "plug in" the players from this system and try to get by. We've been down that road the last couple of years and I think it would be an error to travel that same path right now, prematurely in my own subjective opinion.

My hopes for this season were 7-5 with a bowl game (and hopefully a victory there), and I think it is still possible, and while 6-6 would be something of a disappointment, I still fully support Rich Rodriguez (even while open to any possibilities that would improve our "D" now and going forward). All of this, as stated above, is merely subjective opinion and, so long as I continue living, breathing, walking, and talking I'll be a Michigan Man, and fully invested in the program, hopefully with Rich Rodriguez but regardless of how this season finishes and subsequent decisions go.

Go Blue! 

09/01/2010 - 10:01pm Helmet Stickers...

Hmmm, while it's not something I'm pre-occupied with, the image here makes me remember fondly the old helmet stickers, and reminds me that I still wish we used them...