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03/05/2016 - 9:29pm This is a very good hire for Illinois

especially considering all the crap that has happened over the last 9 months.

I have a personal investment in this hire working out. I went to Illinois for law school and know the new AD. Josh Whitman is one of the smartest, most impressive people I've ever met. He's everything I'd want a Michigan Man to be, except he's a proud Illinois Man. I've been telling friends for a couple years that Josh would be a big time college AD by age 45. Josh got there 8 years early, admittedly in part because Illinois devolved into a total tire fire. But I am confident Josh will prove the doubters wrong. Hiring Lovie Smith is the first big step.

I'm a Michigan grad and fan first and foremost, but Josh has me rooting for Illinois like I've never before.

09/17/2015 - 2:16pm Here in Cincinnati

The big local brewers are Rhinegeist, Madtree, and Christian Morlein, which are all very solid choices but, frankly, pale in comparison to Michigan's best (Bells, Founders, Shorts, and others escaping me).  

My current favorite in town is Blank Slate, which is tiny, hard to find on tap, but worth the quest.  Also try to check out Taft's Ale House.  I have not tasted enough of their stuff to form a valid opinion, but the stuff I did have was pretty good and they have an amazing space.

Cheers!

08/06/2015 - 10:25am Why were these emails produced?

As a lawyer, I'm wondering why emails about Payton Manning were produced in the Deflategate inquiry.  They clearly were not relevant to the issue the NFL was purportedly investigating.  If they were part of an email chain that was relevant, this is why lawyers make redactions.  

Obviously this is a minor issue but the more I learn about this case the more I question the quality of the legal counsel provided.  What a shitshow.

02/23/2015 - 12:14pm Offensive Pass Interference Non-Call

What made the PI non-call even more infuriating was the fact the official pulled his flag to call the obvious PI and then for some reason put it back in his pocket after the WSU receiver made the catch.  I noticed this in realtime from my seat (I was in the endzone stands that WSU was driving towards), but you can also see the official pocket the flag on the replay.  

I was not alone: a good chunk of the Michigan fans sitting in that endzone were livid with the non-call.  If WSU had scored on the subsequent hook and ladder, that official probably would not have made it to the tunnel.

01/06/2015 - 10:42am Which one?

He broke off 2 long ones in the 1993 Rose Bowl and 1 in the 1992 Rose Bowl (granted, this one made the score 35-14 Washington--that 1991 Washington squad was awesome).

01/06/2015 - 7:52am J Hackney

because you could get a contact buzz off his posts.

01/08/2014 - 10:15pm Faith Mostly Restored

Firing Borges restored about 33% of my faith in Brady Hoke.  This hire restores most of the remainder.  I love it.

01/08/2014 - 10:14pm Faith Mostly Restored

Firing Borges restored about 33% of my faith in Brady Hoke.  This hire restores most of the remainder.  I love it.

01/08/2014 - 5:22pm Strong move

This restores a good portion of my faith in Hoke.  The guy is not afraid to go for it on 4th down, go for 2 in the biggest game of the year, or fire a guy whom he probably respected a lot.

11/12/2013 - 2:25pm I agree with the OP

This is the most plausible explanation for what we have been seeing.  To say this is not to defend Borges as an OC, but rather only his raw intelligence.

If I were Borges, I'd have had DG primarily practicing about a dozen plays featuring short, quick passes during the two weeks leading up the the MSU game so those 12 plays would be second nature.  Hell, didn't Brian (or was it EDSBS) once show how Mike Leach was winning big at Texas Tech with a small number of passing plays?

07/31/2013 - 5:34pm Not sure . . .

Not sure if this is what you are asking, but the NCAA has required (and still does, I believe) student athletes to sign away their right of publicity in their likeness in perpetuity when they sign their letter of intent.  Having acquired a monopoly over the likeness of all current and past student athletes, the NCAA then sells those likenesses to EA Sports, which in turn creates current teams and legacy teams stocked with these likenesses.

07/23/2013 - 6:44pm AC Did Not Win the Heisman

But when the AP or some other organization I can't recall came out with its All-Time All-American team in the late 1980s or 1990s, AC was one of the WRs.  I believe he was a 3-time first-team All American and finished in the Heisman top 10 3 times as well, culminating in 1982 when he finished 4th behind Herschel Walker, John Elway, and Eric Dickerson.

He's the first Michigan football player I ever remember idolizing (I was born in 1971), and the reason my first and only jersey was #1.

07/16/2013 - 11:50am Me too

I just passed the 4-year mark with an account, but I've been on here pretty much every day since Fall 2006 and have rarely posted due to the demands of law school, then work, and now work and 2 young boys.  

My favorite MGoBlog moment is whenever Brian mentions Jim Grobe when discussing the 2007 coaching search, as I'm the poor fool who suggested via email he might not be a bad choice.

06/22/2013 - 9:04pm Dukes is a huge case

and there have been a couple other big Supreme Court class action decisions recently that will make it hard, in my opinion, for the damages class to be certified.  The damages class is the one that only former student athletes belong to, and the chief reason it should not be certified is that ascertaining each former student athlete's damages will require an individualized inquiry (e.g., Ed O'Bannon's likeness is worth a lot more than some benchwarmer's who also happened to be on the 1995 UCLA basketball team).  As a result, common issues will not predominate over individual issues, and a class action is not the superior means of adjudicating the claims of the putative class members.

If I were the judge, I'd definitely deny certification for the damages class and probably grant certification for the injunctive class.  

It is easier to certify an injunctive class because the plaintiffs do not have to establish that common issues will predominate over individual issues or that a class action is the superior means of adjudicating the claims of the putative class members.  This makes sense if you think about the fact that the relief the injunctive class is requesting is simply to have the court void the NCAA's contractual provision requiring current and former student student athletes to assign their right to sell their likeness to the NCAA as a condition of playing NCAA sports.  By granting the requested injunctive relief, the court would be remedying the same injury for every member of the putative class in one stroke.  The result would be that all current and former NCAA student athletes could now sell their likeness without worrying about breaching the NCAA contract.  This is a very efficient use of the legal system, and is the reason why Congress authorized class actions.

Having given my personal view on the merits of this class action, I should add that this case is pending in federal court in California, where the trial courts liberally certify class actions, and the Circuit Court of Appeals for this region of the country (the 9th Circuit) rarely reverses such decisions.  I therefore think it is possible the trial court certifies the damages class as well as the injunctive class.  

If I were advising the NCAA, I'd appeal the damages class issue all the way to the Supreme Court because I'm 99% sure any damages class would be de-certified.  As for the injunctive class, my sense is the Supreme Court would find this class properly certified but I would need to analyze the relevant case law more closely before offering a solid prediction.  I know less about injunctive classes because my cases are consumer fraud class actions--so of course the plaintiffs are always seeking money damages.

06/21/2013 - 4:34pm This lawsuit will have small impact on current student athletes

I defend class action lawsuits for a living, and I think this lawsuit is actually very unlikely to impact current student athletes in the ways that people are concerned about. 

Current student athletes are included only in the lawsuit's “injunctive class,” not the class that is seeking monetary damages, which is limited to former student athletes (there are legal reasons for the plaintiffs' decision to define the classes in this way).  The Complaint says:

“For purposes of the injunctive relief class only, the Antitrust Plaintiffs also bring this action on behalf of current student-athletes competing on the teams described above, as well as former student-athletes, as both groups’ future compensation rights are impacted by the anticompetitive practices described herein.”

The Complaint also alleges:

“The Antitrust Plaintiffs, on behalf of both former and current student-athletes, additionally request injunctive relief permanently enjoining the NCAA and its members from utilizing the provisions Form 08-3a, the ‘Institutional, Charitable, Educational, or Nonprofit Promotions Release Statement,’ and any similar forms that purport to deprive former student athletes of licensing and/or compensation rights, and further enjoining Defendants from selling, licensing, or using former student-athletes’ rights.”

Even if the plaintiffs win, this just means that the NCAA cannot make current student athletes sign a waiver releasing their right to make money off their likeness.  If a current student athlete attempts to sell his likeness while still playing college basketball or football, the NCAA will be free to declare that student ineligible.  This is a powerful disincentive to start selling your likeness.

As a practical matter, then, I think very few if any student athletes will try to sell their likeness while still in school.  The smart thing for almost every person to do will be to milk NCAA exposure for all its worth, declare for the pros, and then start selling your likeness to the highest bidder.  This means that Anthony Carter, not the NCAA, will be the one selling his likeness to EA Sports if EA Sports wants to have AC on its 1980 Michigan team.  

The Devin Gardners and even Jadeveon Clowneys of the world will almost always wait until after going pro to sell their likeness because the benefit of remaining a student athlete will almost always outweigh the cost of being declared ineligible.

04/09/2013 - 1:03pm Well said

The first half was the most exciting and interesting first half of basketball I've ever seen, and the second half was a great display of college basketball as well.  

Even if I were a neutral observer, I'd be viscerally pissed about the foul on Burke's clean block (I was viscerally pissed at the quick jump ball whistle at the end of the UL-Wichita St. game because it robbed fans of a potentially great finish).  

Although I think Louisville was the more complete and therefore better team, that call changed the complexion of the last 5 minutes and might have robbed college basketball of an all-time great finish.  Both teams were playing at such a high level and the game was so interesting in multiple respects--I would have liked to have seen Trey Burke with the ball and Michigan down 2 points with 30 seconds left.

That said, my two emotions today are sadness that I'll probably never see Burke play for Michigan again--and pride for my alma mater.  Go Blue.

03/25/2013 - 8:36pm English major correction

As an English major (LSA '1993), I have a correction to your thread title, which should read: "Michigan has an 81.45 percent chance of winning the NCAA tournament."  But your maths look perfect to me--that's the important part.

02/15/2013 - 2:12pm Bo Ryan is the grinch who stole basketball

As a Google search on "Bo Ryan looks like . . ." reveals, I'm not the first to point this out:

02/14/2013 - 11:59am Agreed

I said this when the Freeh Report came out and the NCAA imposed its sanctions: even if the Freeh Report had 100% vindicated Joe Paterno (which obviously it did not), Penn State should still get massively sanctioned because the fucking President, AD, and a high-ranking VP of the university clearly made a decision not to report credible allegations of child sex abuse to the proper law enforcement authorities.

The fact that the President, AD, and a high-ranking VP failed to report McQuery's allegations shows a greater lack of institutional control than if Paterno was solely responsible for the cover up--a university's adminstrators are supposed to be a check on the football coach, not his protector or (if you think JoePa was in on the conspiracy, which I do) his enabler.  As someone who worked in academic adminstration at another Big Ten University (not UM or PSU), I actually find the actions of the President, AD, and the VP more shocking and appalling than anything JoePa might have done.

This is why all the PSU apologists need to STFU.  Even if JoePa was an angel, your school's administration was completely corrupted by the football-first culture.

02/12/2013 - 10:59am Fear the turtle?

Adding Maryland to the BIG makes even less sense now.

I thought I read somewhere that after losses, Woody would hold court with the press in the locker room wearing nothing (except perhaps a snapping turtle).

01/30/2013 - 10:23am My last sentence wasn't clear

I was operating on the assumption that class cert would be denied (which is most probably the right ruling), at which point the NCAA would already be on record saying some players create value and some don't.  

My take is that class cert should be denied due to the problem of allocating damages among the class members (there are probably additional reasons for this ruluing).  But California courts - even the federal ones - are notorious for liberally certifying classes.

Even if the class is not certified, however, I think there are enough high value former NCAA athletes to incentivize plaintiffs' attorneys to bring individual suits.  The class action mechanism is there so when we all get overcharged $3 on our ComEd bill for a year, we can bring 1 lawsuit to recover.

Either way, I look forward to the NCAA going down in flames on this one.

01/29/2013 - 9:28pm Class action

The plaintiffs are limited to MBB and football players because that is the only plausible way to define the plaintiff class with any hope of getting the case certified as a class action.

Even then, it is going to be difficult to get class cert because the class will consist of players of varying skills, marketability, and accomplishments, and thus arguably the class will not be able to satisfy the legal standard for being granted class treatment.

The present motion appears to be a motion to strike some new allegations that I assume O'Bannon et al. added in an amended complaint.  There are procedural rules about whether and when you can add new allegations, and the NCAA was hoping to strike the new allegations so the plaintiffs would be limited to recovering money only for rebroadcasts, not live broadcasts.  It's a big win for plaintiffs because the potential damages just increased several fold, but the real battle is going to be over class cert.

The NCAA's position against class cert is interesting because I assume they will have to argue that it requires an individualized inquiry to determine each player's value.  If that is true, which certainly seems the case, class treatment is probably not proper because there is not an efficient way to allocate damages between the walk-on benchwarmers (who deserve very little $) and the superstars (who deserve lots).  In arguing this, the NCAA will be conceding that players create value, which is probably not a position they want to be taking post-class cert.

01/28/2013 - 5:25pm We should add them to the BIG

and put them in the same division with Maryland.  Then Delaney can name the divisions Debtors and Creditors.

11/09/2012 - 12:18pm Pathological state of denial

It's really amazing to see such denial.  Franco Harris has convinced himself that because McQuery didn't see "intercourse," therefore what McQuery did see was not a sexual assault.  Because, you know, there is nothing sexually inappropriate about a grown man pressing his naked body against a naked prepubescent boy in a shower at 9 p.m. on a Friday night.  I wish they had gotten the death penalty for 4 years.

10/09/2012 - 3:19pm You recall correctly

Alexander's injury opened the door for Desmond to be the go-to receiver - which resulted in Hello Heisman!

08/10/2012 - 11:30am One of my favorite adages

"Luck is the residue of design."
--John Milton

08/08/2012 - 10:52pm Be careful what you wish for, BOT

 

I hope this appeal progresses because it is going to bring to light only more bad facts for JoePa and the PSU administration who conspired to cover up Sandusky's crimes.  I'd love to be the prosecutor handling this case.

JoePa’s handwritten notes on Sandusky's retirement contract are probably the most damning piece of evidence in the Report.  They show that as early as 1999, Paterno was sufficiently aware of Sandusky’s status as a likely pedophile to jot down a note to this effect while reviewing Sandusky’s retirement contract.  Think about this scenario for a minute—JoePa is reading a longtime colleague’s retirement contract and the salient fact that occupies his mind when reading the clause about ongoing facility access is: “Hey, this guy may try to abuse Second Mile kids in our facilities, so we better not let him bring the kids here.”  This concern is so significant to JoePa that he actually writes it down in the margin of the contract.  This is a remarkable fact that would have been the centerpiece of any criminal prosecution of, or civil trial against, JoePa.

Anyone who doesn’t recognize the damning import of JoePa’s note is delusional.  When you combine this fact with McQueary’s eyewitness report to JoePa in February 2001, no rational person could conclude that JoePa did not have a reasonable basis to report Sandusky as a possible pedophile in 2001.  Despite the apparently commonly held belief among PSU fans that the evidence against JoePa was miniscule, rest assured that the evidence Freeh found would have been sufficient to uphold a criminal conviction of Paterno for failure to report likely child abuse.  It's a shame JoePa didn't live long enough to be cross-examined under oath about his notations and the other undisputed facts in the record.

08/03/2012 - 5:24pm JoePa's estate's recourse is probably to sue PSU, not NCAA

The NCAA is not a state actor, so there is no constitutional basis for JoePa's estate to bring a cause of action against the NCAA based on a due process violation.  PSU is of course a state actor, so the estate could theoretically sue them for violating procedural due process.  The estate's best basis for suing  PSU probably lies in contract--but I suspect PSU can argue that JoePa breached some provision of the contract by participating in the cover-up.  Should be interesting to see how this plays out.

07/28/2012 - 3:59pm Anyone old enough to remember Bill Bonds

spoiling the 1980 miracle on ice for those watching the tape-delayed broadcast in Detroit?  What a jackass.  OP should have his avatar changed to a pic of Bill.

07/25/2012 - 9:23am Why did the PSU Administration decide not to report?

I agree the NCAA's decision had nothing to do with any supposed competitive advantage (see my comment above).  However, I disagree with your statement that this "entire action was based on moral outrage at the non-action of PSU, not on anything at all to do with football."

The NCAA punished PSU because the school allowed its culture to reach such a point that the President, AD, and Sr. VP of the university chose to protect the PR image of the football program over the welfare of boys whom, they had very strong reasons to suspect, were at grave risk of being abused by a former assistant football coach.  If the accused pedophile was a physics professor with the same track record as Sandusky, do you think Spanier, Curley, and Schultz would have behaved the same way?  Hello no!

That's why this whole scandal was all about the warped culture that had grown up around PSU football.  The football-first culture is what corrupted the university's highest ranking leaders.  And for this massive and reprehensible failure of leadership, the NCAA was warranted in punishing PSU's football program.

07/24/2012 - 5:18pm I agree

The competitive advantage argument is pretty tenuous, but I think the sanctions are justified for the reason you give (LOIC).

If a PSU fan ever complains to me about the sanctions, I'm going to pose this hypothetical: Suppose the Freeh Report completely absolved Paterno of any responsibility (e.g., McQuery went to the AD instead of JoePa and JoePa never knew anything at any time), but the report still leveled the same charges against Spanier, Schultz, and Curley with respect to failing to report someone whom they had very strong reason to believe was a pedophile.  Would anyone have any problem with the sanctions handed down yesterday?  I would not.

Under this hypothetical, the only sanction that seems dubious is vacating the wins, particularly from 1998-2001.  All of the other sanctions would be justified because PSU's President, AD, and Sr. VP chose to prioritize the football program's and school's PR image over the safety and welfare of children whom, they knew, were at grave risk of being abused by a pedophile.  Setting aside JoePa's involvement in the cover up, this is a textbook case of lack of institutional control - protecting the football program was dictating the decisions made by the school's purported academic leaders.

Having worked in the central administration of another Big Ten school - not Michigan and not PSU (thank god) - I cannot imagine the president of a university making a decision as morally bankrupt as the one Spanier did.  It just goes to show you that the tail was completely wagging the dog at PSU (congrats, Pres. Gee, you are no longer the worst school president ever in this category).  For that, PSU has to pay a massive price regardless of Joe Paterno's role in the cover up.

So I wonder if you remove JoePa from equation, would more PSU fans be able to recognize why the NCAA was warranted in handing down a very severe punishment?  I don't hear many PSU fans defending Spanier, Schultz, and Curley, probably because you'd have to attack McQuery's credibility to make this argument.

Note: based on the evidence in the Freeh Report, I personally believe JoePa played an instrumental role in the cover up and find the JoePa apologists' attempts to deconstruct the Freeh Report idiotic.

07/16/2012 - 4:31pm Creepy behavior by Sandusky was probably well known before 1998

I've heard (admittedly second-hand but from two different people who are close friends) interesting stories relayed by two different former PSU players dating from the mid-1990s.  One said that a nude Sandusky would come up behind nude players in the shower and give them "bear hugs."  Sandusky would also work out in just a jock strap, peddling away at his workout bike while the players were working out.  This behavior was characterized by the former player as weird if not creepy but obviously this was a far cry from serial child molestation.

The other former player, whose dad was a high school football coach in Pa., said that it was something of an open secret among Pa. high school coaches that Sandusky had a weird thing for boys.  I don't think people suspected at this time that he was a serial pedophile, but clearly Sandusky was engaging in behavior that struck lots of folks as highly unusual and at least a little suspicious.

If anyone read the Sally Jenkins article, she dropped a line about it being a running joke among PSU administrators that you didn't want to drop your soap when Jerry was in the shower.  I suspect she heard stories similar to the one relayed to my buddy by former PSU player #1 re Sandusky's bear hugs.  Perhaps this behavior was discussed in the Freeh Report (I read only portions of it).

At any rate, take these second-hand anecdotes for what they're worth.

07/15/2012 - 2:09pm I agree with Costas

If this had happened at Michigan, I would have already written a letter to the university President saying we should voluntarily put football on hiatus for a year, maybe longer.  It's the most appropriate way to show remorse.  This shameful cover-up  happened because football was king at PSU.  Show that something matters more than football by voluntarily suspending the program for a year (or more).

05/23/2012 - 10:28am Elvis Grbac

Why did Bob include Elvis among the most memorable people he dealt with?  I graduated in '93 and knew some guys on the team then.  Based on what I heard from them, I would not be surprised if Elvis was not among Bob's favorite people.  Are you at liberty to confirm this speculation?

05/17/2012 - 12:25pm Still holding a candle for RR

For the record, I agree Snyder and Rosenberg authored a hatchet job that significantly harmed the program and our already unfairly beleaguered coach at the time, and the Freep's editors committed journalistic malpractice in allowing their "expose" to be published.

But every time I read one of Section 1's open letters, I have two thoughts:

  1. If/when Michigan wins the MNC sometime in the next decade with Hoke as its head coach, Section 1 will write yet another MGoPost in which he asserts RR was wrongfully fired by Dave Brandon.
     
  2. Section 1 must have been one of those Michigan fans who was convinced RR would without doubt transform Michigan into a football superpower akin to USC under Pete Carroll (except without the cheating)--and Section 1 broadcast this belief to anyone and everyone within earshot.  I say this because amongst my Michigan fan friends, I have found that there is a direct relationship between the degree to which one still (!!) laments the "wrongfulness" of RR's firing and the vociferousness with which one proclaimed RR's preordained success upon his hiring.  Section 1 is just one example of this peculiar strain of Michigan arrogance.  To some extent, I fell into the same trap, and I've found that the best way to let go of the bitterness is to approach the Extended Horror that was Sept. 1, 2007-Jan. 1, 2011 with humility and humor.  It also helped that I was at a wedding with an open bar when the Horror happened.
04/20/2012 - 11:23am I hope

our fearless leader Brian Cook doesn't get any ideas from this.

04/16/2012 - 8:37pm That's

The Michigan Difference.

04/12/2012 - 10:08am You are poorly informed in many respects

As the posts below show, your understanding of Chris Webber's role in the Ed Martin scandal is poorly informed.  And your argument that the NCAA rules don't proscribe a booster from paying a student-athlete's family members is simply wrong.  See, e.g., the Reggie Bush scandal.  I blame Steve Fisher as much as I blame Chris Webber; Fisher let Ed Martin get close to the program despite Perry Watson telling Fisher that Martin was bad news.

Also, off the top of my head, I can think of at least 3 teams that have gone to back-to-back championship games since the Fab Five did it--and one that went to 3 straight title games:

  • Arkansas 1994 and 1995
  • Kentucky 1996, 1997 and 1998
  • Florida 2006 and 2007
  • Butler 2010 and 2011

The Fab Five's two Final Four runs occurred during my junior and senior years at Michigan.  I went to the Sweet Sixteen games in Lexington in 1992 and the Final Four games in New Orleans in 1993.  Those were two of the most memorable weekends of my 4 years at Michigan.  Unfortunately, those banners should never be displayed due to Steve Fisher's and Chris Webber's misconduct.  You can cherish your individual memories of the Fab Five and still recognize that those banners should never be hung in Crisler.

02/17/2012 - 4:26pm Brother Rice

For whatever reason, Brother Rice recruits tend to go to MSU more often than Michigan.  There was a period in the late 1980s/early 1990s when Rice sent some guys to UM (most notably, Paul Jokish (sp?) and Steve Morrison - but even Jokish arrived as a basketball player, IIRC).  But I bet the MSU:UM ratio for Rice recruits has been 3:1 over the last 35 years.  As a Rice and UM grad, it kind of hurts to point this out.  I don't think Coach Fracasa's MSU connection is the driving force behind this, by the way.

02/17/2012 - 10:58am Love the Six Clips reference

They did rock.  That is all.

01/27/2012 - 2:53pm How refreshing . . .

to have someone connected with the Penn State story express appropriate remorse.

01/25/2012 - 3:24pm A Train didn't drop the ball

Everyone always says Thomas simply dropped the ball without being touched.  Just as Thomas was bursting through the hole, a Northwestern player who was engaged with a blocker reached in and got a couple fingers on the ball.  He barely got a hand on it, but it was enough because Thomas wasn't expecting anyone to reach in.  I think Thomas might have been adjusting the ball too as he accelerated into all-out sprint mode.

I was at the game and based on the way the play looked from the south endzone, I thought Thomas must have simply dropped the ball.  When I got home, replays showed otherwise.  I just tried to find a good replay on YouTube but no dice.  I think NU #44 is the guy who got a finger or two on the ball.  Brutal loss.

01/24/2012 - 1:30pm Another over/under still in play

Whatever it is, I'll take the under for some genius to explicate Brian's Star Wars allusion.

10/28/2011 - 5:56pm Rosenberg's rendition of Brian Cook "berating" him

"What's a countable hour!?!  You Dolphin puncher!!"

 

 

10/27/2011 - 3:34pm If Hoke was a done deal . . .

A good reason no one seems to be mentioning is that Hoke was a done deal in DB's mind, so he didn't have to worry about finding a new coach.  Bacon's story about former Carr players saying, at a golf outing in May 2010, that Hoke would be the coach in 2011 offers some support for this theory.

If you have the new coach already in hand, waiting until after the bowl to fire RR is probably the best option because:

  1. it prevents RR from siphoning off players (although a mass exodus seems unlikely for the reason noted by Brian below);
  2. it enables Hoke to coach SD State's bowl game, thus avoiding a repeat of the media shit storm that occurred when RR left WVU before its bowl;
  3. it allows DB to flirt with Harbaugh and Miles to appease their constituencies without creating additional media shitstorms;
  4. it saves the athletic dep't a little cash on RR's buyout.

The only negatives are:

  1. potential pro-RR outcry if RR wins the bowl game (which seems like a minimal risk even if UM had won);
  2. potential hit to recruiting if Hoke gets a couple less weeks to salvage the 2011 recruiting class;
  3. alienating current players who felt rudderless while RR was dangling in the wind.

None of these 3 came to pass, so maybe the pimp hand was extant in this case.

10/21/2011 - 11:04am But that's OK

because the Spartan called him Tom.

10/18/2011 - 2:08pm A full investigation will take seconds, maybe a minute

A comprehensive investigation of this matter is warranted, and we Michigan fans need to recognize the complexity of this situation.  High-definition video of a player intentionally jerking another player's facemask after the whistle sounds can be incredibly misleading.  We must avoid a rush to accuracy and accountability.  Indeed, if you watch the video closely, you'll notice Denard's head moved back and to the left, not down and to the right.  This conclusively establishes that Taylor Lewan called Gholston "Tom" from the grassy knoll.  That's one magic loogie, Jerry.

10/18/2011 - 1:01pm Game ball to Moosman, Graham et al.

Can we just fucking beat Ohio State this year and give the game ball to the guys who stayed and worked their tails off during the RR years?  At this point, that's what I want most out of this season.

10/14/2011 - 4:59pm Facemask on the A-Train fumble?

You could argue that the Illini who caused the fumble face-masked Thomas before he jarred the ball loose.  That's what I tell my Illinois friends, at least.

10/11/2011 - 8:20pm Scratching and biting

I've heard from several former Big Ten players, including non-Michigan players, that MSU was the most annoying team in the conference to play because their players would scratch and bite opposing players in the pile.  You can rest assured, now that Saint Dantonio is their coach, Spartans never resort to such tactics. /s