What’s that great line from Payback? “Give me back my son!” Sorry, wrong movie. Whatever. Payback sucked anyway. You know what else sucks? Michigan’s defense and running game.
Who can forget Michigan’s Mike Hart calling out Michigan State by referring to them as Michigan’s “little brother”? The Spartans proceeded to beat that Wolverine ass and Mike Hart faded into Bolivian along with the rest of the Michigan football program. Unfortunately this year has seen the revival of Michigan football. No, the emergence of Denard Robinson. They were on a roll until they ran up against Michigan State and got worked like a rented mule again.
A State fan decided to make a commemorative video for everyone’s enjoyment outside of Ann Arbor. Enjoy “Bow Down Big Sister”.
Anything mocking Michigan gets the Deuce’s stamp of approval. They are who we thought they were. A one-man team led by a corruptsack of a coach. Don’t believe us? Ask West Virginia what they think of him.
Somewhere John Calipari is saluting Rich Rodriguez’s ability to be under investigation by the NCAA Committee on Infractions for potential (yeah, potential) violations at two schools at the same time. He goes before the committee for the Michigan allegations on August 14th. West Virginia has their day in December.
Earlier this spring, the Michigan athletic department sent a letter to Booster Club members and other fans about avoiding behavior that could get the school in trouble with the NCAA. Here’s the email in its entirety.
Maybe Michigan should spend more time worrying about Rodriguez and his poor record to date rather than their fans. He should receive email reminders every day telling him not to violate NCAA rules. It probably wouldn’t make a difference. He’d just delete the emails without reading them.
A closer look at the NCAA report on West Virginia shows that in violation 5(a) “Prior to the 2005-06 academic year through the fall semester of the 2007-08 academic year, the [WVU] compliance staff communicated concerns to the football staff regarding various individuals with interactions with football student-athletes during practice and game-day activities. However, individuals who were considered to be noncoaching sport-specific staff members continued to engage in impermissible activities… subsequent to the discussions.”
In layman’s terms, West Virginia’s compliance staff told Rodriguez he was breaking the rules and he ignored them. It is interesting to note that nowhere in the investigation does it mention the compliance staff expressing concern to Bill Stewart or his assistants–for better or for worse.
No one can be surprised that Rodriguez is in trouble for his action or lack thereof at West Virginia and Michigan. That’s like being surprised when the sun rises in the morning or Marion Barry gets in trouble with the law.
This situation was foreseeable but the desire to win overruled common sense. The football program is struggling and now the threat of NCAA penalties looms over the school. They’re enough to raise the red flags which should have been raised when Rodriguez was first considered for the job. Maybe it’s best to find a reason to hit the eject button and find a head coach with a whiff of integrity before he ruins Michigan football more than he has already. That’s the impartial observer in me. The Wisconsin fan says keep him at all costs. He’s doing a great job.
It’s not all bad at Michigan. Ann Arbor has two things going for it even if football is going down the toilet. Mayer Hawthorne and Poutine Burger. Let us know if you’ve had the burger and/or you’re willing to send us one with no Ex-Lax or roofies.
“I feel most certain I can be the next Braylon Edwards,” Miller said, referring to Michigan’s all-time leading receiver (3,541 yards), who is now with the New York Jets. “I’m not saying this because I’m arrogant or cocky. I just feel that the work I put in on the field and off the field, and the type of player I already am with my height and my hands …
“Braylon Edwards was an idol to me. He’s known for going up and getting balls and being very versatile with his route running. So with that in mind I just feel I can be the next No. 1 receiver that everybody will talk about.”
Yeesh. The picture above should tell one everything they need to know about Edwards’ hands. There’s no doubt he goes up for balls. Getting them is another story. Miller probably shouldn’t equate his hands to Edwards’ unless he’s planning on dropping more passes.
Then again Miller could be talking about having the same hand speed and velocity when he punches people out of jealousy because they’re friends with people more famous than him. Hopefully he’ll take responsibility for his successes and failures unlike his idol.
Whatever Miller means, it’s probably safe to assume that he has no intention of catching staph infections like Edwards and everyone else on the Browns including mascots TD, CB, Chomps and Trapper.