We already knew that Michigan Wolverines Athletic Director Dave Brandon is a dead man walking; just like Head Coach Brady Hoke. Michigan President Mark Schlissel will host a news conference at 130 eastern and it is being widely reported that Dave Brandon will step down. Happy Halloween Michigan Wolverines football fans.Follow paulmbanks
ESPN had a media conference call with a couple of their leading college football pundits, Brian Griese and Mack Brown, to discuss the first college football rankings. One of the Michigan football beat writers was on it, and she asked Griese, a former Michigan QB, a few questions about the sad state of the Wolverines right now.
For lovers of Michigan football it’s been a disastrous autumn, Griese sympathizes and empathizes.Follow paulmbanks
I do hope there’s a lot of great Jim Harbaugh Halloween costumes this year. It’s pretty easy to construct: discount pleated khakis, black 49ers hat, black long-sleeve Niners shirt. Add in the headset and you’re done. If I wasn’t way too old for Halloween I would totally do it.
However, that Jim Harbaugh costume will have to be changed drastically for Halloween 2015 and he’s….coaching the Michigan Wolverines next year? Somewhere else in college football? The Oakland Raiders?Follow paulmbanks
Michigan State had just beaten Michigan by the widest margin ever at home. The Spartans scored more on the Wolverines than they every have at Spartan Stadium. Still head coach Mark Dantonio was even more non-smiling than usual. In his post-game press conference, Dantonio explained why his team scored in the final minute despite holding a 17-point lead and went on a rant about all of the “little brother stuff” that Michigan has been talking recently.Follow paulmbanks
Michigan State is 6-1 versus Michigan ever since former Wolverines star tailback Mike Hart made him infamous and over-played “little brother” comments. Today, Hart, one of the greatest rushers in UM history is a running backs coach at Western Michigan while the current Michigan Coach, Brady Hoke, is a proverbial dead man walking.
Hoke finally got a “vote of confidence,” some “support” if you will today.
It came in a snarky sarcastic form.
You can imagine how many hundreds of thousands of tweets are directed towards Kate Upton every single day. You can also guess that 99.999% of those @replies go ignored and unanswered. (The tweet promoting the link to this story will be one of those) However, only one tweet at Kate Upton has ever become national sports news; and it became HUGE trending national trending sports news.
“I don’t know who I let talk me into that one,” said Michigan guard Spike Albrecht of his tweet to the two time Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover girl.
Albrecht was at 2014 Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago, and during our exclusive conversation we discussed how he became an overnight celebrity on title gamenight, his famous Kate Upton tweet, and all the hoopla that ensued afterward.Follow paulmbanks
As Tom Izzo pointed out Wednesday night in Chicago, Bo Ryan and the Badgers are sitting up top, and then you can flip a coin 2-10 in the Big Ten this season. That’s entirely correct. The Badgers are the class of the league. There’s a whole bunch of teams that are in the NCAA Tourney and NIT mix in (2-10) in the second tier. Then there’s a third tier of teams that won’t be going to the post season.
So enjoy it Bo Ryan, you’re in the penthouse.Follow paulmbanks
Archie Griffin is an Ohio State Buckeyes legend, and the only man to ever win two Heisman trophies.
I caught up to him Wednesday night at the Hilton Tower in Chicago. Archie was the featured speaker as the Anti Defamation League presented Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany with a lifetime achievement award.
With Archie Griffin we talked about the Bengals but also the current crisis going on at the University of Michigan.Follow paulmbanks
Michigan is in full category 5 crisis mode right now. Although you wouldn’t know anything about that if all you watched was Big Ten Network. If you weren’t already certain that BTN is a league PR firm and not a news outlet before, their minimalist coverage of the Michigan drama drives the point home now. Every sports network, other than BTN, is leading their college football shows with Michigan coverage everyday. And justifiably so.
The UM fiasco has crossed over into mainstream news or “hard news” as well. Brady Hoke, Dave Brandon and their cronies are being ripped apart by talking heads left and right. Here’s another slam. This comes from a Fox Sports 1 Analyst. By the way, Fox and BTN have a partnership, FYI.Follow paulmbanks