Category:NCAAF
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:04 am
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Big Ten Expansion Completed!!

Affiliated Press -- May 11, 2010 Chicago, IL
 
Big Ten Expansion Completed!!
 
AP: In a late breaking story, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany just announced the addition of a twelfth school to the Big Ten Conference.
 
The new addition will not exactly be new. Former Big Ten school, University of Chicago, has agreed to be reinstated in the conference.
 
The University of Chicago, which is a member of the University Athletic Association in NCAA Division III, will begin immediately to elevate its varsity sports to Division I caliber programs according to Tom Weingartner, Director of Athletics.
 
"The University of Chicago is pleased to rejoin the Big Ten," commented university president Robert Zimmer, "and it has been too long in the coming. This reunion makes a tremendous amount of sense given Chicago was a founding member of the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives, which is what the Big Ten was called when we created it in 1896. Also, since Chicago is a founding member of the Association of American Universities and most importantly a founding member of the Committee on Intercollegiate Cooperation, an exclusive research cooperative that includes Chicago and the 11 excellent universities of the Big Ten, we all agree that the University of Chicago is the perfect fit. We are very excited to return to the fold."
 
In an off the record comment, Delany said that splitting the pie 13 ways was not very agreeable to the current arrangement, referring to the 5.6 billion dollars in research funding shared CIC members.
 
Conference realignments for all of the varsity sports will be worked out over the next several months. Chicago's varsity sports will be transitioned over the next 3 years due to scheduling issues, with basketball to begin in 2011 and football in 2012.
 
In a separate interview, University of Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez is quoted as saying that he was pleased to be able to schedule Chicago as it would allow him to pad his schedule with something other than a cupcake Division I-AA school, such as Appalachian State or a doormat MAC team like Toledo..
 
-- byline Jack Piooma
Posted on: October 25, 2010 7:30 am
 

Crisis In Ann Arbor

Affiliated Press -- Oct. 9, 2010 Ann Arbor, MI

Crisis in Ann Arbor

There is a crisis reported in a Ann Arbor due to a critical shortage and it is not the notorious critical shortage of defense on the Michigan football team. There is a critical shortage of paper bags. There are none to be found in any stores in Ann Arbor, not even the Walmart stores. In a recent press conference, Mayor John Hieftje confirmed the reports

"This is a serious shortage. We are preparing to declare a state of emergency. All efforts to mitigate the shortage, including attempts at recycling, have failed. There just are no paper bags to be found, anywhere. Plastic bags, in many cases, are not a viable alternative."

Speculating on the cause of the shortage, Mayor Hieftje shrugged and suggested that the most likely cause was high consumption at football games.

"Fans are wearing the bags over their heads so they can't be identified as Michigan fans. Between the eye holes the tears from fans pulling their hair, the bags are ruined after just 1 use. Hundreds of thousands of bags are destroyed each week."

Police Chief Barnett Jones, speaking off the record, observed that the lack of paper bags has resulted in a substantial drop in sexual assault cases. No specific relationship was identified, but Chief Jones noted that unless the crime rate climbs back up soon, the Ann Arbor Police Department will undergo significant reductions in force.

Another direct impact of the paper bag shortage, according to the Washtenaw County Clerk, has been a serious decrease in the birth rate, a drop so significant it has affected the overall rate of population decrease for the entire state.

"Apparently, without paper bags, people just aren't having sex."

Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriguez was recently observed shredding paper bags in his office, late at night, with the help of a grad assistant. When asked, Coach Rodriguez said he felt the players might do better if they played without paper bags over their heads. He went on to guess that the players were trying to hide their identities during the game, an effort completely thwarted since the uniform jerseys clearly spelled out each player's name.

As if denizens of Ann Arbor have not suffered enough in recent times, the paper bag shortage is being blamed for causing 2 other shortages -- mortuary makeup and resorative wax. Douglas R. "Dutch" Nie, II, of the Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., brought this issue to the attention of the Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce at the August Economic Club luncheon. In his presentation, Mr. Nie noted:

"Nobody in Ann Arbor has dies with a smile on his face for over 3 years now and it looks like it won't be getting any better any time soon."

Byline -- Jack Piooma

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: July 11, 2009 10:21 am
 

Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman

Let's examine this exemplar, this role model.

    He "somehow" managed to get an offer from Alabama, but turned it down saying how much he loves West Virginia and wants to continue coaching there until he retires. He got a fat pay raise.
    11 months later, 3 days after receiving the call, he signed with Michigan. So much for love. This was on the heels of that massive pay increase. Makes you wonder if that is what the Alabama gig was all about.
    Wonder? Nope. He was constantly looking for a bigger, better deal and when those offers came in, he leveraged them to get more money and other concessions from WVU. Don't take my word for it. Do your own research. The legitimate news articles are out there.
    Then there is the comment, "Who wouldn't want to coach for Michigan?" Maybe that is a true statement, maybe not, but it certainly does not show good sense or good taste coming from someone who profess undying love for his then current position.
    Next, the buyout clause. Oh, my. He signed a contract with the understanding that the clause was not going to be enforced but did not have the words struck? Let's see. Contract negotiations on that lasted from January to July. He had the time. Decide for yourself.
    The amusing part is Michigan paid $2.5M of the $4.0M buyout, plus taxes. That is quite a signing bonus Dirty Dikrod got. Do the math. The cost to UM was $3,803,393.85 when the taxes are added in. I used the 2007 tax rates. The 2008 tax rates are a bit higher.
    Recent reports allege Dr. Dirty Dikrod, right after signing with Michigan, used West Virginia cell phones to contact recruits for Michigan. The Big Ten and the NCAA started an investigation of this obvious rules violation. This abuse of position is part of the ligation transcripts (ref. WVU vs. Rodriguez). Don't take my word for it. Do your own research. The legitimate news articles are out there.
    Let us not forget his imfamous chastising of the UM students who needed "to get a life" because they expressed their displeasure in the record setting season last year.

And the best for last...

In a recent article, the second letter of resignation written by Dr. Dirty Dikrod was discussed. Would you like to know what was listed at the top of the list of reasons why Dirty Dikrod left WVU?

    Was it because WVU failed to follow through and give the assistant coaches an annual pay raise?
Nope.
    Was it because WVU failed to upgrade the locker rooms?
Nope.
    Was it because of any of the things Dirty Dikrod alleged that WVU promised but did not follow through on?
Nope.

The number one reason Dirty Dikrod left West Virginia University as listed in his letter of resgnation is the university refused to allow him to violate NCAA regulations.

What?
Yup.

    He stated, first on the list, that he left WVU because the university would not allow him to let his players keep and sell their scholarship issued textbooks.
    And... Dr. Dirty Dikrod, as reported, demanded that the students be allowed to keep the books. He did not ask. Good thing for WVU that the school officials refused to cave into his demands.

He should have taken the Alabama job. He would have fit right in.

    There is no excuse, no rationalization that gets Dr. Dirty Dikrod off the hook. Every coach, especially head coaches had better know the rules, all of them. It is part of the job. If Dr. Dirty Dikrod was unaware of the rules, well that just does not say much in his favor.
    For those of you who like casual reading, go to NCAA Constitution, Operating Bylaws, Administrative Bylaws
    And if you like, you can also read the transcripts from the WVU litigation. Do a Google search. Wonderful reading. Quite interesting.
    I can only wonder how long it will be before that school down the road is under NCAA sanctions, loss of scholarship, banned from bowls, etc.

Dr. Dirty Dikrod is the consummate Skunkbear.


The title of this blog is Dr. Dirty Dikrod, Snakeoil Saleman.

Why?

Snake oil. Look it up.

You Skunkbears think this is a compliment. You poor, ignorant fools.

"Snake oil" is an insult.

    In the 1870s through 1890s, there were self-proclaimed Doctors who went around what was then the west, selling their Elixors, which were primarily based on snake oil, along with whatever other ingrediants they could scrounge. These bottles of Elixor would be sold as cures for colds, age, infertility, llack of verility, youth enhancers, and whatever else the travelling snake oil salesmen could fabricate.
    Ultimately, these snake oil salesmen would be found out by the townfolk and farmers, usually because someone got sick or died from those patent medicines, and the snake oil salesment would be stripped, tarred and feathered, and ridden out of town on a rail. Note, the rail was usually a split rail with lots of nasty splinters.
    In present times, someone who applies "his particular brand of snake oil" is being accused of nefarious behavior, specifically lying through his teeth.

So, it is with the greatest amusement that I read skunkbear posts that brag about Dr. Dirty Dikrod's "snake oil."

Dr. Dirty Dikrod is the consummate snakeoil salesman. The fans have bought into this completely. The poor, pathetic fools.

You now own a stain that is bigger and yellower than the stripes on your mascot.

Enjoy your humiliation, skunkbears.


ENDNOTE:

    Why do I use "Dikrod?" It is an obvious play on RRod. Dick is one diminutive of Richard. I spell it Dik, leaving out the "C" because I see no championship in that name.

Posted on: June 28, 2009 5:44 am
 

BCS, Play-offs, and Bowls

Of course the Bowl Championship Series is about money. But before one rags the "evil" BCS conferences, one should do a little reading.

The BCS had to make concessions to get the conferences to join. For example, to get the Big Ten and Pac-10 to join, the BCS had to grant automatic bids. Why? Because for over 50 years (then, since 1947) the Big Ten and Pac-10 had an agreement to have the conference champions meet on New Year's Day in the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl, pre-BCS, was the highest paying and more prestigious of all the bowls.

The so-called BCS National Championship game has been played for the last 3 years. Prior to the 2006 season, there was no such game. The SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, and Pac-10 conference champions plus independent Notre Dame played in 4 bowls, Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, and Orange.

It is important to remember that the so-called BCS National Championship game is NOT recognized by the NCAA as a collegiate championship.

Prior to the BCS was the Bowl Alliance (95-97) that included the SEC, ACC, Big East, Big 12, and the Southwest (1995 only) conference champions plus Notre Dame playing in the Sugar, Fiesta, and Orange bowls. 2 at-large teams were allowed to compete.

Prior to the Bowl Alliance was the Bowl Coalition (92-94) that included the SEC, ACC, Big East, Big 8, and Southwest conference champions plus Notre Dame playing in the Sugar, Fiesta, Orange, Cotton, Gator, and Sun bowls. 5 at-large teams were allowed to compete.

Prior to 1992, there were just the bowl games. The bowl games were rewards to teams that had good seasons and offered players one last opportunity to showcase their skills to the NFL. There were the major bowls (Rose, Sugar, Cotton, and Orange) and mid and minor bowls.

Pre-BCS:
Rose: tied-in with the Big Ten and Pac-10
Orange: at various times tied-in with the Big 12, ACC, and Big East
Sugar: tied-in with the SEC
Cotton: tied-in with the now defunct Southwest Conference
Sun: tied-in with now defunct Border Conference
Fiesta: no conference tie-ins, originally associated with the Western Athletic Conference
Gator: loosely tied-in with the SEC

Of course it is about money. The BCS is nothing more than a business arrangement that allows better negotiating terms for TV revenues, etc. No one is going to get the conferences to give up their automatic bids, especially the conferences that had prior business agreements that spanned decades.

My vote is to scrap the BCS and go back to the old bowl system. The BCS and this clammoring for a playoff system is only pushing college football further down the road to being NFL farm teams. We really should go back to the true student-athlete approach.

Posted on: June 24, 2009 11:01 am
Edited on: June 24, 2009 11:02 am
 

Recruiting for Speed

PREFACE:

This piece was originally posted on the Spartan Message board as Lest we forget (part 3).

For the past several weeks, I have been engaged in a large research project (NCAA football). As often happens during research, interesting things are uncovered that are not directly related to the thesis being investigated. Such curiosities are often worth a digression, so I spent a little time looking at what follows.

First, a little background.

In the Forcier vs. Paulus, who cares ? Gotta Love It!!! on May 3, 2009 10:59 pm, Michwolverines1 posted:

So once again I have proven that you do ABSOLUTELY NO research before you post. Dont throw a hissy fit because RR is going after top talent in speed states like FL and TX. Dont get mad that Dantonioioioio cant compete with the Floridas and LSUs of the nation for recruits.Given the above comment, Florida, Louisiana St., Michigan, and Michigan St. are assessed.

Note 1: The "Interest" column in the Rivals and Scout pages is not clearly defined. Interest could be the school has expressed interest in the player. Likewise, it could be the player expressed interest in the school. Then again, it could be a combination of both, which is likely given that anyone can submit data on a player.
Note 2: There are anomalies and discrepancies between the data in the Rivals database and the Scout database. Scout is the primary source since its database search engine is much more user friendly.

First, a look at the recent 2009 recruits. All of these recruits have signed Letters Of Intent (LOI).

Florida signed 15 players.
Louisiana St. signed 23 players.
Michigan signed 22 players.
Michigan St. signed 23 players.

Of the 15 recruits picked up by Florida in 2009, MSU was interested in and made offers to none.
Of the 23 recruits picked up by MSU in 2009, Florida was interested in and made an offer to Edwin Baker. Baker signed with MSU.
MSU beat Florida 1 to 0 in the recruiting arena.

Of the 23 recruits picked up by LSU in 2009, MSU was interested in and made offers to none.
Of the 23 recruits picked up by MSU in 2009, LSU was interested in and made offers to none.
MSU tied LSU 0 to 0 in the recruiting arena.

Of the 23 recruits picked up by LSU in 2009, UM was interested in and made offers to Barkevious Mingo, Bennie Logan and Chris Faulk. All 3 signed with LSU.
Of the 22 recruits picked up by UM in 2009, LSU was interested in and made an offer to William Campbell. Campbell signed with UM.
LSU beat UM 3 to 1 in the recruiting arena.

Of the 22 recruits picked up by UM in 2009, Florida was interested in Adrian Witty and Brendan Gibbons (no offers) and made an offer to William Campbell. All 3 signed with UM.
Of the 15 recuirts picked up by Florida in 2009, UM was interested in and made offers to none.
UM beat UF 1 to 0 in the recruiting arena.

The poster above later clarified that he was talking about the 2010 class.

The 2010 recruits.

This data is a snapshot for 6/23/09. The data is evolving, changing hourly.

According to Scout:
Florida has 310 recruits listed as "Interest," has made 113 offers and received 15 verbal commitments.
Of the verbal commitments, UF beat out MSU for 0 recruits; UF beat out UM for 0 recruits; UF beat out LSU for 3 recruits.
Of the recruits receiving offers from UF, 23 have committed to other schools leaving 75 still open.

Louisiana St.has 324 recruits listed as "Interest," has made 110 offers and received 15 verbal commitments.
Of the verbal commitments, LSU beat out MSU for 0 recruits; LSU beat out UM for 2 recruits; LSU beat out UF for 2 recruits.
Of the recruits receiving offers from LSU, 30 have committed to other schools leaving 65 still open.

Michigan has 175 recruits listed as "Interest", has made 91 offers and received 15 verbal commitments.
Of the verbal commitments, UM beat out MSU for 2 recruits; UM beat out UF for 3 recruits; UM beat out LSU for 3 recruits.
Of the recruits receiving offers from UM, 19 have committed to other schools leaving 57 still open.

Michigan St. has 190 recruits listed as "Interest", has made 65 offers and received 5 verbal commitments.
Of the verbal commitments, MSU beat out UM for 2 recruits; MSU beat out UF for 1 recruits; MSU beat out LSU for 0 recruits.
Of the recruits receiving offers from MSU, 12 have committed to other schools leaving 40 still open.

Verbal commits:
20 players received offers by both MSU and UM, 4 players have committed: 2 for MSU, 2 for UM
2 players received offers by both MSU and LSU, 0 players have committed: 0 for MSU, 0 for LSU
2 players received offers by both MSU and UF, 1 player has committed: 1 for MSU, 0 for UF
7 players received offers by both UM and LSU; 5 players have committed: 3 for UM, 2 for LSU
19 players received offers by both UM and UF; 3 players have committed: 3 for UM, 0 for UF
27 players received offers by both LSU and UF; 5 players have committed: 2 for LSU, 3 for UF

The data is insufficient to substantiate the claim that MSU can not compete with LSU or UF. What the data does suggest is that MSU is not competing with LSU or UF in a substantial manner.

Now, a look at the verbal commitments. Note: verbal commitments are not iron clad. The 8 Michigan recruits who decommitted is from the 2009 class is, by itself, sufficient proof. Many recruits decommit every year and there is still lots of time before the LOIs are signed in early 2010. Also note that a school that makes an offer and receives a verbal commitment is not required to offer a LOI. A school is only allowed sign 25 new scholarships each year.

MSU 2010 commits include 5 from Michigan
UM 2010 commits include 2 from Florida, 1 from Louisiana, 2 from Michigan, 5 from Ohio, 2 from Pennsylvania, 1 from S.Carolina, 2 from Texas
UF 2010 commits include 1 from Alabama, 10 from Florida, 1 from Maryland, 1 from N.Carolina, 1 from New Hampshire, 1 from New York
LSU 2010 commits include 1 from Alabama, 2 from Florida, 2 from Georgia, 1 from Kansas, 6 from Louisiana, 1 from Tennessee, 3 from Texas, 1 from Virginia

The above data set is too small and, hence, no meaningful conclusions can be reached. However, preliminary results show:
MSU 100% from its/UM home turf (MI, OH, IN), 0% from UF home turf, and 0% from LSU home turf.
UM 33% from its/MSU home turf (MI, OH, IN), 13% from UF home turf, and 20% from LSU home turf.
UF 67% from its home turf (FL, GA, AL), 0% from UM/MSU home turf, and 0% from LSU home turf.
LSU 60% from its home turf (LA, TX, MS), 30% from UF home turf, and 0% from UM/MSU home turf.
From this, one might conclude that UM is hunting on the UF and LSU home turfs, LSU is hunting on the UF home turf, and MSU is staying home. The recruiting year is still quite young. Does this support the allegation that "Dantonioioioio cant compete with the Floridas and LSUs of the nation for recruits?" That allegation certainly is one possibility. Another is that Rodriguez is highly interested in earning frequent flier miles.

The reality is that Dantonio does roughly 60% of his recruiting within a 5 hour radius around E. Lansing (approximately 300 miles).

Take a look at the offers made:
MSU 2010 offers: OH 16, MI 15, FL 6, NJ 5, GA 4, IL 4, IN 4, PA 4, SC 3, DC 1, MD 1, MN 1, NC 1
13 States, 9 States with more than one offer; 54% from home turf (MI, OH, IN); top 3 hunting grounds (OH, MI, FL) account for 57% of offers tendered.

UM 2010 offers: FL 21, OH 16, MI 8, PA 8, MD 5, TX 5, GA 4, CA 3, LA 3, SC 3, IL 2, NC 2, NJ 2, AZ 1, DC 1, DE 1, IN 1, MN 1, MS 1, NY 1, VA 1, WA 1
22 States, 13 States with more than one offer; 27% from home turf (MI, OH, IN); top 3 hunting grounds (FL, OH, MI) account for 49% of the offers tendered.

UF 2010 offers: FL 46, GA 15, TX 11, CA 8, AL 6, SC 4, MI 3, MD 2, NY 2, OH 2, DC 1, KS 1, LA 1, MA 1, MO 1, NC 1, NH 1, NV 1, OK 1, OR 1, PA 1, TN 1, VA 1, WI 1
24 States, 10 States with more than one offer; 59% from home turf (FL, GA, AL); top 3 hunting grounds (FL, GA, TX) account for 64% of the offers tendered.

LSU 2010 offers: TX 18, GA 15, LA 13, FL 12, AL 9, CA 9, MS 5, MI 4, VA 4, NC 3, TN 3, AR 2, MD 2, OH 2, UT 2, IL 1, KS 1, NV 1, OK 1, OR 1, SC 1, WA 1
22 States, 15 States with more than one offer; 33% from home turf (LA, TX, MS); top 3 hunting grounds (TX, GA, LA) account for 42% of the offeres tendered.

This is very interesting. UM's so-called "national" approach to recruiting has made offers to more than 1 recruit in 13 States as opposed to MSU making offers to more than 1 recruit in 9 States. That UM has made 91 offers while MSU has made 65 offers may certainly be a normalizing factor in that statistic.
What is fascinating is that 64% of the UM offers are for recruits in 3 States: FL, OH, and MI and 57% of the MSU offers are for recruits in those same 3 States: OH, MI, and FL.

This data suggests that UM and MSU have similar targets, turf-wise, and are in similar competitions with other schools, like LSU and UF. Still, it is too early to claim a debunking of the allegation.

Actually, the allegation can not be debunked until all of the LOIs are signed.

Irrespective of the claim that FL and TX are "speed states," the data suggests that Florida recruits primarily close to home as does Michigan St. Michigan St.'s recruiting efforts, according to Dantonio (Dantonio adapts to May's recruiting rule changes [http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/ncaaf/te

ams/mml]), focus on high schools within a five hour radius of E. Lansing.
Louisiana St. seems to have a more "national" flavor to the distribution of scholarship offers tendered. UM seems to be halfway between a regional focus and a national focus.

Speed:

UM has one commit with 40 yd speed of 4.40 or better -- Tony Drake (TX), RB, unranked by Rivals. Fast, but not a "top talent" recruit (not ranked, 1 star). At 5' 8" and 160 lb., he is going to have a rough time in the Big Ten.

UM has offers to the following uncommitted recruits who have speed at or better than 4.40 for the 40 yd dash:

Brandon Ifill (PA), S, 5-11/180/4.40, nat. rank: 18, rating: 4 stars
Josh Furman (MD), S, 6-2/187/4.36, nat. rank: 12, rating: 4 stars
Eduardo Clements (FL), RB, 5-11/185/4.40, nat. rank: 10, rating: 4 stars
Johnavon Fulton (SC), CB, 6-0/175/4.39, nat. rank: 6, rating: 4 stars
O.J. Ross (FL), WR, 5-10/176/4.36, nat. rank: 62, rating: 3 stars
Dior Mathis (MI), CB, 5-9/171/4.28, nat. rank: 21, rating: 3 stars
Latwan Anderson (OH), S, 5-11/190/4.29, nat. rank: NR, rating: 1 star
Chad Hagan (PA), RB, 6-0/207/4.29, nat. rank: NR, rating: 1 star
Corvin Lamb (FL), WR, 5-9/190/4.30, nat. rank: NR, rating: 1 star

MSU has no commits with 40 yd speed of 4.40 or better.

MSU has offers to the following uncommitted recruits who have speed at or better than 4.40 for the 40 yd dash:

Ibraheim Campbell (PA), RB, 5-11.5/190/4.39, nat. rank: 77, rating: 3 stars
Dior Mathis (MI), CB, 5-9/171/4.28, nat. rank: 21, rating: 3 stars

Funny. The fastest recruit by either school is a local kid (Mathis).

The next update will set the bar for the 40 yd dash at 4.50 seconds.


ENDNOTES:

Dantonio adapts to May's recruiting rule changes

That is a membership link that can be accessed via Yahoo Sports.

The revelant passages:

Other programs get a lot of mileage out of their camps, too. But its crucial at Michigan State, where recruiting within a five-hour radius is paramount. In the past two years, 39 of the 44 players who have signed with Michigan State lived within five hours of East Lansing.

Dantonio said he wants to branch out more to Florida. He signed two from the sunshine state in February. He had five assistants scouting Florida in May. Hence, May film evaluation isn't limited to just inner-radius prospects. But the first obligation and responsibility for Dantonio and his staff is to know as much as possible about all of the prospects within the five-hour radius, where the Spartans have a better chance to get commitments.

 

An interesting, related article: Programs must go national to find system-fitting players

Posted on: June 7, 2009 9:14 am
Edited on: June 16, 2009 8:33 am
 

The Rodriguez Chronology

PREFACE:

This piece was originally posted on the MSU Spartan message board as "Lest We Forget (part 2)."


For the past several weeks, I have been engaged in a large research project (NCAA football). As often happens during research, interesting things are uncovered that are not directly related to the thesis being investigated. Such curiosities are often worth a digression, so I spent a little time looking at what follows.

First, a little background.

In the Forcier vs. Paulus, who cares ? Gotta Love It!!! on May 1, 2009 at 9:49 pm, Michwolverines1 posted:

All three of you are idiot that dont do their research firstIn the Forcier vs. Paulus, who cares ? Gotta Love It!!! May 8, 2009 4:03 pm, I posted:
And, get this, it was the Big East! Now, he sidled into the Big Ten, gutted the UM coaching staff, turned the program on its ear, and you think with a bunch of freshmen he is going to have a winning season?

A short while later (Forcier vs. Paulus, who cares ? Gotta Love It!!! May 8, 2009 8:47 pm, Michwolverines1 retorted with:
Did Dantonioioioio keep all the staff from your previous failure of a coach?  My guess in no.

It would seem he does not do his research either.

A short while after that (11:51 pm) I answered with:

Yes, Dik-Rod got rid of every single member (100%) of the coaching staff and replaced them top-to-bottom. Dantonio did not keep all the prior coaches, true, but he kept many of them.What really happened?

On December 20, 2007, Rodriguez announced the firing of all the Lloyd Carr assistant coaches. It is a shame CBS does not retain message board posts that far back. The UM fans were outraged about it and noted especially their angst at what they thought at the time was the concurrent firing of the entire staff, not just the assistant coaches, and especially noting Singletary, the recruiting coordinator. I based my statement on the knowledge (or lack thereof) of the UM fans. That was a mistake.

As it turns out, on December 21, 2007, Rodriguez rehired Fred Jackson, long-time (then 16 years) Michigan assistant. Digging deeper, I found that Singletary was not fired. So much for accepting what UM fans say without verification.

Further investigation uncovered that Dantonio fired all of John L. Smith's assistant coaches except one, Dan Enos (then 1 year at MSU). The firings took place a few at a time and did not give the appearance of "gutting" the coaching staff. Furthermore, Dan Enos had been with Cincinnati the year before joining John L. Smith's staff.

Both coaches brought 6 assistants with them, hired 2 from the outside, and retained 1. Each left 3 assistants behind at their former schools. At the staff level, both coaches replaced their graduate assistant coaches and a few others but essentially retained all of the rest of the staff.

I recant my posts and do so knowing there is the risk that someone will claim that since I was wrong on that one point, I was wrong about everything.

In digging all that up, I found myself on a second digression, as follows:

Rodriguez was an assistant when Don Nehlen was WVU head coach. Nehlen was an assistant under Bo Schembechler.

November 26, 2000:
West Virginia announced Rodriguez as the new head coach, officially starting November 27, 2000.
Source: Clemson Assistant Coach Rich Rodriguez Will Be New West Virginia Head Coach

February 2, 2002: Rodriguez signed a 1-year contract extension with West Virginia.
Source: Alabama's violations draw NCAA punishment

...despite leading the Mountaineers to a 3-8 record in his first season.December 21, 2002: Rodriguez signed a 7-year contract extention with West Virginia (through 2009) that included a reciprocal $2M termination penalty.
Source: Contract Law: Meet Rich Rodriguez

June 26, 2006: Rodriguez signed 3-year contract extension with West Virginia (through 2012) that continued the reciprocal $2M termination penalty.
Source: WVU's Rodriguez gets contract extension

December 5, 2006: A famous Rodriguez quote:
I plan on being at West Virginia the rest of my career.Source: Bama to make decision within 72 hours

December 7, 2006: Rodriguez received the Alabama head coach offer.
December 8, 2006: Rodriquez turned down the Alabama head coach offer.
Source: Rodriguez ponders 'Bama, Morgantown

December 8, 2006: Reported that Rodriguez to receive a 2-year contract extension with West Virginia.
Source: Tide turns as Rodriguez rejects Alabama

December 12, 2006: A famous Rodriguez quote:
Obviously I'm very excited to stay here and I plan on being here a long time.
Source: Rodriguez denies 'Bama, will return to Morgantown

August 24, 2007: Rodriguez signed a 1-year contract extension with West Virginia (through 2013) that changed the reciprocal termination penalty to $4M.
Source: Rodriguez testifies he felt pressured to sign contract
Source: WVU Rodriguez signs 1-year contract extension

One might conjecture that West Virginia increased the reciprocal termination penalty as a result of the Alabama offer.

The August 24, 2007 West Virginia contract with Rich Rodriguez included:
$150k/yr base
$550k/yr guaranteed supplemental compensation (with $50k increases every year)
$415k/yr incentive bonuses (bowl games, etc.)
$350k/yr additional income (non-WVU approved endorsements)
$150k/yr tenure bonus
$4M reciprocal contract termination penalty that declines after 3 years
Source: RR WVU Contract (link to actual contract)

November 19, 2007: Lloyd Carr announced his retirement effective at the end of the season (after the bowl game).
Source: Live notes from Carr's press conference

December 5, 2007: Greg Schiano (Rutgers) turned down the Michigan head coach offer.
December 6, 2007: Les Miles, another candidate for the Michigan head coach position, signed a new contract with LSU.
Source: Schiano rejects Michigan, stays at Rutgers

And 1 year plus 1 week after receiving the Alabama offer:

December 14, 2007: Rodriguez received the Michigan head coach offer.
Source: Rodriguez testifies he felt pressured to sign contract

December 14, 2007: Michigan officially received permission from West Virginia to talk with Rodriquez.
Source: Michigan gets permission to talk to Rodriguez

December 14, 2007: Rodriguez met with Michigan president Mary Sue Coeman and athletic director Bill Martin in Toledo.
Source: Rodriguez mum on Michigan job reports
Source: Report: Michigan meets with West Virginia's Rodriguez

The following likely occurred on December 14th but may have been on the 15th. The exact dates have not been verified.

December 14 (15?), 2007: Pastilong [West Virginia athletic director Ed Pastilong] said he was unaware Rodriguez, who has a hefty buyout clause in his contract, was in Toledo. December 14 (15?), 2007: Michigan athletic department spokesman Bruce Madej said he was unaware of any talks.
December 14 (15?), 2007: A famous quote:

When asked further whether he knew Rodriguez was talking to Michigan, Pastilong said, "Rich has not mentioned anything of that nature to me. Secondly, we have a strong commitment with Rich, a strong contract. We're strongly committed to him and he's strongly committed to us."
December 14 (15?), 2007: A famous quote: [Rodriguez]
“The impact of your name being thrown about is sometimes a little overrated. It probably makes for a lot of angst among families and we don’t want that, sorry but you all are stuck with me here.”
Source: Rodriguez meets with Michigan AD about replacing Carr

December 16, 2007: Rodriguez signed a letter of intent with Michigan.
Source: Rodriguez's contract at Michigan includes $4 million buyout

December 16, 2007: Rodriguez informed the West Virginia players of his decision.
Source: Rodriguez leaving West Virginia to coach Michigan

December 16, 2007: Rodriguez submited his resignation, effective at the end of the season (after the bowl game), a one liner delivered by a graduate student, to West Virginia.
Source: Rodriguez's lawyers seek WVU records, Pastilong testimony

December 17, 2007: Michigan introduced Rodriguez as the new head coach.
Source: Michigan introduces Rich Rodriguez as new head coach

December 18, 2007: Rodriguez revised his resignation date to be effective at midnight and declines to coach for the January 2, 2008 bowl game.
Source: WVU DEPARTURE: Rodriguez moves up resignation date

December 20, 2007: Rodriguez announced the firing of all the Michigan assistant coaches.
Source: Rodriguez won't retain Carr's assistant coaches at Michigan

December 21, 2007: Rodriguez rehired assistant coach Jackson.
Source: Rich Rodriguez brings back Michigan assistant day after firings

Interesting speculative pieces that contend McGuffie staying at Michigan might well be influenced by the retention of Jackson.
Source: Star recruit McGuffie is still with U-M -- for now; decision may hinge on Fred Jackson
Source: McGuffie’s First Reactions

December 27, 2007: West Virginia served the lawsuit to Rodriguez.
Source: Fmr. WVU Coach Rich Rodriguez Served Lawsuit by WVU

January 10, 2008: Rodriguez submitted a second resignation letter to West Virginia.
Source: Rodriguez's Resignation Letter Released
Source: Rodriguez submitted second resignation letter to West Virginia

January 6, 2008: Rodriguez announces hiring the West Virginina six-member strength and conditioning staff to work at Michigan.
Source: New Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez Hires More Ex-Aides From West Virginia

January 16, 2008: West Virginia filed suit versus Rodriguez for failure to pay contract termination penalty.
Source: West Virginia University Board of Governors v. Rodriguez

July 9, 2008:
Rodriguez settles with West Virginia on the contract termination penalty.
Source: WVU board approves Rodriguez settlement

October 16, 2008:
Another famous quote:
CBSSports.com: You knew what you were getting into...
Rodriguez: "It wasn't like I looked at the roster..."
Source: Insider: Rich Rod discusses the good, the bad and the ugly

October 24, 2008: Rodriguez signed a 6-year contract with Michigan that includes a reciprocal $4M termination penalty.
Source: Rodriguez contract with Michigan
Source: Rich Rodriguez Signs Contract
Source: Rodriguez signs Michigan contract, 10 months later

It is interesting to note that the contract was signed on October 24, 2008, the day before the MSU game, 10 months and 7 games after Rodriguez was introduced as the new Michigan head coach. It is an amusing thought of what might have happened had Rodriguez waited until after the MSU game to sign. Another amusing thought: after the OSU game.

I fully understand delaying the signing until after the settlement in July. The reasons, to me, are obvious. But the end of October? Questions abound!

The October 24, 2008 Michigan contract with Rodriguez includes:
$300k/yr base
$1.65M/yr guaranteed additional income (endorsements, TV, etc.)
$300k bonus NC
$200k bonus for BCS game or $100k bonus for non-BCS/Jan 1 bowl or $50k bonus for non-Jan 1 bowl
$550k "deferred compensation" (payable when contract comes to term)
$4M buyout, decreases $0.5M/yr
plus what amounts to a $2.5M (plus coverage of the tax liability) signing bonus
Source: RR UM Contract 6 years (link to actual contract)

The $2.5M portion of the West Virginia contract termination penalty is paided directly to West Virginia but counts as income on Rodriguez' taxes. Michigan is also covering the tax liability on the $2.5M which can range from $0 to $1.44M depending of whether the $2.5M can be written off as a loss or business expense or is fully taxed. Rodriguez is employed via a contract. There are complexities concerning the tax code that I have chosen to not spend time researching.

And, last but not least...

November 19, 2008: Rodriguez tells fans to "get a life."
Source: Rodriguez says some college football fans need to get a perspective on life

It is left to the reader to reach his own conclusions.

For further reading, refer to GETTING RICH: U-M names it's new football coach, Rich Rodriguez (Detroit Free Press).

Regardless of the good or bad conclusions one can form based on the history, what counts today is:

3-8 overall
1st losing season in 46 years
4th worst win-loss percentage in school history
7th worst record for number of wins in school history
All-time school record for most number of losses in a season
All-time school record for most points allowed in a season

3rd worst point differential for a single season in school history
Worst season for a first-year coach in school history
2nd worst season-to-season collapse in school history
1-8 Big Ten
All-time school record for most conference losses in school history
3rd worst conference win-loss percentage in school history
First loss to a MAC school in Michigan history
Broke the streak of 33 consecutive bowl games
Broke the streak of 8 consecutive home victories versus MSU
First 5-game losing streak versus OSU

Since his hiring in December, 2007, 12 recruits have decommited, 19 players have not returned, and 5 other players are noted as possible.
Assistant coach Scott Shafer took the blame for the abysmal defense in 2008 and resigned.
The roster at the beginning of the 2008 season had 109 players listed. The 2009 spring roster has 96 players.

Does all of this mean Michigan made a mistake hiring Rodriguez? One season is an insufficient basis for any conclusions. All this shows is the transition from Carr to Rodriguez did not go well.

As for the 2009 season, c'mon September!


Footnote:

There are three alleged quotes from the 2008 season that have not been located or verified:

The first is a Rodriguez criticism of Carr for the poor roster Rodriguez inherited (in the context of losing so many games). Given the celerity of the offer and acceptance, there is no doubt that Rodriguez did not have the time to scrutinize the roster. If Rodriguez actually made a statement of that nature, it was a very foolish thing to do. This alleged statement, if true, could only be made by a classless person.

The second is a Rodriguez statement that he thought a winning season at Michigan was automatic (in the context of losing so many games). This alleged statement, if true, too easily leads to the conclusion that Rodriguez expected an easy tenure, winning with no effort, etc. If Rodriguez actually made a statement of that nature, it was a very foolish thing to do. No one who knows anything can perceive Rodriguez as a slacker.

The third is a Rodriguez statement of "Who wouldn't want to coach at Michigan" (or words to that effect). It must certainly be true that many coaches aspire to coaching at Michigan. If Rodriguez actually made a statement of that nature, it was a foolish thing to do given his statements of staying at West Virginia for the rest of his career. If he actually made a statement of that nature, he is a hypocrit at best and a pathological liar at worst.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: June 5, 2009 5:54 am
Edited on: June 24, 2009 11:04 am
 

Player Defections During The Rodriguez Transition

PREFACE:

This piece, originally published on the Spartan message board as "Lest We Forget (part 1)," received some worthwhile comments from go-blue-go, a Wolverine fan. I have his permission to include his insights here, too. Those passages that go-blue-go contributed are marked with his member name.

In addition, the entry for Matt Mallett is corrected from decommit to transfer.

From the dialog with go-blue-go and others, it seems the common perception is that this article attempts to blame Rodriguez for all the player departures. It is likely that the quotes from the Forcier vs. Paulus message thread contributes to that perception. The exchange of posts in Forcier vs. Paulus was my inspiration and motivation to digress from my primary research project to compile this data. The research actually did not delve into why a player left (except in 2 or 3 cases), but rather verified both that player had left and the type of departure (decommit versus transfer for example).


For the past several weeks, I have been engaged in a large research project (NCAA football). As often happens during research, interesting things are uncovered that are not directly related to the thesis being investigated. Such curiosities are often worth a digression, so I spent a little time looking at what follows.

First, a little background.

It the Forcier vs. Paulus, who cares ? Gotta Love It!!! on May 1, 2009 at 9:49 pm, Michwolverines1 posted:

All three of you are idiot that dont do their research first

One has to pause and comtemplate the literacy of that particular fan.

A few minutes later (9:53 am), I posted:

How many players has Dik-Rod lost or chased away now? Seems in spring practice a year ago, one or more left because of the lack of values brought to the program by Dik-Rod. Lost Treet recently.

A bit later (10:59 pm), Michwolverines1 responded with:
I havent really kept a tally but the player you are referencing in the next sentecnce about "values" would be Justin Boren.   He claimed there was "eroding family values" when in fact it was his father who did want his kids playing at rival schools.
THREET transfered becuase he is a more suited for a pro style system.

One has to pause anew and comtemplate the level of research conducted by that particular fan.

In the course of my research, the site I discovered was Observations of Coach Rodriquez' First Year at Michigan, which was authored by a Michigan fan.

Listed on that site, are 12 recruits that decommitted and 19 players who left or were kicked off the team during the first year of Rodriguez as head coach at UM plus one coach who resigned. In addition, one recruit decommitted and later recommitted and 5 players may decide to leave (still listed on the spring roster). That's 36 players and 1 coach.


Shafer, Scott
- resigned (now Defensive Coordinator at Syracuse)
go-blue-bo: Scott Shafer resigned due to poor performance of his D, he said "Bottom line is, I take full responsibility for the demise of the Michigan program. I accept all the responsibility." - The Detroit News . It also had nothing to do with Coach RR.  Was he fired or resigned?  When asked  if it was actually a resignation Shafer replied "Yes, it is accurate. We just had a mutual decision." - The Detroit Free Press.

Campbell, Will - decommit & recommit (class of 2009)
go-blue-bo: Will Campbell while I have no actual proof, everyone knows that Big Will is a practical joker, and has been known to play pranks on everyone.  He decommited and recommited to UM just to pull their chain, as well as when choosing the team hat at the Army All-American game he first reached for the LSU cap then returned to UM.  He was in the spotlight, who wouldn't have a little fun.....

Babb, Zion - kicked off team (new school not identified)
There is disagreement whether Babb was kicked off or left of his own accord. As reported, Babb probably deserved to be thrown off the team.
go-blue-bo: Zion Babb was in fact kicked from the team, repeatedly violated team policy.  Every team has this type of departure.  He did not leave due to RR.

Kates, Jason - left the team (new school not identified)
go-blue-bo: Jason Kates a redshirt freshman that saw 0 snaps.  Left to find some more playing time (rumour has it he also had difficulty maintaining his weight during his time at UM). - http://varsityblue.blogspot.com/200
8/11/jason-kates-leaves-michigan.ht
ml


Bostic, William - did not return (new school not identified)
go-blue-bo: William Bostic in '06 and '07 he produced 0 playing time, never saw the field.  Can't blame those years on RR.  http://www.mgoblue.com/football/pla
yerbio.aspx?id=69120


Buckman, Sam - did not return (new school not identified)
go-blue-bo: Sam Buckman in '06 and '07 he produced 0 playign time, never saw the field due to a tear in his vastas intermedius muscle.  Again, that is not RR's fault.  http://mgoblue.com/football/playerb
io.aspx?id=69118


Butler, Carson - did not return (entered NFL draft)
go-blue-bo: Carson Butler as you stated entered the NFL draft, and got picked up by Green Bay Packers, not RR's fault  - http://www.packers.com/team/players
/butler_carson/


Criswell, Andre - did not return (new school not identified)
go-blue-bo: Andre Criswell its anybody's guess where this kid is now, this player had 1 year of eligibility left (if I'm correct) however I cannot find any information as to why he departed.  RR may very well have played a factor into his departure.

Middleton, David - did not return (new school not identified)
go-blue-bo: David Middleton did not see any action in his first year '06 nor any action in '07.  Again can't blame those on RR.  http://web1.ncaa.org/stats/StatsSrv
/careerteam


Perry, Lawrence - did not return (new school not identified)
go-blue-bo: Lawrence Perry did not see any action in '07, however many freshmen do not, his departure could be due to RR.  http://web1.ncaa.org/stats/StatsSrv
/careerplayer


Ramirez, Michael - did not return (new school not identified)
go-blue-bo: Michael Ramirez was actually on the roster last year, however in '07 and '08 he did not see any playing time and was a SO for both seasons.  Not on current roster may have departed due to RR.

Ciulla, Jeremy - wasn't asked back for 5th year (whereabouts unknown)
go-blue-bo: Jeremy Ciulla 4 good years in UM, well 3 really as he didn't play in his first.  Unknown reasons why he didn't play for his 5th season.  Could have departed due to RR.

Mitchell, Alex - wasn't asked back for 5th year (whereabouts unknown)
go-blue-bo: Alex Mitchell much like Jeremy Ciulla played in 3 seasons, only 7 games in his last year.  Unknown reasons why he didn't play for his 5th season.  Could have departed due to R.R.

Boren, Justin - claiming a lack of family values at UM, transferred  to Ohio State
go-blue-bo: Justin Boren 100% departure due to RR

Chambers, Artis - played in 2008 while ineligible, transferred to Ball State
go-blue-bo: Artis Chambers was deemed Academically Ineligible, did not return to UM and transfered to Ball St.  As you pointed out.  Nothing to do with RR

Clemons, Toney - transferred to Colorado
go-blue-bo: Toney Clemons another student who transfered due to the arrival or RR, however it was not RR specifically (much like Boren) but more the installing of the spread offense.  http://www.ralphiereport.com/2009/5
/20/881063/wr-toney-clemons-commits
-to
  however we'll count it as a departure due to RR

Horn, Avery - transferred (new school not identified)
go-blue-bo: Avery Horn actually saw field time last year, but only on returns and didn't see a single snap on Offense.  Its said he transfered to a school closer to home, however I cannot find any hard proof.  Could be becuase of RR, but then again it may have other reasons.

Mallett, Ryan - transferred (new school not identified). Ryan Mallett played in (not as a starter) 11 games as a freshman at Michigan. According to a WJLA report, Mallett may end up at Tennessee under former UM offensive coordinator Mike DeBord and quarterbacks coach Scott Loeffler, both of whom Tennessee is, at the time of the report, was considering hiring. Texas A&M, UCLA, and a couple of other schools were also under consideration by Mallett.

McGuffie, Sam - transferred to Rice. Interesting speculative articles (Detroit Free Press and Scout) contended in December 2007 that then recruit McGuffie was considering decommitting depending on whether Fred Jackson was or was not retained as an assistant coach. Rodriguez rehired Jackson on December 21, 2007 and McGuffie was on the Michigan roster for a year.
go-blue-bo: Sam McGuffie yes he transfered, but it had nothing to do with RR, he left to be closer to his family as well as after recieving 2 concussions last year he felt he could not take the hits at this level. There are a number of factors," McGuffie said about his decision, according to Rivals.com. "It's nothing against the Michigan football team or the university. I felt that I had to do what is best for myself and my family."  Can't blame that on RR  http://www.bukisa.com/articles/6191
3_sam-mcguffie-transfer


Patilla, Quinton - transferred to Grand Valley
go-blue-bo: Quinton Patilla left due to issues with new staff at UM as well as medical reasons, might not be RR but thats splitting hairs.  We'll say this is RRs fault. http://grandvalleystate.scout.com/2
/759380.html


Slocum, Marques - alleged conflict with Rodrigues, transferred (new school not identified)
go-blue-bo: Marques Slocum you say "alleged conflict with Rodrigues" however depending on what you read it seems most of his aggression was towards Mark Barwis. Seemed to be academically faultering as well as skipping team workouts.  Not to mention the alcohol related misdemeanor... Won't blame RR for this. http://varsityblue.blogspot.com/200
8/07/marques-slocum-leaves-program.
html


Threet, Steven - quarterback competition with Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson, transferred (new school not identified)
go-blue-bo: Steven Threet this is more of a case of player unable to fit a system, and coach RR tried to work it with him, but in the end some players dont fit.  He stayed at RRs request, but left because he couldnt fit.  We'll still say RR was the reason http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/
story?id=4105440


Grady, Keven - may possibly transfer but still listed on the spring roster
go-blue-bo: Kevin Grady has no intentions of transfering, but may not play due to dui. Until he actually transfers can we really blame someone (if that was the case women would begin to blame us for crap we didnt do...wait they do that now). http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/
story?id=4168796

Mathews, Greg - may possibly transfer but still listed on the spring roster
go-blue-bo: Greg Mathews haven't heard anything of him transfering,

Patterson, Adam - may possibly transfer but still listed on the spring roster
go-blue-bo: Adam Patterson haven't heard anything of him transfering,

Warren, Donovan - may possibly transfer but still listed on the spring roster
go-blue-bo: Donovan Warren haven't heard anything of him transfering reciently (since 07)

Webb, Martell - may possibly transfer but still listed on the spring roster
go-blue-bo: Martell Webb haven't heard anything of him transfering

Hill, Taylor - decommitted, signed with Kent State (class of 2008)
Wienke, John - decommitted, signed with Iowa (class of 2008)
Wilson, Christian - decommitted, signed with North Carolina (class of 2008)
Witherspoon, Marcus - decommitted, signed with Rutgers (class of 2008)
Barnes, Jordan - decommitted, signed with Oklahoma State (class of 2009)
Beaver, Shavodrick - decommitted, signed with Tulsa (class of 2009)
Fera, Anthony - decommitted, signed with Penn State (class of 2009)
Graves, Pearlie - decommitted, signed with Texas Tech (class of 2009)
Jones, DeQuinta - decommitted, signed with Arkansas (class of 2009)
McNeal, Bryce - decommitted, signed with Clemson (class of 2009)
Newsome, Kevin - decommitted, signed with Penn State (class of 2009)
Peace, DeWayne - decommitted, signed with Arizona (class of 2009)
go-blue-bo: As for all the Decommitted and signing with other teams, this happens each and every year with each team.  Players commit and decommit regularly.  Some may very well have had to do with UM's 3-9 record last year, some may not want to play the spread, and some may just not like RR, but we may also have taken a few commits from other teams for the same reasons.  Unless a players specifically said "I will not sign with Michigan because of Rich Rodriguez" then I cannot accept it as his fault.

Certainly there is turnover from year to year. Too, a change in coaching is sufficient cause for players and recruits to reconsider. One recruit stated he decommitted because he wanted to play for coaches more like Carr. Some of the players did not fit in with the spread option or the new defensive scheme and left for programs with better fits to their talents and training.

But 40% of the team? In one year?

It makes one wonder.


ENDNOTES:

The fall 2008 Michigan roster listed 109 players. There are currently listed 96 players on the Michigan Spring roster (not all the recruits are listed since they are not yet enrolled). Based on 109 players and 31 confirmed departures, the turnover percentage is just over 28%. The original 40% was based on the 85 scholarships allowed per team, 31 confirmed departures and an assumption that another 3 of the 5 "possible transfers" would also depart.

Posted on: December 13, 2008 10:31 am
Edited on: December 30, 2008 10:15 am
 

Dear Lil Sis (part VII)

December 13

Dear Lil Sis,

    I recently read where your coach is upset with the fans, unhappy with comments he has heard with regard to the season just ended. Perhaps if you and your girlfriends on the team were to cease giving away free teeshirts at Wal-Mart, you would reap a benefit.
    You might consider setting up outside of Toys R Us for your teeshirt giveaways. Certainly there is a good prospect of gaining better fans. These new fans would likely be much more mature and there is all likelihood that these new fans will understand that football is just a game.
    While there, you should avail yourself of the many educational toys. Purchase of a Speak-And-Spell and other instructional gadgets will surely help you prepare for the spring semester. Indeed, using it while on teeshirt duty would benefit not only you, but also all your girlfriends on the team.
    Just think of how your teammates will be so envious of you and your new toy!

With all the love there is,

    Little Brother

 
 
 
 
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