Tag:Desmond Howard
Posted on: July 15, 2011 4:52 pm

Friday Four Links (and a cloud of dust), 7/15

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

On certain Fridays we catch up on four stories you might have missed during the week ... and add a few extra links to help take you into the weekend.


1. Sure, we love Twitter for its ability to get big news out quickly and allow fans (and, ahem, bloggers) to interact directly with their favorite athletes and coaches. But we love it even more for allowing college football players the chance to Tweet pictures of their teammates dressed up like Harry Potter:

That's Alabama offensive lineman Tyler Love, as photographed by Tide safety Will Lowery. We'll turn this whole site into a Tyler Love tribute page if, in the event Alabama wins another national title, he pulls a wand out of his sock and screams "Accio crystal football!" on the championship dais. 

One of college football's most well-known annual charity events still isn't well-known enough. It's Penn State's yearly "Lift for Life," which last weekend raised nearly $100,000 for kidney cancer research. Over its nine-year run, the event has raised almost $600,000 and is growing each year. A video report:

Well done, Nittany Lions.

3. It was a busy week of comings-and-goings on the personnel front in the SEC. Ole Miss return man/receiver Jesse Grandy is now officially no longer a part of the Rebel roster. Georgia linebacker Richard Samuel has moved back to running back after moving to linebacker last year (and may have a better shot at playing time after Caleb King's recent departure). Former Auburn backup linebacker Jessel Curry has landed at Delaware. And new Virginia Tech lineman Brent Benedict confirmed that a conflict with Bulldog strength-and-conditioning coach Joe Tereshinski was responsible for his leaving Athens.

4. Fans of Michigan submitted designs for a Wolverine mascot as part of a contest at the Detroit News. Even though there's no way to make this work as an actual flesh-and-cloth presence on the sidelines, we thought we'd pass on our favorite anyway:

More schools should totally be represented by vaguely feminine fang-toothed anime killing machines, right? Am I right? (No, I am probably not right.)


We're not sure who's really talking up Southern Miss for an undefeated season (negotiating road trips to both Virginia and Navy in a three-week span won't be easy), but head coach Larry Fedora is surprisingly fine with that talk anyway ... Desmond Howard says Michigan should start retiring numbers again, numbers like, say, just to pick an example totally at random, Desmond Howard's ... Alshon Jeffery took to Twitter to dispel rumors he'd been arrested for a fight ... Former Tennessee receiver (and one-time Lane Kiffin recruiting coup) Nu'Keese Richardson has had another run-in with the law ... The schedule of players to be made available at the annual carnival of cray-cray that is SEC Media Days has been released ... Cam Newton made an appearance (of sorts) in a Jeopardy! Daily Double answer recently ... Mississippi State and Ole Miss play out their rivalry in a who-has-the-best-promotional-Intern
battle ... and, finally, though the Syracuse version was the first college-themed "pillow pet" to catch the Internet's eye ...

you should know there's a whole zoo of the things out there for purchase.

Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:45 pm

Howard says Denard Robinson 'ain't won nothing'

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

This just in: former Michigan players who played under coaches Lloyd Carr and Bo Schembechler did not care for the Rich Rodriguez regime. Really, really, really did not care for it.

Exhibit Q (since we've long since blown past exhibits A through P) arrived yesterday at the Black Coaches and Administrators convention in Tampa, as former Wolverine great and current ESPN analyst Desmond Howard couldn't resist taking a dig when discussing current players' "sense of entitlement":
"The way these coaches recruit these kids, they make them feel like they're the cat's meow, that the program can't move forward without them at the school," Howard said. "When you recruit them that hard, then you gas them up on who they are. You give that guy a sense of entitlement.

"I was told by a giant, Bo Schembechler, that no one man is bigger than the program. Not even (Schembechler). He was larger than life. For me to sit there and this guy tells me nobody's bigger than Michigan, that's all he had to say..."

"I'll give you a perfect example: Michigan fires coach Rich Rodriguez," said Howard, who starred at Michigan from 1989-91. "All the noise in Ann Arbor is, 'Is Denard Robinson going to stay or leave?' I'm like, 'Hey, if the kid wants to go, don't let the door hit you on the way out. You looked fantastic for five games against nobody. That's what you did.' I'm not going to deny his talents, but, 'You ain't won nothing in Ann Arbor, son! Not so much we need to worry about if you're going to be here next year or not.'"
Not surprisingly, Howard's calling-out of Michigan's best player caused something of a stir back in Ann Arbor, so much so that Howard took to Twitter to defend himself:

If we're giving Howard the benefit of the doubt here, you can almost see what he meant with his statements: that the panic amongst Michigan fans and media over whether Robinson would transfer or not is the kind of player-bigger-than-the-program attitude that could lead to "entitlement." (Howard of course specifically blamed coaches and their recruiting efforts for this problem in his statements, rather than the "fans/media," but remember that we're trying to give him the benefit of the doubt for a moment.)

But even if we assume that's the understandable thing Howard meant, that's not what he said. What he said was that Robinson "looked fantastic for five games against nobody," "ain't won nothing," and shouldn't have "let the door hit [him] on the way out" if he'd wanted a transfer. Which are some ... curious ... things to say, for any number of reasons:
  • No, Michigan did not win a championship last season. But that was hardly Robinson's fault, what with the him racking up the nation's second-most total offense, more rushing yards than any other quarterback in FBS history, and the Big Ten offensive Player of the Year Award. It seems a safe assumption that if Michigan's defense hadn't been a neverending black hole of incompetence from which no hope could escape, the Wolverines would have won more than "nothing."
  • We're not Michigan fans, but we're dubious nevertheless that defeating Notre Dame in South Bend counts as defeating "nobody" and winning "nothing" in Ann Arbor. (Andohbytheway: Robinson generated a school-record 502 yards of offense in that game and scored the winning touchdown with 27 seconds left.)
  • Hoke might not believe Robinson is bigger than the program, but that didn't stop him from effusively praising Robinson in his introductory press conference or openly campaigning for him to remain in the program. There's little doubt Hoke felt the "need to worry" over Robinson's return.
We don't begrudge Howard at all his criticism of athlete "entitlement," which has no doubt caused problems here and there at all manner of college football programs. But Robinson strikes us as just about the furthest thing from a "perfect example" of the problem. If Howard wants to chastise the fans and media for worshipping the Michigan quarterback, instead of rattling off the alleged failures of that quarterback he should probably -- we're thinking -- chastise the fans and media.

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