Posts tagged Michigan Wolverines
Posts tagged Michigan Wolverines
My friend posted this on Facebook, but I can’t find the actual article. The author is Carl_N from SpartanMag.com
I am in my mid 40’s and watched UM fairly closely from 1980 to now.
The UM I knew for the first 25 of those years is now dead. It died over a week long period in November of 2006. Ironically, the UM rebirth is tied to two events that happened within several days of each other. Coach Schembechler passing away and Mark Dantonio being hired by Michigan State University. Allot of people may talk about the little brother event one year later, but the loss of Schembechler was directly tied to that.
Without Schembechler, the power battle shifted at UM and Lloyd Carr days were numbered. Michigan’s program which was ranked #2 heading into OSU in November 2006 downward spiraled into a blowout loss to USC and then two groin kick games vs. App State and Oregon in early 2007. Not only were the nails in Carr’s coffin, but without Schembechler around to guide the search, a new UM power faction was able to push the RichRod selection. A once proud Michigan program departed from their identity and denounced the old regime.
Things have quickly gone downhill since.
UM is 21-27 in conference last six years and averaging 4.5 losses a year. The program went from 38-10 (79%) to 21-27 (43%).
UM hired RichRod and voluntarily departed from everything they stood for in college football. On top of that, UM found themselves with Carr vs. RichRod internal power struggle with players, administrators, journalists divided on who they supported and worked for.
UM lost control of the media and were accused of academic fraud in a detailed study of their program. They no longer can say they are the athletic Harvard of the Midwest. They were exposed. The salt in the wound is that the study was organized by the local media/journalist. A far cry to Bo’s days of owning the city of AA as well as the state.
UM’s 2008 season was the worst season in their history and they were embarrassed week to week by Utah, Toledo, Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue and lost badly in all three of their rival games to ND, OSU & MSU.
Then the unthinkable happened and the once proud football program was caught cheating. No one was there to protect them or guide them and they faced NCAA sanctions and nationwide scrutiny.
UM tried to shift all the blame to RichRod. They found their savior in Hoke who promised to bring back the history. Brandon and Hoke started a PR war and created special jerseys, team #’s, Michigan Man themes, sky writing, etc. It looked like it was working for one fluke season when they backed into a BCS bowl which they won on a field goal. Now of course that nation knows that field goal was kicked by a rapist who was expelled once his eligibility ran out. On national television, this kicker talked about envisioning brunettes to keep calm during the game winning kick.
Once viewed as the two legends of college football, Michigan found themselves kicked to the curb by this fall by Notre Dame. Notre Dame cancelled the series and chose other B1G rivalries they valued more. Michigan responded with media outrage and eventually resorted to the chicken dance and other name callings. A few weeks later, Notre Dame passed Michigan as the all-time winning NCAA football program.
The program is now back to .500 football over the last two years with nothing to suggest a major turnaround is at hand. Since 2006, Michigan is 1-5 vs. Ohio State. 1-5 vs MSU. 1-4 vs PSU. These are the teams Michigan has to now beat to get a chance at a conference title. Something they have not won in over a decade.
Now, they have a major scandal on their hands with Gibbons and the situation looks like it will escalate. It is unclear who internally at UM knew about it, but the story is now national. Michigan brings in a new president with strong ivy league connections. He replaces a president who came from Iowa where athletics were revered and celebrated. Will his first major interaction with the football program be trying to answer for a rape scandal? The Penn State shadow looms large.
As we approach signing day 2014, UM’s last great flag in the ground has been yanked out, snapped, and waived in their face. UM’s recruiting victories were all they had left. Their 2014 class is ranked outside the top 25 and their past classes are being questioned both on talent and development.
As we go down the final stretch of the Malik Mcdowell recruitment, try to realize that MSU signing him is not the real story. The story here is that the #1 ranked recruit in the state, with Michigan parents, and long viewed as a Michigan lock, is still torn on where he wants to go play football. MSU may not win this recruiting fight, but it is a battle and an amazing indication of the current college football landscape.
The Michigan fan base and supporters like Sam Webb can see what is going on and panic is setting in. They don’t know how to react, but are getting more and more desperate.
Fellow Spartans, sit back and enjoy the ride.
College Basketball AP Poll - Week 13
I can’t believe how far Michigan State dropped after losing to Michigan. ESPECIALLY because of who is above us.
Florida hasn’t played anyone recently, I mean they are in the SEC for god sakes.
Kansas has FOUR losses, two of them weren’t even ranked teams (Villanova and Colorado).
Grrrr… I’m just bitter that MSU lost to Michigan, UGH! Good thing basketball isn’t like football, where every game matters. We still have the rest of the Big Ten season, the Big Ten Tournament, AND March Madness.
As soon as Payne and Dawson are back… it’s GAME ON!
The two remaining undefeated Big Ten teams will face off tonight.
#3 Michigan State hosts #21 Michigan at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI at 7pm EST.
MSU’s Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson and UM’s Mitch McGary are all out with injuries. This game is going to come down to these teams’ back courts in Gary Harris and Keith Appling vs. Nik Stauskas.
With all of that being said…
GO GREEN! GO WHITE! BEAT MICHIGAN!
College GameDay Signs at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI for the Michigan State vs Michigan game.
Michigan fired OC Al Borges earlier today (this needed to happen).
Alabama’s OC, Doug Nussmeier, leaves Bama to become OC at Michigan.
Fun fact: Doug Nussmeier was the QB coach at Michigan State under John L. Smith.
According to a friend, Nussmeier was apparently encouraged, by Bama, to “look around”.
Another rumor is that Lane Kiffin visited Alabama last month and might possibly be the next OC in Tuscaloosa.
There are some deep football feelings I have to get off my chest today.
Let’s all take a deep breath, and express what we feel about our favorite football teams.
After two games, the Michigan State offense is the worst offense I’ve ever seen in East Lansing. The game planning, play calling, talent and execution might be the worst I’ve ever seen. Before you tell me MSU is 2-0, remember, Western Michigan just lost in Kalamazoo to Nicholls State and South Florida got beat at home by McNeese State.
If MSU had played more talented teams, the Spartans would be 0-2, even with that defense and both games at home.
Why isn’t coach Mark Dantonio feeling more heat for the bad offense? Why are the quarterbacks taking the heat?
Dantonio and his offensive coaches had nine months to figure this out. The coach needs to be criticized more for the team’s inability to score.
This is an offense that is the worst in the Big Ten Conference. It might be among the worst of all Division I football teams after two weeks.
Dantonio needs to stop hiring his Ohio friends and get some top-shelf offensive minds into his coaching circle. He needs to stop letting his quarterbacks get punked by the media and man up that he and his staff did nothing to improve the offense in the offseason.
When your defense has outscored your offense against two weak teams the first two weeks, you have issues you might not be able to fix in season.
A program as big as MSU should have athletes and playmakers who can get the ball into the end zone.
How can you be that good on defense and that bad on offense?
Looking at the Michigan State and Michigan football teams after two games, I see two programs going in different directions.
MSU has no life in its stadium, no way to put points on the board, they’re unranked and there’s no vibe with the fans with this football team.
Without that Spartans defense, they would lose every game this year. That is not how you win in the Big Ten and nationally.
A little further south, Michigan has game changers and All-Americans on offense, a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Devin Gardner, passion and emotion from its fans, an epic national snapshot from Saturday night’s victory over Notre Dame in front of 115,000-plus fans packed into the Big House, two monster recruiting classes coming in and thinks it could win the Big Ten this year.
Look at both programs and judge for yourself.
Back in September, Bill Simonson, had every right to write this article. However, now that Michigan State and Michigan’s season have come to an end, reading this makes me literally laugh out loud.
It’s pretty funny how the tables turned.
Michigan ended the regular season 7-5. After winning 5 straight, they lost 5 of their last 7 games. The only wins came against an Indiana team (who only went 3-5 in the Big Ten) and scored 47 points on UM’s defense, and a triple OT win against Northwestern (who only won 1 Big Ten game). The Wolverines got destroyed by Michigan State and were held to a total of -47 rushing yards. Then UM lost in the BWW Bowl to Kansas State.
On the other hand, Michigan State’s ONLY LOSS the entire season was to Notre Dame 17-13, and the only reason they lost was because of 3 bad defensive pass interference calls that should’ve been offensive pass interference. They went to the Big Ten Championship Game and gave Ohio State their first loss in 2 years. THEN went to the Rose Bowl and beat Stanford, without star player, Max Bullough (who’s a 3rd generation Spartan btw… hahaha inside joke).
I wonder what Bill Simonson has to say about these two teams now?
High above the corner of Hollywood and Vine a six-story billboard marked the territory: Our Team. Our Town. Our Time. Los Angeles Spartans Welcome You.
Whether because of living in the shadow of the block “M” all these years or the psychological conundrum of Michigan State football fandom, supporters of the team are creating a kind of buzz out on the Left Coast like few in recent memory.
“Spartan fans in the past have always fought the ‘Same Old Spartans’ moniker,” Mark Hollis said, “and that’s something that we have fought for the last five years.”
Same Old Spartans as in, how will the team lose this week? How will the Spartans break our hearts? The certainty of doom is similar to what Lions fans endure. Now all that team needs to do is find its version of Mark Dantonio.
Dantonio, the leader of MSU’s football revival, carries himself with a subtle swagger and embraced the challenge of turning the Spartans into a winner from the minute he arrived in East Lansing in November 2006. He didn’t hide his desire to take on Michigan and told everyone he was going to change the culture.
I KNEW it wasn’t turf toe!
MSU’s Travis Jackson explains his touchdown celebration vs Michigan