Wednesday night I posted video of new Michigan football coach Brady Hoke referring to UM’s Buckeye rivals as “Ohio” over and over and over again.
At the time I posted the footage, I wasn’t completely sure that Hoke had deliberately enacted an abbreviation-based embargo on Michigan’s interstate neighbors.
Now I am.
Today I was sent a photo of a rather unique clock currently on prominent display in the Michigan football team’s weight room that rules out Hoke’s halfway characterization of the Buckeyes as anything other than gamesmanship. The Wolverines coach has installed a reverse countdown clock in the UM conditioning facility that tracks the exact time ’til Michigan takes the field against Ohio State on Nov. 26, 2011. Under the clock’s display is a Buckeye football helmet and the words, “BEAT OHIO.”
But “Ohio” isn’t the only UM rival assigned such in-house hokum by the Wolverines coach.
Hoke also has a backwards-running clock for Michigan’s Oct. 15, 2011, East Lansing engagement with Michigan State.
A supposed quote by Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio - apparently uttered at a recent gathering of Ohio high school football coaches in Columbus - is also noted by a sign erected in the same UM training area: Read more…
The Michigan State student newspaper STATE NEWS reports this afternoon that Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio suspended eight Spartan players indefinitely today as campus police continue an investigation into a dorm attack November 22.
Police have identified 10 suspects from the incident and are looking into leads relating to five additional people, a release from the university stated. Police identified the suspects by talking with witnesses and reviewing video tape from Rather Hall. The State News filed a Freedom of Information Request on Monday seeking the video footage.
Players B.J. Cunningham, Mark Dell, Ashton Leggett, Chris L. Rucker, Fred Smith, Brynden Trawick, Ishmyl Johnson and Jamiihr Williams were all cited in a school press release today as being identified at the site of the attack at Rather Hall.
Cunningham, Dell and Rucker are starters.
Earlier today, I reported the Michigan State student paper reporting an attack on a Michigan State dorm that left seven people injured, including women. Some of the attackers were alleged to be Michigan State football players.
(No, Sparty, No!)
This afternoon, Michigan State football coach Mark Dantonio kicked players Glenn Winston and Roderick Jenrette off the team “for violation of team rules.”
It isn’t yet known if Winston and/or Jenrette were involved in the attack, but if they weren’t that’s a pretty amazing coincidence.
UPDATE: THE STATE NEWS has background on Winston and Jenrette and you’ll be shocked to find out that Winston recently served four month in jail for assault after an “altercation” with the MSU hockey team. Read more…
• We’re staying positive about South Florida coach Jim Leavitt - positive that he’s gone bonkers at this press conference.
(Really, Jim, you need to cool off)
• What folks could be asking come January: Who let the Vick out? (Who? Who-who?)
• A Idaho high school football fighter flattens his coach - and it’s finally caught on tape!
• Meanwhile, this Sixers cheerleader falls head over heels, and it hurts.
Tags: Jim Leavitt
, Kimbo Slice
, Mark Dantonio
, Michael Vick
, Michigan State Spartans
, Michigan Wolverines
, Mick Foley
, Philadelphia 76ers
, Player Attacks Coach
, Rich Rodriguez
, Sixers Cheerleaders
, South Florida Bulls
, Wisconsin Badgers
, Yelena Isinbayeva
Rich Rodriguez’s first year as Michigan’s head football coach was … how can we say, ah yes, abysmal. At 3-9, the Wolverines finished with the worst record in school history. They lost their first game to a MAC school when Toledo took them out at the Big House, and they looked almost apathetic in a season-ending loss to archrival Ohio State.
(Andy Warhol does Rich Rodriguez, as seen by THE WIZARD OF ODDS)
Well, as bad as it was, it’s getting even worse. In the aftermath of the program’s misery, RichRod has been happy to pass the blame, all while opposing coaches like Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio have been piling on Rodriguez himself.