Category Archives: David Brandon

A Primer for Princeton Guy Dr. Schlissel: How to Ride the Mad Bull of Michigan Football

(A letter of advice, with a primer, for Michigan’s new President, Dr. Mark Schlissel) Dear Dr. Schlissel: When you arrived at Michigan two months ago, you probably thought you would spend your first few months pondering it all, taking quiet … Continue reading

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UM President Schlissel: New Michigan AD Should be Secy of Education Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan, Obama’s current Secretary of Education, will soon be looking for other employment, just as so many Obama confidantes and appointments will be searching out new positions as Obama’s term ends in two years. Duncan was a Harvard basketball … Continue reading

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The Fight Doc in a Lifeguard Chair — State of the Art Football Concussion-Management

A Simple Suggested Paradigm for Football Game Concussion Management: The Fight Doc in a Lifeguard Chair With Unobstructed View and Authority Atul Gawande’s Checklist Manifesto illustrates the potent power of a simple common-sense change: insisting that physicians and other health … Continue reading

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Michigan’s Brandon & MSU’s Hollis Proposal to NCAA: Let Us Fill Empty Seats on TV with “Photoshopped” Students

Michgan AD David Brandon and his Michigan State counterpart, Mark Hollis, held a joint press conference today to announce that they’ve joined forces to submit what they called a “creative, new” proposal for legislation to be included in the Power … Continue reading

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Brandon Bids Brady Bye-Bye

Having been AWOL on player-safety issues, and having taken almost no position on any issue of significance in college sports reform, Michigan AD Brandon set some wheels in motion at 1 a.m. this morning to institute some effective concussion-management protocols, … Continue reading

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Bill Martin and His Backhoe — He Covered-Up and Buried NCAA Violations Just Like Jim Tressel Did

Subtitled How Bill Martin Threw a Top-Notch, Faultless Employee Named Judy Van Horn (Chief of UM Compliance) Under the Bus to Save Martin’s Department Terrelle Pryor, Posey, and the rest of them sold gold football pant trinkets for Tattoos and … Continue reading

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Bill Martin’s Train Wreck

Scott Draper, we are told, resigned the other day. Who? Scott Draper, Assistant AD for Football, under Bill Martin. Scott Draper? Still don’t recall?  He was one of the Three Amigos (along with Rich Rod, and Dir. of FB Ops … Continue reading

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Hoka-Hey! Brady Hoke: Best Name, Best Character and, We Hope, Best Pick

I had to stop and think about this hire for a while — having hoped for a rocket-shot coach like Jon Gruden, or Chip Kelly.  Hoke’s won-loss ratio gave me alot of pause. But I watched Brady Hoke’s first press … Continue reading

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Brandon Passing His Halfway Moment?

Try this one on:  “Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.” (Pearl S. Buck) The “halfway moment.” Once you stop and think about this notion, it will stick with … Continue reading

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@RichRod– RR’s First Post-Firing Tweet: “Have Shredder, Will Travel”

  When he departed WVU, Rich Rod burned alot of bridges – friends, relatives, associates.  He made sure he called prize-recruit Terrelle Pryor to tell him about Rich’s acceptance of the Michigan job — even before he informed the WVU … Continue reading

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