27. November 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: 2011 · Tags: , , , , ,

A few from the field in the fourth quarter and the aftermath:

1 - EverittEveritt Rules

 

1 - knee

So here’s Fitz’s not-a-touchdown.  When I saw it live I thought his knee was down.  Watching the replay, I can’t believe they felt they had enough to overturn it but whatever.

 

1 - Denard bombDenard’s postgame football grenade put everyone on the turf right after the final whistle.

 

16 banged upNothing’s easy.  Denard was dinged up a bit in the student section before ‘The Victors’ and had to find some space

 

1 - 68Seemed like Mike Martin didn’t want to leave the field

 

1 - students

 

Related:

  • Beat Ohio Postgame (Photos)
  • Dr. Sap’s Decals–We Beat Ohio!
  • The Victors
  • Ohio Pregame (Pregame Photos)
  • Let’s Do This!
  • TWIMFbH—Climate Controlled Conditions in Chicago (1896!)
  •  

    Elsewhere:
    Ohio Postgame Presser Transcript: Brady Hoke
    Denard is the story again (Freep)
    Senior leadership, Brady Hoke’s direction bring U-M new dawn
    Victory Formation
    Michigan’s senior class needed streak-ending win over Ohio State

     

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    Plenty to dole out, take it away Sap:

    Adidas: 1 decal for bringing back the white socks on the road with a little block M on them a la Tom Harmon and the boys back in 1939!  (Editor’s note:  Might have to take this decal away.  There’s obviously something wrong with the 2011 away jerseys, causing some of players to switch to last year’s model!   Get that fixed, Beaverton) 
    Dhani Jones: 1 decal for Rocking The Bowtie before, during and after the game! Hey, Dhani, how about a Bowtie with U-M helmet decals on it?   Dr. Sap would make the switch to a bowtie if that were the case – GUARANTEED!!
    Greg Mattison: 1 decal for 2nd half shutout of Wildcats – Very Bill McCartney-esque!
    Denard Robinson: 5 decals – 9-yard TD pass to Watson in 1st QTR; 25-yard TD pass to Gallon in 2nd QTR; 2-yard TD run in 3rd QTR minus one shoe; 5-yard TD run in 4th QTR, +1 editor’s pick for running up to the crowd on the final score.
    Defense: 3 decals for each member of unit – 4th down stop in 2nd QTR; 4th down stop in 4th QTR; pitching a shutout in 2nd Half.
    Desmond Morgan:  +1, editor’s choice, for flying over the NW offense line in an attempt to sack Persa.
    Jordan Kovacs: 3 decals – TFL on 4th down stop in 2nd QTR; Pontiac Game Changing Play in 4th QTR (ripping Persa’s helmet off on Safety Blitz!); Goalline tackle at end of game preserving 2nd half shutout.
    Thomas Gordon: 2 decals for Forced Fumble/Strip and Fumble Recovery on same play – outstanding!
    Vincent Smith: 2 decals, editor’s choice, for the 2 solo tackles on the NW interception return.  Little man is tough.  And he mixed it up a bit with one of the Wildcat lineman after the first, nicely done.
    Junior Hemingway: 1 decal for 48-yard reception in 1st QTR. (Junior Megatron?)
    Steve Watson: 1 decal for 9-yard TD reception in 1st QTR.
    Jeremy Gallon: 1 decal for 25-yard TD reception in 2nd QTR.
    Mark Huyge: 1 decal for kick-out block on Gallon TD.
    Ryan Van Bergen: 1 decal for Pass Break Up in 2nd QTR.
    Roy Roundtree: 1 decal for 57-yard reception in 3rd QTR.
    Devin Gardner: 2 decals, 1-yard TD run in 3rd QTR, and +1 editor’s pick for handling the reins like a vet while Denard was out.
    Brandin Hawthorne: 1 decal for diving interception in 3rd QTR.
    Michael Shaw: 1 decal for 2-yard TD run in 4th QTR.
    Blake Countess: 1 decal for PBU in 4th QTR.
    Will Campbell: 2 decals, 1 for sack in 4th QTR, +1 editor’s pick for barreling off the field top speed at the end of the game, to the delight of the Michigan faithful.
    Kenny Demens: 1 decal for TFL.
    Craig Roh:  1/2 decal for 3rd QTR 1/2 sack along with Mike Martin. 
    Mike Martin: 1/2 decal for 3rd QTR 1/2 sack along with Craig Roh.

    Previous:

    Dr. Sap’s Decals – Minnesota

    Dr. Sap’s Decals – San Diego State

    Dr. Sap’s Decals – Eastern Michigan

    10. October 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: 2011 · Tags: , , , , , , ,

    rickshawWhat a great night in Evanston and props to the throngs of Michigan fans who made the trip, many of whom blew my doors off on I-94 topping 95 MPH.  

    After parking several blocks from the stadium, I was running a tad late so I flagged your typical pregame rickshaw driver and cruised to the stadium in style (left).

    OK, maybe it wasn’t the best idea as something smelled funny back there and I got ruined by a few of the pickled fans as I cruised by.  But I shaved off a couple minutes and dude, it was hot.

    For a small stadium, boy, it was a bear getting in.  Lines to get into your gate were brutally long and the press box elevators were jammed.

    As far as the ballgame, a few thoughts:

    • Don’t you feel like, for the first time in a long while, that Michigan clearly has the advantage in coordinators?  While there is room for improvement, it’s a blast to see Borges tinker around with Denard and Gardner, and the defense has rattled several quarterbacks this season and has clearly improved.  The team seems to get better as the game goes on.
    • Speaking a Gardner, I love see him getting snaps and building confidence.  While Denard hasn’t been dinged up as much as he was last year (not sure why—he seems like he’s just as active running the ball?) you know Gardner is going to have to play during a significant stretch or two like he did this week.
    • On defense, it’s so good to see guys making holding contain on the outside and getting in position, settling their feet and making tackles.  Yes, a few guys over-pursued BADLY in the first half, but in general, these guys really are tackling well.    I have to look at the film but Thomas Gordon stood out on several plays.
    • I’m guessing they wouldn’t have had enough evidence to overturn Hawthorne’s interception either way.  If they called it incomplete on the field, I think that would have stood up.  The Northwestern folks in the press box were convinced (vocally) that it should have been overturned.  Oh well.   And I think the fumble proved to be out before the knee hit but it was close, again, maybe if it wasn’t call that way on the field they would have let the play on the field stand.
    • I think we all accept that you have to toss out your conventional understanding of what a quarterback should do when you’ve got Denard, but man, some of those throws in the first half…yeessh.   Until he proves to be more effective throwing the pigskin there’s just no way this is a top 10 team. 
    • The errant passes yielded one nice perk—it gave you a look at Vincent Smith’s tackling skills.  He made solo tackles on the first two picks and they were nice.  #toughness!
      The Misc:

    Jersey Reversion.  I got a few emails and tweets just like this from reader Nick:

      Any chance you can ask Jon Falk about why the d-lineman (namely Roh,
      van Bergen, Martin, and Campbell that I can remember) are all wearing
      last year’s road jersey w/ the maize side stripe tonight in Evanston?
      Thanks and Go Blue!

      Looks like Denard has the striped version on as well, at least at the end of the game, and notice the other guys don’t:

      stripes 

      I have no idea.   I reached out to Dr. Sap for his take so we’ll see what he comes up with.  He initially suggested it might be a fit/feel thing for the lineman.  As far as reaching out to Jon Falk, I generally lay off badgering him about uniform minutia mid-season but maybe I’ll ask media relations.  [Update: a spy tells me that the d lineman feel that the 2011 jerseys are too easy to grab, thus they went with the older style.  We’ll see if that’s fixed next week!]  [Update #2:  Per media relations, this was more of a function of the players reverting to their “backup” jerseys after the regular unis suffered some rips.]

      Golf Clapping, Maybe.   They make an announcement each week in the Michigan press box “…a reminder that this is a working press box, no cheering allowed..”.   I didn’t hear that announcement and there was clearly some clapping going on by a few guys who appeared to work for the University.  I don’t care really (it might be more fun if people were cheering), I’m just saying it was different.

      Two #1 Throwbacks.  Former WR David Terrell donning the limited edition #1 throwback:
      terrell

    Purple Chill.  This nice couple apparently won the raffle and got to chill out in purplicious La-Z-Boys in one of the Michigan-dominated corners of the stadium.   Congrats, you won a front row seat to the 2nd half beat down while being heckled relentless by thousands of visiting fans:

    lounging

    Not Heckled.  The folks got a nice view of the final touchdown of the game.  And #16 even went up and paid a quick visit to the faithful:

    denard  backpack 
    Denard scored and skipped past the only thing that nearly tripped him up on the play—my backpack with my PC and gear.   When I checked to make sure my laptop wasn’t damaged, I noticed all Denard apparently applied all the latest hotfixes and patches as he passed by.  Dang he’s fast!

    Get Honor.  The Otto Graham Honor Roll, nicely done.  But I like the Michigan Legend concept better:

    honor roll 

    chomp

    Bo Bites.  It was wild hearing later that Nebraska came back and beat Ohio State. 

    And even wilder was that postgame handshake, as I think Bo Pelini went in to whisper something but Fickell just kept moving. 

    Chomp!

    A lot of business to take care of but first, here’s a rundown of the original criteria for awarding the footballs via Dr. Sap:

    Bo Schembechler criteria announced on September 23, 1969 for determining how Wolverines would earn a helmet award sticker, according to a report the next day in the Ann Arbor News:

    ON OFFENSE:

    1) An outstanding block, catch or run
    2) TD pass or run over 25 yards
    3) Outstanding second effort
    4) Four crossfield blocks in one game
    5) TD-saving tackle on punt return
    6) Scoring TD with first down between the eight and 10-yard lines (all offensive players get one)
    7) Making first down starting from inside our two-yard line
    8 ) Scout player doing best job against defense

    ON DEFENSE:
    1) Pass interception
    2) Blocked kick
    3) Key tackle inside 20-yard line
    4) Causing fumble or interception
    5) Recovering a fumble
    6) Stopping opposing team inside the 10-yard line (all)
    7) When defense scores a touchdown (all)
    8 ) Outstanding second effort or great hit
    9) Making following number of tackles, including assists — ends, tackles and backs, 9; middle guard and rover back, 12; and linebackers, 16
    10) Scout player doing best job against offense

    We don’t use all those metrics of course (at least until they let us in practice).  So here are Sap’s awards for the great 58-0 performance on Saturday:

    Team Captains & U-M Equipment Manager Big Jon Falk: 1 decal each for bringing back the numbers on the sides of the helmets (and +1, editor’s choice for Falk for protecting the Jug yet another year).
    Brady Hoke +1 editor’s choice for confirming that “jug security is always at a premium”
    Al Borges: 1 decal for the Inverted Wishbone series with Denard Robinson and Devin Gardner in the backfield at the same time – Finally we all get to see what it would look like and what the possibilities are – thank you!
    Vincent Smith: 4 decals: 3-yard 1st Quarter TD run; 17-yard 2nd Quarter pass to Drew Dileo; 28-yard 3rd Quarter TD reception; 4th Quarter Fumble Recovery.
    Denard Robinson: 3 decals – 9-yard 1st Quarter TD run; 28-yard 2nd Quarter TD pass to Vincent Smith; 18-yard 2nd Quarter TD pass to Kevin Koger.
    Stephen Hopkins: 3 decals – kick-out block on Toussaint 1st Quarter 37-yard run; 27-yard 1st Quarter reception; seal block for Toussaint run in 3rd Quarter
    Brendan Gibbons: 3 decals – 2nd Quarter 25-yard FG; 3rd Quarter 32-yard FG; 4th Quarter 38-yard FG — a Football Field Goal Hat Trick.
    Carvin Johnson: 3 decals – 2nd Quarter Fumble Recovery; 3rd Quarter PBU; 4th Quarter message-delivered-don’t-come-back-here-knockdown tackle – SWEET!!
    Blake Countess: 3 decals – 2nd Quarter Pass Break-Up; 2nd Quarter Forced Fumble; 4th Quarter PBU
    Ryan Van Bergen: 2 decals – 1st Quarter sack; tearing up the number "3" on his jersey once again
    Michael Schofield: 2 decals – key block on Denard 1st Quarter TD run; seal block on 2nd Quarter Toussaint run
    Mark Huyge: 2 decals – seal block on 2nd Quarter Toussaint run; seal block on 3rd Quarter Toussaint run
    Kevin Koger: 2 decals – 2nd Quarter 18-yard TD reception; 3rd Quarter stiff arm.
    Nathan Brink: 2 decals – 3rd Quarter TFL; another decal for making the TFL WITHOUT a helmet.
    Courtney Avery: 2 decals – one for the fumble recovery and one more for rambling 83 yards for the TD!!
    Taylor Lewan: 1 decal – seal block on 1st Quarter Vincent Smith TD run
    Thomas Gordon: 1 decal – 1st Quarter TFL
    Jeremy Gallon: 1 decal – blow up block on Michael Shaw 1st Quarter run
    Kenny Demens: 1 decal – helmet-less tackle in 1st Quarter – TOUGH!!
    Jordan Kovacs: 1 decal – 1st Quarter TFL
    Drew Dileo: 1 decal – 2nd Quarter 17-yard TD reception from Vincent Smith (Incidentally, that was the SAME endzone that produced another RB to WR TD connection. In 1975 RB Gordon Bell Bell threw a TD pass to WR Jim Smith against OSU.)
    U-M Kick Team: 1 decal for each member of unit for coverage on 2nd QTR kickoff forcing Minnesota to start possession inside 10-yard line
    Craig Roh: 1 decal – 2nd Quarter TFL
    Jake Ryan: 1 decal – 2nd Quarter Sack
    Fitzgerald Toussaint: 1 decal – 3rd Quarter 1-yard TD run
    Jibreel Black: 1 decal – 2nd Quarter Sack
    Josh Furman: 1 decal – bone-jarring kick coverage hit in 2nd Quarter – OUCH!!
    David Molk: 1 decal – cut-back block on 3rd Quarter Devin Gardner run
    Michael Shaw and Devin Gardner: Honorary Russ Hawkins Award for Coolest Helmet Design on team (joining Jordan Kovacs, Vincent Smith and J.T. Floyd)
    The ENTIRE TEAM for sharing the Jug Celebration with the fans – not sure that I have ever seen that done at Michigan Stadium – nice touch!!

    27. September 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: 2011 · Tags: , , , , ,

    From sources deep inside the Sigma Alpha Epsilon camp, it’s confirmed that Mud Bowl is on for 2011.  Kick-off is slated for 9AM on October 29, Homecoming weekend.  Michigan will face Purdue at the Big House at noon.

    Many wondered if the traditional slop fest would happen given SAE’s campus suspension, but it’s a go and it will benefit C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital once again this year.  Last year the game raised $38,000 for Mott, and sights are set on $40,000 in 2011.

    27. September 2011 · Comments Off · Categories: 2011 · Tags: , , , ,

    The latest Big Ten weekly press release detailed out the tie-breaker scenarios in detail and Adam Rittenberg of ESPN summarized the basics earlier this month.    For the B1G  title game, the winner of each division will play, unless one of the division winners is ineligible to play in a bowl game.

    To me, the official Big Ten division tie-breaker rules aren’t crystal clear after a quick read.  I think the confusion is that technically Big Ten conference teams have three types of records:

    • The division record (5 games)
    • The overall conference record (8 games)
    • The overall record (12 games)

    Here are the key elements on the conference championship rules from the official site, with some comments to clarify what it means.  Hat tip to Big Ten media relations lead Scott Chipman for confirming this:

    1). Divisional Champion ruleThe Big Ten football championship will be decided by a game played between the two division champions.    Clarification:  The division champion is the team with the best overall conference record (in the 8 overall conference games played).

    2). First Tie-BreakerIf two teams are tied, the winner of the game between the two tied teams shall be the representative.   Clarification:  So that’s easy if you are clear on how two teams can tie, and that’s based on overall conference record as discussed in 1).

    3). Three Team Tie-Breaker rules.  Official rules in italics, with clarifications where necessary:

    The following procedure will determine the representative from each division in the event of a tie:

    If three or more teams are tied, steps 1 through 7 will be followed until a determination is made. If only two teams remain tied after any step, the winner of the game between the two tied teams shall be the representative.

    1. The records of the three tied teams will be compared against each other.  Clarification:  This refers to the record in the games played between the three tied teams, in other words, if one team is 2-0 against the other two teams, that team would win the tie-breaker.
    2. The records of the three tied teams will be compared within their division. Clarification:  This is where the divisional record (5 games) comes into to play.
    3. The records of the three teams will be compared against the next highest placed teams in their division in order of finish (4, 5, and 6).  Clarification:  This gets spicy now, but it looks like they take the three tied teams and see how they did against the #4 team in the division (then if necessary #5, then #6).  Remember that if along the way a tie is broken (e.g., two of the 3 tied teams beat the #4 team, but the other lost to the #4 team), it reverts to head-to-head to the 2 teams that beat the #4 team.
    4. The records of the three teams will be compared against all common conference opponents.  Clarification: Effectively this is doing what #3 does if the three tied teams all played a team or teams in the other division.  Michigan, Nebraska and Michigan State will have each played Ohio State at the end of the season, for instance.
    5. The highest ranked team in the first Bowl Championship Series Poll following the completion of Big Ten regular season conference play shall be the representative in the Big Ten Championship Game, unless the two highest ranked tied teams are ranked within one spot of each other in the BCS poll. In this case, the head-to-head results of the top two ranked tied teams shall determine the representative in the Big Ten Championship.   Clarification:  So after all that, if there’s still a tie, they go to the BCS unless the two top teams (of the three tied) are within one spot of each other.
    6. The team with the best overall winning percentage [excluding exempted games] shall be the representative.  Clarification:  OK, this is where the rest of the schedule (12 games) comes into play.
    7. The representative will be chosen by random draw.  Clarification:  Ping pong balls?  Draw straws?

    A couple wacky scenarios are also defined in the press release.

    First, for trivia buffs:

    Q: Is the winner of the B1G title game guaranteed a spot in a BCS bowl?
    A: No.  The Tostitos Trump Card:

    The winner of the Big Ten football championship game will represent the Conference in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) unless a conference team other than the champion is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS poll.

    We can debate how unlikely that is, but it’s pretty much happened a couple times already in the past decade (although they’ve tweaked the formula since those occurrences).

    Next, the smoking hole scenario.  “If the championship game cannot be played (due to any reason beyond the control of the Big Ten Conference)….”, they’ve created a pecking order to determine who gets the BCS bid.  Painfully, they agreed to jump over head-to-head and bow to the BCS rankings unless it’s close:

    If the two divisional representatives met previously in the season and neither is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS standings, the team ranked highest in the final BCS standings shall be the representative to the BCS, unless the other team is ranked within five or fewer places of the higher ranked team. In this case, the head-to-head results of the two teams shall determine the Conference’s BCS representative.

     

    Brady Hoke big HugProps to Hoke for delivering an emotional moment…with TOUGHNESS.
    (That’s toughness in ALL phases, people)

    Most were surprised how easy that went Saturday for Hoke and crew and Michigan together the most complete half I can remember.  The biggest factor was the poor play of highly rated QB Ryan Lindley, who seemed out of sorts all day. The U-M defense deserves some credit for that for sure but Lindley didn’t get a lot of help from his receivers who ran poor routes in many cases.

    Here’s Lindley trying to connect in the end zone in the fourth quarter and his receiver has a step on Countess – the ball is too high, off target and just sailed:

    pigskin

    Commence the Miscellanea:

    Since I’m not going to tell you anything about how Denard fared on the field that you didn’t see with your own eyes Saturday, try this:

    Laces on Lockdown

    Denard Robinson Laces

    Denard’s “Xs” – In the postgame Denard talked about recent trip to the lanes.   He told the media, “I did all right,” and shared that he bowled 200-160-170 series.   The “X” in Denard’s twitter handle stands for strike, and use can use an X to mark one thing off the list of things that you thought you could do better than #16.

    Switch to SchuttSome nerd I asked Denard about his switch of helmet manufacturers this year.   I was half hoping there was some major reason behind the change (like, ‘my hair fits better in the Schutt’ or ‘The lab determined I’m slightly faster in the Schutt helmet’) but no go.  The switch was simply recommended by the folks in Schembechler Hall.

    Old #5 – Speaking of Jon Falk, I wonder if these days they even bother to make minor mends to these jerseys.  Ryan Van Bergen was a couple series’ away from being #5:

    rvb

    They Really Like each Other – Hoke paused when he was asked to cite something that surprised him (either positive or negative) through four games.   He finally talked about how much the team truly likes each other.  And he noted that that’s definitely not always the case in his experience. #toughness

    Tough Hugs – You’ve probably already watched the scene, but Hoke spent some time embracing the SDSU players after the game and it was real, man.   I got mildly verklempt watching the whole thing.

    03. September 2011 · 1 comment · Categories: 2011 · Tags: , , , , , ,

    It’s official now.

    The Big Ten Network will continue its Icons series this fall, this time looking at the iconic coaches in the league.  It’s not a countdown this time, rather, they just selected a legend from each school:

    The 12-episode series will stretch into the winter, and profile one coach from every Big Ten school, including Illinois’ Lou Henson, Iowa’s Dan Gable, Indiana’s Bob Knight, Michigan’s Bo Schembechler, Michigan State’s Jud Heathcote, Minnesota’s Herb Brooks, Nebraska’s Tom Osborne, Northwestern’s Kelly Amonte-Hiller, Ohio State’s Woody Hayes, Penn State’s Joe Paterno, Purdue’s Gene Keady and Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez.

    I did get interviewed for the Bo piece so my goofy mug might be in there.   (And maybe in Woody? That would be a treat.)

    As far as the other selections, Lou Henson is a bit of a surprise.  I guess I would have went with Bob Zuppke but ok.

    I’ve got a big issue with the Jud Heathcote choice, however.  

    jud hair Without getting too far into this, I grew up in East Lansing watching Jud and I went to his hoops camp and I have nice memories of the man.  And I get that the show can highlight the 1979 title and his grooming of Izzo & it will make for a quality show.  But brother, Jud would be pretty far down on my list, unless it was recognizing iconic comb jobs (Lou Henson would remain as well).   I’d easily put Biggie Munn, Duffy Daugherty, Ron Mason and Izzo ahead of him. 
    All that said, they did such a great job with the first round I’m looking forward to seeing all of these.

    Related:
    Here’s the Harmon Icons piece if you need it:

    scoreboard_thumb

    At Sunday’s media day event, a few of us were huddled on the field beneath the mammoth new video screen on the north end of the field.  The inevitable topic came up—would Michigan place ads on that beast?

    WLBY’s Lucy Ann Lance  recently interviewed Michigan Chief Marketing Officer Hunter Lochmann and they discussed the matter:

    Lucy Ann: Will there ever be advertising inside Michigan stadium for a football game?

    Lochmann: No. I’ve learned from Dave Brandon that you ask your fans what they want.  They don’t want to see a lick of advertising in Michigan Stadium.  I think my resume would be updated if I ever allowed it in there on my own. It’s not going to happen; I think there are enough opportunities emerging in this digital world and other inventory to satisfy partners.

    Lucy Ann: But you have over 100,000 people in there, glued to it. You have the television coverage.

    Lochmann: Sure. It’s a great opportunity.

    Lucy Ann:  There are elementary schools which have incorporated corporate advertising in their programs.  Why not Michigan Stadium?

    Lochmann: You know, it’s a great opportunity and anyone who doesn’t say it is, isn’t telling the truth, but the fans don’t want it.  You listen to your fans and if that’s their number one issue then we can come up with a thousand other things that they do want, that we can take advantage of.

    Sounds like Lucy Ann was going to plunk down some cash for an ad right then!   No sale.  Lochmann went on to explain that their use digital media and tools like Facebook and Twitter to get the U-M sponsors in front of fans. 

    To me, I wouldn’t freak out if a few ads were up on the scoreboard occasionally, as long as it doesn’t get ridiculous.  One my takeaways from a trip to Northwestern’s Ryan Field from 2006:

    image

    ….A mini-UPS truck rolled out and delivered the ball for kick-off.  Just check out the Ryan field scoreboard. They couldn’t find enough room on the scoreboard to spell out “Wildcats” digitally, but they found plenty of room for the following sponsors:  Lexus – La Salle Bank – Federated Insurance – Adidas – Nextel – All State Insurance – American Airlines – Pepsi

    Yeesh.

    And one more nugget.  Looks like mgoblue.com is getting (another) needed makeover:

    Lucy Ann:  What about the MGoBlue.com website? Any transformation of that coming up?

    Lochmann: Actually, that’s a great question. We are redesigning that as we speak.  Hopefully a mid to late September re-launch or redesign. It’s going to be a lot more video focus.  Video is where everything’s heading with the mobile phones, iPads, and anything else, so we’re working hard on that.  It’s a popular site; that’s where our fans go, but we have some work to do.  That’s part of the branding of Michigan Athletics.  You look at every touch point and obviously MGoBlue.com is one of the most popular ones.

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