For recap of the player and Rich Rod press conferences, check out Tim’s rundown on mgoblog.

It’s Michigan State and there was clearly a media buzz in the air.   About twice as many video cameras were on hand.

The press conferences go like this:  At just after noon, Rich Rod sits down for about 20 minutes in the back of the Junge Center and answers questions off camera.  Then he moves over to the front for a cameras-on presser, usually a little shorter (because everyone’s already asked him 20 minutes of questions!).  Then there’s a delay, then media relations brings in players to speak & usually 4-6 guys hit podium one after another.

A few shots.

Here’s Rich Rod seated at the pre-presser at his seat in "the squared circle":

rich rodriguez

Obi Ezeh was very relaxed and put the defense’s troubles in perspective:

obi ezeh michigan

Likewise with Kovacs, who had a huge game last year against State:

jordan kovacs - michigan

Captain Steve Schilling scored big points with his "Offense" shirt.  It reads "SCORE" on the back.  Make we can get Underground to print up some "Defense" and "Don’t SCORE" shirts for Obi and crew:

steve schilling - michigan

 offense - michigan shirt 

Denard eyed the Pizza House pizzas stacked up in the back of the room and nothing was going to stop him from getting there:

denard robinson michigan see the pizza

Update.  Speaking of Denard, check out this shot from  Gotta love Old 98 & "I-69" playing til the whistle.


  1. Thanks for breaking down RR's portion of the presser. I always watch live on MGoBlue and see the stream of tweets roll through several minutes before he hits the podium – so wonder I did. It all makes sense now…

    Nice pic of Denard there.

  2. Greg from MVictors

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    • i had to pile on ezeh but man, he's one of those players who can't use the "he's young/he's inexperienced" crutch to excuse his play. i have this really bad feeling that after the game we're going to be complaining about how our linebackers/defense kept letting State run big-play TE and RB screens. i think tom beaver assesed this game the best: State will score (at least) 35 points on Michigan. Can Michigan score more than that?

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