WTKA welcomed Dave Brandon with Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ on air this morning.  Brandon said he got a lot of nice emails last night and was clearly happy how things ended up. 

Here’s the audio, give it a sec to load:

A few notes:

  • "I’ve run public companies for the last 22 years. I’ve gotten pretty good at managing expectations.    A way to exceed expectations is to manage them [laughs].  We were in a situation where it was absolutely unclear what the ultimate decision was going to be and I wanted to make that known that it was unclear and the fan reaction was very helpful and very important."
  • He joked that he had 2006 U-M graduates emailing him explaining the importance of the OSU-UM rivalry.   "I knew that.."
  • "I don’t know how you lay it out any better for Michigan."
  • "We came out of this really, really well."
  • On determining division rivals.  Brandon said they "went back and forth" but in the end, decided that overall conference record wins division.   Tie-breaker is head-to-head, division record, then BCS rankings.  [Take: I don’t like using BCS rankings in tie-breakers.  Why let that goofy-assed system determine what we do in our league?]
  • On the Notre Dame rivalry. "We’re going to contract out several years, probably to 2014 or 2015.."  There’s a "handshake agreement" with Jack Swarbrick to continue beyond that.  But Brandon noted the nine game conference schedule will be a factor.

On Saturday’s game:

  • Joked about the condition of the roads.
  • Be in your seats by no later than quarter after three.  (I’d suggest 20 minutes minimum.)

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  1. I don't understand how there can be anything past head-to-head in a tie breaker — there will never be a situation where two divisional teams haven't played, right? The only situation I can think of is if the head-to-head game is cancelled for some reason…