Where there’s smoke…

Written November 16th, 2009 by MaliBuckeye

Well, seems as if there was something to those reports about Mich1gAAn’s inability to monitor practice time after all. From the Detroit News:

According to an audit, obtained by The Detroit News, the football staff did not submit the practice logs for the 2008 season as required by the university athletic department, which uses the logs to remain in compliance with NCAA rules. The team filed its out-of-season reports after the audit was completed and, as of July, the football staff had still not filed its 2008 monthly logs.

Tate? When you watch all that film, be sure to write it down and make sure that it gets in the mail. Your coaches don’t seem to have the ability to do so.

When the inevitable beatdown happens on Saturday, don’t think that this NCAA investigation, coupled with Bill Martin’s resignation/retirement/quitting and these recent findings of impropriety won’t be a great excuse for scUM to undo what should have never been done, and “reevaluate their coaching staff”.


  1. BradNo Gravatar
    November 16th, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Bill Martin announced his retirement, not his resignation. There’s a big difference there.


  2. MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    November 16th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    You’re right.

    “You can’t fire me, I quit.”

    Big difference.


  3. EdNo Gravatar
    November 16th, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    those logs might have been orderd to be shredded……..ala shred gate back at Morgantown……lol


  4. BradNo Gravatar
    November 16th, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Just call it all three, you’re bound to get it right sooner or later.


  5. MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    November 16th, 2009 at 11:42 pm


    You’d be the expert in what’s going on up there (lord knows no one else in the country can figure it out), but from hereabouts, even a “retire” is shady.

    If he resigns, it’s almost an admission of responsibility for some of the trainwrecks on his watch (particularly football). “Retiring” means he gets to lose the baggage that comes with getting all your coaches from WVa, while maintaining a small shred of dignity and a paycheck for “consulting”. Almost as if there’s a buyout/payoff involved…

    Either way, he’s still a quitter. Blessings to him as he distances himself from that program. Smart man.


  6. BradNo Gravatar
    November 17th, 2009 at 8:37 am


    Yeah, rebuilding (literally) almost every athletic facility on campus…Balancing an awfully inflated budget in just a couple years and making Michigan one of the most successful and prosperous athletic departments in the country (one of only 6 schools in the country to run a budget surplus 5 years in a row)…Turning around a catastrophic basketball program rife with one broken NCAA rule after another (all before his tenure).

    The stadium renovation is the final stamp on his legacy…that’s why his retirement date is the day of the start of the 2010 season. He’s going out on top…not quitting. No buyout…no payoff. The man is old. It’s his time to go.

    I know your a tOSU fan and we’re the scUM from up north so you’re digging for a controversy…but I’m a level-headed Michigan fan and I’d admit if there was something fishy going on. This is really just a guy who’s done all he can do. He’s done a great job at Michigan and we’re better off for the things he’s done here.


  7. MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    November 17th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Like I said, you’re the expert.

    And no, not digging for a controversy, just giving you a hard time, as is to be expected this week.

    Fact of the matter, though, the current football administration falls on his lap as well. At UM, unfortunately, your athletic department is measured by the successes of football and basketball (sorry, hockey fans). And, since the general story is that Mr. Martin was singing “I’m On A Boat!!” during the Les Miles fiasco, all the records being broken in the last two years of UM football (first loss to Purdue at home, bowl streak failure, etc.) are also on his watch.

    If you say that he’s done a great job, I have no reason but to take your word for it. If you say he’s an old man and needs to go, again I and a certain female pressbox attendant will agree with you.

    But my main point stands- his leaving, plus the NCAA and institutional investigation, plus the results on the football field cannot help RRod feel confident about his tenure in AA.

    ~Aside, this is the kind of dialogue that THE GAME should foster… we haven’t even called each other “poopyhead” yet, as the rest of my conversations with Mich1gAAn fans tend to devolve to.

    Of course, it’s only Tuesday.


  8. BradNo Gravatar
    November 17th, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Touche. It is only Tuesday…I usually don’t resort to fecal insults until at least Wednesday.

    I’ll admit that since his retirement announcement, things have gotten considerably worse for Martin with the alleged incidents at Michigan Stadium this season. Plus add in the struggles of the football team, and the NCAA investigation only make matters much worse.

    Maybe I’ve been too distracted by the trainwreck on the field this year to really care all that much about Bill Martin and his sail into the sunset so to speak.

    But I have to think you’re absolutely right about Rodriguez feeling much more unsecure about his future once the new AD arrives. Results on the field are the ONLY thing that can help Rodriguez now.


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