I'm writing this post, compelled by pure anger and utter shock. It took hours for it to sink in. I couldn't watch the game on TV but I sure saw it unfold via box score on my computer screen, and believe me I stared at that screen for nearly an hour, hitting refresh, thinking in my head "this must be a mistake, they got the score mixed up, Michigan obviously won"
I left work confused, sort of just walked around in circles and expected to wake up and have it be Saturday morning again, 10 minutes before kickoff.
34-32 people. 34-32. By that score, Michigan falls from the elite. Its been a while in the making really. Its a bit anti-climatic really, you might say we've been on a downward slope since 1997 but this is just the final exclamation point.
Michigan will forever be the team remembered as the only ranked team EVER to lose to a Division I-AA team. 50 years from now highlights from THIS GAME will be ESPN followed by the words "Greatest upset in college football history"
Were we given a generous ranking at #5? Yes, and I thought so before the season started. We had a loaded offense but big question marks on defense and special teams. Coincidently, what ultimately lost the game today? 2 Special teams gaffes and a secondary that resembled swiss cheese.
Still, there is no excusing this one. If you are Michigan, you simply do not lose to Appalachian State. There is no reason, not a single excuse under the sun for this.
Nevermind that Bill Martin was obviously not in his right mind scheduling this game. Michigan had previously never played a Division I-AA team and for good reason. What's in it for us? If we blow them out, we were supposed to. If its close, we're overrated. And if we lose, we're national laughingstocks for at least the next half decade.
what are the aftereffects of this? Well I can think of at least one frightening possibility. We have about 14, 4 star recruits in the current recruiting class, verbal commits the lot of them. I'll be surprised if this game doesn't result in at least 1 de-commit.
In 1992 an unranked Arkansas team lost to The Citadel. The day after that game, Arkansas' coach was fired. From what I've read, Lloyd Carr stands no chance of being fired. If anyone takes the fall, it will be Ron English, after all, he's a more convenient scapegoat. If Carr had any dignity and respect for Michigan football. He will step down as head coach. I'm sorry, but if you can't coach 4 year starters at QB and RB, an all american receiver and offensive lineman past a Division I-AA school, you should realize that you are no longer fit to be coaching Michigan.
I've defended that man in the past for all that he's done for Michigan. But a loss to Appalachian State stands just as glaring as a National Title when you look at Michigan's football program over the last half century.
I don't know that it was worth staying up until 2:00 for, but the baseball team just beat the number one seed in the NCAA tournament, Vandy, on their home field. It's double elimination in the regional, but if they can pull off one win in the next two games they'll make it to the super regional for the first time in as long as I can remember.
7 UofM players were taken in the 2007 draft. That's the most since 1993
R1 #18  - CB LEON HALL
R2 #1  - DT ALAN BRANCH
R2 #14  - DE LaMARR WOODLEY
R2 #15  - LB DAVID HARRIS
R5 #5 - WR STEVE BREASTON
R6 #33 - OLB PRESCOTT BURGESS
R7 #6 - TE TYLER ECKER
Alan Branch and David Harris were surprise slips. I remember Kiper talking about how Michigan could have had 3 top 20 picks in this draft, but no matter. I think they'll all be excellent pros, maybe with the exception of Burgess and Ecker.
I'm actually surprised Ecker got picked, due to his injury plagued season. He's a hard worker though and if he can stay healthy would make a solid #2 option.
Next year, I'll be very surprised if Henne, Hart, and Jake Long don't all go in the 1st round. Hart could slip because of his size, but it hasn't hurt Warrick Dunn any so who knows.
is anyone else LOVING the fact that Brady Quinn just got passed over by Miami with the 9th pick?
haha, the NFL finally realizes that ND QB's are garbage. Miami passing him pretty much guarantees he'll be a bottom half 1st round pick now.
Michael Rosenberg is calling for Michigan to hire John Beilein of West Virginia.http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070318/COL22/703180711/1048/SPORTS&imw=Y
and why not? To sum up the article, Beilein has...
winning seasons 26 out of 29 years
final four appearance 2 years ago
high praise from Bobby Knight
He took a small time program in WV and took them to the final four, imagine what he could do for Michigan. The best part is, he'd probably be interested in the job.
only problem is he has a $3.5 million buyout that Michigan would have to pay, then we'd probably have to offer $1 million a year. Bill Martin wouldn't seem too likely to want to do that, but hiring Beilein, as the article said could elevate Michigan to big time status again, or we could settle for another nobody, pay him $800,000 a year with no buyout, and keep settling for NIT bids.
Tommy Amaker has been fired as basketball coach from the University of Michigan.http://sports.yahoo.com/ncaab/news?slug=ap-michigan-amakerfired&prov=ap&type=lgns
I agree with a lot of what the article says, that he took over a program in disarry and made a clean program out of it. He gave us 3 consecutive 20 win seasons, but that was largely due to a creampuff schedule. His Big Ten record was sub-par.
Amaker compiled a decent 109-83 record while at Michigan and hung an NIT championship and NIT runners up banners, but did not make the NCAA tournament once during his 6 year tenure as coach.
Amaker's winning record at Michigan should definitely get him a job somewhere else. I've always said he'd be much better suited at a mid-major school that doesn't have the crushing weight of the national spotlight or the overwhelming expectations of UM fans.
Over the past few seasons, Amaker has had the talent to go places with Michigan and just hasn't delivered. Bill Martin called his firing the hardest decision he's had to make as athletic director. But because he made that decision, it shows that Martin does in fact expect more out of the basketball program. Firing Amaker should take some of the UM fans wrath off Martin.
So now the question is, who comes in to replace Amaker? Anyone have some ideas?
I'm pulling for Mike Jarvis myself.
smallest crowd in crisler arena history yesterday for Michigan's BIG NIT MATCHUP against Utah State.
take a note Amaker, I hope you were paying attention. Bill Martin might be satisfied with NIT invitations, but the fans demand NCAA invites, I think that was evident enough yesterday.
Hopefully Martin took notice of this too and gets the message that Amaker needs to go and the facilities need a major revamping. We've been embarassed for far too long.
I think the team was pretty damn decent this year. But look at the big picture. Compare Michigan and Illinois season. Illinois had nearly a mirror image of Michigan's season, no big signature wins, a split with Michigan, a split against Indiana, a split against Michigan State. They may have been boosted by the fact that they only played Ohio State and Wisconsin once each, each double digit losses. So why does Illinois get in and not Michigan? Only explanation I can think of is, they've been good recently and the selection committee remembers that. Its not really fair, but you could argue that Michigan gets the same red carpet treatment in football.
Amaker would be better suited at a smaller school with smaller expectations. I don't think he's a bad coach, but he's not the caliber coach we need here at Michigan. Bill Martin has to expect more from his program. We should be striving for the sweet 16-final four every year, not just striving to make the damn tourney. Instead we settle for NIT's and all is merry and wonderful. I'm sick of it.
yeah , its late but better than never.
Trying to get the group going as it is one of 2 groups for UM basketball. Other one is ran by a 16 yr old and the only members are his friends.
Its all on the line today. Michigan vs #1 Ohio State @ home.
The wolverines have been awesome at Crisler this year, can a miracle happen? A win will almost assuredly put us in the big dance and on a very high note. A loss puts us way on the bubble.
Here's how I see it. Michigan can either beat Ohio State or win the big ten tourney. That's the only way we're getting in this thing. We've got a lot of post-season experience, I guess you could say, although hanging NIT banners isn't something to brag about. We're 4-2 down the stretch, can we make something happen?
might be stupid to think we can beat Ohio State, but they don't really have anything left to play for. Michigan has everything resting on this game. Let's hope Crisler Arena is jam packed with maize and blue tomorrow.
Michigan beat Michigan State!
Senior guard Dion Harris scored 24 points to lead the U-M men's basketball team to a 67-56 victory over intrastate rival Michigan State Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Crisler Arena. Harris had the magic touch all evening, shooting 7-of-14 from the field and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free-throw stripe. Senior center Courtney Sims and senior forward Brent Petway added 13 and seven points, respectively, for Michigan, which concludes the regular season on U-M's Senior Day against Ohio State Saturday, March 3 in Ann Arbor.
Still not deserving of going to The Dance, they've played like crap up until recently, and they almost blew it against Indiana...if they make it, I'll be really surprised, and I won't be expecting them to go far at all. However, they can still say they made the tournament, I guess. Beating Ohio State is a huge task; Oden is a force of nature.