wolverine football http://michiganradio.org en There's no such thing as a "Walmart Wolverine" http://michiganradio.org/post/theres-no-such-thing-walmart-wolverine <p>One debate I could do without is this: Who are the real Michigan fans?</p><p>I realize that sounds pretty stupid. Anybody who cheers for Michigan is a Michigan fan, right? But we make it harder than it needs to be.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Some folks believe only people who <em>graduated </em>from Michigan can call themselves real Michigan fans.</p><p>The rest? They are mere “Walmart Wolverines” – fans who pick their college teams the way they pick their professional teams: mainly by geography.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:30:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 17009 at http://michiganradio.org There's no such thing as a "Walmart Wolverine" Pressure builds on Michigan Football as Athletic Department's budget grows http://michiganradio.org/post/pressure-builds-michigan-football-athletic-departments-budget-grows <p>I’ve often joked that some Michigan football fans aren’t happy unless they’re not happy.&nbsp; But after 11 games this season, even they could be excused for having plenty to be unhappy about. A week ago, the Wolverines were 3-and-4 in the Big Ten, with undefeated Ohio State coming up next.&nbsp;</p><p>The Wolverines had been surprisingly bad all season -- until the Ohio State game, when they were suddenly, surprisingly good, falling short by just one point in the final minute.&nbsp; It was the first time I have ever seen Michigan fans feeling better after a loss than before it.&nbsp;</p><p>Still, the heroic performance was bittersweet.</p><p>Where was <em>that</em> team all year?&nbsp; Which team will return next year – the one that got crushed by Michigan State, or the one that almost beat the Buckeyes?</p><p>But Michigan’s bigger problems are off the field, not on it. Fri, 06 Dec 2013 16:42:52 +0000 John U. Bacon 15552 at http://michiganradio.org Pressure builds on Michigan Football as Athletic Department's budget grows Notre Dame v. Michigan rivalry ends: It's not about tradition anymore http://michiganradio.org/post/notre-dame-v-michigan-rivalry-ends-its-not-about-tradition-anymore <p>Notre Dame announced this week the school is suspending its century-old rivalry with the University of Michigan after the 2014 season.</p><p>The only constant is change.&nbsp;</p><p>Yeah, yeah.&nbsp; We know that – and in case we didn’t, there’s always some office blowhard too eager to say it, as if it’s some profound truth.</p><p>But that’s why, the more things change, the more we appreciate things that don’t.</p><p>When Carole King sang, “Doesn’t anybody stay in one place any more?” she probably wasn’t talking about NFL franchises, but she could’ve been.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 04:03:16 +0000 John U. Bacon 9268 at http://michiganradio.org Notre Dame v. Michigan rivalry ends: It's not about tradition anymore Is the Michigan vs. Notre Dame rivalry coming to an end? http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-vs-notre-dame-rivalry-coming-end <p>It appears that a storied college football rivalry is coming to an end. The two teams first met in 1887.</p><p>More from the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120925/SPORTS0201/209250404#ixzz27UizX980">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Notre Dame has notified Michigan it is exercising a three-year out in their contract, meaning their last scheduled game against each other will come in 2014.</p><p>A letter from Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon cancelling games in 2015-2017 was obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday through a Freedom of Information Act request.</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p>The AP reports the teams were scheduled to take hiatus for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.</p><p>The Notre Dame football team is required to play five games against Atlantic Coast Conference teams. The school recently joined the conference, but kept its football team independent.</p><p>ESPN.com reports the two teams have taken long breaks in the past.</p><blockquote><p>They've played every year since 2002 and regularly since 1978 after not meeting from 1944 to 1977 or 1910 to 1941.</p></blockquote><p>Michigan Athletic Director David Brandon was handed a letter before last Saturday night's game (which Michigan lost 13-6). Brandon said he hopes to work with Notre Dame on another contract in the future:</p><blockquote><p>"The ball is in their court because they've triggered the three-game notice," he said. "We'll play them next year at Michigan Stadium for the last time in a while -- it appears -- and we'll make our last scheduled trip to South Bend in 2014. There will likely be nothing on the board for five years after that. Beyond that, I don't know what will happen."</p></blockquote><p>ESPN.com reports "the Wolverines have an NCAA-best .735 winning percentage in football, and the Irish (.732) are second. Michigan leads all-time series 23-16-1."</p><p>No word on Notre Dame's game contract with Michigan State University.</p></div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p></p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 15:44:27 +0000 Mark Brush 9227 at http://michiganradio.org Is the Michigan vs. Notre Dame rivalry coming to an end? Denard Robinson, enjoy him while you can http://michiganradio.org/post/denard-robinson-enjoy-him-while-you-can <p>Last week, the University of Michigan football team beat up University of Massachusetts, 63-13.</p><p>Okay, U-Mass was pretty bad.&nbsp;Even lowly Indiana crushed them.</p><p>But the Wolverines did exactly what they were supposed to do, and did it very well.&nbsp;Many Michigan fans complained anyway.</p><p>This is not uncommon.</p><p>A few years ago, Michigan blew out 15th-ranked Notre Dame team 38-0, the first shut out over the Irish in over a century. The next day, I challenged listeners on a sports talk show to find something to complain about.</p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:00:11 +0000 John U. Bacon 9178 at http://michiganradio.org Denard Robinson, enjoy him while you can Michigan names Brady Hoke new Wolverine football coach http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-names-brady-hoke-new-wolverine-football-coach The University of Michigan Athletic Department has announced that San Diego State University football coach Brady Hoke will be the next Wolverine football coach, succeeding Rich Rodriguez. Here's the U of M statement Hoke Named Michigan Football Coach ANN ARBOR – University of Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon announced today (Tuesday, Jan. 11) the hiring of Brady Hoke as the 19th coach in the 131-year history of Michigan football. Tue, 11 Jan 2011 21:06:38 +0000 Steve Carmody 836 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan names Brady Hoke new Wolverine football coach