college football http://michiganradio.org en What’s all the fuss about Appalachian State? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-s-all-fuss-about-appalachian-state <p>Well, it goes back to&nbsp;2007, the year the NCAA allowed schools to add a 12th regular season game, for no reason but revenue.</p><p>Yes, another shameless money grab on the backs, knees, and skulls of amateur athletes.&nbsp;</p><p>To find an extra opponent, Michigan had to scramble.</p><p>When a Division I-AA team called Appalachian State agreed to come to Ann Arbor for a flat fee of $400,000, fans wondered&nbsp;<em>why</em>&nbsp;Michigan had scheduled a team from the second tier for the first time – and, where the heck&nbsp;<em>is</em>&nbsp;that place?</p><p>It turns out Appalachian State isn’t even a state.&nbsp;&nbsp;(I looked it up.)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Their fight song didn’t instill much fear, either: “Hi-Hi-yike-us.&nbsp;&nbsp;No-body like us.&nbsp;&nbsp;We are the Mountaineers!&nbsp;&nbsp;Always a-winning.&nbsp;&nbsp;Always a-grinning.&nbsp;&nbsp;Always a-feeling fine.&nbsp;&nbsp;You bet, hey.&nbsp;&nbsp;Go Apps!”</p><p>“The Victors,” it was not.</p><p> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 18906 at http://michiganradio.org What’s all the fuss about Appalachian State? UM & MSU new season starts Saturday http://michiganradio.org/post/um-msu-new-season-starts-saturday <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saturday brings the start of a new college football season. Michigan Radio’s sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Stateside to talk about what is in store for the teams.</span></p><p>Bacon discussed the re-match between Michigan Wolverines and Appalachian State, the pending Michigan State against Jacksonville State game, and the Big Ten.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview with John Bacon above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:00:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 18900 at http://michiganradio.org UM & MSU new season starts Saturday Michigan football has sold its soul; here's how to get it back http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-football-has-sold-its-soul-heres-how-get-it-back <p>Last week,<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-athletics-loses-magic-and-fans-thanks-brandons-policies?nopop=1"> I explained why Michigan students are dropping football tickets in record numbers</a>.</p><p>It touched a nerve – actually a few thousand nerves.&nbsp; Not just among Michigan fans, but college football fans nationwide.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s all well and good to criticize Michigan’s athletic administration – and cathartic for the fans, apparently.&nbsp; But it doesn’t solve the central problem: How can they keep fans happy?</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 13:25:37 +0000 John U. Bacon 17990 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan football has sold its soul; here's how to get it back Move toward a college football player's union should be a wake-up call for the NCAA http://michiganradio.org/post/move-toward-college-football-players-union-should-be-wake-call-ncaa <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-bb2dafbb-2ca3-b35c-fd1d-bf491f003b67"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Last week’s ruling made a big splash, but it’s actually very narrow. The decision by the National Labor Relations Board applies only to private schools. Further, the players still have to vote on it, and the university is going to appeal, in any case.</span></span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1;">But the players have been very shrewd, starting with their leader, senior quarterback </span>Kain<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1;"> </span>Colter<span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1;">. I got to know him while researching my latest book, and he’s a very impressive young man. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:33:24 +0000 John U. Bacon 17100 at http://michiganradio.org Move toward a college football player's union should be a wake-up call for the NCAA MSU Spartans face the Stanford Cardinal in today's Rose Bowl http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-spartans-face-stanford-cardinal-todays-rose-bowl <p>There are many Michigan State University students and alumni celebrating the New Year in Pasadena.</p><p></p><p>They’re there to see the Spartans play in this year’s Rose Bowl game.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Rose Bowl is nicknamed “The granddaddy of them all” because it is the oldest of the college football bowl games.</p><p></p><p>The last time the Spartans represented the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl was 1988. MSU earned its first trip back to Pasadena on New Year’s Day with a 12 and one season, finishing with a win over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship game.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 15:55:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15853 at http://michiganradio.org MSU Spartans face the Stanford Cardinal in today's Rose Bowl Spartans rally early, then rally late, to win the Big 10 title game http://michiganradio.org/post/spartans-rally-early-then-rally-late-win-big-10-title-game <p>INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Michigan State shook up the BCS title chase again Saturday night.<br /><br />The No. 10 Spartans regained the lead on Connor Cook's 9-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price with 11:41 left and upset No. 2 Ohio State 34-24 to take the Big Ten title and put Auburn back in the national title hunt.<br /><br />Ohio State (12-1) had the nation's longest active winning streak end at 24 as coach Urban Meyer suffered his first loss since taking over in Columbus.<br /><br />It was a game that almost defied logic.<br /> Sun, 08 Dec 2013 05:11:18 +0000 The Associated Press 15595 at http://michiganradio.org Spartans rally early, then rally late, to win the Big 10 title game 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 When football players boycott http://michiganradio.org/post/when-football-players-boycott <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>Grambling<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> State University football team plays in the unheralded Southwestern Athletic Conference, in the division beneath the big boys. They had an 11-game losing streak, stretching back into the 2012 season.</span></p><p>In short, this was not a team that warranted national attention.</p><p>But the Tigers finally got some last month. No, they didn’t notch their first win that day – or even another loss. They didn’t play – and it wasn’t due to bad weather or a bye week. The players simply refused to take the field.</p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 06:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 15375 at http://michiganradio.org When football players boycott Michigan and Michigan State set trend by having neurologists on the sidelines http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-and-michigan-state-set-trend-having-neurologists-sidelines <p>No doubt about it — heads are sure to collide on Saturday’s football game between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.</p><p>But when heads collide on the field at Spartan Stadium, two neurologists will be on the sidelines, making sure no concussed player gets back in the game.</p><p>Both Jeff Kutcher, an associate professor of neurology at Michigan’s medical school, and David Kaufman, the chairman of the neurology department at Michigan State, will be working on the field for Saturday’s game.</p><p>According to the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/sports/ncaafootball/in-michigan-college-football-sidelines-are-offices-of-neurologists.html">New York Times</a>, while many Big Ten schools have medical consultants for their athletic teams, only Michigan and Michigan State keep them on the sidelines at all games.</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 18:22:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15092 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan and Michigan State set trend by having neurologists on the sidelines The Mudbowl takes us back to what football used to be http://michiganradio.org/post/mudbowl-takes-us-back-what-football-used-be <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">Tomorrow morning, one of Michigan’s oldest traditions will be on display. No, not at the Big House, but at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house. </span></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 14887 at http://michiganradio.org The Mudbowl takes us back to what football used to be Author and commentator John U. Bacon is worried about the future of college football http://michiganradio.org/post/author-and-commentator-john-u-bacon-worried-about-future-college-football <p><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">We're deep into the 2013-2013 college football season.&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Fans flock to the "hallowed ground" of their team's home stadium, be it The Big House for Wolverines, Spartan Stadium for MSU Fans or, maybe Kelly/Shorts Stadium for you Chips. </span></font><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">Or, maybe, your pilgrimage takes you to other states. To Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley or Ohio Stadium or Notre Dame Stadium.</span></font></p><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">No one can argue the fact that, no matter which metric you use, whether attendance, TV ratings, revenue for the NCAA, money into the coffers of the college or university, college football is huge.</span></font></p><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">But, Michigan Radio's sports commentator John U. Bacon is deeply worried about the future of college football. He fears it may be losing its soul and, with it, the support of fans and players.</span></font></p><p><font face="Tahoma"><span style=" font-size:12pt">His new book is a deep-dive into the Big Ten during the 2012 college football season. It's called "Fourth and Long: The Fight for the Soul of College Football." Bacon sat down with Stateside host Cynthia Canty and spoke about his new book</span></font>. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 22:25:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 14400 at http://michiganradio.org Author and commentator John U. Bacon is worried about the future of college football Students aren’t leaving Michigan football - Michigan football is leaving them http://michiganradio.org/post/students-aren-t-leaving-michigan-football-michigan-football-leaving-them <p>For decades, students at Michigan games were assigned seats, with the seniors getting the best ones. But for some games last year, a quarter of the 20,000 or so people in the student section were no-shows.</p><p>So, athletic director Dave Brandon decided to switch them to general admission – first come, first seated -- to get them to show up on time -or, at all.</p><p>The students went ballistic.</p><p>Yes, some can display a breathtaking sense of entitlement, and they won’t get much sympathy from the average fan, who has to pay three or four-times more.</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 13:59:23 +0000 John U. Bacon 12386 at http://michiganradio.org Students aren’t leaving Michigan football - Michigan football is leaving them The new year in sports: A good man is hard to find http://michiganradio.org/post/new-year-sports-good-man-hard-find <p>With the college football season finally behind us, I wanted to write a simple college football roundup, ending in a sweet little story about a very good guy.</p><p>But every time I tried, some bad news got in the way.</p><p>The first obstacle was Lance Armstrong.&nbsp; In case you missed it – though I can’t imagine how – it turns out the man who came back from cancer to win a record seven Tours de France and write two best-selling books about his inspirational story, is a fraud.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 06:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 10818 at http://michiganradio.org The new year in sports: A good man is hard to find Commentary: College football bowl games are a sham http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-college-football-bowl-games-are-sham <p>The people who sell bowl games need us to believe a few things:</p><ul><li>Their games are rewards for great seasons;</li><li>They offer players and fans a much-wanted vacation;</li><li>The bowls are non-profits, while the schools make a killing.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>These claims are nice, and would be even nicer if they were true.</p><p>Forty years ago, college football got by with just eleven bowl games.</p><p>The 22 teams they invited were truly elite, and so were the bowls – like the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, the Cotton Bowl and The Granddaddy of Them All, the Rose Bowl.</p><p>When your team got into a bowl game back then, you knew they’d done something special.</p><p>But the number of bowls has more than tripled, to a staggering 35, including such timeless classics as the The Meineke Car Care Bowl, the Advocare V100 Independence Bowl, and the legendary Taxslayer.com Bowl. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:31:56 +0000 John U. Bacon 10264 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: College football bowl games are a sham 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? Former Wolverine sues NFL, others over head injuries http://michiganradio.org/post/former-wolverine-sues-nfl-others-over-head-injuries <p>A former National Football League player from Michigan filed a lawsuit yesterday against the league and four others for failing to warn him of football-related head injuries, reports the Associated Press.</p><p>Derrick Walker lives in West Bloomfield, and he began his football career playing for the University of Michigan Wolverines where he served as co-captain in the &#39;80s.&nbsp; Since then, the plaintiff went on to play tight end professionally for the San Diego Chargers, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders.&nbsp;</p><p>Over that time period, Walker&#39;s lawsuit says he was concussed multiple times which led to memory loss, difficulty concentrating, headaches and difficulty sleeping.&nbsp; Now he&#39;s seeking at least $500,000 in damages, reports the <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120724/NEWS01/120724034/national-football-league-NFL-lawsuit-concussions-U-S-district-court-detroit?odyssey=nav|head">Detroit Free Press</a>.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 18:10:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8414 at http://michiganradio.org Former Wolverine sues NFL, others over head injuries Big Ten prefers "status quo", but is looking at expanded college football playoff http://michiganradio.org/post/big-ten-prefers-status-quo-looking-expanded-college-football-playoff <p>Big Ten officials are seriously looking at a plan to create a potentially lucrative national college football playoff system. &nbsp;&nbsp;Just how lucrative remains an unanswered question. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 19:23:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 7761 at http://michiganradio.org Big Ten prefers "status quo", but is looking at expanded college football playoff Going the extra mile to get that interview http://michiganradio.org/post/going-extra-mile-get-interview <p>While I was writing &ldquo;Three and Out,&rdquo; the Michigan football players challenged me to join their workouts in the weight room.</p><p>I did &ndash; and soon discovered it was one of the dumbest decisions of my life &ndash; and one of the best career moves.</p><p>I&rsquo;d heard so much about these modern gladiators and their weight room heroics that I wanted to find out for myself just how much harder it really is compared to what the average weekend warrior puts himself through just to avoid buying &ldquo;relaxed fit&rdquo; jeans.</p><p>The plan was simple: I would work out with these guys three times a week, for six weeks -- &ldquo;if you last that long,&rdquo; said Mike Barwis, Michigan&rsquo;s former strength coach. &nbsp;But there were four signs that I shouldn&rsquo;t be doing this.</p><p>When I asked Barwis if I should prepare by lifting weights, he said, &ldquo;No, it&rsquo;s too late for that!&rdquo;&nbsp; Well, that&rsquo;s one sign. Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:00:45 +0000 John U. Bacon 7121 at http://michiganradio.org Going the extra mile to get that interview A sad step backward in Michigan football history http://michiganradio.org/post/sad-step-backward-michigan-football-history <p>The University of Michigan can boast highly ranked schools and colleges, dozens of nationally recognized sports teams and countless famous graduates.</p> <p>And on matters of social justice, Michigan has often led the nation, not followed it.</p> <p>But one Saturday, 78 years ago, Michigan took a sad step backward.</p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 6317 at http://michiganradio.org A sad step backward in Michigan football history