university of michigan football http://michiganradio.org en 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 What could Michigan's loss to MSU mean for Brady Hoke? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-could-michigans-loss-msu-mean-brady-hoke <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Moments before the Michigan Wolverines introduced Brady Hoke as their new head football coach in 2011, Michigan fans had lots of questions. Why not hire a national star like Les Miles or Jim Harbaugh, who both played at Michigan? Who was Brady Hoke? Was he up to the task?</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Hoke answered these questions by nailing his first press conference. He won over more Michigan fans in just a few minutes than his predecessor, Rich Rodriguez, had been able to do in three years. When a reporter asked Hoke if the Wolverines would be rebuilding, he famously replied, “This is Michigan, for godsakes” – and a star was born.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">It was hard to imagine a happier honeymoon than Hoke’s. In his rookie season, the Wolverines beat Notre Dame, Nebraska and Ohio State – for the first time in eight years. They won their first BCS bowl game since Tom Brady did the job in 2000, en route to an 11-2 record. From the fans in the stands to the team in the trenches, the love for Coach Hoke was universal.</span></p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:51:37 +0000 John U. Bacon 15176 at http://michiganradio.org What could Michigan's loss to MSU mean for Brady Hoke? 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 They come and go: On U-M equipment manager Jon Falk's retirement http://michiganradio.org/post/they-come-and-go-u-m-equipment-manager-jon-falks-retirement <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Jon Falk first met football coach Bo Schembechler in 1967. &nbsp;Falk was a freshman working in the equipment room at Miami of Ohio, and Schembechler was the head coach.&nbsp;Schembechler seemed pretty gruff to Falk, so he avoided him. That was not going to work for long.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Falk graduated from Miami in 1971 and stayed on as the football team’s assistant equipment manager. He lived at home with his mother and his grandmother and took care of them. In 1974 Bo invited Falk to interview in Ann Arbor. Falk had never lived anywhere but tiny Oxford, Ohio, so he was a little apprehensive about going to such a big place.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">When he returned, he told his mother and grandmother that he was going to turn down Coach Schembechler’s offer because he did not want to leave the two of them by themselves. That night, around four in the morning, Falk’s mother came into his room, crying. She said it hurt her to say it, but he must go to Michigan. “I know Coach Schembechler will take care of you.”</span></p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:20:07 +0000 John U. Bacon 13694 at http://michiganradio.org They come and go: On U-M equipment manager Jon Falk's retirement 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 'Bo's sons' face off in Super Bowl next Sunday http://michiganradio.org/post/bos-sons-face-super-bowl-next-sunday <p>With Ann Arbor’s own Harbaugh brothers about to square off in the Super Bowl, you’ll probably start to hear lots of stories from the folks who met them along the way.&nbsp;</p><p>Well, count me in. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 06:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 10925 at http://michiganradio.org 'Bo's sons' face off in Super Bowl next Sunday Brady Hoke's sophomore slump http://michiganradio.org/post/brady-hokes-sophomore-slump <p>This time last year, Brady Hoke was the darling of Michigan football fans.&nbsp;</p><p>He’d charmed everybody at his first press conference, then led a team that had averaged just five wins a year to a 10-2 regular-season record, with thrilling wins over Notre Dame, Nebraska and arch-rival Ohio State.</p><p>Then he capped it all off with an overtime victory in the Sugar Bowl.&nbsp;</p><p>The man could do no wrong.</p><p>When he referred to injuries as “boo-boos” and Ohio State as “Ohio,” fans did not conclude he was an ignoramus who knew nothing about the greatest rivalry in sports, but a motivational genius, who understood exactly what the duel was all about.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 10140 at http://michiganradio.org Brady Hoke's sophomore slump Ann Arbor man wins Marketplace's 'plastic pig' for financial savvy http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-man-wins-marketplaces-plastic-pig-financial-savvy <p>Marketplace's Tess Vigeland handed out their "Piggy Bank Award" to Ann Arbor's Martin Vloet.</p><p>Vloet and his wife bought a house in Ann Arbor a few years ago near Michigan Stadium.</p><p>They knew the garage needed some work, so when they re-built, they decided to make the space big enough for tailgaiting events.</p><blockquote><p>"I found through some of the people that I worked with and through some of my connections in town, that there was a lot of interest in a space like that, because it was so close to Michigan football. "</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:27:30 +0000 Mark Brush 9130 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor man wins Marketplace's 'plastic pig' for financial savvy The game ball goes to "Bump" Elliott http://michiganradio.org/post/game-ball-goes-bump-elliott <p>At last week&rsquo;s Homecoming Game, Michigan had planned to honor one of its great alums, a man named Chalmers Elliott &ndash; better known as Bump.</p><p>He was an All-American football player and a Big Ten champion coach, but earned greater fame as the athletic director at Iowa, Michigan&rsquo;s opponent this weekend.</p><p>Pneumonia kept the 86-year old legend from making it, however, so we&#39;re honoring him today.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan football has produced a lot of big name coaches and players, but one of the finest men who played and coached for Michigan deserves to be a little bigger.</p><p>His name is Chalmers Elliott &ndash; which might explain why he goes by &ldquo;Bump.&rdquo; Fri, 04 Nov 2011 11:44:13 +0000 John U. Bacon 4854 at http://michiganradio.org The game ball goes to "Bump" Elliott Wolverines to host first-ever night game http://michiganradio.org/post/wolverines-host-first-ever-night-game <p>University of Michigan football fans are gearing up for an historic game tonight, when the Wolverines host their first-ever nighttime game against Notre Dame.</p><p>There&rsquo;s been plenty of hype in the lead-up to the event, and ESPN will broadcast the prime-time game.</p><p>U of M athletic director Dave Brandon said he hopes there will be more night games in future seasons:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;If this goes well, I would like to do one night game a year. If it goes well. If it doesn&rsquo;t go well, it doesn&rsquo;t matter what I&rsquo;d like to do.&quot;</p> Sat, 10 Sep 2011 14:00:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 4043 at http://michiganradio.org Wolverines to host first-ever night game