Michigan Hires West Virginia Coach Rich Rodriguez as their Next Coach
December 16, 2007 11:15 pm EST
ESPN.com has reported that Michigan has hired West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez as its next football coach. Rodriguez, whose Mountaineers are preparing for their second BCS game in three seasons, will take over Michigan's program from Lloyd Carr, Michigan athletic department spokesman Bruce Madej said Sunday. Former West Virginia coach Don Nehlen, who coached Rodriguez when he played for the Mountaineers and was on Bo Schembechler's staff at Michigan, endorsed the move.
"I felt it was a great opportunity for Rich," Nehlen told the AP in a telephone interview from Morgantown, W.Va. "There are not many Michigans around."
Rodriguez, who informed his players at a 1:30 pm meeting Sunday that he was leaving for Michigan, will formally be introduced by the Wolverines at a news conference on Monday morning at the Junge Family Champions Center on campus. Rodriguez was extremely emotional in the meeting with his West Virginia players that lasted less than 10 minutes Sunday, a person at the meeting told ESPN. He had difficulty telling his team, "Others have contacted me but this one I had to listen."
A source close to Rodriguez told ESPN that the Michigan deal will average in the range of $2.5 million per year, which would be more than a half-million per year raise from his West Virginia salary.
Michigan's reputation seemed to take a hit during constant coverage of its first coaching search since hiring Schembechler nearly four decades ago. The school had permission to talk to LSU coach Les Miles, who played for Schembechler and also was an assistant under him, but couldn't bring him back to Ann Arbor. It also talked with Greg Schiano, who decided to stay at Rutgers. The 44-year-old Rodriguez seems to be much more than a consolation prize.
He built West Virginia (10-2) into a Big East power, winning the conference championship this year for the fourth time in five seasons and going 60-26 overall.
Carr plans to coach the Wolverines in the Capital One Bowl on January 1st against No. 9 Florida.
Rodriguez's West Virginia contract, which ran through the 2013 season, had a $4 million buyout clause if he left before next September. After several days last year, Rodriguez turned down Alabama's reported six-year, $12 million offer after the Mountaineers gave him a one-year contract extension.
Miles Still in Contact With Michigan, Even With a New Contract
December 11, 2007 1:00 pm EST
I guess being turned down once was not enough for Michigan. According to a report out of ESPN.com news, Michigan is still in pursuit of LSU coach Les Miles. The Detroit Free Press has reported Miles spoke Friday morning with Michigan athletic director Bill Martin and university president Mary Sue Coleman, according to several people with knowledge of the call. Miles had signed his contract extension at LSU on Thursday.
Michigan, which has yet to find a successor for the retired Lloyd Carr, had previously obtained permission from LSU to contact Miles about its coaching vacancy on the condition that it was after the Dec. 1 Southeastern Conference championship game. The contract extension at LSU reportedly still contains a $1.25 million buyout Miles must pay if he leaves Baton Rouge for Ann Arbor. Miles played for Bo Schembechler at Michigan and twice was part of the late Schembechler's coaching staff. The amended contract includes free tuition for his children at LSU, academic incentives based on his players' achievements and a double payment of his remaining deal if he is fired.
Our Buckeye50 sources indicate that the call was only for Miles to provide a recommendation on another coaching candidate, but time will tell.
Carr to Announce His Retirement
November 18, 2007 7:45 pm EST
According to reports from the Associated Press, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr will retire Monday after 13 seasons. Carr told The Associated Press of his decision Sunday by phone and said he would not comment further. A news conference will be held Monday on campus. The 62-year-old coach informed his players and staff of the decision Sunday during a team meeting at Schembechler Hall. The news comes a day after Michigan lost to Ohio State for the fourth straight year, ending a regular season for Carr and the Wolverines that started with a loss to Appalachian State.
It was a move many expected last winter when he altered his contract, paving the way for this to be his last season on the sideline, and later made sure the school gave all of his assistants unprecedented, two-year deals. Linebacker Chris Graham told the AP earlier that Carr let the team know of his plans during a meeting Sunday.
Carr is 121-40 over 13 seasons with a .752 winning percentage, ranking him seventh among active coaches just behind Florida State's Bobby Bowden and ahead of South Carolina's Steve Spurrier before he retired. In spite of overall success, Carr may be remembered for the way his team closed seasons toward the end of his career and how it opened 2007. The four consecutive losses to Ohio State, matched Michigan's longest losing streak in the storied series, and Carr became the first coach in school history to lose six times in seven years in the rivalry.
Carr's Coaching Career: 1995-2007 Michigan head coach, 1987-94 Michigan defensive coordinator, 1980-86 Michigan DB coach, 1978-79 Illinois DB coach, 1976-77 Eastern Michigan DB coach. He also served as assistant head coach from 1990-94.
The Jim Tressel-led Buckeyes beat the Wolverines 14-3, Saturday, dropping Carr to 6-7 overall in the matchup that matters most.
"Lloyd Carr is one of the true gentlemen of college football," Tressel said Sunday. "His legacy is extraordinary and his leadership in the coaching profession is greatly appreciated. He made a difference in collegiate athletics."
Carr led the Wolverines to the 1997 national championship and five Big Ten titles. He won .779 percent of his conference games, trailing the success rate of just two coaches that were in the Big Ten for at least a decade: Michigan's Bo Schembechler and Fielding Yost. Against top-10 teams, Carr was 17-9. Michigan has lost its last four bowl games, including three Rose Bowls, the longest postseason skid since Schembechler dropped seven straight in the 1970s.
The Wolverines were ranked No. 5 before this season started with voters who thought returning stars on offense would make up for inexperienced players on defense and special teams. Then, they began the season by losing to second-tier Appalachian State, becoming the first ranked team to lose to a team from the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly Division I-AA. That led to an unprecedented fall out of the poll. Michigan followed up that by losing to Oregon 39-7 at home, its worst loss since 1968.
The Wolverines did rally with eight straight wins and had a chance to win the Big Ten title outright and earn a spot in the Rose Bowl in the regular-season finale against Ohio State. With the loss to the Buckeyes, Michigan is likely to end up in the Outback Bowl or the Alamo Bowl.
The Wolverines lost four games in each of Carr's first two seasons, then went 12-0 and won the national championship a decade ago. Michigan won Big Ten titles in 1997, 1998, 2000, 2003 and 2004 under Carr. The Wolverines were 7-5 two years ago, their worst season in two decades, and bounced back in 2006 with 11 wins and a third trip to the Rose Bowl in four years.
People have been talking about his possible successor for months. LSU coach Les Miles seems to be at the top of the list because he played for Schembechler at Michigan, where he met his wife and later became an assistant there under Schembechler. In the "termination by coach" section of his deal, Michigan is the only other school mentioned. It states that Miles will not seek or accept employment as Michigan's coach. If Miles does leave LSU to coach the Wolverines, he must pay LSU $1.25 million.
Other candidates might include Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Mike Trgovac, who played for the Wolverines and joined their coaching staff in 1984 as a graduate assistant; Kirk Ferentz of Iowa, where University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman was before coming to Ann Arbor; and NFL head coaches Bobby Petrino in Atlanta and Tampa Bay's Jon Gruden.
ATTENTION: Toms River New Jersey - 8th Grade
November 16, 2007 12:30 pm EST
If you have Mr. Robertson as a teacher, mention to him that you were out on The Buckeye 50 web site, saw our "THE Game' page for an extra three points on your next test. Disclaimer-no points will be awarded if you are wearing blue!
Mr. Robertson is a huge Buckeye fan, a regular visitor of our site, and is doing his part to spread the Buckeye tradition in New Jersey. Go Bucks.
Barton To Speak - Lachey Honorary Captain
November 15, 2007 9:15 pm EST
Coach Tressel has selected Senior Co-Captain Kirk Barton to provide the pre-game inspiration to the Buckeyes. I am sure he is ready for this, but I hope he saves the cigar till after the game. Former player Jim Lachey will be the honorary captain for the big game.
Woody-Bo Coin Will Be Used for Coin Toss
November 13, 2007 8:30 pm EST
A commemorative coin featuring legendary Wolverines coach Bo Schembechler and iconic Ohio State coach Woody Hayes will be used in the pregame coin flip at Michigan Stadium. Schembechler died a day before Ohio State beat Michigan in last year's game in Columbus, Ohio. Hayes died in 1987.
The coin, which is being produced by a company owned by former Michigan quarterback John Wangler, offers a unique way to honor the anniversary of Schembechler's death, Wangler said.
The former Wolverines QB said the rivalry was a great one before Schembechler and Hayes walked the sidelines, "but they were the ones who really took it to the next level. They put their stamp on it, and they were the ones who made it special," he told The Ann Arbor News.
THE' Game Will Start at Noon
October 18, 2007 2:00 pm EST
The Sports Information office at Ohio State has formally announced the Ohio State-Michigan football game on Saturday, November 17, 2007, at Michigan Stadium will kick off at 12:00 pm. This year's regular-season finale will be televised nationally by ABC.
Big Ten Network Will Likely Not Get 'THE' Game
October 3, 2007 10:00 pm EST
Ohio State football fans who watch games via Time Warner cable may be able to relax a little. 'THE' Game remains a free agent for television, but not even the head of the Big Ten Network thinks he will be able to grab the rivalry game for his network.
"We are expecting to air either the Wisconsin or Illinois game," Mark Silverman said yesterday. "If I had to (guess), I would think Illinois is the more likely scenario than Wisconsin. I don't see Michigan being in the mix."
Ohio State's last three games of the season have not been picked up by any of the three networks that carry Big Ten football: ABC, ESPN or the Big Ten Network. The Big Ten Network, by terms of its contract with the conference, has the rights to televise at least one conference game involving each Big Ten school. It did not carry either of the Buckeyes' first two Big Ten games, and the next three -- against Purdue, Michigan State and Penn State -- will be on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
ABC, which has the first choice of Big Ten games every week, will show Ohio State's games against Purdue on Saturday and Michigan State on Oct. 20. It has the option of showing as many as three of the four games remaining after that, said Steve Snapp, OSU associate athletic director for broadcast services.
ABC is not required to make selections until either six or 12 days before the game is played, meaning Nov. 5 is the earliest that the kickoff of the Michigan game, and the network televising it, will be known.
Mario Manningham Suspended for Eastern Michigan Game
October 3, 2007 8:00 am EST
Receiver Mario Manningham, who leads Michigan with 29 receptions, is not expected to play Saturday against Eastern Michigan after violating a team rule. Multiple people with knowledge of the violation confirmed his one-game punishment, The Detroit Free Press reported.
Michigan Used an Ineligible Freshman - Await Punishment
October 1, 2007 10:00 pm EST
Athletic Director Bill Martin said Saturday that the university immediately contacted the Big Ten after learning that Artis Chambers was ineligible under the conference's freshman rules. Chambers, who enrolled at Michigan in January, cannot play the remainder of the season and did not travel with the team for Saturday's game at Northwestern. The Fort Wayne, IN., native can still practice with the Wolverines.
The Big Ten may take up to three weeks to decide whether to discipline Michigan's football program for using an ineligible player.
Athletic director Bill Martin said he didn't know whether penalties, if any, might include forfeiture of the Wolverines' 14-9 victory over then-No.10 Penn State on Sept. 22. It was one of three games in which freshman safety Artis Chambers played this season.
According to the AP, Big Ten spokesman Scott Chipman declined Monday to elaborate on the process a compliance subcommittee would use in determining possible sanctions against Michigan.
Martin and athletic department spokesman Bruce Madej said Monday that they could not talk about Chambers' case because of privacy laws. Coach Lloyd Carr refused to discuss the situation at his weekly news conference Monday.
Martin acknowledged Saturday that the university had misinterpreted Big Ten freshman eligibility rules.
"Obviously, I take full responsibility for that," he said. "This isn't on Lloyd - it's on us."
Martin said he hoped the matter would be resolved sometime this week.
Columbus Boy in Court for Child Abuse Hearing
September 13, 2007 4:00 pm EST
Columbus, OH (AP) - A seven-year old boy was at the center of a Franklin County courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulation requiring that family unity be maintained to the highest degree possible.
The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried and said that they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him.
After two recesses to check legal references and confer with the child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the University of Michigan Wolverines, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.
TBGUN Loss to Appalachian State Reaches Hollywood
September 6, 2007 9:15 pm EST
Straight from the Adam Sandler hit move "The Longest Yard" , a true perspective on just how bad of a loss this was to the Wolverine program. Link
From Jason Reich - Pickerington, OH
Q: How many batteries does it take to shock a Wolverine?
Answer: 1 AA
Should Michigan Be Ranked or are they just Rank?
By Gregg Watson
September 4, 2007 8:30 pm EST
The first poll has come out since Michigan fell to D1-AA Appalachian State in the Big House. They fell out of the top 25 in both the Coach and Media Polls. There has not been a top 10 team drop out of the polls in the first week since 1968. Was this too harsh or were the Wolverines over-rated. Personally, I say neither. They are(were) a top 5 team but now this loss will test their mental strength (Lloyd, you are in trouble here). And it was not too harsh, they ended up ranked 27th. Considering Tennessee dropped all the way to 24th and they had a tough road game against California. You certainly can not put TBGUN ahead of them! This past week will not end Michigan's season, but how they come out to play the Ducks. If they lay an egg (sorry, couldn't resist) you start looking for a new coach in Ann Arbor.
Michigan Falls to D1-AA Appalachian State
September 3, 2007 2:00 pm EST
A few years back, country singer Deanna Carter had a big hit with “Did I Shave My Legs For This?” Somewhere up in Ann Arbor right now, offensive tackle Jake Long, quarterback Chad Henne and tailback Michael Hart are asking themselves “Did I pass up millions of NFL dollars for this?”
Appalachian State 34, The Bad Guys Up North 32. In the Big House, mind you. Are you kidding me?
Last Saturday, I was on my way home from work listening to the Ohio State postgame on flagship station 1460 The Fan. They were airing Coach Tressel’s press conference, but trouble was brewing in Ann Arbor, and 1460 never keeps you up to date on scores of other games like they could. I dialed down to 610 WTVN, where sports director Matt McCoy was hosting their postgame coverage. A-State had just kicked a field goal to go up 34-32 with less than a minute to go, and McCoy was overdue to take a commercial break. He said that they would have the final result from Michigan after the break, but I could tell he didn’t want to cut out and leave listeners hanging, especially after Chad Henne then hooked up on a Hail Mary with Mario Manningham to put UM in field goal range with 6 seconds left. 610 quickly snuck in a traffic report, then came back to McCoy in time for him to relate that the kick had been blocked and the Wolverines were going down to the most embarrassing defeat in their history.
If you’ve been to campus on any gameday, you probably know that 610 does their pre- and postgame coverage from the top floor of the Holiday Inn on Lane Avenue across from St. John Arena. Down below in the Holiday Inn parking lot is where WTVN hosts their “Hineygate” party, featuring live music and big screens for those who don’t have game tickets but want to revel in the atmosphere. As McCoy excitedly reported the blocked field goal to end the A-State upset, you could hear the roar from the Hineygate masses clear up and through the windows into 610’s broadcast coverage.
Was the Michigan defeat a shiner on an otherwise 9-2 opening weekend for the Big Ten? No question. Will Lloyd Carr be around much longer for Tressel to beat on? Maybe not. Has it already taken the bloom off “THE" Game in
November? Perhaps, even though last year’s circumstances may never be repeated. But my gut reaction was the same as the Hineygate throng- even though I want to see the Big Ten do well, especially in light of the national beating the conference took at the end of last year’s bowl season, I can’t, can’t, CAN’T root for the Maize and Blue.
I just finished watching OSU’s win over Youngstown State to prepare for my game summary article. Of course, since I was working last Saturday, I had to listen to the game on the radio, and since my cable company hasn’t gotten into bed with the Big Ten Network yet, I relied on the kindness of my in-laws to tape the game for me off their Direct TV. As an extra bonus, my in-laws, Jim and Marsha McCormick, left the tape running after the Buckeye game so I’d could check out the last 10 football minutes of the game in Ann Arbor, which OSU/YSU viewers got switched to. Now that, my friends, was fun to watch.
Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis called the game, and as they pointed out, Jim Tressel may not be too happy to see them this Saturday as they come to Columbus to cover the Akron game. The duo’s very first telecast together last season for Fox was Boise State’s memorable upset of Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Then, a week later, they were on hand as Florida beat down our Bucks. Now in their third game as a team, they sit in on arguably the greatest upset in college football history. My high school football broadcast partner Jeff Ruth and I have called three games already this year, and the aggregate score has been 135-7. I don’t know what dramatic mojo Thom and Charles have going, but it would be nice to have some on Friday nights.
One good thing that has come out of the Michigan loss- I don’t think Jim Tressel, or any other coach in the country going against a perceived “cupcake” this weekend, is going to have to say much more than “Appalachian State” to get the troops focused. Division 1-AA (or the Football Championship Subdivision, or as it should be called, the “We Settle Our Championship The Right Way, On The Field With A Playoff” Subdivision) may never have a brighter day than September 1st, 2007.
I found it funny how all the preseason magazines and talking heads thought Michigan was just going to plug in Ohio State’s formula from last season- a high-powered offense that will cover for a defense with very few returning starters- and roll to a Big Ten title. What everyone forgot was that last year’s Buckeye team had a lot more depth and talent defensively than Michigan does, and even if OSU’s secondary came into last season lacking in experience, they still had a shutdown cover corner in Malcolm Jenkins that UM doesn’t, and they had more speed than this Wolverine secondary. There were times that Michigan’s defensive backfield on Saturday looked like Notre
Dame’s in the Fiesta Bowl two years ago when Smith, Holmes, Ginn and Co. riddled it.
Will Lloyd Carr have his team’s attention as they get ready for Oregon? Probably, but he and his squad will have to deal with questions and comments about the A-State loss for the rest of their lives, let alone a heavy dose of it this week.
In a small way, I feel sorry for UM tailback Michael Hart. Yeah, he’s got a big mouth like so many of his Maize and Blue predecessors, but the loss to Appalachian State certainly wasn’t his fault, just as he did all he could down here in the ‘Shoe last November. I honestly don’t feel he’s out of the Heisman race, because you can’t fault his game last Saturday, and Heisman voters sometimes tend to gravitate towards seniors, especially those who could have easily turned pro and been a high draft pick but still came back. And don’t forget this is the same award that was once given to Paul Hornung the same year Notre Dame put up a scintillating 2-8 record.
Who I don’t feel sorry for is Lloyd Carr. The grumpy demeanor and incessant referee baiting aside, he did not have his team anywhere near being ready. And how Michigan has justified keeping him on with his Ohio State and bowl record is somewhat baffling. It’s been ten- count ‘em, TEN- years since Michigan won that ’97 national title. UM always likes to act like they don’t take football as life or death like we supposedly do here in Buckeye Nation, but how far are you going to let Lloyd take your program down? It wasn’t much of a secret that Bo Schembechler had Lloyd’s back, but the fact remains that Michigan hasn’t won a game since Bo passed last November 17th, and if Todd Boeckman can continue to develop as a passer, I love our chances even more in Ann Arbor this November 17th against that secondary.
Something tells me that Buckeye Corner, Conrad’s, College Traditions and any other vendor of Ohio State merchandise would do quite well to stock up on Appalachian State merchandise. I may at least get an A-State hat to wear to Buckeye games when I go this season. Although Ohio Stadium is notorious for not keeping fans informed of other scores, they ought to announce the Appalachian State score every Saturday. If Appalachian State makes it to the 1-AA title game again this season, they ought to play the championship game in the ‘Shoe, so we could all go out and support our new best friend. That game is gonna be like a surgical scar for the Michigan football program- it may heal up, but it will never go away.
Do you know what the greatest thing about last Saturday was? A-State just lay in the lap of Buckeye Nation the ultimate “in-your-face” argument ender for those obnoxious Michigan fans (and we all know some). You can have your 17-game edge in the history of “THE Game” (most of which was built up before “Chic” Harley arrived). You can have your 1969 upset. You can have the Cooper era dominance. Ohio State, just like any other school, has had its
share of bitter defeats and unexpected losses, but no Buckeye team has EVER laid an egg like Michigan did last Saturday. If any Maize and Blue follower wants to get in your grill about anything ever again, just smile and say “Appalachian State”. End of discussion.
Comments: From NjBuckfan: "WOW was Joe-S-U's article on the the big takedown up north fun to read!"
TBGUN Record Going Downhill out West
August 16, 2007 8:00 am EST
At our most recent "Buckeye 50" lunch get-together, Brent was discussing how poorly TBGUN (that's "The Bad Guys Up North" for the uninitiated) has performed when they've played out west in recent years. And while it is true that LLLLLloyd has lost the last 6 trips to the coast, overall the Wolverines are 19-17 lifetime playing out West.
Ironically, Michigan's Left Coast record mirrors the Ohio State rivalry. UM dominated the early years of "THE Game", winning 13 of the first 15 matchups, while the other two ended in ties. The Maize and Blue's first ten trips out west resulted in a 9-1 mark. Jim Tressel has owned LLLLLloyd Carr in the OSU/UM rivalry, winning 5 of 6, while Carr has seen his teams drop six straight in PAC-10 country after winning his first two.
Bo Schembechler coached the most games out west for Michigan (16), but only went 7-9, with 8 of the 9 losses coming in the Rose Bowl.
A rundown of Michigan's Western travels-
1/1/1902- UM 49, Stanford 0 (Rose Bowl) *After this drubbing, the Tournament Of Roses discontinued football until 1916 9/28/40- UM 41, Cal 0 1/1/48- UM 49, USC 0 (Rose Bowl) 10/1/49- UM 27, Stanford 7 1/1/51- UM 14, Cal 6 (Rose Bowl) *Wolves earned bid after winning the "Snow Bowl" game in Columbus 10/4/52- Stanford 14, UM 7 9/25/54- UM 14, Washington 0 9/28/57- UM 16, USC 6 1/1/65- UM 34, Oregon 7 (Rose Bowl) 9/24/66- UM 17, Cal 7 9/30/67- Cal 10, UM 9 1/1/70- USC 10, UM 3 (Rose Bowl) *Bo's first team earned the bid with the monumental upset of OSU *Schembechler has a heart attack the night before the Rose Bowl game and doesn't coach 9/26/70- UM 17, Washington 3 1/1/72- Stanford 13, UM 12 (Rose Bowl) *Last-second Stanford FG ruins perfect season for TBGUN 9/23/72- UM 26, UCLA 9 10/5/74- UM 27, Stanford 16 1/1/77- USC 14, UM 6 (Rose Bowl) 1/2/78- Washington 27, UM 20 (Rose Bowl) *UM rallies from 27-7 4th quarter deficit, but two late INT's doom Leach and Co. 1/1/79- USC 17, UM 10 (Rose Bowl) *Featuring Charles White's phantom touchdown 9/29/79- UM 14, Cal 10 *Wolves edge the Bears while the Bucks are down the coast rallying to beat UCLA 1/1/81- UM 23, Washington 6 (Rose Bowl) *Bo FINALLY wins a Rose Bowl 1/1/83- UCLA 24, UM 14 (Rose Bowl) *Only time in pre-BCS days that UM went to Rose Bowl after losing to the Buckeyes 9/17/83- Washington 25, UM 24 1/1/87- Arizona State 22, UM 15 (Rose Bowl) *UM lost this battle, but won the war as OSU hires John Cooper based heavily on this win 1/2/89- UM 22, USC 14 (Rose Bowl) 9/23/89- UM 24, UCLA 23 1/1/90- USC 17, UM 10 (Rose Bowl) *Bo's last game 1/1/93- UM 38, Washington 31 (Rose Bowl) 1/1/98- UM 21, Washington State 16 (Rose Bowl) *Wolves beat Ryan Leaf and Co. to win AP national title 11/28/98- UM 48, Hawaii 17 *UM licks their wounds from a Buckeye butt-kicking with a win on the island 9/16/00- UCLA 23, UM 20 9/8/01- Washington 23, UM 18 9/20/03- Oregon 31, UM 27 *TBGUN follows up a 38-0 thumping of the Domers by laying this egg 1/1/04- USC 28, UM 14 (Rose Bowl) *Trojans lay claim to their half of a split national title; UM DB's still trying to find Mike Williams 1/1/05- Texas 38, UM 37 (Rose Bowl) *Vince Young sets the stage for the next season's championship run 1/1/07- USC 32, UM 18 (Rose Bowl) *Wolves don't want to be there and play like it; one of two HUGE black eyes for the Big 10
Big Ten Network Kicks Off with 2006 OSU-Michigan Game
July 25, 2007 9:15 pm EST
As part of its inaugural season of programming, the Big Ten Network has announced it will televise a series of 24 of "The Big Ten's Greatest Games."
The network plans to show two games a week during the college football season. The series will kick off at 9 pm August 30th with last season's Ohio State-Michigan game, in which the Buckeyes posted a 42-39 victory.
An Ohio Stadium record crowd of 105,708 watched the series' first-ever matchup between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country. Ohio State quarterback and eventual Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith threw for a career-high four touchdowns and a season-high 316 yards in the win, which sealed a Big Ten championship for Ohio State and a berth in the BCS championship game.
Bill Flemming Dies of Cancer
July 25, 2007 9:15 pm EST
Bill Flemming, longtime ABC Sports broadcaster who covered events as varied as the Olympics, college football and cliff diving, has died. He was 80. Flemming died Friday of prostate cancer in Petoskey, a Lake Michigan town near his summer cottage, according to his daughter, Lindy Flemming.
In addition to football and golf play-by-play, Flemming reported on more than 600 events for ABC's "Wide World of Sports." He covered 11 Olympics and the showdown between chess titans Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in 1972. He grew up in Ann Arbor, graduated from Michigan and considered the Michigan-Ohio State football matchup one of his choice assignments.
HBO Sports to Chronicle 'THE' Game
July 12, 2007 8:30 am EST
HBO Sports has begun production on a documentary chronicling the football rivalry between Ohio State and Michigan. It will premiere at 10:00 pm Nov. 13 on HBO, four days before the Buckeyes take on the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The special's highlights will include a look at the personalities of former coaches Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler.