All I am going to say is that USC's defense sucks with freaking Monte Kiffin as their defensive coordinator. What's their problem? An incredibly young defensive backfield. Michigan has faced so much attrition in that area of their defense that I have a hard time putting full blame on the coaching staff for their awful play. Note that I said full blame because I definitely believe that after being here for three years, their defense should not be one of the worst in the entire country. Average because of the problems they have faced? Maybe. This bad? Probably not.
Last Updated: October 18. 2010 1:07PM . Lynn Henning Dave Brandon's verdict on Rich Rodriguez may have little to do with wins
A new boss always wants his own people.
And there, more than any final win-loss column, is the single greatest peril for Rich Rodriguez as a Michigan football team with a 5-2 record steels itself for five final regular-season games.
The reality of a new chief with new ideas isn't only a threat to Rodriguez now that Michigan's frailties have been highlighted the past two Saturdays.
John Beilein, U-M's head basketball coach who looks as if he could be in for a gruesome winter at Crisler Arena, will be viewed unemotionally by U-M's new athletic director, Dave Brandon. It makes little difference that Beilein's contract, astonishingly, was extended by former AD Bill Martin.
Brandon was brought in to clean up and to rebuild, and bought-out contracts are almost always part of the remodeling when new CEOs are hired. Whether it's business or sports — and in this case the words are the same — the blueprint is identical.
A basic problem for Rodriguez, apart from a 13-18 record in Ann Arbor, is timing. Early on, during that merry 5-0 start, and when Denard Robinson was healthy and racking up a couple thousand yards of offense, Michigan was part of a giddy world that made Rodriguez's problems seem more distant.
But after getting beaten by Michigan State and Iowa, and with Penn State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State part of the remaining menu, people are back to having a more somber view of what has happened in three seasons at Ann Arbor.
It won't help that Michigan is expecting any day to hear from the NCAA on a likely probation stint. Throw NCAA sanctions onto an 0-3 record against Michigan State and an 0-2 start against Ohio State, and it creates enormous pressure on Rodriguez and Michigan to finish stronger than a team with U-M's defense might be able to hack.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- A full-time National Guardsman toting two unloaded M16 assault rifles was allowed onto the Michigan Stadium field before the Michigan-Michigan State football game.
Security officials allowed the man into the stadium, where more than 113,000 people had gathered, because his weapons were empty and no ammunition was found.
A member of the color guard reported the impostor, who was escorted out by police.
Brown said the unidentified man was compliant, and told officers he used his uniform as a ruse because he wanted to attend the Oct. 9 game but could not get a ticket.
Diane Brown, a spokeswoman for the university's department of public safety, told WJBK-TV that school officials do not believe anything was done "incorrectly or improperly by police in any of the checkpoints."
Brown declined immediate comment when reached on Thursday.
"School officials do not believe anything was done incorrectly or improperly by police in any of the checkpoints"? What the deuce? A dude, disguised as a dude, pretending to be another dude, walked into the stadium with two M16's! How the hell does that happen?!?!
Harbaugh? As in Stanford's Harbaugh? Honestly I don't see him leaving Stanford. He still has work to do at Stanford and he doesn't strike me as the type of guy to jump ship and leave things unfinished. Miles on the other hand should be very available.