Date: 11:40 PM September 1st, 2012
To: David Brandon, Athletic Director University of Michigan
From: The Big House Blog
Subject: Success Strategies
How is the Brand right now? Was the $4.5 Million worth it? Did you put your most important business unit in a position to be successful tonight?
I think you know all the answers to those questions and I expect those questions are going through your brain as you go back to your hotel tonight.
Your top business unit had a successful season last year and won 11 games. Even though that was success in many fans eyes. I'm sure your eyes could tell there was still a lot to do at Schembechler Hall before the Wolverines were back to being consistently great again. You also should have known that 2 years ago under the Rich Rodriguez that Alabama was at a championship level and Michigan was not.
The loss tonight is not on Denard Robinson or the new defensive line. The loss isn't even the coaches fault. It's yours. This game should have never been scheduled. Did you even look at the schedule this year before you shook Jerry Jones hand? You took a home game away from the Big House and most likely a win for an embarrassing loss on National TV. For what? Money? Exposure? The Michigan Brand? It wasn't worth it and you should have known that before you scheduled it. You don't serve Domino's Pizza at a $100 plate gourmet restaurant.
You owe an apology to Blake Countess and Taylor Lewan's knee. You owe an apology to Denard Robinson in the ice tub next week and you owe an apology to the Michigan faithful who had to watch that tonight. Not to mention the fans that spent thousands of dollars to travel to Dallas, when most of them would have preferred to spend $100 and watched Michigan play a MAC school in the Big House.
Michigan Football is not Michigan Football yet. It's back on track and going in the right direction but doing what you did tonight does not help the cause, it hurts it. This team/program needs to continue to build it's confidence and it's resume so it can get back to a championship level. Even Lloyd Carr's last few teams struggled against the USC's of the world. This team didn't deserve to be put that position tonight. You don't take a young boxer working his way up the ladder and throw him in the ring with Floyd Mayweather. Getting dominated kills the fighters confidence and it's tough to recover from that. I sure hope this team can bouce back because the Big Ten Title is still the goal. I hope the residual effects of the loss tonight doesn't carry over to next week or in 3 weeks against ND. If it does, that's on you as well. It's not very often an AD can cause a team to lose a couple games before the Big Ten season even starts.
I'm not angry because I expected Michigan wouldn't win tonight. I'm sad because Denard and this team deserved better. They deserved a chance to play at home and win a football game to open the year. Before they go on the road to play ND, Nebraska and Ohio State. This game should have never been scheduled and I'm pretty sure you understand that now. Too bad you didn't realize that 2 years ago.
By the way, you probably should send an apology to Floyd Mayweather as well.