I realize that we were terrible in the "Dark Years", and it is never fun for people to pile on when your team stinks. However, most scUM fans I met have been pretty arrogant (ala the "streak", the now 2nd biggest House, etc.) so I feel they deserve everything that is coming there way. Read on.....
Michigan to Leave the Big Ten
BY GEORGE SIPPLE • FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER • November 24, 2008
In a surprise announcement early Monday morning, University of Michigan
president Mary Sue Coleman stated that the University of Michigan is
leaving the Big Ten Conference. "We plan to start our own new
conference. We have already sent letters to Notre Dame, Army, Navy,
Appalachian State, and University of Toledeo to join us."
University of Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez said: "We've come to the
conclusion that we simply can't compete in the Big Ten anymore. I don't
want to wait around decades to build our team back up to those levels.
There is no way out of this hole if we stay here."
The first season of the Rich Rodriguez era at Michigan will be
remembered as the worst in program history. The Wolverines finished 3-9,
their most losses ever in a season, and Saturday's 42-7 loss to Ohio
State was the worst in the rivalry since 1968.
"Hopefully a new conference with teams on the same level as us will
invigorate Michigan and we can once again have a winning team" Rodriguez
said. "That's the hope."
"It will be easier to get there with this plan. We have a great
university. You can sell so many things about the University of
Michigan. We have tremendous support, our fans are terrific, and I think
our players that are in our program have learned a lot. The rivalry we
had in the Big Ten is gone - it's time for us to get out."
The process to turn things around will be easier for Rodriguez since
Michigan was a powerhouse before he took the job. A new conference of
lesser teams will go a long way towards bringing that back.
"We will win championships, and we will win more games when we deserve
to win," Rodriguez said. "That sounds kind of simplistic and
coach-speak, that's basically where we're at." Rodriguez didn't make any
bold predictions about the future, though - "We could suck again next
year, for all I know. If you can't handle that, you need to get a life!"
There has been a definite gap in the qualitiy of teams in the Big Ten
for Michigan. Rodriguez said the gap will now be be closed quicker in
the new, yet-to-be-named conference..
Any ideas for the new conference name?