Thursday, July 30, 2009
Procrastination Reaps It's Reward
Michigan's September 4th, 2010 stadium dedication football game has finally been scheduled. The opponent will be Connecticut. The Huskies and Wolverines have agreed to a home-home arrangement whereby UConn comes to Michigan Stadium in 2010 and Michigan agrees to travel east to Hartford, CT area in 2013 to play the Huskies at Rentschler Field. Rentschler Field has the stadium capacity of a whopping 40,000 seasts.
Folks, this is what happens when you don't do your homework and you cram for final exams.
Sure, sometimes you get lucky and you totally slam dunk it. You don't know how, but you get away with a B+ or better. Other times you can tell you're so screwed before the test is even handed out and you proceed to fail in embarrassing fashion. And yet other times you just make it by a butt hair. You pass the test, but you feel like crap the rest of the week.
UConn under head coach Randy Edsall has been doing fairly well with 9-4 and 8-5 seasons in 2007 and 2008 respectively operating out of the make-over prone Big East Conference. No offense to the Husky football program when I say this, but Michigan's athletic department missed a golden opportunity here.
The new stadium inauguration game was an important opportunity to bring in a quality BCS opponent with some historical tie-ins and strong football traditions. And the time to start searching for this Michigan opponent was not April 2009, but rather 2 years ago when the Michigan stadium reconstruction first commenced.
In general, Michigan's lack of creativity and decisive policy in terms of non-conference game scheduling is starting to hurt the program in my view. I simply refuse to buy into the "Michigan must play only home games"-schtick. That's just ridiculousness to the thousandth power. Let's pretend for one moment that such arrogant thinking holds water, somebody explain why it's financially feasible for USC and Texas to do home-home arrangements with Ohio State and Virginia? Or for Georgia and OK State to schedule a home-home? Or for Nebraska and Virginia Tech? What makes Michigan so special in this regard? Don't say "cash", because in terms of the bottom line EBITA number, the Wolverine athletic program is absolutely rolling in it to such a sickening degree while other Division 1 schools struggle to survive. I'm sure I'm missing something.
For now Michigan's athletic department leadership appears to be content to go through the motions and wait until the last freaking moment to sort out the non-conference slate. This can and must change.