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Michigan AD says mascot 'not an active project'

Posted on: June 20, 2011 11:28 am
Edited on: June 20, 2011 11:48 am
 

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Last week Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon mentioned the possibility of Michigan having a new mascot, something that the school hasn't had since 1937. It turns out that having living and breathing wolverines can be dangerous, as they aren't exactly the most cuddly creatures. Well, as you'd expect there's negative feedback when somebody in a program with as much tradition as Michigan's mentions making a change. After all, having a college kid wander the sidelines in a furry costume would tear the tradition of Michigan football apart from the seams, and a great curse would be unleashed upon Ann Arbor.

Well, don't worry, Michigan fans. Dave Brandon made sure to do a bit of backtracking on the mascot on Friday. He says that while the school is considering the idea, it's not an active project.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon says the school has discussed the possibility of a mascot for the Wolverines, but that it's "not an active project."

There was a bit of a stir when Brandon was quoted in the online magazine Michigan Today saying the university is "interested in doing a mascot but it has to be something that fans love."

Brandon tells The Associated Press that a mascot is something Michigan has discussed because the school wants to connect with younger fans. However, he says there's "no timetable" and no current project to come up with one.

(wipes brow) Phew, that was a close one, wasn't it?

I hope Brandon tables this idea for the sake of his own job. If former Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Robinson taught anyone anything while at the school -- and it wasn't defense -- it was that bringing a mascot to Michigan will only lead to losing your job.

Comments

Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:04 am
 

Michigan AD says mascot 'not an active project'

What mascot did Greg Robinson bring?



Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: June 21, 2011 6:22 am
 

Michigan AD says mascot 'not an active project'

Why dont they use the gay construction worker the steelers have



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:01 am
 

Michigan AD says mascot 'not an active project'

This is a real story?  Just because the real, live animal isn't something you can conveniently keep on the sidelines during games, a change in mascot is being considered?  And it took such a storied program until 2011 to figure this out?  I don't believe this.  We never had a real live alligator in a cage at Florida Field, and no one really paid attention to the idiot dressed in the costume, but I can't even imagine a change being contemplated in Gainesville.  Do UM fans really care that they won't have a similar idiot in a costume?  I really don't think so, but would rather think that the fact that a wolverine isn't conducive to the sidelines would be a badge of honor. 



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Michigan AD says mascot 'not an active project'

This is a bunch of nonsense.  Why in the world would a program as storied as Michigan want to make such an inane change?



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 10:05 pm
 

Michigan AD says mascot 'not an active project'

New Coach, new uniforms, go for it all and drop the wolverine!  I guess the NCAA could say that "wolverine" is a INDIAN word and has to be changed.  Come on Michigan sticks with what works.  Really you think about "BRUTUS" and the fine minds at Michigan cannot come up with a way that they can continue to use a wolverine?  YOU CAN DO IT!



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: June 20, 2011 7:54 pm
 

Michigan AD says mascot 'not an active project'

I'll do it ... I'm looking for another reason to drink all day saturdays ... hiz*;



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 20, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Half Skunk Half Bear Half Pig

SkunkBear Pig.



Since: Sep 13, 2010
Posted on: June 20, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Michigan AD says mascot 'not an active project'

Since 1937? Really? My best guess for a mascot is to get a guy walking around in a top hat wearing blue and gold or something. IT HAS TO BE APPEALING TO THE FANS, MEDIA, AND KIDS eyes... If Stanford's mascot is a tree that walks around, I'm sure we can think of SOMETHING!!!



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: June 20, 2011 5:28 pm
 

Michigan AD says mascot 'not an active project'

They need to come up with something better than a skunk for a mascot. I mean, Mich st are "The Spartans!". Michigan, they have been the "Skunks".



Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: June 20, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Michigan AD says mascot 'not an active project'

You Raise Me Up, best fight song ever!  Cry

After the beating on September 10th, the Wolverines will be looking to burrow somewhere, maybe the mascot could show the way. Cool 


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