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.