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Cowardly Michigan AD Dodges Limelight

Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press

The Sign-Stealing Conundrum

T. Evans & P. Thamel, Sports Illustrated

Michigan's Public Relations Disaster

David Jesse, Detroit Free Press

Bielema Helping SEC West Go Hog Wild

Bruce Feldman, Fox Sports

Where's Dave Brandon hiding? It's as if Michigan's athletic director has decided to channel his inner Roger Goodell. The football coach Brandon handpicked following an exhaustive ...(full article)

I miss the old Michigan. I miss what it stood for. I miss Lloyd Carr's banal press conferences. I miss Bo's iron fist.   Mostly, I miss Michigan's class, its sense of aristocratic...(full article)

During the national title game in January, Florida State staffers held up white towels in the second half to shield their offensive signals from Auburn’s coaches. When Auburn...(full article)

The normally well-oiled public relations machine at the University of Michigan has been clanking badly in the past four days as the Ann Arbor school deals with the fallout from foo...(full article)

The best division in all of sports has only gotten better this season. How? For starters, the arrival of Bret Bielema at Arkansas has cranked it all up that much more. The 44-yea...(full article)

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