It doesn’t matter if you love or hate what has become of Michigan football this season, or if the drama surrounding them has made you forget about Mel Tucker and Michigan State, we can all agree that they were the common denominator in their drama. But this does not mean They were the only thorn in the Big Ten’s side.
Misery loves company and let’s not forget that Northwestern started the party.
The Wildcats’ 23-15 win over Purdue on Saturday means they’ll have a bowl game to end the most tumultuous season in Northwestern’s history. They will also do so with David Brown at the helm, with the interim coach made permanent.
“Upon his arrival at Northwestern, I quickly realized that Coach Brown embodies the values of our athletic department: respect, integrity, service and excellence.” Northwestern athletic director Derek Gragg said in a statement. “It was the right decision to appoint him as interim captain and I congratulate Coach Brown on being named head coach of our football program. He has earned this position. Coach Brown has rallied the team under extremely adverse circumstances. He has earned the respect of the student-athletes, staff, parents, alumni and fans.”
I don’t think Garage understands the meaning of the phrase “adverse conditions.” Because Northwestern, like Michigan State and Michigan State, did it to themselves.
Before anyone knew who Connor Stallions was, before Jim Harbaugh was suspended, before Sherwin Moore cried on TVand long before that Michigan State put Adolf Hitler on the video boardthe college football world was focused on him Pat Fitzgerald and Evanston, Illinois.
Fitzgerald was fired earlier this season “in the wake of a harassment and abuse scandal that has engulfed the athletic department.” As reported by the Associated Press. Depending on who you believe, Fitzgerald had no clue or encouraged behavior as an alumnus and former star of the team. it was there Player reports in Northwestern is pursuing whistleblower and members of the student newspaper The employees who broke this story, as well Former players took to social media to support Fitzgerald. There have been allegations about Encouragement And baseball The difference too.
“I have been very clear that the well-being of our students at Northwestern comes first.” Northwestern President Michael Schill said of the decision to hire Brown. “Only by prioritizing the health, safety, and well-being of our students can we enable excellence on the field, excellence in the classroom, and can we encourage the personal and intellectual growth that is fundamental to our mission as one of the great universities in the world. And everyone who has heard or spoken with Coach Brown knows “He has embodied these principles in only the short time since arriving at Northwestern.”
While Brown is new to Evanston following his offseason hiring, he inherited Fitzgerald’s program, as The school decided to keep staff in place after the shooting. This is an important fact to remember like some of these The rest wore “Cats Against the World” T-shirts. – Featuring Fitzgerald’s No. 51 from his playing days – they tried to turn him into a victim the same way Michigan did with Harbaugh.
So, as we enter the final weekend of the regular season, most of the country’s attention will be focused on what happens to Michigan and how their situation will develop. But outside of the events in Ann Arbor, the Tucker shooting in East Lansing, and the alleged conference-wide sign-stealing scandal that has been hanging over the Big Ten like a cloud, let’s not forget that the bad weather started with a tornado that came out of Chicago’s northern suburbs.