Michigan's AD, David Brandon, didn't waste any time in putting his mark on the football program. Within weeks of becoming AD, he brought the university its first ever night game at the Big House in Ann Arbor.
In September of 2011, Notre Dame will take on the Wolverines at 8:00 pm on a Saturday night. This will be historic, although night games are nothing new to Michigan football.
Lloyd Carr was not a fan of the night game, and he had his reasons. To me, it's a great thing.
Michigan already plays at night; it has just never done it at home. The Wolverines have played into the night, but never at night, in Ann Arbor. This will be fun.
Michigan doesn't need this for recruiting or for marketing—or for anything else for that matter. This was a move to bring night football to Michigan, that's it.
It's like the Chicago Cubs getting lights and approval for night games. Limited in number, night games brought another atmosphere to Wrigley Field and the same will happen at Michigan Stadium.
The only people that may be upset are the restaurant and bar owners who play to the noon or 3:30 after-game crowds. Oh yeah, and the homeowners who now have to deal with cars leaving their front lawns at 11:00 pm. That will be interesting!
Also, the dinner rush will be gone, but the late-night bar scene will be fantastic. Locals should be pleased to have the restaurants to themselves as 110,000-plus will be in the stadium.
David Brandon has already made his mark. Now, Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines need to make theirs.
Photo thanks to http://thecrosshairguide.com/2009/09/01/michigan-stadium-guide/