UM's 09? Much like the old TX Stadium: Imploded
At the beginning of fall practice 2009, hope sprang anew in Ann Arbor. Tate Forcier was a highly recruited quarterback, and we also heard about an ultra-fast kid from Florida, Denard Robinson. Then, at the end of August, just one week before the season opener, that’s when the Detroit Free Press reported the infamous NCAA violations and everything started coming unglued.
Oh boy, no matter what seemed to be happening on the field, chatter about the violations was non-stop. For the first few weeks, of the season, Michigan was scrappy enough to fight to be 4-0. That, my friends, is when the wheels fell off. Michigan didn’t beat another FBS team the rest of the year and missed a bowl game for the second straight year. If 2008 was coyote ugly, 2009 was like at atom bomb tearing at the fabric of our beloved program.
There is one additional horrific memory that closed out the 2009 season: the flippin OSU game. I am literally crawling with nasty goose-bumps as I’m writing this. It wasn’t the result on the field, it was what happened in the stands. Watching massive swatches of red-clad fans taking over the Big House is easily the ugliest, most vile, disgusting thing I have ever endured as a Michigan fan. Huge sections of our beloved Michigan Stadium being desecrated with scarlet and grey is the most sickening thing I have ever seen in all of sports. Yes, for me, it’s worse than even App State and Oregon 2007 or the Ron Artest brawl at the Palace. The whole thing makes my scalp crawl. Please insert your own obscenity-laced tirade here. Urgh.
By the end of the game, it seriously looked like there were more freakin OSU fans than Michigan fans at Michigan Stadium. Video of that disgusting scene in the stands should be shown to every Michigan player before they ever take their first practice snap; burn it into their retinas like it is burned into mine. Talk about motivation! Understandably, after compromising the program’s flawless record of integrity, completely falling apart down the stretch, and allowing the Big House to become a scarlet house of horrors, the calls for Rich’s ouster grew to a fever pitch after the failure that was 2009.