John U. Bacon
By Michigan Radio Newsroom
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Every Friday, author and sports commentator John U. Bacon offers up his thoughts and views on the sports stories going on around our region.
||CleanBig Ten football suffers from a lack of leadership||In 1895, the presidents of seven Midwestern universities met at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago to form what we now call the Big Ten. They created the world’s first school-based sports organization, predating even the NCAA. Soon the rest of the coun||9/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMichigan athletics loses magic and fans thanks to Brandon's policies||L ast week, Michigan Athletics admitted student football ticket sales are down —from about 21,000 two years ago to just 13,000 this fall. How’d Michigan lose so many students so fast? A lot of hard work. Athletic Director Dave Brandon has often cite||6/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdvisers aren't doing Michael Sam any favors||When Michael Sam told his University of Missouri teammates he was gay before last season, it wasn’t a big deal. It’s a safe bet that NFL teams – who know what kind of gum their prospects chew – already knew this, too. But when Sam came out publi||5/23/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy hockey fans should still savor the Red Wings' season||Wednesday night the Detroit Red Wings lost their final playoff game of the season to the Chicago Blackhawks, breaking the hearts of hockey fans across Michigan. But according to Michigan Radio Sports Commentator John U. Bacon, it was still a series to||5/30/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStudents aren’t leaving Michigan football - Michigan football is leaving them||For decades, students at Michigan games were assigned seats, with the seniors getting the best ones. But for some games last year, a quarter of the 20,000 or so people in the student section were no-shows. So, athletic director Dave Brandon decided to||5/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom out of the sewers, Michigan finds its man in John Beilein||It wasn’t that long ago that Michigan’s basketball program was not merely unsuccessful, but the shame of the athletic department. Bo Schembechler fired basketball coach Bill Frieder on the eve of the 1989 NCAA tournament, famously barking, “A Mich||4/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|