Saturday will be just the fourth night game in Michigan Stadium history. A school like Penn State has no problem hosting games under the lights. Why does the University Michigan—its administration, head coach, and many of its fans—reject the idea? What do players think? I sought answers in an in-depth story for Scout.
At first, I was embarrassed. This is Michigan, for God’s sake. Are we ever allowed to rush the field? We had just beaten Little Brother; you certainly don’t rush the field after beating your little brother. But what if your little brother had beaten you the year before? And the year before that. And the year before that. And the year before that. And what if beating them this time was the program’s 900th win? And what if…Oh, come on, who has time to think about this as the clock hits zero and you want to celebrate?
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I’ve always been a Mack Brown fan. I’m not really sure why, but it definitely has something to do with the way he handled a question from Scoops Callahan a few years ago. He comes across, to me anyway, as old school but progressive, in control but not controlling, calm but aggressive. But if the most important thing a college football coach must do is win, the most important thing the Texas coach must do is beat Oklahoma. Mack Brown came to Texas in 1998. Bob Stoops arrived at Oklahoma a year later. After Saturday’s 63-21 Oklahoma victory, Brown’s record against Stoops stands at 5-9; Brown’s overall record at Texas is 145-41, not much different from John Cooper’s mark at Ohio State. But like Brown, Cooper had some trouble with his chief rival — he was 2-10-1 against Michigan and was fired in 2000.
College football is different from other sports. Fans may not remember whether their team went 9-3 or 8-4 in a given year but they sure remember whether they beat their rival. If you’re the coach at Texas and you’ve lost to OU two years in a row by a combined score of 118-38, a lot of folks are going to think you shouldn’t be the coach at Texas anymore.
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