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Michigan players allowed to keep retro jerseys

Denard Robinson, Ethan Johnson AP

Michigan’s edge-of-your-seat 35-31 victory over Notre Dame, which marked the first night game at the Big House, was certainly special in a lot of ways, both to the fans and the U-M program.

As a result, Michigan athletic director David Brandon wants to help the players remember that night by allowing them to keep the retro-inspired jerseys they wore during the game.

They love those jerseys,” Brandon told The Associated Press. “I walked out of the locker room, checked with compliance and got the go ahead. The reason they’re getting the jerseys is they really want them and NCAA rules allow us to do it because it was a special event and the cost was under a threshold.”

The jerseys are fun, and the intentions are good, but the immediate concern becomes the possibility of players selling those items for money.

And, honestly, it’s disappointing that it comes to that conclusion right away. But, that’s the reality because it’s been a problem on more than one occasion over the past year.

“I think some school has probably made that a point that you’re not supposed to do that,” said U-M defensive end Ryan Van Bergen. “So, I think it’s pretty clear that you’re supposed to just hold onto them. I don’t see anybody trying to get rid of those any time soon.”

I’m sure there are 20 Ryan Van Bergen’s to every kid who sees this as an opportunity to bank on what was a significant event in recent Michigan football history, but if a signed Denard Robinson retro jersey shows up in a tattoo parlor in the greater Ann Arbor area*, then Michigan looks bad, even if the idea was cleared by the NCAA at the time.

If Michigan really wants to commemorate the win without the risk, then make the jerseys a parting gift to the athlete once they leave the program or graduate.

(*note: just an example, people. Don’t freak out)

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12 Responses to “Michigan players allowed to keep retro jerseys”
  1. polegojim says: Sep 13, 2011 11:18 PM

    Well done, very classy.

    Remember it well guys, historic rivalry event.

    Go BLUE!

    Ohhhhh Ben, wrong state, wrong program. Nice baiting for comments though!!!

  2. seanmmartin says: Sep 14, 2011 1:09 AM

    AJ Green

  3. jaggedmark says: Sep 14, 2011 1:39 AM

    Michigan has a coach that won’t overlook this potential issue.

    Unlike a particular former coach who did.

  4. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 14, 2011 9:53 AM

    I’d give Van Bergen 2 grand for his jersey. Then make a phone call.

  5. silverdeer says: Sep 14, 2011 10:32 AM

    I think that PBR is still angry that OSU got caught.

  6. blueinok says: Sep 14, 2011 10:40 AM

    polegojim – I think it would be safe to say that if Woody had still been coaching when Pryor sold his Big 10 Championship ring, he would have (literally) kicked his butt out of Columbus all the way back to Pennsylvania. Hoping that our guys realize that the jerseys will be a remembrance keepsake, that once gone can never be replaced. Save the jerseys for your sons or grandsons.

  7. dkhhuey says: Sep 14, 2011 11:13 AM

    I wonder how many compliance officers from the UM will be checking eBay on an hourly basis?

  8. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Sep 14, 2011 12:36 PM

    Totally agree with blueinok. If Woody had kicked Pryor’s butt out of Columbus and he then applied to Michigan Bo would have told him to go suck an egg.

  9. Deb says: Sep 14, 2011 12:54 PM

    Great idea to give the players the jerseys. But I’d take nothing for granted. The school should hold the jerseys until they graduate. Better safe than sorry.

  10. seanmmartin says: Sep 14, 2011 4:10 PM

    If I were a player, I would consider auctioning it off for charity. You could raise a ton of money.

  11. polegojim says: Sep 14, 2011 11:08 PM

    @blueinok – Yes, for sure. Even as a Wolverine Fan, that’s what I appreciated most about Woody Hayes… he not only taught football, he taught boys to be men. Frankly that’s what’s lacking in a lot of coaching today…and parenting.

    @Deb and others – yes, but… they have their numbers on them. How could you hide? If somene were to behave that foolishly… I’d prefer they get caught quickly and NOT be on the team any more!!!

    For that reason, I don’t see anything wrong with letting them keep them now.

  12. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 15, 2011 7:01 PM


    Not angry they got caught, I’m angry they did it. I’m also angry Tressel put a few kids ahead of the rest of the team that did things right. I’m sure the Michigan kids will do the right thing and hang on to the jerseys. If UM were smart, they’d give them to the players as a parting gift, it would mean more.

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