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Brandon reiterates no Mich. St., Ohio St. for Big House night games

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Michigan’s series with Notre Dame may be going on “hiatus” after next season, but the newly-minted night-game tradition at Michigan Stadium will continue.  Just don’t expect the Wolverines’ two biggest rivals to be playing under the Big House lights anytime soon.

As he has in the past, UM athletic director Dave Brandon reiterated that, while he wants to continue holding night games in Ann Arbor — the only two in the venerable stadium’s history have been against the Irish — they will not come against either Michigan State or Ohio State.  And Brandon is very succinct in his reasoning: fan behavior.

According to, here’s the off-field tally of incidents that occurred Saturday night during the game against the Irish: 11 arrests, 72 ejections and 133 individuals treated by medical personnel.  Speaking specifically about UM’s in-state rival, the AD said those numbers could possibly triple with a night game against the Spartans and stretch the university’s resources way too thin.

“I know how many people get arrested, I know how many people get ejected from the stadium, I know how many people get carted off to the hospital. I know what it is on a typical game and I know what it is on a Michigan State game. And if you took a Michigan State game and moved it to 8 o’clock, you could take what we experience now and maybe double or triple it and I don’t want to do that,” Brandon told the website. “To me that’s not fun. That’s not what college football should be about.”

With no Notre Dames on future UM non-conference slates, Brandon is not averse to turning to other Big Ten schools for a night game in Ann Arbor.  Specifically, Brandon mentioned Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern and Penn State as possibilities to continue what he’d like to see become an annual tradition.

“That may very well be a conference game. It certainly doesn’t have to be a non-conference game,” Brandon said. “When we start conference play and we’re going to bring a big brand conference team for a big showdown game, we may make that the night game and make that be special. That’s kind of our plan. …

“These schools see the importance of playing us at their place at night, so once in a while maybe we’ll show them what that’s like at Michigan Stadium.”

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13 Responses to “Brandon reiterates no Mich. St., Ohio St. for Big House night games”
  1. bucrightoff says: Sep 10, 2013 12:41 PM

    Yeah you can see why they wouldn’t be fans of it. College students with all day to fuel up before a game? I think everyone would be blowing a .341 like that Iowa chick.

  2. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 10, 2013 12:46 PM

    A Michigan vs Michigan State game would be bad news for couches.

  3. michiganstillsucks says: Sep 10, 2013 1:21 PM

    And Michigan STILL SUCKS…

  4. lastdukestreetking says: Sep 10, 2013 1:49 PM

    @barnesaintnoble – my couch is ok with it.

  5. scoops1 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:51 PM

    was Eminem one of those 133 fans that needed medical attention???

  6. nirvana504 says: Sep 10, 2013 1:58 PM


  7. marcushartman says: Sep 10, 2013 4:02 PM

    Reblogged this on Cus Words and commented:
    On this we can agree…

  8. sparty0n says: Sep 10, 2013 6:27 PM

    Its got nothing to do with fan behavior. They’re just afraid of getting beat down by MSU and/or OSU on such a big stage.

  9. polegojim says: Sep 10, 2013 6:59 PM

    : ) SpartyOn… that’s a good one… you’re funny!!!

    And let’s please leave MnM out of the booth.

  10. polegojim says: Sep 10, 2013 7:01 PM

    @nirvana504… HA!

    115,109 attendance… Amatuers…. I think NOT!

  11. vincentbojackson says: Sep 10, 2013 8:16 PM

    Not sure where the concern is. 72 ejections represents less than .0005% of the crowd in attendance.

    Anytime you get that many people together there will always be a few knuckleheads making poor decisions.

  12. hatesycophants says: Sep 11, 2013 9:48 PM


  13. musicman495 says: Sep 16, 2013 3:02 AM

    SEC schools get that many arrests at night games before halftime.

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