The Wolverines will be on television Saturday and Sunday - and I'm not counting the NFL games that include former Michigan football players.
The CBS news program "60 Minutes" will feature a 13-minute segment that examines the business of college football, and Armen Keteyian will report on the topic. The segment will feature the Michigan football program, including athletic director Dave Brandon, head coach Brady Hoke, quarterback Denard Robinson (who is still day to day in regards to the injury to the ulnar nerve in his right arm) and Clay graduate Jordan Kovacs. It will also feature Alabama head coach Nick Saban and the Towson University football team, an FCS program that opened its season at LSU.
From the "60 Minutes" website:
The University of Michigan Wolverines play in a 112,000-seat stadium, the biggest in the country and recently renovated to the tune of $226 million. The school is a perennial power, but Michigan's athletic director, Dave Brandon, tells Keteyian you can never sit still in what many call an arms race. "If you don't keep pace, if you don't stay competitive, you're going to have a problem."
With the revenue from the football program paying for 75 percent of all the other sports programs under him at the 40,000-student public university, Brandon has a huge responsibility. "We're going to have excited fans, we're going to fill stadiums, we're going to be on TV. We're going to accomplish all the goals that we need to accomplish to keep this department moving ahead," says Brandon, who once hired a stealth fighter to fly over Michigan's stadium to fire up the crowd.
That stealth fighter flew over the Big House prior to Michigan's 31-25 win over Air Force in September - a game in which Michigan paid Air Force $1.1 million to play in, a week after Michigan earned $4.7 million for a 41-14 loss to Alabama. (all transactions obtained through an FOI request.)
That stealth fighter was so stealth, only a handful in the press box could see it. Go figure.
"60 Minutes" airs at 7 p.m. on Sunday on CBS, though the start time could be later because of a 4:25 NFL broadcast on CBS - either Indianapolis at New England or San Diego at Denver.