College Football

Michigan’s President appears drunk during halftime speech

During the Michigan-Nebraska football game on Saturday, Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman was honored for her work before she retires during the Summer of 2014.  Coleman was presented with a #12 jersey for her 12 years of work.  Coleman took the microphone from Athletic Director Dave Brandon and gave an impromptu speech, where she appeared to be drunk.  I was at the game and the first thing I thought was “holy crap, she is hammered.”  Listening to her speech, she was slurring her words and emphasizing syllables that had no need to be emphasized.  I don’t blame her for being drunk, it’s the only way to watch a Michigan football game, right?

According to UM spokesperson, Rick Fitzgerald, Coleman wasn’t drunk. “She, absolutely, had not been drinking alcohol. I want to underscore that point in the strongest possible way.

All day long Saturday, President Coleman was attending events related to the launch of the Victors for Michigan fundraising campaign. No alcohol was served at those events.

At the stadium President Coleman hosted a non-alcoholic reception for alumni and donors in the president’s box in the stadium.

Her recognition at halftime was unexpected and the wireless microphone she was using is not one with which she had any prior experience. There was significant wind, feedback and, even under the best conditions, the sound is distorted in the stadium when a wireless mic is used.

She struggled with the feedback and tried to adjust to the sound delay and the reverberation by slowing down her words.

She had hoped to communicate her gratitude for the recognition and her enthusiasm for Michigan.

It was an unfortunate set of circumstances that led to the audio distortion.”


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  1. rick dunaway

    November 11, 2013 at

    you drunk

  2. Swededawg

    November 11, 2013 at

    Mr. Spokesboy, you can twist it all you want but this gal was blotto!

  3. J Everly

    November 11, 2013 at

    I thought this was Hillary Clinton speaking.

  4. DocBVN71

    November 11, 2013 at

    Hey Back Off, you’d drink heavily too if you had to support what a joke the Michigan football program has become. The only difference between Holk and Rodriguez is Holk recruits better and eats more. Beyond that they both have a unique knack for coaching their talent to play below their potential. If you want to root for a good team in the state follow Michigan State as they have a real coach at the helm. I’m not a Spartan fan but I can tell the difference between the real thing and a want-to-be.

  5. Otis

    November 11, 2013 at

    I think her and Hoke had a few to many before the game. Maybe the team was with them too.

  6. HoustonsJoe

    November 11, 2013 at

    I didn’t know she was autistic.

  7. mark

    November 11, 2013 at

    is there a worse job than a spokesperson; your job is to make up outlandish lies to justify bad behavior by ultra rich people.

    And have you ever seen one of those meetings and gatherings where alcohol was NOT served. Michigans honor code must be a little lax.

  8. Ralph J Barry

    November 11, 2013 at

    It had to be the audio feed,etc. No way she was drunk!

  9. HaveAnother

    November 11, 2013 at

    you ain’t foolin’ no one.

  10. Swededawg

    November 11, 2013 at

    Have you all noticed in your postings on this page that when you hit “E” it comes out “c”? What’s with that? eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  11. Nc odfity

    November 11, 2013 at

    She slipped a flask in She was tipping in it when no one looked. That’s how you gotta watch their games. Plastered before halftime. Ha ha. She’s a true fan

  12. Ozark Dave

    November 11, 2013 at

    She and Mrs. Wormer had just returned from the G** Damned seniors honors banquet!

  13. John Pilch

    November 12, 2013 at

    Wait ’til the Buckeyes come to Ann Arbor. She’ll need some “spiritual” help with her speech, especially since Big Boy Hoke will be speechless.

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