This isnt the most popular view on the internet but I think Brandon has alot more support than many realize. The support and reasons for it have been drowned out by some of the noise to criticize Brandon which obviously creates more noise and funny zingers than the other side. This happens when you have places like mgoblog that have lost any objectiveness on the topic as it turns it in to a place where the "in" thing to do is to find a reason to criticize anything Brandon does.
While Brandon certainly has made some missteps, he has done a good job in many areas whether it be improving the experience of all student athletes, running athletic budget at a profit (not something that has always happened at Mich), good overall athletic performance (#13 in this past years Directors Cup which equally weights all sports) leading a huge $250 investment program solely for nonrevenue facility upgrades, and what are regarded by virtually all as some good recent hires (womens basketball, baseball). While many think he is only focused on generating more revenue, he has showed a huge increase (relative to his predecessors) on improving the facilities for nonrevenue sports (main thing being a $250mm program to upgrade/reconstruct all existing nonrevenue facilities over a 5yr period). If all you cared about was revenue and profits, you wouldnt be spending it on improved softball, volleyball, and water polo facilites.
The heart of the controversy lies in the football VS. other sports debate. Essentially what he has done is look for ways to raise revenue from football primarily while spending it heavily in the nonrevenue sports so the experience is improved for all student athletes (not just football/basketball). The impact of this is that lots of fans are touched by the football ticket prices/revenues so complain about while the nonrevenue spending affects fewer since many dont care about. If you are like Brian at mgblog (who last week said he could care less if there was more support/resources for those other sports), then you are aggravated by the revenue increase needed from football to pay for the other sports. If you are a fan/supporter or an athlete for nonrevenue sports, then Dave Brandon has huge support as he has raised the value placed on these relative to his predecessors. In general, he has huge support from the student athletes.
But if you argue that football is all that really matters, then you have probably have complaints about Brandon because of both the results on the field this past year and the general appetite to increase football revenue.
Just as a technical note to article above, Brandon did not make the presentation to the regents and was not there. The vice president of the school made the presentation to request fireowrks for the games. The only reason I point it out is this distinction might have some impact on how much of a dissing you interpret the decline of the fireworks proposal to be,
Hopefully this just gives you a bit of a perspective on why there is some support for him despite the headlines from football blogs like mgoblog. Im not trying to say he hasnt made some mistakes and Im not trying to argue against article above...as when it comes down to it, these comments would be received more negatively on a place like mgoblog given their views on this.