So this is interesting...
You are "impressed" by Michigan's student government and the Michigan Daily. And I am thoroughly unimpressed. How's that for an unlikely exchange on Eleven Warriors?!?
This needs to be a respectful exchange, between you and I. I understand where you are coming from; and I don't for a moment doubt the sincerity of your opinion or your good motives. I owe you that respect, and more.
Let me tell you, respectfully, why I think your commendation for my alma mater may be misplaced.
First, as to the Michigan Daily. The Daily was leaked a copy of a letter that went to Gibbons informing him of his expulsion. The leak was almost certainly a violation of state law, federal law and university policy. The leak is or should be a firing offense and could result in imprisonment. Somebody handed it to the Daily, and they then printed up the story. The Daily also reported on the original incident back in 2009, and then (like everybody else) dropped it when the investigation when nowhere and never turned into a prosecution. I like the Michigan Daily and it is one of the best collegiate newspapers in the nation with a list of alumni that would make major metropolitan newspapers jealous. But for the life of me, I don't know what the Daily did that was so brilliant in the Gibbons case.
As for Michigan student government, the failure is much worse. After the Daily story broke, savaging the privacy rights owed to Brendan Gibbons in a decidedly sub-legal proceeding, Michigan student government leaped into action, scolding everybody they could find for wrongs that nobody could very well describe and generally espousing the liberal/feminist political correctness that suffocates much of Ann Arbor. MSG officers issued a small handful of finger-wagging statements that got the basic facts wrong and generally made a hash out of all the important legal issues.
And I want to assure you and all of the other smart football fans who populate this very fine forum. I am not speaking as a partisan Wolverine here. This isn't about football at all. I have said to all of you that I see this happening with one of your own unlucky guys in the foreseeable future. And when that happens, I will be on that guy's side to the precisely equivalent extent that I am on Gibbons' side in this recent controversy.
This is really about politics, and about the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights under the current administration. That other shoe has not yet fallen in Tallahassee. I expect that it will. How it does, will be very interesting.