My favorite Flight Tracker story thus far the one on Friday about this plane...
...being spotted in Baton Rouge, home of LSU, before departing the same day.
The plane is owned by Richard H. Rogel, a financially well-endowed Michigan alum who personally donated $22 million to the school in 2004. According to the SportsByBrooks link above, Rogel is also a member of the U-M’s “Director’s Cabinet in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.”
Naturally, this meant the flight had something to do with Michigan pursuing Tiger coach Les Miles for its coaching vacancy. Just one little problem with that conclusion: Miles - along with probably anybody else in the LSU athletic department one would reasonably expect to discuss the matter with if it was true - was in Dallas for LSU's Cotton Bowl game that day.
But I'm more skeptical for a totally different reason.
I think we can all agree that Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon is playing this so close to the vest that his lips probably won't know the choice until the name of the new coach leaves his mouth. That's why I can't imagine anything close to this conversation taking place:
BREAKING NEWS: In addition to Les Miles and Jim Harbaguh, third generation wheat farmer Bill Simmowitz has also rejected an offer to coach at Michigan.