Win should boost national perception 

January, 4, 2012
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NEW ORLEANS -- The victorious Michigan Wolverines wore T-shirts in the postgame that read, with all due respect to Def Leppard, "Pour some Sugar on me."

So just how far does a spoonful of Sugar go these days? It's all about perception, and Michigan's first BCS bowl win since a 35-34 overtime win over Alabama on Jan. 1, 2000, in the Orange Bowl goes a long way toward re-establishing the Wolverines' national reputation. It's a reputation that no doubt took some hits during the three-year tenure of Rich Rodriguez, whether or not the coach who replaced him believes it.

"Michigan never left," first-year coach Brady Hoke said after Michigan's 23-20 overtime victory over Virginia Tech in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. "Some people may have thought that way, but Michigan never left. What it [winning a BCS bowl game] means is we have a group of seniors who won 11 games. It's only the fifth team in 132 years of Michigan football to win 11. That's a significant task. These guys have grown as a team, and we've grown as a staff. There's a lot of love and respect that we have for each other.
Communication Breakdown At Michigan
Brad Edwards and Joey Galloway react to Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon's comments that the Wolverines' football program made mistakes because of a serious lack of communication while dealing with QB Shane Morris' head injury.
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