Thursday, April 19, 2012

Michigan band not traveling with the team for the season opener

When the Michigan Wolverines take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the season opener in Arlington, Texas, the Wolverines will have a slight disadvantage. The marching band will be staying home.

The Michigan Marching Band won't be traveling with the football team because of budget constraints despite the outrage expressed by fans on various message boards and Twitter.

"We are treating the Cowboys Classic game against Alabama as any other road game," said U-M associate athletic director Dave Ablauf. "We do not have a travel allowance for the band like we would for a bowl game.

"They traditionally travel to conference games and our rivalry game against Notre Dame. We have not taken our band on similar trips in the past."

As a person that follows Michigan football it will be very unusual not to have them at a game. I have a feeling that the band will be there it would be an odd feeling.