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Homecoming is here. So is your dad. And your mom. And that
guy asking for change. Even he knows what the Little Brown
Jug is. No, not the restaurant.
It's the 100th game of the series, so show up!
(To Michigan Stadium, not the restaurant.)
Everett Cook, Zach Helfand, Matt Slovin and Liz Vukelich.

2013 Schedule

What do we know about Michigan
through four games? Not much for
sure. Saturday should provide clarity.
Devin Gardner grew into the man he is at
Inkster High School. Now, the school sits
vacant, its doors super-glued shut.
For the 100th game against Minnesota, the
Little Brown Jug has been a constant pres-
ence with Michigan this week.
Cover photo by Erin Kirkland


Central Michigan (Aug. 31): Michigan beat the
Chippewas by their largest opening-day margin
since 1905.
Notre Dame (Sept. 7): Eminem is still in the
ESPN booth, wondering where he is and where
all the people went.
Akron (Sept.14): Unfortunately, Akron is chick-
ening out of this great rivalry after this year's
Connecticut (Sept. 21): UConn lost to Buffalo.
Buffalo. Buffalo. But almost beat Michigan.
Minnesota (Oct. 5): Against Michigan last year,
Minnesota promoted epilepsy awareness. For
information, visit: epilepsyfoundationmn.org.
Penn State (Oct.12): Happy Valley at night usu-
ally isn't so happy for opponents. Kickoff is at 5


Indiana (Oct.19): Long Island Bowl 2013. Win-
ner drinks from the keg of glory and gets all the
bagels and muffins in the land.
Michigan State (Nov. 2): Michigan State's
defense is really good. Michigan State's offense
is really not.
Nebraska (Nov. 9): The problem with Nebraska
fans is they're much too nice to hate. Unless, of
course, the 'Huskers win again this year.
Northwestern (Nov.16): Nice kitty.
Iowa (Nov. 23): Vodka Sam!
Ohio State (Nov. 30): The Game is past its peak
-- the rapper, that is.


The Daily football writers pick
against the spread to predict
scores for the top-25 and Big
Ten in the 2013 football season.


Everett Matt
Cook Slovin

Pat Stansik,
Former Host
of -
Liz Pre-Gaming
Vukelich with Pat

No.1Alabama(-55)vsGeorgiaState GeorgiaiState Alabama Georgia State Alabama Alabama
No.2 Oregon (-39) at Colorado Oregon Oregon O.regon Oregon Oregon
Nc.Cemson (4) at Syracuse Clemson Cemson Clemson clemson Clemson
No 4OhioState(-7) at No.16 Northwestern Ohio State Northestern Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State
No.5sStanford(-7.5) vs No15Washington Washington Stanford Washington Stanford Stanford
No.6 Georgia (-105)vs. Tennessee Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia Georgia
No. 7 Louisvile(-3)atTemple Louisvile Temp Louisville Louisville Temple'
No. 8 Florida State 6) vs. No. 25 Maryland Maryland Maryland Florida State Florida State Florida State
No 10 LSU (1)at MississippiState LSU Mssissippi State Mississippi State LSUL SU
No.21klahoma (-14.5vs.TCU Oklahomat Oklahomata OklahomaTe O Oklahomat
No. 3esnhC eina (-2)ateidtuFkyrKenstkyt dohCFreiaSoutCaroliae Frentukye S duhCaroina
No.24 Mimi sFI(-6)a ubergibTerh Mami MiAbui M i Misi Mii
5e.i7 taylor(-2u)ivsWestViruinia WestiViri italor Wesi Viginia Went Virgnia, Went Vrgnia
No, 18Foia(-1) vs AkansasPilrida Aikansas Fiorida Fiorida Arknsas
No.20UTexasTech (-17.5 tiKansas iTeasTech TexasTech Texas Tech TxitTech Texas ech
No. 2i OkaoeaSatei(-14)ivs. Kansas StateOklhoemaSiate OkaoSte tnOkiahecma SttOkahoma Staie Okaheea title
No.22 Aizona tiat -6 t tir~e DeNte Oater Aiona State Arizona Sttie Notre Dame NionDae
No 23PFrestaite (-26)atIdaheoPFresState IdhoPFreoStatei Frtate iIdaho
No.24 Ole Miss-3)at Auburn j Auburn OeMiss Aubure Oe MissOleMiss
Penn State (-3.5)at Indiana Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State Penn State
iiinois(+9.5)atNebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Illinois
Michigan State (-1.5) at Iowa Michigan State towa Michigan State Iowa Iowa
Overall 64-52 65-51 77-39 - 63-s3
2 FootballSaturday - October 4, 2013

on as another opportunity to get
some help and pride in this build-
ing. It was just tough for me to
leave Inkster."
" nJanuary 2011, the new
administration wasn't as familiar
with Gardner's situation as the
previous one - Inkster had never
had an athlete do this before. For
a week, Gardner and his mother
thought that he wasn't going to be
able to enroll early, and since he
had already played in the Under
Armour High School All-America
Game, he wasn't eligible for bas-
ketball or track. His coursework
was done. It would have been a
wasted five months.
A solution was floated: Trans-
fer to Pioneer High School in Ann
Arbor. He would graduate there
early and be on track to practice in
the spring.
Gardner shot it down immedi-
ately. Absolutely not - Michigan
would have to wait.
If he was going to get a high-
school diploma, it was goingto say
Inkster on iC.
It didn't end up being a problem
when the school board stepped in.
to rectify the situation. The issue
worked itself out, and Gardner
became the first Inkster athlete to
graduate a semester early to play
college spring ball.
To the public, it looked like
there were issues with Gardner's
grades. In reality, it was just akid
who didn't want to abandon Ink-

Carter is working on a new
mural on the walls of his office at
Oak Park. He's starting his third
season there, but time will bring
pictures of his former players
turned college students to put on
the walls.
Right now, he has schedules
and posters from college coaches
who have stopped by to talk to
him hung up on the wall. Places
like Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio
State and Cincinnati. In the mid-
dle of the posters is a newspaper
clipping from Gardner's first start
as a college quarterback against
Minnesota almost a year ago.
In lieu of a college wall, Gard-
ner is what Carter can show off as
proof that the system of education
over football is working.
Gardner doesn't have a place to
go back and reminisce anymore.
He's got an empty parking lot and
an overgrown school garden that
looks post-apocalyptic.
He does have Oak Park, though.
Carter has made it a point that any
of his former players can come
work out at the facilities or just
come to talk, like they would if
Inkster was still running. After
last season. Gardner brought his
highlight tape and teammate
James Ross III over to show Cart-
er and his staff.
Carter called him the Pied
Piper, so many kids were follow-

inghim around the hallways.
Still, Gardner and Gordon's
introductions on the Big House
video board each game refer to a
school that no longer exists. That
won't change no matter how wel-
coming Oak Park is.
"I'll never forget Inkster," Cart-
er said. "I miss it, I really do, even
after I left. That's probably one
of the toughest things I've ever
had to do, was to choose to leave
that school and those kids. We
still carry that stuff with us. We'll
never forget what was accom-
plished there and how we kind
of got that school to rise up. It's
a great little city, and they need
their own school if they want it.
"Kind of breaks my heart the
school is closed. Whether I was
there or not, that school was there
before I got there, and it should be
there after."
There isa massive purple rock
in the courtyard at Inkster. ef you
stand on top, you can just peek
over the buildings and see the
football field. Prom this far away,
it looks like a high-school football
field should.
Hearby, the paint on the press
box that says "Home of the
Vikings" is slowly fading away.
The door's super glue is still
The hand prints are now the
only thing left of the boys who
can't be the hero or the villain or
both because they didn't have the
chance to grow into either.

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