"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
Over the next few days, all of us will struggle to boil this latest debacle down to the essential questions. Mine comes down to this: is the talent being coached? Is it reaching its potential? If our squads match everyone in the B1G's for talent, why aren't we winning?
It is easy to say, in the wake of such losses--humiliation piling on humiliation--that it is not the coach's fault if the players do not perform. I would beg to differ. At some point, in deciding whether to cut our losses with Hoke, we have to ask: if our recruiting is strong is that translating to success on the field?
AT SOME POINT YOU HAVE TO LAY THE BLAME FOR POOR PERFORMANCE ON COACHING, stop blaming the kids.
Hoke isn't going anywhere at the moment. But this is a low-water mark, another in a lengthening list of them. And our record has worsened over three seasons as we moved from RichRod's much-maligned players to Hoke's.
If Hoke is an inspiring figure, a leader, we are either going to see it over the rest of the season. THE TIME IS NOT NEXT YEAR BUT NOW. I don't see how, by any rational calculus, he has more time than that.
Sporting News' Steve Greenberg ranked the coaches of the B1G and Hoke came in at 4th place. Somewhat of a shock considering last season he was coach of the year for the B1G and in the running for National Coach of the Year. Ahead of him are:
1. Urban Meyer
2. Bret Bielema
3. Mark Dantonio
While those are the 4 best coaches in the B1G, I think the order is interchangable and would have thought Hoke would have gotten more credit for turning a 7-6 team into an 11-2 BCS Champ with players that were recruited to run a spread. Think about that... even with all the talented Michigan teams we have had, we only had 1 BCS victory and Hoke matched that in his first season. Granted, most of our losses were against a talented USC team in their back yard.
The rest of the order for those interested is:
5. Kirk Ferentz
6. Bo Pelini
7. Pat Fitzgerald
8. Bill O'Brien
9. Jerry Kill
10. Tim Beckman
11. Danny Hope
12. Kevin Wilson
Of course, over at annarbor.com, Hoke leads with 70% of the votes, followed by Dantonio(15%), Meyer(8%), Bielema(5%), Other(2%). What are your thoughts and non-homerish picks?
This could have been already posted but buried in the poop storm of late, but just a reminder for all you lucky ones still in Ann Arbor, Fans are invited to attend the live Coach's Radio show at Pizza House in Ann Arbor at 7pm.
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I've been talking with Adam Rittenberg this morning about the Mark Snyder rumor. For those that haven't heard, there was a rumor that Mark Snyder has interviewed for the void in the coaching staff left by Jay Hopson.
Rittenberg told me today that Snyder HAS interviewed for the position. He doesn't know much more yet, but should know more later today. One of their guys is at the coaching conference, and is having lunch with Snyder today.
I'll let you know if I hear more.
Touchdown Jesus has broken his silence on the Notre Dame coaching search. He has released a new Ten Commandments to guide the Notre Dame Search Committee and the incoming football coach.
Personally, I like them. Here they are:
(1) Michigan is the Lord thy God...thou shalt not raise the hopes of thy fans that thee might have a winning record against the Mighty Wolverines
(2) Thou shalt immediately sign thy coach to a 15-Year contract when he leads thee to the Gator Bowl in Year One
(3) Thou shalt not make unto thee the graven image of a win on senior day
(4) Remember to keep the football sabbath (BCS Bowl week) holy by not playing in any of the games
(5) Honor thy father (Michigan) and thy mother (USC) by ensuring that thee comes into each game as at least a 10 point underdog
(6) Thou shalt not kill thyself after the coming third loss in four years to Navy
(7) Thou shalt not steal tickets to the National Championship Game just so thee can claim that thee made it to the title game
(8) Thou shalt throw the ball when up three with 2 minutes left against thy Lord when thy Lord is running out of timeouts
(9) Thou shalt always bear false witness against the referees whenever thee loses to thy opponent
(10) Thou shalt not covet thy rival's coach, even if thy former coach and token ESPN senior citizen anchor thinks thee has a shot at Pete Carroll
And before you say it, yes I am bored watching the Patriots/Saints right now, even though it is a pretty damn good game. I wasn't quite bored or creative enough to put this list on stone tablets though...that would have been sweeter. Please feel free to suggest edits to these Commandments. As Stephen Colbert would say, I know that Touchdown Jesus is infallible, but that doesn't mean he can't make mistakes.