"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
I don't feel too comfortable starting a post where I am going to be more than a little negative, but seriously, I really hope that Hopson is gone soon. Here are my admittedly negative feelings/observations about his performance:
1. He is not making me think that he has a "plan" that works with GERG's system.
2. The linebackers seem to be lacking the most fundamental coaching (hitting holes, pursuit angles, and playing with constant intensity). I hold him accountable for this.
3. He doesn't seem to have the recruiting capability we need. Michigan's school and facilities, the roll call of NFL 'backers, and the Barwia approach should help a good recruiter impress prospects at any level. He hasn't shown any real ability here at all.
4. I find myself wondering "What the heck has he been working on for the last 6-9 months?" frequently. I don;t feel that way about anyone else on the staff. We see marginal improvements or development in most other areas of the team.
Sorry for the negative posture, but I really hope that something happens to get the LB coaching on track soon.
Interesting Sam Webb article from DetNews on Michigan's recruiting progress in Mississippi.
Here's a couple quotes from the article,
- " Hopson's efforts paid off last week when Thames flew up for the Tigers' six-game homestand. On Tuesday he and his uncle made their way to Ann Arbor for a visit and came away extremely impressed.
"It was like a dream come true," Thames said of his time at Michigan. "Everything I'm looking for in a college, Michigan had it. Education-wise, everything up there is professional. They know what they're doing. If football doesn't work, they make sure you get your education." "
- " Based on what Thames witnessed in the weight room, he believes the Wolverines know what they're doing when it comes to training, as well.
"Mike Barwis -- that's an awesome dude," he said about Michigan's new strength and conditioning coordinator. "I'd say about 25 pro football players were there. He was helping them work out. It was awesome. He took me through some drills showing me how they do it up there." "
To link this to BlueSeoul's diary entry "Should we believe the hype?" I can say that I've heard of NFL players helping other players work out. Walter Payton and Jerry Rice had noted workout regimes that were publicised and sought after by other NFL players.
But I've never heard of a College S & C guy collecting NFL players before. Hell I don't think I've ever read an article about an S & C coach before Barwis.