College Football Talk did an article about Harbaugh effect helping to turn around tickets sales at Michigan. Enjoy
The hiring of Jim Harbaugh has without a doubt been one of the more buzzworthy coaching hires in recent years around college football, and the outlook for the Wolverines seems to have turned around 180-degrees back on track as a result. That could also mean Michigan will not have to resort to any Coca-Cola ticket promotions this fall as well.
Back in April during spring football season, Michigan’s spring attendance saw a massive jump from 15,000 fans in 2014 to aneager and interested turnout of 60,000 Michigan fans. At the time, Michigan’s athletics director Jim Hackett also said the school was seeing steady growth in season ticket sales that forced Michigan to have to start a wait list already 1,500 fans deep. Hackett also said all 81 luxury boxes in Michigan Stadium had been sold out for the 2015 season. The momentum seems to be continuing in Ann Arbor in the ticket sales office too.
In addressing the financial state of Michigan’s athletics department to the regents this week, Hackett outlined a loss of $7.9 million loss from the most recent fiscal year, but highlighted some of the reasons for optimism things will turn around rather quickly, with the football program playing a key role. Hackett says Michigan has sold 18,000 single-game tickets and Michigan is projecting an eight-year high in season ticket sales. If there was any doubt the importance or significance of Michigan bringing Harbaugh back to Ann Arbor for the first time since he played quarterback for Bo Schembechler, Hackett put it to rest.
“We had to get the revenue moving line back up,” Hackett said, according toMLive.com. “One of our core strategies was getting a special football coach.”
Heres the article by MLive.com
Throughout the final two years of Brady Hoke's tenure at Michigan, the word "youth" was tossed around quite a bit -- whether it made sense or not.
Moving forward for Jim Harbaugh in 2015, any talk about Michigan having a young roster won't make much sense.
According to Phil Steele's annual national two-deep depth chart breakdown, Michigan is the most experienced team in the country at this point.
Michigan has 14 returning seniors with starting experience, and another nine seniors who appear on the two-deep depth chart. Additionally, Michigan returns four juniors with starting experience, and nine juniors with two-deep experience.
Steele's formula for ranking the list reads as follows:
I awarded 3 points for every senior starter (2.5 for every additional senior in the two deep) 2 points for every junior starter (1.5 for every additional junior in the two deep) 1 point for a sophomore starter (0.5 for every additional soph in the two deep) then subtracted 1 point for every frosh starter and .5 for every frosh in the two deep.
Michigan ranks No. 1 on the list with 91 points, followed by Navy, Utah State, Air Force and South Alabama. A year ago, Michigan's 5-7 team ranked No. 122 (out of 128 teams).
The real question, though, is whether or not this means anything.
A year ago, the top five most experienced teams in the country were: 1. Texas-San Antonio (4-8), 2. Louisiana (9-4), 3. Indiana (4-8), 4. Central Michigan (7-6), 5. Mississippi State (10-3).
The four College Football Playoff teams ranked as follows: Ohio State (No. 109), Alabama (No. 107), Oregon (No. 31) and Florida State (No. 39).
Here are Michigan's experience ranks, and overall record, since 2010:
2010: No. 41 (7-6)
2011: No. 19 (11-2)
2012: No. 34 (8-5)
2013: No. 87 (7-6)
2014: No. 122 (5-7)
2015: No. 1 (?)
Some great sideline footage and commentary from Michigan Head Football Coach Gary Moeller when his #1-ranked Wolverines went for two points to win the 1990 version of the Backyard Brawl with in state rival, Michigan State.
Since a slew of transfers are on their way and that number could still rise, I figure I'd post this since Michigan has already appeared to set a record for transfers welcomed in a single year with 4.
My source for this is the Bentley football roster database. This is a list of every documented Michigan incoming transfer.
I say documented because it is possible that guys transferred here in the late 19th century and early 20th century and it just wasn't listed that they transffered.
There are some really impressive names on this list that you might recognize.
|Player||Pos.||U-M Years||Transferred From|
|Charles Street||QB||1898-1899||Williams College|
|Ebin Wilson||C||1900||Eastern Michigan|
|Willie Heston, Sr.||HB||1901-1904||San Jose State|
|Arthur Reid||N/A||1901||Simpson College|
|Willard Peach||E||1916, 1919||Western Michigan|
|Howard Yerges||QB||1944-1947||Ohio State|
|Len Ford||E||1945-1947||Morgan State|
|J.T. White||C||1946-1947||Ohio State|
|Michael Kerr||OL||1986-1987||DuPage J.C.|
|Chris Kurpeikis||OT||1995||Notre Dame|
|Russell Shaw||WR||1996-1997||Locke - El Camino C.C.|
|Jonathan Goodwin||OL||1999-2001||Ohio University|
|Spencer Brinton||QB||2001-2004||San Diego State|
|Austin Panter||LB||2007-2008||Kensington - Butler C.C.|
|Steven Threet||QB||2007-2008||Georgia Tech|
|Blake O'Neill||P||2015-||Weber State|
Italics indicates JUCO (junior college) transfer
cbssports.com has been doing a college football helmet bracket and I know its been posted on here before. They are now in the Elite Eight and its Michigan vs Michigan State.
You dont need to log in and can just vote: http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/eye-on-college-football/25112425/helmet-madness----college-football-bracket-elite-eight-voting
Final Four to be announced Monday - Sparty must be voting as they have taken down Alabama and Miami to get there.
Chris Partridge tweeted that John Harbaugh will Keynote the Michigan Football Coaches Clinic March 13-14.
https://twitter.com/coachcpartridge (sorry dont know how to embed & at work)
Love how the staff is promoting their strong NFL ties since they've been here and hope they keep it up.