FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
Surprisingly, after a fairly lengthy search of the site, I have not found any reference to "Wolverine Olympics" anywhere. I'm knee-deep in Three and Out and, on page 149, Bacon references this competition that Rodriguez devised -
whereby the seniors drafted teams of eight players, then tried to get the most points - given out for touchdowns and tackles, attending classes, getting above a 3.0, visiting Mott Children's Hospital, and so on - and to avoid demerits.
(emphasis mine). Does anyone remember hearing about this competition? Does anyone know if the tradition is being continued under Hoke & Co?
Seems like a very cool way to hold the kids accountable to their teammates in a much more intimate way, all the while feeding their competitive spirit. A way to hold each other's feet to the fire in all aspects of their college life. Mostly, I am very surprised that we never discussed this (or even heard of it) as fans.
Brian's latest weekly "Dressing Down of Borges" post, and I suppose the first 150 pages of "Three and Out" have got me to thinking. Besides the obvious record differential, just how has Borges's "grab bag" offense fared compared to last year's?
Through 8 games, it comes down to...Borges losing. 283-278, 5 points. To be fair to Borges, this assumes that Michigan wouldn't have scored in the fourth quarter against Western. So yeah, with equal time Borges's offense would probably be beating Rodriguez's.
Just for fun, I decided to look at the defenses through 8 games. You come up with Hoke winning 117-240, a difference of 123 points.
So yeah, that looks like a net difference of 118 points. We can argue strength of schedule I suppose, but Umass, Bowling Green, and Indiana weren't exactly loaded either. Age and experience caveats still apply.
In conclusion, Hoke Uber Ales. Cant wait to see that 2012 class suit up(or better yet-redshirt!) Gotta love the direction of this program.
I picked up a copy of Three and Out at lunch today and have been reading non stop since getting home from work. So far I am through 167 pages. The next chapter begins with the freep article.
I plan on writing a book report here. I will start by addressing my own questions from the 9/20 mgoblog request for crowd questions. These are my initial observations, I will update with details later. What I have learned so far:
1-Prior to being contacted by the UM AD, did Rich Rodriguez have any kind of opinions regarding the state of Michigan, the University of Michigan, or UofM football? What were those opinions?
Yes and no. The book does mention in general terms RR having some knowledge about Michigan football and some of the tradition associated with it. However, there isn’t any explicit mention of specifially Nehlen imparting to RR what exactly Michigan represented.
2-Did Bill Martin and RR have any kind of an agreement regarding on-field expectations in the first few years? What did RR expect? What did Martin expect? Did RR receive some kind of "ok" to lose in year one?
RR mentions Bobby Bowden’s timeline for building a program – first you lose by a lot, then you lose by a little, then you win by a little, then you win by a lot – implying a four year, or at least a four stage process. RR also meets with Mary Sue and Martin after being hired but before the first season starts and mentions the rebuilding project may take more time than originally thought, more than three years according to RR. Their response is that he may have to remind them again later, in case they forget. Obviously expectations and how reasonable they may have been was a fundamental theme in this saga.
3-When Brandon was hired did he give RR any kind of ultimatum regarding on field progress?
Not there yet.
4-When RR did the Groban thing, was he somehow trying to force the athletic department to terminate his employment? Would he have welcomed that result at that time?
Not there yet.
5-During the last few Carr years, there was much speculation that he was on the way out soon - his announcement should not have been a surprise. Yet the coaching search seemed haphazard. Did Martin have any kind of transition plan to speak of? Was it executed during the coaching search? Was there internal strife regarding the plan? Does Dave Brandon have a transition plan now?
Martin insists Carr’s retirement was basically a surprise. Martin did not have any kind of pre-existing transition plan to speak of.
6-The relationship between RR and John Beilein, both coming from WVU and then at UM together, never seemed anything but strained or even non-existent - what was that relationship really like? Did Beilein ever "go to bat" for RR?
No mention of Beilein, other than in passing, so far
[Ed-M: You can haz it too.]
The beauty of digital content, delivered right at midnight. Let the zero hours of sleep begin...
Tulane AD Rick Dickson has accepted resignation of HC Bob Toledo (formerly of HC of UCLA 1996-2000). Al Borges was the OC for Bob Toledo at UCLA from 1996-2000.
Bob Toledo was 13-35 at Tulane over 4 years and never coached a winning season there.
In December 1998 when Tommy Bowden left head job at Tulane for Clemson HC postin.
The then Tulane AD Sandy Barbour appointed Rich Rodriguez as the interim head coach.
At that time Tommy Bowden was recruiting hard for Rodriguez to come with him to Clemson to be his OC there.
Rodriguez said this back in December 1999:
"Of the four, I'd prefer to stay as Tulane's coach," Rodriguez said. "I've kind of set next Wednesday as my deadline to decide. That's when we begin practicing for the bowl game."
Would Rodriguez ever wish to return to New Orleans, LA? Time will tell.
With all the talk about the 3 and out book by Bacon, and our relief that deja vu was not happening all over again, I threw together some memories and put them into a video. I hope y'all enjoy it.
Edit: Holy Rorsharch's test, Batman. I thought I mostly put in positive images. I didn't realize mgocommentors could so easily turn into youtube commentators. I didn't choose the song 'cause it was a top 100 pop song, I thought it had meaningful lyrics for the moment we find ourselves in. I wasn't trying to put anyone down, just remembering the good times and realizing that this year is going to be even better than last year, and better than expected. If you really think I'm beating a dead horse with this, ... you know what? Fuck you. I enjoyed making it and remembering those moments.