spoiler alert: i linked this
I just did a preliminary scan and I couldn't find anything even approximating what we have here...can anyone point me to a decent fan site?
Oh, and THANK YOU, Brian, for creating such a vibrant space, as well as networking it with so many other great sites about Michigan football. Every time I look around I realize how lucky we are to have you.
Thought i would share - insider rumor quotes RR, says he is interested in the job at Miss.
Did mention one thing about Michigan:
"I think I have 10 to 15 years left in coaching and I'm hungrier than I've ever been. We didn't get a chance to see it through at Michigan for various reasons."
Kind of a jab, but doesn't give the full context, so I don't know.
Two stories from sportsNOLA.com lay this out. RR is calling the Southern Miss game this weekend, and is expected to make a detour to New Orleans to meet with the Tulane administration as well as reunite with the 1998 Tulane football team (that he was a coordinator for).
Sources tell sportsNOLA.com that Rodriguez is expected to speak with Tulane officials this week about the Green Wave football head coaching position.
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.