there would have to be some to wash away
The Omaha World Herald's Nebraska football blog, Big Red Today, recently interviewed U-M legend Desmond Howard as part of their ongoing Big Ten Roundup. Never short of an opinion, Howard shares his thoughts on a wide range of topics including Jim Tressel, NCAA rules, Reggie Bush, and Michigan's coaching change.
On Michigan's transition with Brady Hoke:
I don't think Rich Rodriguez was a bad coach. I don't think he was a bad guy. He did the best he could. It just wasn't a good fit. I think Brady Hoke is a much better fit. He understands the culture. He's coached here before. I think it's his dream job. You want someone there that pretty much wants to die there. This is like their end game. I believe that's how Brady Hoke feels about the Michigan job. He was a guy who said he would've walked from San Diego State to Ann Arbor. That's kind of what you want in that position.
Click here to read the entire interview: http://omaha.com/article/20110620/BIGRED/706209847/-1#interview-with-an-icon-desmond-howard
"The biggest thing (is) you can't be changing defenses every year," Carr said on the Sports Pen on ESPN 970-AM. "The players need to learn a system, and you can't learn a system if you're changing every year. (Defensive coordinator Greg Mattison's) brought in the 4-3 defense, and I think we've got to recruit some bigger players."
Rodriguez's offensive and defensive systems were predicated on smaller, quicker players. Many questioned the wisdom of using those players in the Big Ten, where tradition (and weather) generally dictates the use of bigger, stronger players.
"We've been a very, very small team for the last three years," Carr said. "In this conference, to play championship football, you need big people because you're gonna play against big people almost every single week. And when you're a much smaller team, you're gonna wear down, you're gonna get beat up, and you're not gonna be able to finish a season.
"In this conference, it's at the end of the season that you have to be strong if you're going to do the types of things and have the kind of seasons that we've always aspired to have here."
Click here to read the full article: http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2011/05/lloyd_carr_on_espn_970...
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I'm not posting this to bash the Freep or to increase the odds that Section 1 blows an O-ring, although I think the guy is probably at risk for that. Maybe someone could modify his hosts file and redirect him to something happy.
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Here's some of what RichRod had to say when honored at Glenville State:
In case that doesn't work:
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Bring out your animated dead horse GIFs. :)
RichRod heading back to Glenville, WV for a college golf tournament fund raiser:
They seem pretty happy to see him again.
“He still has some good friends here in Glenville. The town of Glenville loves him and always has. So, I think for him to come back here where he started and where he has a lot of support is exciting for him.”
Mike McQueary (PSU Recruiting Coordinator) comments on Michigan/Rodriguez at the Coaches Clinic International tonight...
In case it may interest some people here, I am at the Coaches Clinic Intl in Scranton. Tonight, Mike McQueary (recruiting coordinator @ PSU) was giving a talk on beating 'Slick' (quarters) coverage and goal line/short yardage strategy.
He used a number of clips of PSU against Michigan last year to demonstrate examples of how to exploit various coverages. Needless to say, it was painful to sit there and watch as he showed clips and described several sequences where defenders WERE exactly where they needed to be and couldn't make plays. FWIW, he said some very complementary things about Rich as an offensive coach ("This clip makes me feel a little sad for Coach Rodriguez. His offense is nearly impossible to gameplan for, but the defense couldn't get it done").
He used Michigan as an example of the importance of finding a few things as a coach that you can connect with your players on re: scheme, rather than trying to run every kind of scheme with minimal understanding (Less is better).
The hardest thing to watch was a near-goal line stand where PSU ran a Fullback draw into a 3-man front and barely needed any blocking to get the TD. He referred to that as "some knuckleheaded goal-line defense".
Anyway, pretty interesting stuff... FWIW, he wasn't just throwing up a lot of stuff against michigan... in fact, much of his hours worth of footage came from games against MSU and Iowa.
Report: Maryland might have contacted Rodriguez during bowl practices
The Detroit News
In a detailed story regarding Maryland's search for a football coach published Monday in the Baltimore Sun, the paper confirmed former Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez had been among those coaches contacted.
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110215/SPORTS0201/102150407/Report--Maryland-might-have-contacted-Rodriguez-during-bowl-practices#ixzz1E3jHp4bu