chance of bowl: 13.6%
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
Brian touched on this S/I story on the front page today but focused on the UM aspect of it. Thought it was interesting from a Dan Mullen angle as well as I am not at all familiar with the politics at the University of Florida so there are some nuggets in this story for us yankees.
Long story short - the current AD was apparently there during the Urban Meyer era and advised Mullen against going to MSU (which could be understood). They are not on great terms and to offer Mullen supposedly would be some form of implicit statement that the AD made a mistake in the past. (Not going after Mullen to replace Urban?) I don't know anything about Foley but it sounds like there is an ego involved. Further Mullen was not popular in his time at UF and his 2 offensive coordinators left on not great terms.
S/I goes on to say Foley will make a run at Bob Stoops, which apparently he has in the past. They don't think Stoops will leave Oklahoma (dont see any reason he would) but of course if that happened boy would that shake up the landscape. There just has not been that sort of parallel move of 1 coach moving between 2 "bluebloods" (UF not a traditional bluebood but over past 25 years a powerhouse). Hugh Freeze brought up but the talk of NCAA investigations cool that.
S/I then throws out Rich Rod of all people but says the personalities of Foley and RR don't mix. Also states RR would need to upgrade his staff and they feel RR won't do that. Which is pretty fascinating.
So that leaves things pretty open ended at UF as the "no brainer" candidate might not be as much.
It would be considered a major surprise if Foley even calls Mullen. Foley advised Mullen against taking the Mississippi State job when he left Florida in December 2008 (considering the century of bad football in Starkville that probably wasn’t bad advice). The two don’t have a bad relationship, but its more neutral than chummy. Foley hiring Mullen would be an admission that he made a mistake in overlooking him last time. The Florida brass would also likely have to welcome back Mullen’s co-offensive coordinators, Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy, neither of whom exited Florida on the greatest terms (Gonzales bolted for LSU and Hevesy left with Mullen for Mississippi State. So did operations guru Jon Clark, who would surely come along). The feeling here is that if Mullen ends up getting hired, it happens because someone from the outside pressures Foley. So that means it’s unlikely.
Mullen wasn’t exactly beloved during his time at Florida, as fans called for his job and administrators were ambivalent. Foley isn’t itching for a tie to the Urban Meyer era, either. Some of this comes down to Foley’s ego and whether he can swallow his pride. The guess from almost every corner is that Mullen won’t get the job.
In the same piece they did mention Mullen and Michigan but offered that the stablity leadership and facilities are better in Starkville as we live in an increasingly flat world. And the new SEC network is going to provide more bucks for those schools to spend on the arms race for coaches.
Not related - the SMU job also is interesting from the angle that some high profile coordinators look to be front runners - namely Chad Morris of Clemson, Josh Heupel of Oklahoma, and Herman of OSU. Tulsa also should open up and those same guys are candidates for that job. These are the prototypical jobs for unproven coordinators to go to for 3-4 years before launching to a Big 5 - Todd Graham and Kevin Sumlin both turbocharged their HC careers in that conference.
Last Kansas may also be going after an OSU coach - in this case Ed Warriner who apparently was the top assistant with Mangino back in the day.
So Urbz could be losing 2 major guys from his staff.
Since we are all desperate for threads and not much to talk about i thought id post something that we can all enjoy. Braylonfest was one of the greatest comebacks i have ever witnessed. I was watching the game with my family and after deandre cobb took it to the house my dad shut off the tv in disgust. A little later i turned the tv back on with 3 min left in the game when henne threw the first td to Braylon. Anyone else remeber what they were doing during the game? Enjoy. BEAT STATE!!
After all of the CC threads, I was very surprised that there has only been one mention of Doc Holliday. I personally like keeping track of unbeatens in college football and when Marshall was 4-0 I started to get curious. So I looked up there coach and started some research. Now that they are 7-0, I thought that this would be threadworthy. I am gonna break this up into a couple different categories similar to how Ron Utah has done his in the diaries(which are good reads). The categories are: Coaching Background, Offense, Defense, Special Teams, Recruiting, and likeliness of him coming here and staying.
West Virginia(Part 1):
He started off at West Virginia under Don Nehlen, who was a QB coach at Michigan, as a Wide Receivers coach. He did that for 7 years and moved to the defense to coach the Inside Linebackers. Then he went back to Receivers and then was promoted to Assistant Head Coach. He coached the three top career and single-season reception leaders in school history and 8 of the top ten players in both categories.
He coached in Raleigh for four years as an Assistant Head Coach and receivers coach. During his time here he coached three of the top 8 recievers in school history. Notice the pattern here.
You guys may not like this but Holliday coached under Urban Meyer from 2005-2008 as an Assistant Head Coach, safeties coach, and recruiting coordinator.
West Virginia(Part 2):
Almost hired as the head coach after Rich Rod left to coach somewhere, he was hired as the Assistant Head Coach, tight end coach, fullback coach and recruiting coordinator.
Where he is now, he has been the coach from 2009-Present.
Easily Hollidays strong suit, besides maybe recruiting. His teams can put up points and fast.
Here are his average rankings for yardage per game so far at Marshall:
47th TOTY/G = 435 Yds
40th PY/G = 265 Yds
60th RY/G = 170 Yds
But what about scoring?
Well, here you go:
20.8 PPG = 108th
22 PPG = 106th
40.9 PPG = 9th
43 PPG = 7th
2014(thru 7 games):
47.4 PPG = 2nd
This averages out to the 46th best Points per game. That is about 33 Points per game which is enough to win every game.
He runs a spready offense, but at this point I think we all would take someone who can win, it doesn't matter if he runs the triple offense, just score more than the other team.
The iffy spot of this guy, his defenses, have been above average but again not great.
He has had the
71st best pass yardage defense, the
65th best run yardage defense, and the
68th best total yardage defense.
That averages out to
237 pass yards,
163 rush yards, and
411 total yards.
Now points wise, his teams have averaged the 66th best defense in the country, which this year would be good for 27 points per game. Again, with his offense, enough to win.
An average special teams coach, this is by no means "Beamer Ball" but I do not think we would have to worry about counting the players on the field.
Over his career at Marshall, his punt team has averaged 42.8 yards per punt.
They have averaged 9.2 yards per punt return. Michigan averages 7.8 right now.
And they have averaged 22 yards per kickoff return. Michigan averages 19 right now.
So, a downgrade in the punting game but an upgrade in the return game. Plus I would imagine that Norfleet is better than what he can get at Marshall.
Doc Holliday is known for being a pretty outsanding recruiter. He has won the recruiting award for his area a bunch and has pretty good ties down south. He pulled together some pretty good classes at Florida and West Virginia. Here are his recruiting class rankings from rivals:
1 ****, 8 ***.
1 ****, 10 ***
3 ****, 8 ***
To get these consistent classes at Marshall is pretty impressive. He is not in a recruiting hotbed which some small schools are and he is at a school that is not intriguing.
He has averaged the 66th best class, that is consistent and an average class. He has gotten 5 four stars over six years. He has also averaged 10 3 ***s per class. Again these are pretty encouraging. At Michigan, there are a handful of kids that fall in love with Michigan no matter who the coach is. It seems like Holliday would do well enough here.
Likeliness of him coming/Staying:
I think if he was offered the job of a big time school i.e. Michigan, He would accept. However, he has only coached down south and has spent most of his time at West Virginia so I would say there would be a 40% chance of him coming if we offered. He only makes 600,000 a year right now so of we offered him 3 mil. I couldn’t see him turning that down. Also, if WVU ever came offering, I could see him spurning Michigan for that opportunity.
So overall, I really like Doc Holliday. He has gotten consistent results with worse players. Is he the best option? No. Should he be considered? Definitely. He has a lot of the things you look for in a quality coach.