“He was on the other side of the court, screaming: ‘Good shot, Kev!’” Durant said, shaking his head in delight. “I’m thinking, this guy’s an All-American type of teammate right there.”
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.
I know a lot of people don't read diaries - I probably never looked there once in the first 18 months I was here.. and not to toot my own horn but since Brian has a piece on the front page of Big 5 conference candidates, for those interested in more info on some of these candidates I did quite lengthy discussions with data points on some of them.
I learned a lot myself doing this research (i.e. Todd Graham and Kevin Sumlin had almost identical 4 years stints in the same division of Conf-USA) so it might be helpful for some. The comments below the diaries are also interesting in these pieces as some MGo contributors who live locally to these candidates chimed in with the local view which I found very insightful.
I also added a candidate that is not on Brian's list and is probably a year too early to truly evaluated (Doeren) but has a great pedigree for a Big 10 team, and then I followed it up with a piece on Charlie Strong if in a parallel universe we had an opening last December. I did the Strong piece NOT to say we are getting Strong today... it was basically to evaluate Strong as of last December relative to how I compared all the other candidates as of today.
I did not bother with Gundy because he has a guy at OK State named T Boone Pickens who is their Stephen Ross. He is also like Bronco at BYU and Fitzgerald at Northwestern - a lifer.
Fair warning - these are very long pieces (hence in diaries) and each candidate has their own warts. There are no unicorns out there.
We can probably use a little break from our own problems. Their five suspended players may finally get their hearings this week. I can understand the frustration their fans must feel at the pace of this process. Many here were convinced it would be settled before our game. That was four weeks ago, but it feels like so many more.
In the newest Michigan press circus that was live on ESPN, here are our counts:
"It's in the statement": 4
"We're not gonna talk about injuries": 3
- Peppers is hurt
- Does not believe Brandon left him out to dry
- Gardner will start at QB with Bellomy as his backup and Speight as the #3...
- ESPN was there along with Joe Shad
- Schad asks Hoke about headset, he says "no I won't. I have guy behind me that relays info to me"........
Hoke: "I like our football mindset and where our team is at."— Josh Newkirk (@JoshNewkirk7) October 1, 2014
I also think people like having root canals.
If there is in fact a new AD at the end of the season (as is almost guaranteed), Les Miles likely jumps to the top of the list, even at the age of 61. I'm going to have to disagree with our fearless leader on this one, I think Les is the top candidate. If Ward Manuel becomes the new AD, I think Michigan fans should prepare for the Mad Hatter to come north. "I'll never say no to Michigan", and I think that comes to fruition this time. Although if I were the AD, I'd like Les to answer for this: "I'll never forget what he said," Weems said. "He had that twinkle in his eye as he often does and said, 'Why would anybody leave LSU to go to Michigan?' I knew we had our guy."
Given his age, pedigree, and ability to recruit, Pruitt's name could likely be at the top of any number of school's coaching searches. If Michigan wants to go into a new direction, this would be the guy they should go with. Has been wildly successful at Bama, Georgia, and now FSU.
Art Briles too old? Then how about his offensive coordinator? He's considered "cutting edge" in the rise of the passing game, and he runs the fastest-paced offense in the country. Wildly popular name right now, and he likely makes the jump to head coach this off-season.
He's only making 3.85 million at Auburn, and may consider being in a different state than Nick Saban a good thing. If Michigan comes calling offering between 5-7 million, he may jump. In my modest opinion, this may be a name to watch.
Jack Del Rio
Still one of the best defensive minds in Football, and still relatively young. Given Jim Mora Jr's success, a move to Michigan may appeal to Del Rio.
Other outside candidates
MARK HUDSPETH: Give the guy a chance! God damnit.
I'm re-posting this to keep it on the MGoBoard because I find it important, and for some reason it hasn't been pinned to the site banner yet. Maybe it will mean nothing, but this kind of stuff is all many of us have to express discontent and disgust with the leadership of the athletic department, especially for those who do not want to resort to boycotts for the players' sakes.
ALUMNI - you can sign it too. You don't even have to remember your unique name.
Follow the 'Login' link and click the 'Create a Login ID Now' on the left hand side, click 'create uniquname', and follow the instructions. I haven't used my umich login in 7 years, and it took me literally 87 seconds to recover it and reset a password. Just need your name, birthdate, year of first UM degree, and last four of your SSN. Theoretically it also allows you to create a login ID for those who were alumni before the advent of the uniquenames. Haven't tired it myself, but saw a '91 grad say they could sign.