“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.”
You guys should all should tune into what Ray had to say on WTKA this morning... Great insight.
Bullet points for quick summary:
Thought Morris was physically and strategically not prepared.
Morris should not be hailed as the next QB of Michigan when Speight and Malzone can easily take away the job next spring/fall.
Devin Gardner not being utilized properly and should have started against Minnesota due to his succesful history against the Gophers.
Doesn't like the flack Gardner gets because of his lack of proper utilization and thinks he should have transferred if he knew the crap he was about to be in for
Rutgers front 4 on defense should be problematic. Outside of that not much else.
Leonte Carroo should be problematic on Rutgers offense, don't underestimate Friedgen and Nova.
Michigan against the world, hopefully they come out as worldbeaters.
Questions DB coaching due to blown coverages on Minnesota touchdowns. I guess this comes back to Roy Manning not having experience.
Thinks defense lost faith after offensive struggles. Thinks overall atmosphere of U of M lacks trust and it clearly shows on the football field.
Thought contain on Cobb was done poorly especially by Ryan.
Wants to see Gardner not lose trust in teammates and not try to carry team on his back.
Mentions that Michigan is at the tip of the iceberg and there is much more research that needs to be done before things can change. Says Hoke was done dirty referring to over the top criticisms, but did relent that as the person in charge Hoke gets the most criticism.
I hope all of you appreciate now how DIFFICULT it is to win 8 to 10 games, win/compete for B1G championships, and go to a bowl game EVERY YEAR!
Coach Carr was pushed out by people (this site included) who thought any idiot off the street can do what Carr did year after year. After two coaches and too many embarrassing loses later, we all know the truth now.
Coaching football in NCAA is hard. Not very many people are good at it. It is difficult even when you have the enormous resources that this great university can provide.
I hope you remember that for the next coach and beyond.
In 2007 Les Miles was the "Homerun" hire and we failed to get him. In 2011, Jim Harbaugh was the "Homerun" hire and we also failed to get him. We settled both times and have subsequently seen the worst 7 years of cumulative football in program history. Everything I'm seeing now is saying that the Harbaughs, Miles and Sumlin are "Pipe Dreams" to coach at Michigan. This baffles me because I have always been under the impression that Michigan was a powerful program and relative big deal in the world of college football. That notion needs to be evaluated now.
Michigan currently has a coach that has embarassed it's football to new heights. Michigan has an AD that is giving away tickets for Coke cans. We are outfitted by Adidas and most of the apparel is so god-awful ugly that it's immune to purchase. We cannot fill our stadium anymore and there are active protests of unrest on campus aimed at the dismal state of this program. Michigan Football has become the laughing stock of College Football.
Where is the Michigan Power? Why can Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Florida State, Alabama and Texas A&M all get "their guy" but Michigan cannot? Michigan SHOULD be able to get their guy also but the truth is, Michigan does NOT wield enough power to get the man they need to coach the program. We have to continue to settle for options B and C. Until Michigan can muster up the strength and power to command option A in a coaching search, things will continue to look bleak in Ann Arbor. Michigan should not have to "settle" for lesser options in this coaching search because we already have.....twice. It's time Michigan goes out and gets a sharp, established, eloquent, savvy and intelligent football coach who can represent this University both at the podium and on the sidelines. Michigan deserves far better than what we have been asked to settle for. If Michigan truly is a powerful University, then Michigan will go and get and Option A top flight football coach. They will not ask the fan base to settle again.
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.