that's unfortunate, but at least the interest is there on both sides
I agree with most of his takes on Funchess but he doesn't know about his injury that he sustained against Notre Dame.
ED BISB: yeah, maybe not so much with the jackass title.
EDIT: It was meant to poke fun at most of the poster's apparent disdain for Funchess most of the season hence my post title. Obviously, that joke didn't work. I'm a big fan of Funchess and think he can succeed in the NFL.
Per MLive, HBO had cameras to follow Jim around a bit, they were at the spring game as well. He is going to be featured on this week's episode of Real Sports. Tuesday at 10PM.
Should be a fun episode, we can take back the airwaves from OSU, they had a massive profile of Urban Meyer on there earlier this year.
It still seems surreal to me that Jim Harbaugh left the NFL and took the Michigan job. Some players feel the same way.
Also, I didn't know that all the major television networks treated his introductory press conference as breaking news. It was broadcast on every network.
The whole thing is worth listening to. The bit on Harbaugh starts 47 minutes in and lasts for about 4-5 minutes.
LINK (embed is below)
- He thinks that it's going to work there but not "a quick fix"
- Harbaugh's offense is "Bo Schembechler football with Jon Gruden's playbook."
- Harbaugh learned a lot of offense from Bill Callahan while a QC guy at the Raiders
- He thinks that Harbaugh will delegate the details of his offense to his OC, but he thinks wrongly that Jedd Fisch will be the OC (he's pretty down on Fisch)
- So the offense probably won't look exactly the way it did at Stanford.
The other thing that's interesting from this blog's readership's perspective is that Chris Brown also talks about offensive styles and systems, and he points out that whether you're an up-tempo spread team or a traditional power team, "it all works." He does suggest that offenses get in trouble if they don't commit to an offensive identity and philosophy (something that set off alarm bells in my head). He suggested that it's fine to have a preference -- coaches obviously do -- but that you need to stick to that preference and have an identity. Ultimatley however, all systems go about putting pressure on defenses, but using different methods. That discussion begins at the 40 minute mark.
Angelique has just put up a story over at the News, apparently in 2014 UM had to give away 62,879 tickets, or 8.6% of attendance, up from 2.8% the year before. The whole thing is a pretty interesting read, LINK
It also had this interesting graphic. I know that they count the band/ushers/etc, but it's pretty clear that we were under 100K for multiple games this year
In other words: Michigan had to give away thousands of tickets just to fill the Big House this much: pic.twitter.com/ZrHFv1TwjH— Alejandro Zúñiga (@ByAZuniga) April 17, 2015
Since Michigan opens their season on a rare (and I mean rare) Thursday night game at Utah on September 3rd, I thought I'd list the history of Michigan Football on Thursdays.
It is a very rare occasion to be playing on Thursday in the regular season. When Michigan takes the field at Rice-Eccles Stadium, it will be the program's first regular season Thursday game in exactly 110 years.
|11/22/1883||at Harvard||L 0-3|
|11/24/1887||at Harvard Club (Chicago)||W 26-0|
|11/29/1888||at U. Club (Chicago)||L 4-26|
|11/28/1889||at Chicago Athletic Association||L 0-20|
|11/26/1891||at Cleveland Athletic Association||L 4-8|
|11/30/1893||at Chicago||W 28-10|
|11/29/1894||at Chicago||W 6-4|
|11/28/1895||at Chicago||W 12-0|
|10/15/1896||vs Physicians & Surgeons||W 28-0|
|11/26/1896||at Chicago||L 6-7|
|11/25/1897||at Chicago||L 12-21|
|11/24/1898||at Chicago||W 12-11|
|11/30/1899||Wisconsin||L 5-17||Played in Chicago, IL|
|11/29/1900||at Chicago||L 6-15|
|11/28/1901||Iowa||W 50-0||Played in Chicago, IL|
|11/27/1902||vs Minnesota||W 23-6|
|10/8/1903||vs Albion||W 76-0|
|11/26/1903||at Chicago||W 28-0|
|11/30/1905||at Chicago||L 0-2|
|1/1/1948||#8 USC||W 49-0||Rose Bowl|
|1/1/1970||#5 USC||L 3-10||Rose Bowl|
|1/1/1976||#3 Okahoma||L 6-14||Orange Bowl|
|1/1/1987||#7 Arizona State||L 15-22||Rose Bowl|
|12/28/1995||#19 Texas A&M||L 20-22||Alamo Bowl|
|1/1/1998||#8 Washington State||W 21-16||Rose Bowl|
|1/1/2004||#1 USC||L 14-28||Rose Bowl|
Thanksgiving Day football was an early Michigan tradition. In fact, Michigan and Chicago are credited as being the originators of Thanksgiving Day football.
Michigan is 9-8 in Thanksgiving Day games, 15-14 on Thursday overall and 13-9 in Thursday regular season games.
This will be Michigan's first road game season opener that is a night game since Gary Moeller debuted as Michigan's head coach in 1990 at #1 Notre Dame.