This is from 2012 but seems really relevant right now. I think it's important to look at coaching changes holistically, and not just focus on the positives or cherry pick just the success stories
Anecdotal evidence and scientific analysis indicate that replacing a coach is no guarantee of success. Houston finished 5-7 this season after changing its coordinator. Wisconsin is a middling 7-5 after firing its line coach. The Badgers reached the Big Ten Conference title game only because N.C.A.A. penalties left Ohio State and Penn State ineligible.
A study published last month in Social Science Quarterly may provide sobering news to Auburn, Tennessee and other universities that have fired their coaches. Using data from 1997 to 2010, the study compared the performance of major college teams that replaced their coach with teams with similar records that kept their coach.
The results, tracked over a five-year period following the coaching changes, might surprise many. The lowliest teams subsequently performed about the same as other struggling teams that did not replace their coach. Mediocre teams — those that won about half their games in the year before a coaching change — performed worse than similar teams that did not replace their coach.
EDIT: Hat tip to user michelin, Here's the pdf of the study
(by the way, I'm working on a diary right now that takes a look at this)
Richard Kiel, whose towering height and distinctive baritone voice defined his nearly 50-year career in television and films, most notably as the steely toothed James Bond villain Jaws, died Wednesday afternoon in Fresno, Calif. at the age of 74,
Michigan Football has at least an indirect connection to Kiel in that the Lamarr Woodley shirt
was inpired by the shirt worn by Mr Larson, the ex-boss of Happy Gilmore.
While the Lamarr Woodley shirt pictured above features Steeler colors, a Michigan version of it predated the Pittsburgh version. (My Google-Fu failed me as I searched for the Michigan image.)
RIP, Richard Kiel.
Nice story on Thomas Rawls over at the mlive. Fun fact - Rawls' HC coach was named Fred Jackson.
"I'm relevant right now but I still don't feel like I'm good enough and that's just my hunger keeping me motivated, really," Rawls said. "I don't regret going to Michigan because if I didn't go there then maybe I wouldn't be as hungry or running as hard or in a good spirit right now. I want to be happy and I was just losing a lot of that back in Ann Arbor. I'm happy here and I'm having fun. These guys are great, especially the coaching staff. I love Coach (Dan) Enos."
There's no animosity between him and the UM coaching staff as he became the first member of his family to earn a degree from a major university, so even if professional football doesn't work out for him he always has something to fall back on. Coming off a rough street like Foss Avenue in Flint, that's an accomplishment and Rawls is thankful that he snapped out of that state of mind to bounce back to his old self on the field.
Obviously if you've been here since <scene missing> last weekend, you've noticed a bit of a rift among userbase between the "Fire Everything" crowd and the "Only One Game" crowd. Things are getting a bit heated at times and frankly there isn't much more to be said on either side.
I figure we'd take this opportunity for each side to actually put their money where their mouth is and do some good in the world at the same time.
What I'm proposing is a person will post a parent/root level post with a challenge like "This team will be 9-3 or better" and then if someone wants to take the bet, they reply with simply "I'll take that bet." Only the first reply is valid, unless the original poster specifies how many bets he's taking.
Try to make the bets easily quantifiable, or detailed enough so there's not any wiggle room for technicalities (I'm looking at you Brian). The bets can be for the upcoming game, or the entire season, or anything in between (I have a reminder set on my phone to bump this thread and start a "pay up" thread after The Game). Let's try to minimize the debate and side conversations to keep the thread as clean as possible, the format is already pretty clunky for doing something like this.
The Charity part. So what I was thinking both the persons proposing and accepting the bet would include the bet amount and charity of their choosing in their post. Some MGoBlog relevant options include: Food Allergy Reseach and Education, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research, and our friends at Hope for Pahokee.
I will be in Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend for my sisters wedding on Sunday. I've never been to the area before and am looking for a place to watch the game with other Michigan fans. Are there any recommendations? I checked the alumni watch parties website and came up with -
U of M Piedmont Spirit Group
Flipflop's Beach Bar and Grill, 106-B College Road, Greensboro, NC 27410
Can anyone confirm this? Any feedback would be much appreciated. Thanks!