Just in time for the Northwestern game, here's some Ryan Field video via my quad rotor! This is from a few weeks ago, hence the green trees. I live in Wisconsin now and Northwestern is right along the way on my drive home to Michigan.
(sorry, don't know how to imbed).
John U. Bacon talked to Sam on WTKA this morning. Here are some of the more interesting things he said:
1. The administration's timeline for picking a new AD may be very different than the fans' timeline. He referenced athletics/football as being "not Schlissel's thing."
Neither JUB nor Sam have heard anything about having a new AD by the end of this month. JUB referred to "very good sources" who haven't mentioned this...Note: JUB was not saying that Michigan won't have a new AD by the end of the month. He just hasn't heard that it will.
2. He mentioned that, in his opinion, it's easier to hire a new AD quickly than it is a coach. He also said that it might be more important for the new AD to have Michigan ties than the new coach, because the new AD will have to unify various factions.
3. Hackett, not Schlissel, appears to be running things as far as finding a permanent AD.
4. He thinks Coach Hoke will be back if he manages to beat OSU and finish 7-5. He believes Michigan would prefer not to make a change. EDIT: Let me add one thing: He was talking about this in the context of saying Michigan is conservative (in a non-political sense) when it comes to making changes with regard to any issue.
5. He thinks there's a 50-50 chance of landing Jim Harbaugh if Michigan fires Coach Hoke. He said it's "far from a done deal" and said Harbaugh wouldn't come back to college for any other program.
6. He thinks an experienced AD will be important if Michigan can't land Jim Harbaugh.
7. He would "bet against" Michigan landing John Harbaugh.
8. The "Michigan Man factor" will be an issue when hiring a coach but not an overwhelming one. He thinks Michigan learned from hiring Coach Hoke that being a "Michigan Man" is overrated.
Dabo Swinney, 44 years old
Head Coach - Clemson (2008-present)
57-25 overall record, 3-3 in Bowl Games (1 Orange Bowl win in 2014)
2011 ACC Championship, 2011 Bobby Dodd winner
All of his coaching experience has been at two schools - Alabama under Mike DuBose and Clemson under Tommy Bowden before taking over the HC position in the middle of the 2008 season. Swinney's first full season as head football coach the team went 9-5, 2010 they dropped to 6-7, but then saw a climb to 10-4 in 2011, followed by back-to-back 11-2 season in 2012 and 2013. Currently the Tigers are 6-2 with losses to Georgia and Florida State.
Here's how his total offense/defenes have ranked:
'09: 37th O / 46th D
'10: 82nd O / 18th D
'11: 16th O / 100th D
'12: 8th O / 74th D
'13: 12th O / 29th D
'14: 70th O / 2nd D (season obviously not complete)
As for recruiting (per Rivals) his 2009 class was 37th in the country followed by the 19th in 2010, 8th in 2011, 14th in 2012, 14th in 2013 and 13th in 2014. Clemson currently has the #2 class in the nation with two 5 stars and nine 4 stars (21 total commits)
Swinney's entire career has been in the South, so it would seem hard to be able to pull him to Michigan, but maybe opening the checkbook could sway him up North. He currently earns $3.3mil while Hoke is at $4.3 (per coacheshotseat.com). Despite not having ties to Michigan, he seems like a candidate I would like to see the school go after or at the very least, reach out to. Not a flashy candidate, but seems like a coach who will put his teams in the top 25 every year and keep them contended year in and year out. Thoughts?
Dan Wetzel suggests that Michigan should pursue Bob Stoops. Dan thinks that if Coach Stoops were going to leave OU, there would be no better time, and no better place than Michigan. While I would never say never, this appears about as likely as a Freaks and Geeks reunion show. Which now, come to think of it, begs the question why there isn't a Freaks and Geeks reunion show, but I digress.
That's not fun.