Addresses numerous straw men in seeking to critique hire
Attempts to demonstrate how hiring the best possible candidate is a negative
Schefty is breaking the news right now!!!
Edit #1: We're now front page of ESPN.com as well!
Edit #2: ESPN's Grantland weighs the pros and cons of Harbaugh: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/michigan-wolverines-jim-harbaugh-hire-big-ten-implications/
Throughout the search process, there were SO many different stories written by so many different outlets. Each of them contained some level of truth and some level of bias. Some were more truthful than others, while some were FAR more biased than others. Some (e.g., all ESPN NFL reporters, etc.) were just up their own ass.
By the end, I wasn't looking at anything but the Searchbits. I appreciate Brian and the blog for wading through the garbage to find the gold. And for presenting the useful information in a relatively non-biased way. Each Searchbits showed the good and the bad, and gave supporting and logical evidence for the good and detracting evidence for the bad.
As the search hype ramped up, I had so many people randomly telling me about shit they read, which was usually ESPN or some other major news outlet, and was usually wrong/stupid. I was constantly regurgitating the Searchbits from memory in order to explain how dumb those writers were and I probably sounded like a total homer duche. But I was right. And so was the blog.
tl;dr: Props to MGoBlog on its excellent reporting of the coaching search. And thanks.
The 1st thing I did when I read everything yesterday morning was make my annual PSD, which I had been putting off until a coach was hired along w an additional donation (reminder-due Jan 31st and Dec 31st for tax purposes).
I wonder if all PSDs have been made in the last 36 hrs and how many additional donations have been made.
Return of the Wait List?
"Jim was their first choice," the source said. "(The Raiders) are disappointed."
What will the NFL say now?
TL;DR - Harbaugh!!
I know for some recruiting is an obsession and there is a lot of worry. I've put on my Nate Silver hat and I am here to project UM's final class in a range of #25 to #33 as long as we have 16 openings. Let's discuss how.
UM currently has 6 commits. That's good enough for 96th in the nation. Woo hoo. (Don't fear, Florida is 94th with 8 commits) But considering we have a 2 star kicker for 1 slot, the average rank of 3.5 for the 6 is darn good. I am projecting a class of 16. Could be off by +/- 1 or 2, who knows with attrition but with Ferns and Funchess gone and the annual 3-4 transfers I think 16 is reasonable. I also chose 16 to make it simple to compare to the 2014 class.
Here is last year's 31st ranked class. Please note the AVERAGE rank of that class was 15th in the nation, but due to a low total # the overall rank was 31.
Note we had only 6 four stars last year.
Projection #1 - minor Harbaugh Kool Aid
- This year we already have 4 four stars - Cole, Kinnel, Malzone, Newsome. Harbaugh will find 3 more - so we jump to 7 total (last year we had 6).
- I then awarded the state of Chris Clark to Michigan because we still are in his top 3 and damnit, Harbaugh. So that's the 2015 five star to match last year's.
- There was a 2 star last year (Pallante) so it matches to this year's Andrew David.
- All remaining slots (6 of them) go to 3 stars.
Projection #2 - major Harbaugh Kool Aid
- Ok it's aggressive. Harbaugh lands five 4 stars in the next month to add to our current 4.
- Clark is the five star.
- All remaining slots (4 of them) go to 3 stars.
Other data - peer group. Peer group is just the current landscape of schools out there with 17 or less recruits - ranked in the top 50-ish Of course they will move up and down as recruits file in, decommit, flip, etc. Those with larger classes will of course be ranked higher - but our average rank has the potenial to still be very good - probably only trailing LSU and Oklahoma among this peer group.
[All data via Rivals]