to play football, not to play trumpet
Stephen Nesbitt, who apparently spent two years covering the football team, said on Twitter yesterday that he had to believe that DB forced Coach Hoke to fire Al Borges. Chantel Jennings chimed in that she agreed. Kyle Bogenschutz said that he agreed as well and that, if they were right, this would mean a "major problem" and "far greater issues than anyone knows" for Michigan.
With all respect to Kyle Bogenschutz, I don't see a problem if their take is correct. You would of course ideally like everyone to always be on the same page, but I don't see a big issue with DB essentially saying, "Coach, I know you love Al, and I know you believe in him, but as your boss I have to step in here and tell you that we need to make a change." That's the AD's role at some level, like it's the HC's role to tell, say, his receiver's coach that something needs to change.
Am I missing something? What is the argument for the other side? I don't know any of the people I listed above or have a Twitter account, so I couldn't ask Mr. Bogenschutz to explain.
EDIT: Yeoman asks a good question. Nesbitt's reason for believing Coach Hoke was forced seemed to be - and I hope I'm not putting words in his mouth - that Coach Hoke and Coach Borges were too close for Coach Hoke to have willingly done this.
EDIT No. 2: evenyoubrutus informs us that Sam Webb said he has a gut feeling that this was Coach Hoke's call. FWIW, this puts me solidly into the camp that thinks it was Coach Hoke's decision. Sam has a remarkably accurate gut.
Now that his tenure at Michigan is officially over, I've been reminiscing over the last three years. There have been highs and lows, but certainly some extreme lows. Personally, the 4th and 1 call from the Michigan State 9 yard line in 2011 still sticks out to me as particularly terrible, though the two point conversion in the BWW Bowl is a close second, while 2013 Ohio State was a high point. I kept waiting for the offense to stagnate but they put together a great game. What do you think are the most infuriating or best playcalls Borges made during his three seasons as OC?
Eagles sign David Molk to a futures deal.
... so you're sayin' there's a chance.
Eagles starting center Jason Kelce (Cincinatti '11) really came into his own this year, establishing himself as one of the NFL's top centers. Very few peope would have complained if Kelce made the Pro Bowl. That said, Kelce missed almost the entire 2012 year with MCL and ACL tears, so it's possible that Molk may have a future with the Eagles. The Eagles current back-up, Julian Vandervelde (Iowa '11), has not shown anything that would indicate his roster spot is completely secure.
EDIT: Ugh I forgot embedding in the OP was a fruitless pursuit, so embeds are in the comments.
I just found a link for the Army Game, so I'll probably have highlights for Mason Cole up in a few days
These videos are unlisted, so in order to find them, you'll need the link for this page, the page I'm about to post on Maize n Brew, or my twitter feed.
Michigan has just released their official press release. Nussmeier will be the OC and QB Coach.
"Doug is a highly respected offensive coordinator and has earned a reputation as being a great mentor to quarterbacks, specifically, where he's coached Pro Bowlers, top NFL draft choices and Heisman Trophy finalists," said Hoke. "Doug has been successful at every coaching stop with his balanced and explosive offenses, and he brings national championship experience. He is an excellent addition to our coaching staff and football program, and we are excited to have Doug, Christi and their children join the Michigan family."
"I am extremely excited to join the University of Michigan and work with Brady Hoke, the staff and players," said Nussmeier. "I'm proud of what we accomplished in two seasons at Alabama, and I owe a great deal to Coach Saban for that opportunity. Michigan is a program I've always had deep respect for, and I'm looking forward to getting started in Ann Arbor and being a part of the great tradition there."
According to my twitter feed, Bruce Feldman says that James Franklin is leaving Vanderbilt for Penn State.
Franklin has been the top choice for a day or so http://www.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball/index.ssf/2014/01/penn_state_and_james_franklin.html, and according to CBS Sports' Feldman it's a done deal:
I for one think that while the B1G East just got a lot tougher, if the B1G wants to be a real power football conference, this is the way to do it. I'll trade Bielema to the SEC for Meyer, Nussmeier and Franklin any day. I have to think these recent hires will really help the Big Ten's image and even make our football teams better.