Gary Moeller's legacy related to Michigan has always fascinated me. He was fired in disgrace after embarrassing himself and U-M, but after a few years in the NFL, he came back and is now fully accepted as a beloved member of the Michigan family. There he was last week, posing with Harbaugh, Lloyd and Hanlon.
So, my question is: A dozen or so years from now, can Brady Hoke have this same legacy? When we introduce our new coach in 2027, will a gray-haired Brady Hoke be there, wearing a Block M shirt and posing for photos? Does Hoke have a future as another Gary Moeller?
Arkansas State vs. Toledo
I know it is our job as MGoPeople to overanalyze and stress over every tweet and blurb about every facet of UM sports, but you really can't worry too much one way or the other in this DC debate. A dream team to me would be Mattison coach DL, Anderson LB/co-DC, and Durkin ST/co-DC. But there is not a losing proposition here.
Sometimes it is difficult to breath people but... Harbaugh. These guys everyone is lusting after were found by.... Harbaugh. When they were nobodies. Anderson was with him way back in the San Diego days. So was Drevno. Durkin probably had pimples when Harbaugh first met him. Jim has a talent for finding talented position coaches - probably the first guy since Bo to really have that. (Meyer has the same talent) So whatever names show up, they will be vetted by Jim and we'll profit.
As for these 2 specific dudes - Anderson was in his first year as DC at Stanford - one doesn't know how much of their excellence this year was due to him or a system in place for 8 years that he just carried on for 1 year. Durkin was in his second year as DC at Florida - one doesn't know how much of their excellence was due to him or Will Muschamp and a bunch of high 4/5 star elite athletes. In many ways what Stanford is achieving with much lower level recruits than Florida in an offense happy league (Pac 12) is even more impressive then what Florida has done. (Stanford's prior DC is now a HC elsewhere)
Here are some advanced stats for Stanford and Florida the past 4 years and I overlaid Michigan's to give you a feel. I bolded the years these 2 guys were the DCs -- again these are first world problems people. .
I'd love both as Anderson would give us another west coast recruiting arm to go along with Drevno and Jim himself, while Durkin gets us half a decade of southern relationships. But either would be an upgrade - and a significant one - via advanced data.
(Go to Football Outsiders if you are unfamiliar with the way these stats work)
The Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl is airing right now on Fox Sports 1. One Michigan commit is playing in the game: offensive tackle Grant Newsome.
Here's a list of Michigan targets who are in the game, including Tyrone Wheatley, Jr.:
Also, Michigan target Pat Allen was supposed to announce his decision tonight (he decommitted from Georgia and might be leaning toward Tennessee), but he is no longer planning to announce. I am hoping that Harbaugh might be able to get in his ear, because Allen did take an official visit to Michigan this past fall.
It's weird to feel feelings about football stuff. I don't like it. Vent here.