UPDATE - Final Results:
Les Miles - 663 (59.62%)
Dan Mullen - 449 (40.38%)
Votes from 13 countries.
Assuming neither Harbro is available, whom would you want to be our next HC?
Miles crushed Schiano...but what about Mullen?
CLICK HERE for the new poll...I will post results tomorrow.
I'll keep posting polls this week until we have an MGoBlog champ.
UPDATE: Next poll will have all non-Harbaugh options.
Not too long ago, Yankee Candle came out with a line of collegiate candles and for some reason they didn't include Michigan. Well, it's finally here.
With Hackett taking his sweet time in firing (or retaining!) Hoke, I have read a lot of material out there that says this search comes down to two names if neither Harbaugh wants the job: Les Miles and Greg Schiano.
To me, those are both unappealing options. But if forced to choose one, whom would it be?
CLICK HERE to take the survey. I will post the results later.
UPDATE: With 100 votes in, it 96% Miles, 4% Schiano. Actually, there are 857 votes in, but the percentages have been essentially the same all through the voting.
Part of the purpose of this poll was to give an unofficial voice to the fans...I knew Schiano would be unpopular, and I hope in some small way this helps the people in charge of things see how the fanbase views that hire.
I will post a few more polls in the next few days that should be more competitive.
I've seen this point touched on, but I haven't seen a topic posted.
There is one large flaw that exists with all the rhetoric flying around on this site about dumping Hoke immediately. Everybody seems to be rallying around the fact that Hoke needs to be gone yesterday, but I'd like to step back and consider the process involved.
Dumping Hoke would be good, yes? But what is the single thing that would be more harmful than retaining Hoke for one more year? A coaching search that ends with us somehow hiring John L. Smith as our new HC?
Granted, I may have exaggerated a bit with that. But why dump Hoke until we have solid information that we can trade up? What if we fire Hoke today, only to find out that Harbaugh(s), Miles, Mullen, Petersen, et al. do not want to come here? Then what? Then we get Schiano'd.
The point I am trying to make, and maybe not as cohesively as I'd like, is that you are crazy if you think the AD is not reaching out to find in-roads with candidates. If we get very bad news on that front (which honestly would not surprise me), then we keep Hoke another year and face those consequences.
I want to repeat this: MICHIGAN ABSOLUTELY CANNOT MESS UP THE NEXT HEAD FOOTBALL COACH.
I'll take one more year of a slow and painful death by clock mismanagement over hiring Jerry Kill and finding out that Kill was a bad choice. Four years later and the carousel has made another revolution and we wonder why in the hell we are hiring guys with marginally good records at Minnesota.
Firing Hoke before lining up a replacement could doom us. I'm not suggesting Hoke is a viable option AT ALL, just that if we miss on the big names this year, Hoke could function as a quasi-interim HC. Again, that is not an ideal situation, but neither is hiring Lane Kiffin.
The coaching situation is not black and white. Better to keep Hoke around until they line up a suitable replacement. We CANNOT screw up another hire. Not all coaches have Michigan as their dream job. If our list of 1A, 1B, 1C type coaches are not available, it is better to keep Hoke and make a new list of 1A, 1B, and 1C coaches for next year...
From petitions to oust Brandon, to organizing protests over Brandon, to starting kickstarter campaigns to induce Harbaugh, the blogosphere and this blog in particular have had
fantastic good intermittent success in fomenting change in Michigan football. Yeah us!
So, with that in mind, we are now taking nominations for the 2014 Michigan Football Bust Theme Song. Once we have a winner, I will bribe the Laurel Manor catering and A/V staff to play the song over the PA system at the appropriate time (right before Coach Hoke's speech). No Josh Groban this time around, though. We'll have none of that!
So, what do you all want to hear as the theme song? The Doors' The End? Neil Sedaka Breaking Up Is Hard To Do? The Afghan Whigs' Jail?
Vote in the comments. We'll make this happen.
First time since 1997 that Michigan does not lead the nation in national attendance.
The Big Ten is one of two conferences with more than two teams ranked among the top 22 in the nation in average attendance, with seven schools comprising that group. Ohio State leads the nation in average attendance at 106,296, followed by No. 3 Michigan (104,909), No. 5 Penn State (101,623), No. 10 Nebraska (91,249), No. 18 Wisconsin (79,520), No. 20 Michigan State (74,681) and No. 22 Iowa (67,512).
Last year, the average crowd was 111,592.
Michigan was #1 in the nation in attendance in 1949-1950, 1955, 1957, 1971-1996, 1998-2013.
Michigan has lead the nation in attendance 45 times. The NCAA has been keeping national attendance averages since 1949.