Serious question. If Michigan wins out, would you be okay with Brady Hoke coming back next year. I mean Beilein says he's behind Hoke, and believes in Hoke, how the hell can you argue with Beilein?
I think this team is improving, even though the defense took a step back this past weekend.
So after rereading this, this is a poorly worded OP but I'm too lazy to change it. I'll neg myself and move on. Hopefully you understand what I was trying to say.
What if Dave Brandon managed to land one of the Harbaughs at the end of the year? Would you still want him fired? Is this less likely to happen than us somehow winning out or only dropping one more game this season?
For the record, I don't think this happens, and I don't really care who the athletic director is because I have zero chance of ever influencing that decision.
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We threw out some CC's last week, some were more the board choices, and some were more mine. Let's look back at how the resumes of last week's candidates incrementally changed:
- Dave Doeren was a long shot to start as he is at a meh ACC school and was coming off a 3-9 1st year at NC State after 2 great years at NIU. But leading and then losing in a very competitive game with FSU 2 weeks ago helped his case. Unfortunately last week's 41-0 drubbing at Clemson hurt. I watched a good part of the 1st quarter where Clemson raced out to a big lead and NC State simply did not have the athletes. NC State will face a lot more teams more of their ilk the rest of the way but Doeren (as was stated in the review) is probably more of a post 2015 candidate not a post 2014 candidate.
- Butch Jones After a nice showing to Georgia last week, his Volunteers lose a snooze fest at home to a Florida team that is offensively challenged. The schedule lightens up late in the year but he still has Bama and Ole Miss to get through. They look to have 2 more guaranteed wins vs Chattanooga and Vanderbilt but an improving Kentucky team is no longer a guaranteed type win. So they have 2 wins, 3 tossups (SC, Kentucky, Missouri) and 2 very rough games ahead. (EDIT - originally had assumed Jones made $5M+ which did not make much sense for a guy who had only coached at a MAC school and then Cincinnati but readers below commented that it was incentive laden in year 1, which USA Today put in its database as >$5M for 2013, his base is closer to $3M) http://www.nooga.com/158907/breaking-down-new-ut-coach-butch-jones-contr...
- Todd Graham - well it required a hail mary on the last play of the game but guy just wins. This is going to be a very difficult year for ASU on defense with 9 new starters v 2013, and 3 of those being true freshman (imagine starting Brandon Watson, Chase Winovich, and Lawrence Marshall - that is what Graham is faced with). He also lost his starting QB the past 2 weeks. Dude goes into ranked USC - road game, with backup QB, and very challenged defense and wins. Michigan fan cannot even fathom that type of scenario. His BACKUP QB threw for 500+ yards after throwing for 600+ yards the previous week. ASU is very flawed on the defense this year after having the 2nd (2012) and 4th (2013) ranked Pac 12 defenses but still should have a decent season and is set up for a big 2015. Unlike Sumlin who thinks defense is optional, Graham has had 2 years of good defenses - this year won't be, so he has to win with offense. Road ahead remains tough with Stanford, Notre Dame, 'Zona!, Utah, the Flying Mike Leach's, Washington. I'd consider a 4-3 finish to the 4-1 start pretty darn good considering the youth of their defense.
- Dan Mullen obviously had the best week of the bunch with a win over (IMO an overrated) A&M. Sumlin's team plays defense in the vein of Rich Rod's teams of 2008-2010 i.e. none. That said it's a statement win for a coach that lacked them in his first 5 years at Miss State. Now he has 2 in back to back weeks. If Mullen's star rises while Florida continues to be meh, most believe Mullen will be headed back to UF. With the ascent of the 2 Mississippi teams the SEC West has gone from brutal to "just wrong". Still ahead - Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss (that's 3 of the top 8 teams in the nation per AP) Arkansas could be a trap game - and Kentucky, Vandy, and a baby seal round out the schedule.
I will be taking a closer look at Gary Patterson this week who has a gauntlet of his own in the next 5 weeks. Most likely he will be a TCU lifer but if he goes 4-1/3-2 in the next 5 weeks, I'd make the case UM should put im in the $5M club and bring him to the Midwest if Jim H is not coming and Graham/Mullen are not either.
I'd like to propose this scenario and get a general discussion back . My buddy and I were arguing about Hoke's future and we couldn't agree. So what say you MGOBLOG nation?
The scenario (as unlikely as it may be) :
Hoke and company win out. This means we beat Penn State under the lights. We beat both Sparty and Ohio on the road. We thus finish 8-4 and and likely second in our division as the winner of the MSU/OSU game will likely finish with only one conference loss. In this scenario would Hoke keep his job?
I argued yes. He would have beaten both main rivals on the road. Won 6 straight. And more importantly finished with 8 wins which we kind of assumed from the beginning of the season that's where we'd end up.
My buddy argues nothing can save Hoke due to concussion gate.
My rebuttal is time heals all wounds and if he wasn't fired immediately there's still a chance. Plus there's no home run coach lined up to succeed him.
Humor me and chime in.
edit: I should mention that this was initially sparked by the topic of whether Hoke really is a "dead man walking" or if we are all just saying that because we want it to be true. We were trying to come up with a scenario in which he would keep his job and this, and only this, was my conclusion whereas my friend thinks nothing can right the ship. ... and I'll let everyone on the secret, we posted this to actually prove a point as well. We've noticed how deplorable this MGoBoard has become and were taking 'bets' on how many downvotes and negative, asinine comments we would gather by morning. All this despite having a CLEAR, LEGIBLE title, so if the topic didn't interest you, one could not click on it. So yeah, I guessed about 80% negative comments. Seems I'm pretty close.
At 2-4, Michigan slips to #72, sandwiched between those two football powerhouses, Wyoming and Memphis, both of whom are 3-2. Above are such prodigious programs as Toledo and Akron.
Fortunately we're above Arkansas State and Middle Tennessee, not by much, but hey, take what you can get.
The Python Oscar Wilde sketch has a line that sums up my experience watching this team play this year: "Before you arrive is pleasure, but after is a pain in the dong."