According to this article from 2 days ago on NBC Sports, the Jets and possibly other NFL teams are sniffing around current UCLA coach, Jim Mora.
Thankfully, we're no longer in the head coach search business (HARBAUGH!), but thought it was interesting news due to any possible effects on 2015 Recruiting, specifically:
Josh Rosen, 5 Star QB, who's slated to enroll early at UCLA. on January 5th
- (Edit: Looks like he signed a grant-in-aid agreement. Ship has officially sailed?)
- Chris Clark, 4 Star TE, who is apparently a UCLA lean according to the Twitterverse. (Sorry, I don't know how to embed tweets)
- Keisean Lucier-South, 4 Star WDE, commited to UCLA in November but had interest in Michigan at one point. Was also recruited by "potential" future Michigan DC DJ Durkin. (h/t to Wolverine Devotee and Gustavo Fring)
Can't for the first few waves of commits in this new year of 1 AH, or After Harbaugh.
Now that my "pal" Jameis Winston is out of the Playoff picture, I wanted to start an appreciation thread.
Not for Jameis, but instead in appreciation of the memes and vines that blew up yesterday.
I don't know how to embed tweets, but this quote is classic:
If you're loving this game, we've got a few desserts you might enjoy. #Turnovers #OREvsFSU
Followed by this awesome tweet in response:
FSU YOU ARE GETTING TORCHED BY ARBY'S
I also don't know how to embed vines on here, so any help would be appreciated!
Bill Keating, U of M class of 1966,1963-1965 football teams (# 68 in the 4th row in photo), passed away yesterday in Denver. Bill was the younger brother of UM All-Big Ten player Tom Keating, who passed away in 2012.
After playing two years in the NFL Bill went to law school at the University of Denver, and became a prominent attorney here in Colorado.
At least Bill got to see Harbaugh named as head coach this week, he can tell Tom all about it in heaven.
Thoughts and prayers to the Keating family, Go Blue
From the Denver Post:
Keating was born in Chicago on Nov. 22, 1944, and attended the University of Michigan. After playing defensive tackle for the Denver Broncos and the Miami Dolphins in 1966 and 1967, Bill Keating earned a law degree at the University of Denver and later became the president of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He repeatedly was recognized with awards from peers for his professionalism, achievements and ethics. "Bill was one of those people that you say is larger than life," said law partner Christina Habbas, a former Denver district judge. "He was bombastic, generous, kind and giving. What a warm, beautiful soul. It's an unspeakable loss to me."
I am sorry if this has already been reported and I missed the news item. Has there been any new news on DJ Durkin coming to Michigan as our D-Coordinator? Also, has Kevin Tolbert committed to be our Strength and Conditioning coach?? Thanks in advance
Now that New Year’s Day and the two national semifinals are in the books -- and while our shiny new Coach continues to amass great assistant coaching wealth -- I find myself reflecting on The Search: 2014. Or maybe I'm just going through SEARCHBITS withdrawal (the first step to recovery is admission).
Obviously, Hackett got his #2 man.* But I find myself wondering if the real (not speculated) Plan B candidates will ever be named (by Hackett, the search firm, another source/leak, or through FOIA action), along with which ones were actually interested/obtainable. In 2007, Miles was interested, Martin was sailing, Schiano turned us down, and the rest is history. In 2011, there was only one plan, and Brandon executed it. In 2014, there was a lot of speculation and hand-wringing on this blog about Plans B (Mullen?) through F (Addazio et al.), along with a fair amount of debate (Stoops > Mullen > Miles? Which one might actually come?). It was exciting and terrifying at the same time.
I, for one, wish I could get an insider retrospective into The Search: 2014. I want to see Hackett's hand. I want to know how on- (or off-) target the MGoBlog community was in its beliefs about Plan B candidates. During an entire month of rampant speculation, only one backup name was leaked (which probably means the search firm did a good job and earned its fee), and no one believes that was anything more than a cold call to gauge an unlikely candidate's interest.
Any chance we’ll ever hear about the actual (not speculated) candidates that were in waiting had Captain Comeback not come home? The answer can't be "no, because there were none."
(I'm sure at least one poster will say "Why does this matter? We got our man. Move on." And that's fine. Nevertheless, I'm curious about the unfortunate, alternate scenario that Hackett puts all our eggs in one basket, waits a month for our man, and he chooses another NFL team. Because his heart was always in the NFL.)
(*If you believe Gil Brandt.)
days until Michigan football plays Utah.