to play football, not to play trumpet
Is anyone rooting for MSU in the Rose Bowl? I suppose you could make a case that we ought to. The Big Ten's national perception is really bad, of course (thanks in part to ESPN's intentional submarining of the conference, IMO, but that's perhaps another post). A victory by MSU might have a positive ripple effect for the rest of the conference next year, especially when it's time to select the four teams for the Kodiak Smokeless Tobacco College Football Playoff Presented by Lloyd's of London and Kia Motors.
I know that I simply can't bring myself to root for MSU, though I have to respect what they've done with their program. I remember being a kid and seeing MSU go to the 1988 Rose Bowl and thinking that something just wasn't right about the situation, and I feel pretty much the same way now. Sure, they've earned the right to be there, but just a surely, the football gods must be offended by this current state of affairs. It is not right, in some fundamental way, like a household in which two dogs watch TV and use kitchen appliances while humans scamper around on the floor begging for scraps.
But anyway, is anyone rooting for MSU? I don't blame you if you are. As I said, it makes some sense.
Unlike Detroit, Cleveland is NOT happy about our HC getting fired. General consensus around here is that Chud did a pretty good job given the circumstances: GM trading 2013 picks in draft for 2014 picks, trading his #1 RB to the Colts (say what you will about the trade itself or Richardson - he WAS his #1 back), a team 24MM under cap and having to play
arguably the worst QB in the NFL, Brandon Weedon. As a matter of fact - during the short tenure of Brian Hoyer (a decent but certainly not great QB) the team looked pretty damn good and won all three of its games. So Browns fans are generally confused, pissed and frustrated at the front office decision to make Chud a "one and done".
So yesterday the Brown's front office held a news conference to discuss Chudzinski's firings and one of local reporters asked a question that I'm sure our "brain trust" was not expecting.
With the success of Chip Kelly, a number of college coaches are rumored for NFL jobs. And even if just 1-2 jump for the NFL, it could still send a domino effect throughout the college ranks and causes 5-6 guys to move around.
At Michigan we've been rumored to have anywhere from 0-3 spots left, doesn't seem like anyone knows or can get get any confirmation. HOWEVA, plenty of prospects may become an option with the moves.
Bill O'Brien is rumored to the Texas which would put PSU's class into question
...if O'Brien goes to the NFL, Al Golden is the name mentioned in the PSU circles. This would put Miami's class into question.
Charlie Strong would be an obvious perfect fit in Miami. He's also a finalist for the Texas job.
So the Louisville class gets tossed in there.
...not sure who Louisville would hire.
Other potential changes...
Vanderbilt - James Franklin to Texas
Florida St - Jimbo Fisher to Texas (Fisher just signed a huge extension)
Baylor - Art Briles to Texas (I know Briles signed an extension, but Texas would pay the buyout)
Notre Dame - Brian Kelly to Detroit Lions
Texas A&M - Kevin Sumlin to Washington Redskins ( know Sumlin signed an extension, but the Redskins would pay the buyout)
(then of course the carousel would continue with the 2nd level of guys who would replace these guys)
Anyway...here's a thread to keep track of the rumors for today.
How long is it before we hear about possible coaching changes within the Michigan football coaching staff? As stated by Mangus in this article: http://touchthebanner.blogspot.com/2013/12/kansas-state-31-michigan-14.html#comment-form there have been rumors of Mallory looking for a coaching job at a smaller school, and Jackson possibly retiring. Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing Mallory and Jackson go. Al Borges, Dan Ferrigno, and Darrell Funk have also got to be on the hot seat. How long do you think it will be before we hear any news about possible coaching changes?