a special inside Michigan football episode was posted today.
Pretty neat. Featuring Harbaugh with Ondre Pipkins and Harbaugh reunited with Jamie Morris.
Michigan has gone full-NFL films style
There is a nice story here on what went down re: Vince Marrow this weekend.
I realize most here are dismissive of Kentucky and Mark Stoops in football but it's a massive overhaul situation not unlike what Jim faced @ Stanford and the records of Stoops and Harbaugh are not dissimilar the first 2 years. Takes 3-4 years to really clean up that sort of mess and if you look through the depth chart of UK it's loaded with FR and SO, esp on offense. They are now recruiting like a Tennessee level program (top 20 classes) and are in a weaker SEC East (insert joke about weak SEC West here) so I would not be surprised to see UK as a surprise top 25 team in the next 1-2 seasons. At which point Stoops probably goes off to the next major blueblood program that has a coaching opening - and Marrow goes with him. Or he could turn into the next Butch Jones of course and flatline at UK, but its far too soon to tell. [Did a CC diary on Stoops back in October if you need some bathroom reading material]
Anyhow long story short - Stoops spoke with Harbaugh to confirm the legit interest and UK did what they needed to do. Marrow was already making $275K which is pretty hefty for a position coach (that's at the high end of what programs like MSU and Iowa pay position coaches) and got a "substantial" raise. Unlike all the other guys Harbaugh has been after there was no pre-existing relationship with Marrow so I can appreciate the loyalty to Stoops (granted, the $$$ help) even if it stinks for us.
Mark Stoops and the University of Kentucky football program might've just won their biggest recruiting battle yet. The school announced Monday that tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow, who had been courted by Michigan, has agreed to a contract extension through June of 2018.
Financial details of the new deal were not immediately available, a UK spokesman said, but a source familiar with the situation said Marrow will receive a substantial raise from his $275,000 annual salary on the previous contract, which was set to expire in June of 2016.
Stoops met with Marrow throughout the weekend and with UK athletic director Mitch Barnhart on Sunday night to come up with a sufficient counteroffer after new Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh tried to lure away Marrow, the Wildcats' primary Ohio recruiter who has cleaned up in that state. Marrow and Stoops ironed out the final terms of the extension Monday afternoon, a source said.
After reports that Michigan had offered Marrow a job, Stoops spoke to Harbaugh directly, a source said, and found that the interest in Marrow "was legit." Kentucky's coach was "pretty concerned" he might lose Marrow and made keeping him a priority.
In the last three classes, Marrow has landed 21 commitments from top Ohio high school recruits – six in the Class of 2015 – plus three Nebraska transfers who are Ohio natives. Included in that haul are 10 four-star recruits, as rated by Rivals.com.
In the 10 years before Marrow arrived, UK signed just five top-40 Ohio recruits. In three classes with Marrow, the Cats have landed landed 20 (including transfers). They've gotten 14 top-25 Ohio prospects and six top-10 players from the state. There were only four scholarship players from Ohio on Kentucky's roster when Marrow was hired.
I thought it would be nice to wish our new coach and his wife a Happy Anniversary today. Harbaugh sent this out on twitter this morning to 130,000 followers. Posted here for the ones who do not follow on twitter.
Since we live in the world of rumors...here's a OT rumor
Would Thomas Wilcher be a good assistant coach?
He has had a successful 18 year career as head coach at Cass Tech. From a recruiting standpoint, he would be able to relate well to HS coaches as well as players, especially in the Detroit area.
In addition, his time at U-M (1982-87) paralleled Harbaugh's.
One negative associated with Wilcher might be Jayru Campbell, but being a HS coach, he didn't get to select his players. He had to work with the players that were zoned to his area.
according to mcommunity, one Kevin C. Tolbert has an uniqname
seems to check out