"What (Michigan coaches) told me is that they're focusing on point guards right now, but if anything opens up, they'll definitely come back on and recruit me as hard as they were," said Towns
TWIS is up thanks to our fearless leader. LINK
Bama gets the lead & Tears of Unfathomable Sadness, obviously. A NW fan picks up Tenorman of the Week after losing to us.
Enjoy your 'freude!
If Denard Robinson plays this weekend and in what would likely be the remaining two games of his collegiate career beyond Saturday, then this will definitely get updated (in this diary, to save space). I wanted to take a moment, however, to show folks graphically what Denard’s production on the field has looked like at a high level. What I have done is taken his game-by-game rushing and passing totals as well as rushing and passing touchdowns (data courtesy of MGoBlue’s archive) and charted them below.
One thing that should be pointed out is that what you see here, even if Robinson does not play again, is the production of the Wolverines’ 5thall-time rusher regardless of offensive position, and among quarterbacks, the 4thbest in terms of total passing yards, as well as the 4thbest in passing touchdowns and yards per pass attempt. Even at this juncture, certainly it is a storied career based on these numbers, forgetting how exciting he is to watch for just one second.
Indeed, if we see him out there on Saturday against Iowa, not only will it add to this data, but it will be one of the more poignant moments in Michigan football as it will be his last game in Ann Arbor. In looking at these numbers, it gave me a very clear perspective on just how electrifying he has been on the field. Of course, it is not just the numbers that will be missed, or the sheer athleticism, but the leadership and the personality and the fact that he has been the face of our University even to people who have never watched a snap of Wolverine football in their lives.
two University of Colorado political science professors say statistical analysis indicates firing a coach for poor team performance is far from a surefire way to turn things around, and, in some cases, may actually harm a team's future performance.
Looking at results for four years after a coaching replacement, the study concluded bringing in a new coach, on average, had a negligible effect on a team's win-loss record.
"I had always watched these teams fire coaches, pay for a buyout and then hire more expensive coaches and I wondered, 'Are they actually getting anything out of this?'" said Adler, a University of Michigan alumnus and college football fan. "What we find is, as you go out to the fourth year, the difference between teams that did and didn't replace their coaches were just nonexistent. They were performing just about the same."
How a Michigan alumnus and fan could write a study concluding this is beyond me.
Seriously, though, Michigan is clearly an outlier -- we are a premiere program. I think this study is relevant to teams like Minnesota, who fire good coaches (Glen Mason) thinking that they are capable of being more than they are. But the new coach can't improve the facilities, can't change the amount of local football talent, etc.
I would love to see every senior get drafted or picked up by an NFL team. In all reality, there are several seniors that will not get that chance. Of the group this year, which one, (if any) do you think has a shot of staying on as a GA? I think there will definitely be a shot for Kovacs in the NFL, but I could sure picture him as a coach someday. Thoughts?
The B1G will get $27.5 million of ESPN's money whenever they send a team to the Orange Bowl. If it happens to be Notre Dame that goes, they'll get a huge chunk less, but I suspect it'll still be more than each B1G team would get in revenue sharing, but perhaps roughly the same that the attending team receives when you take into account the allowance.
Assuming travel allowance is about $1.5M, each B1G team stands to get over $2M whenever the conference sends a team to the Orange Bowl.
I just read Chris Brown's article on Chip Kelly. Kelly has been covered pretty extensively so most of the stuff is not new to the readers of this blog, but I did find one thing in the article interesting as it pertains to Michigan. The last few days the RR regime has been brought up again as his 1st full senior class comes to an end.
Brian sighed as he was reminded that we didn't use blocking sleds when RR was here and Mattison's comments about the state of the defensive players always puzzled me as I think most coachces are more similar then they are different. This quote from the article I think can help explain what was going on here.
For all of the hype surrounding Oregon games, Oregon practices might be even better. Oregon practices are filled with blaring music and players sprinting from drill to drill. Coaches interact with players primarily through whistles, air horns, and semi-communicative grunts. Operating under the constraint of NCAA-imposed practice time limits, Kelly's sessions are designed around one thing: maximizing time. Kelly's solution is simple: The practice field is for repetitions. Traditional "coaching" — correcting mistakes, showing a player how to step one way or another, or lecturing on this or that football topic — is better served in the film room. ThiThe=
This sounds like what was going on in our practices and can maybe help explain why maybe our defensive fundamentals were lacking. With so many young guys on defense maybe they had not been drilled enough in the fundamentals because it takes longer to learn it from film and doing it by yourself than repping it in practice. Not saying one is wrong or right or better but it does appear to be a 180 in philosophy. Obviously both coaches have had great success doing both. Hoke and Mattison are big on teaching on the field and doing fundamentals where RR must have been relying on the players to pick it up from the film room.
Maybe one is better for offense vs defense? Not sure. You guys can discuss that but for me it helps explain the differences more logically than believing are previous coaches had no idea on how to coach certain position groups.