Well, I am home early enough to catch some football for the first time in about a week.
You have two choices:
On CBS, Louisiana Tech and North Texas currently in progress - the 0-0 score just screams offensive explosion in a B1G way.
On ESPN, BYU versus Houston, just starting as I type.
ADDENDUM: Most forgetful of me not to include our NFL viewers this evening - Baltimore is up 10-3 on the Steelers as that game slides into halftime.
Yesterday I completed the newest addition to my statistical record book, an annual turnover margin entry.
I went through every season since 1984 (earliest year the opponent totals are recorded in the MGoBlue database) and did the math.
As of last week, Michigan's current turnover margin in 2014 is -5.
- When Michigan has a negative turnover margin on the season, they average 5 losses.
- When Michigan is negative by double digits, they average 7 losses.
- When Michigan is positive by double digits, they average 3 losses (last: 2006)
- When Michigan has a negative turnover margin, they avearge 5 losses
- When Michigan has a positive turnover margin, they average 3 losses.
Turnover Margin by Head Coach
Only stats from 1984-present are available
The current margin for this season is included in Hoke's total.
Michigan's turnover margin in the 2010s is -12 including the 2014 totals. Since 2008, -34 with a 42-36 (.538) overall record and a 21-27 (.438) B1G record.
Just something I thought was interesting and would share.
As a distraction from the endless posts of doom discussing last week's game (although much warranted), I wanted to share this article by Mark Rippetoe, who shits on college and pro S&C coaches:
In it, he asserts that an athlete's "natural explosion" or sheer athleticism is something that cannot be improved through training (e.g., it’s just genetics). However, pure strength is something that can be improved.
Rippetoe’s point is that all the explosion, core, and pilates training etc. that current S&C coaches are quite fond of are useless compared to the core strengthening exercises of bench press, squat, and deadlift.
I’d be very curious to get the opinion of those knowledgeable in this subject. There are a lot of people on this board who say that we don’t look bigger, stronger, more athletic, etc. than the other team despite having superior talent. They assert that S&C has something to do with that. I know Barwis wasn’t a fan of traditional Olympic strength, not sure about Wellman’s methods.
This is from 2012 but seems really relevant right now. I think it's important to look at coaching changes holistically, and not just focus on the positives or cherry pick just the success stories
Anecdotal evidence and scientific analysis indicate that replacing a coach is no guarantee of success. Houston finished 5-7 this season after changing its coordinator. Wisconsin is a middling 7-5 after firing its line coach. The Badgers reached the Big Ten Conference title game only because N.C.A.A. penalties left Ohio State and Penn State ineligible.
A study published last month in Social Science Quarterly may provide sobering news to Auburn, Tennessee and other universities that have fired their coaches. Using data from 1997 to 2010, the study compared the performance of major college teams that replaced their coach with teams with similar records that kept their coach.
The results, tracked over a five-year period following the coaching changes, might surprise many. The lowliest teams subsequently performed about the same as other struggling teams that did not replace their coach. Mediocre teams — those that won about half their games in the year before a coaching change — performed worse than similar teams that did not replace their coach.
EDIT: Hat tip to user michelin, Here's the pdf of the study
(by the way, I'm working on a diary right now that takes a look at this)
Richard Kiel, whose towering height and distinctive baritone voice defined his nearly 50-year career in television and films, most notably as the steely toothed James Bond villain Jaws, died Wednesday afternoon in Fresno, Calif. at the age of 74,
Michigan Football has at least an indirect connection to Kiel in that the Lamarr Woodley shirt
was inpired by the shirt worn by Mr Larson, the ex-boss of Happy Gilmore.
While the Lamarr Woodley shirt pictured above features Steeler colors, a Michigan version of it predated the Pittsburgh version. (My Google-Fu failed me as I searched for the Michigan image.)
RIP, Richard Kiel.