spoiler alert: i linked this
EDIT: Ugh I forgot embedding in the OP was a fruitless pursuit, so embeds are in the comments.
I just found a link for the Army Game, so I'll probably have highlights for Mason Cole up in a few days
These videos are unlisted, so in order to find them, you'll need the link for this page, the page I'm about to post on Maize n Brew, or my twitter feed.
Michigan has just released their official press release. Nussmeier will be the OC and QB Coach.
"Doug is a highly respected offensive coordinator and has earned a reputation as being a great mentor to quarterbacks, specifically, where he's coached Pro Bowlers, top NFL draft choices and Heisman Trophy finalists," said Hoke. "Doug has been successful at every coaching stop with his balanced and explosive offenses, and he brings national championship experience. He is an excellent addition to our coaching staff and football program, and we are excited to have Doug, Christi and their children join the Michigan family."
"I am extremely excited to join the University of Michigan and work with Brady Hoke, the staff and players," said Nussmeier. "I'm proud of what we accomplished in two seasons at Alabama, and I owe a great deal to Coach Saban for that opportunity. Michigan is a program I've always had deep respect for, and I'm looking forward to getting started in Ann Arbor and being a part of the great tradition there."
According to my twitter feed, Bruce Feldman says that James Franklin is leaving Vanderbilt for Penn State.
Franklin has been the top choice for a day or so http://www.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball/index.ssf/2014/01/penn_state_and_james_franklin.html, and according to CBS Sports' Feldman it's a done deal:
I for one think that while the B1G East just got a lot tougher, if the B1G wants to be a real power football conference, this is the way to do it. I'll trade Bielema to the SEC for Meyer, Nussmeier and Franklin any day. I have to think these recent hires will really help the Big Ten's image and even make our football teams better.
While the excitement over the firing of Al Borges and subsequent hiring of Doug Nussmeier to the offensive staff has risen the spirits of the fanbase, there's only one way to maintain this level of exuberance: Winning. Often. It takes outstanding performances on both sides of the ball in order to do this, though. While Borges failed to do his part in several games, there were other games where the opposite side of the ball made his job a lot harder than it had to be. i.e.) Akron (YES! I said it! No reason we should need to score more than 17 pts to beat Akron), Penn St, Indiana, Ohio St, Kansas St. As an offensive coordinator your job is tougher when you're forced to win shootouts. The reason teams like Alabama and this year's FSU have been so dominant is because their defenses don't force their offense to have to score 40 points to win, at least not very often. Everyone knows how 'Bama's defense has performed in their recent run. This year's FSU was 3rd in Total defense, 1st in Scoring defense giving up only 12.1 ppg (MSU gave up 13.2 ppg).
Upon arriving at Michigan in 2011, Mattison started out red hot with the 8th defense in the country giving up 17.2 ppg, 317.6 yds/g. We saw decline in 2012, dropping to a still respectable 17th defense in the country giving up 18.8 ppg, 311.2 yds/g. Which leads us to 2013, Michigan finished 41st in total defense giving up 26.8 ppg (66th in the country). Ouch. After the Indiana game, I know many weren't concerned given the dynamic's of the Hoosiers' offense. By season's end we saw the UM defense get gashed time and time again. While most of the year's blame has fallen solely on the gorgeous one, Greg Mattison's defense did not hold up it's end of the bargain, either. I, for one, will be going into the 2014 season with my eyes on that side of the ball instead of just giving a free pass because of his name. We expected Borges to make in game adjustments to stop the bleeding, the same should be required of GMat. Not to take any blame away from Borges, but do you know what makes an inexperienced OL's job easier besides a new OC? A dominant defense.
With that said, which coordinator do you think will be under more pressure to perform? My answer is clear. Let's discuss and #GOBLUE
Like most people, I was not expected much of a QB competition this spring. It seemed like it was Gardner's job to lose, barring injury. Now that we have a new pro-style OC coming in, without any history with either QB, I think it could open the QB competition in the spring. Shane Morris obviously has a lot of talent and showed good poise during the bowl game. However, if Nussmeier is as good of a QB developer as advertised, we might finally see Gardner reaching his potential, like we've seen in a few games the past two years, more consistently. Do you all think Gardner still has a big lead on Morris this spring?
Have your feelings changed for the upcoming season?
I was glad the season ended but as soon as Borges was let go, it felt like a weight was off the shoulders but there was still an uneasy feeling with the vacant position.
I, for one, am very excited now and there is a fresh and new feeling of hope.
86 days until the spring game.