Courtesy of DG Destroys:
We have enjoyed numerous discussions of potential coach candidates over the last few months. Lots of different opinions, but let's see what has WORKED already when it comes to crecent oaching candiates in the Big Ten.
Unfortunately, it seems the Big Ten is horrible at hiring coaches with goo resumes. That is why we find ourselves in the cellar.
It appears that Urban Meyer is currently the best coach in the Big Ten. (Ugh.) But, he is also the only "A-list" candidate hired in the Big Ten in recent memory (let's not discuss RichRod).
Candidate: Home Run hire and very good results.
Mark Dantonio is probably the second best coach in the Big Ten. He has had some really good years and some really mediocre ones that eite coaches, like Meyer, do not have.
As a candidate, he was a .500 coach at Cincinatti. An uninspiring hire. His best credential was being OSU's DC. (OSU coach does well in Big Ten.... is there a trend?)
Candiate: Weak, but very good results.
It shouldi be noted that another program was able to take away the HC from one of the best performing teams over the last ten years in the Big Ten. Anyway, after Beleima left,Wisco hired a guy with a middling record in a lower conference with ONE good year to his name. It has worked out well so far for them.
Candiate: Middling, but good results so far.
They hired a guy with good, but not great record at a dormat team in another power conference. He went 6-6 this year. Hard to tell how that is going to work out.
Rest of the field:
Nothing to see here.
During Michigan's swoon, the Big Ten has not done well nationally on the field or in hiring coaches. The only A-List hire has been Meyer at OSU. Otherwise, the conference hires guys with middling resumes BEFORE coming to the conference. Some of them have done well once here, but it seems that may be a reflection of the state of the conference to some degree.
Prior to Meyer, OSU also hired the guy who won the last NC in the Big Ten. He was a guy from a lower DIVISION who won a lot, but was unproven in FBS. That worked out well too. (Meyer was once in a similar position at BG).
Maybe hiring the best coach with a great record, regadless of college level is the BEST idea?
Anyway, If Michigan doesn't get a home run hire, I think a guy like Doc Holliday (see post below) or Greg Schiano will be as an inspiring a hire as any other team has in the Big Ten (save OSU). WIth a hire like that, Michigan could go back to competing for and winning the occassional Big Ten title (provided the league doesn't improve too much).
The board's choice for our new head coach is pretty clear: Jim Harbaugh. But who comes in second?
It turns out that's also pretty clear:
Les Miles won the board poll by a hefty margin, garnering an even 49% of the vote. The runner-up, Dan Mullen, mustered barely better than half that number (24.79%) and from there it's a steep drop to any kind of third place. Here are the results, followed by a few thoughts:
- Les Miles - 342 votes (49%)
- Dan Mullen - 173 votes (24.79%)
- Tom Herman - 64 votes (9.17%)
- Other - 64 votes (9.17%)
- Todd Graham - 23 votes (3.30%)
- Jim McElwain - 19 votes (2.72%)
- Greg Schiano - 8 votes (1.15%)
- Craig Bohl - 5 votes (0.72%)
I would attribute the lower number of votes to yesterday's news--before the confirmation of Hoke's meeting with Hackett, the votes were coming in much, much faster, but the board got understandably focused on other things by the afternoon. That said, the trends were clear: Miles stayed around 50% the entire time, and Mullen was always the clear runner-up in the 25% range. Tom Herman was a bit surprising as the #3 choice, even if he was dead even with "other."
Jim Hackett's press conference was flawlessly executed. That said, he built an idealistic picture of a coach that's going to be awfully hard to find. It seemed he weighs on-field success and character about equally, and even Jim Harbaugh has plenty of detractors in the latter category. Don't get me wrong--if Harbaugh wants the job, he's got it. But Hackett's focus on integrity is going to give the media lots of excuses to try to dig up dirt and question his commitment to character.
For that reason, I strongly believe that Les Miles will NOT be considered a serious candidate for the job. If all you know about Miles is that he has been extremely successful in CFB's best division, you only know some of the story. Les has been the subject of many rumors of scandal and impropriety over the years, and, while I'm sure not all are true, there is plenty of ammunition for the media to throw in Hackett's face should he hire Les, creating another press-fueled shitstorm the university does not want.
Our #2 guy isn't without warts either. Dan Mullen's recent scholarship withdrawal from QB Chason Virgil--whom Mullen had asked to enroll early and is just a few days from graduation now--didn't please the recruit's coach:
Chason Virgil -35 tds/6int passing -8td rushing. One of the best young people I've ever coached -only flaw was trusting "coach" Mullen.— Coach Jeff Neill (@neill_jeff) November 21, 2014
Tom Herman seems clean so far, but he hasn't run a program yet. Todd Graham switches jobs more than Taylor Swift switches crushes. McElwain also looks clean, but is a front-runner for the Florida job. Schiano has his detractors--though more in the Harbaugh vein of abrasive intensity--and most people don't even know who Craig Bohl is.
What I'm getting at here is that I believe it's likely that there is a candidate who has a good shot at winning the job that we are not currently considering. A good point was made by a poster last night that Bob Stitt might be a better fit for Hackett's criteria than many names we've on which we've fixated. Here's a good place to learn a bit about Stitt. He makes no secret about his desire to coach at the top level.
I have no idea who it might be, but it may be time for us to think outside of the names we've gotten used to in the past few months. Then again, it may just be Jim Harbaugh.
So now that Hoke is gone it‘s time to move forward and hopefully Hackett has started to walk to California with a pot of gold under his arm. As I hear the various candidates, especially JH and Les Miles I was thinking why can‘t we play smart and have both? You ask how? Well NFL guys are pretty sure JH will stay in NFL and college guys say he will come back to college so who knows what will actually happen BUT usually billion doallar sports leagues tend to win these kind of fights but will see though.
According to media we all know that JH has that itch to stay in NFL be successful and win a superbowl, but we have also been told that he feels miserable there.
So I was thinking why not hire Les Miles have him run the programm fort he next 4-5 years until he retires then go and get Harbough. This way Jim can have another shot in NFL and he will eventually find out that it is not the place for him or he wins a superbowl the next 4-5 years and he would not mind coming back to college and retire as a CFB coach. My fear of hiring him now is that he will always look back to NFL and say what if I had coached another team….what if I had another shot at the superbowl...what if..
In my opinion this seems like the perfect scenerio and we will have a continuity in the program. I honestly dont think it‘s hard to accomplish this as long as the department thinks long term. Two great coaches one after another..how much better can it get…oh wait with our luck who knows.
Whats your take on this idea?
The Brady Hoke Era has come to an end at the University of Michigan. It is a shame that a man with such great character like Brady Hoke couldn't succeed here. However, I always like to remember the good times.
My question to my fellow mgobloggers
What were your favorite memories of the Hoke Era?
Mine is a tie between the 2011 Ohio State Game and the 2012 Northwestern game.
Saw this tweet from a guy who works for the Michigan rivals website. It's on their premium board.
Wonder who it could be?