he grew a beard
For those within listening distance of WTKA, they're playing right now the 1964 Michigan-Ohio State game called by Bob Ufer. It's a more subdued, less over-the-top Bob Ufer than the version most of us are used to from the Schembechler era. The game was in Columbus, and we beat the Bucks 10-0.
The 1964 squad was by far Bump Elliott's best team, and was within an extra point against Bob Griese-led Purdue of finishing undefeated and very possibly #1 in the country. After the OSU game, we pounded the snot out of Oregon St. in the Rose Bowl, 34-7.
A while back I wrote about one of my players, Shaun Wade, who had just received an offer from OSU and some ACC teams, asking for help getting M's attention. He texted today to let me know that Roy Manning reached out to him and offered.
For those who don't remember, he's also Top 100 for basketball in 2017
He knows that Brady Hoke is basically a dead man walking and said that he still wants to visit the campus. We will see how it goes over the course of the next couple of months, will be interesting to see if Manning stays regardless. Go Blue! NOTE: Rivals guy tweeted incorrectly, he's 2017.
The top 10 salaries in american football for 2014 are:
Sean Payton - $8.0M
Bill Belichick - $7.5M
Andy Reid - $7.5M
Pete Carroll - $7.0M
John Harbaugh - $7.0M
Jeff Fisher - $7.0M
Nick Saban - $6.9M (or higher)
Tom Coughlin - $6.8M
Mike Tomlin - $6.0M
Mike McCarthy- $6.0M
(next highest is $5.25M)
Speaking hypothetically of course, would Michigan be bold enough to offer a slam dunk candidate a 15-year contract with a starting salary of $7.0M that escalates at a 5% rate? Who the hell would be able to counter such an offer? The NFL never hands out long terms like that. Too much uncertainty and parity.
College football is different, where long-term success is more attainable and assured.
Of course, I can only think of one guy who would be worth such an offer.
Highlights from his Michigan career. (From a more innocent time when Michigan football didn't make us throw up every week.)
Nothing shocking in the headline, or the article for that matter.
However, the quote at the end appears to tip Hackett's hand:
Brady's a man of extreme integrity. … And he knows more than any of us that we're not performing at the level we should as a Michigan program.
My personal, amateur reading of things: Hoke's cooked, and he knows it.