chance of bowl: 13.6%
Not a whole lot of new ground here, but Adam Rittenberg gets an interview with David Brandon about "branding" and the Michigan athletic department.
Money quote for me:
People want Michigan to be on the national stage. They want us to be innovative. They want us to embrace our traditions -- and I do, I'm a part of that tradition -- but I also believe there's a lot of people that want us to be fresh and to be competitive, not just on the field through performance but also in the way we present our program to the nation.
I want to let the mgoblog community in on what I perceive as a little known national talent –or at least a rarely referenced show about college football/basketball. Bill King now with 24/7 Sports has an incredible show “247SportsRadio On Campus” on Sirius/XM Channel 91 M-F from 7am-10am.
I have been hooked on his show for well over a year. The guy is a college football junkie and coined college football “Godsport”. He has a great radio voice and covers the big ten and UM very well and often. Another reason to tune in is just for the intro around 7am. He gives two nods to UM, “A voice that could make a wolverine purr” and “Oh, Hail Yes!”
That is all. I just want more people to enjoy their ride into work as much as I do and get more conversation going on the board regarding his material. He is an awesome way to start your day.
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I looked at the coaching records of new hires since 2001. There's a pretty wide spread. I looked at returing starters vs. this data but the data I have is incomplete. Hopefully this comes out. My wife is about to pull the plug on me.
I don't have time to play with the sizing here. This has some value maybe. If I come back to this I'll add more detail.
The negative 10 outlier is Stan Parrish following Brady Hoke at Ball State...
[Ed-M again: Adding some thoughts so I can get this to 200 words and bump to Diaries.
The bell curve here suggests the data are pretty solid, but a Delta of +0.5 or 1 wins for a new coach seems really really good. Reason being, look at the third chart, with the coaches who took over 12-win teams. We're not talking about replacing just fired guys, but also those who moved up or moved on after dream seasons. Michigan is in that 7-win area where only two teams improved.
So is there an advantage gained from having a 1st-year coach? This doesn't say, but it's not a massive disadvantage, which is what I kind of expected would happen.
I think this needs to show the difference between coaches replacing a fired guy (which suggests there was a level of suspected incompetence) versus a coach brought in to replace a legend or retiree, who in turn was followed out the door by most of his starters. In other words, it's gotta pull out the noise. There's plenty of that around, since we can expect the circumstances of the team that lost 10 more games from the year before had a lot more going into them than Stan Parrish (meh) taking over for Brady Hoke (RAWR!)].
You know the one I'm talking about. It started in 2009, was continued in 2010, and now there's a conspicuous lack of it. I'd make it if I had any video editing skills whatsoever, but as it is it would wind up as some gruesome oddity somewhere between Star Wars Episode I and Snakes on a Plane. So, I'm begging one of you MGoPosters with movie skills: Can you please make one of those ultra-baller super-cool 2011 hype videos with the song "Better Son/Daughter" again? It just seems like my summer isn't complete without it. Someone help me.
Every year I can never decide which rosters are the most accurate and legit. Does anybody have suggestions for which gamertag or group produces the best rosters?
As of right now I'm thinking of going with Fairdale Kings...
Please take my thread topic literally.
Courtesy of gobluegr who did not have enough points to post. I hope he did not bait me into a duplicate thread posting...