I'm just going bullet point this because I really don't have the energy or desire to weave this into four or five paragraphs
- For all the data mgoblog has analyzed, we've been very wrong at times with using models to extrapolate what the future might look like. I feel at times we've fallen in love with the data, that it somehow puts us above the Freep/MLive/97.1 crowd. But here's the thing - it doesn't matter. You could make a decent arguement that Rich is unlucky, that the outcome would have been different with a competent defense..again though, it doesn't really matter at this point. It's over.
- Same goes for recruiting. The community has very strong feelings towards counting recruiting stars. Yes, there is measurable correlation between highly ranked recruits and program success, but it is not as strong as people perceive it to be. Look at the performance of non-aq teams this bowl season.
- I've very worried was to whether Michigan, as an institution, would be willing to pay 3 to 4 (5?) million/year for a head coach. Michigan has been notoriously cheap with how it pays coordinators/personnel. Well, it's time to open up the wallet. We will see if they are willing to pay market prices to get who they want.
May you live in interesting times. Go Blue
At least the Big Ten doesn't play in it.
I predicted Wisconsin would blow TCU away, but TCU pulled it out. If there's still any question whether they can play with the big boys, this should answer it.
I know there are more pressing topics to consider (i.e., cc) after today, but the mysteries of the running back spot continue to swirl in my mind.
I am always confused by the lack of rb rotation used by UM - especially by the delayed use of Shaw today? Not discounting Smith's heart or desire, but would have liked to see someone else have a shot when the game remained in the balance ...