We all should know what the NCAA Death Penalty is and if you don't here you go. The question I ask you all is do you think that the NCAA will ever give out the Death Penalty again? I know some of you have voiced your opinions on this saying no because of the way it devastated SMU. I used to agree with this sentiment.
I used to agree until all of these different allegations came out about upwards of half a dozen schools cheating in some capacity. I then think back to one the primary reasons they gave out the death penalty in the first place. The cheating was so rampant and out of control that they needed to make an example out of a school to get it under control. I still think it is highly unlikely but not as implausable as before. But after what they gave to USC I am starting to think they would at least put it on the table as a legitimate option.
Auburn and OSU would be the prime canidates with the 'Lack of Institutional Control' ruling. But what do you guys think? Yes, no, maybe?
I've been wondering for a while now how it came to be that people started calling Greg Robinson "GERG". I asked this question in the other GERG thread and didn't get a satisfactory answer. The Google has not helped me either. This doesn't appear to be unique to the Michigan fan base which makes me think it started during one of his previous coaching gigs. Can someone help shed some light on this please?
Hoke signed a six-year contract with an average annual compensation of $3.25 million, starting at $2 million this season and including bonuses for staying with the program.
Also via Rivals
Hoke will earn a base salary of $300,000 per year, with additional compensation of $1.7 million this season that includes television and other media appearances and a shoe and apparel deal, among other things. He could also earn a $75,000 bonus this season for reaching a bowl game, an amount that could reach $125,000 if Michigan plays in the Capital One Bowl or Outback Bowl.
Hoke would earn a $300,000 bonus if U-M makes the inaugural Big Ten championship game or $500,000 if the Wolverines win it.
Hoke will also earn a $500,000 bonus each year he remains with the program, but he wouldn't receive the bonuses from the first two years until he completed his third season.
Buyouts include an $8 million settlement if he were removed after this year, $6 million in year two, $4 million in year three, $3 million in the fourth year and then $2 million in year five and six.
Michigan also agreed to pay the $1 million buyout clause in Hoke's San Diego State deal.
"The contract was handled by my agent and the University," Hoke said in a release. "My focus has been on the football program and will continue to be on making this program the best in America. I couldn't tell you what's in the contract other than my signature.
"The University offered Laura and I an opportunity to coach at Michigan, and that's been my dream. Nothing will change my focus."
Classic Coach Hoke quote.
This is a bad idea. I didn't like the hire. I thought he did a poor job. I wanted him replaced. Despite these statements I can't let it go. I know I won't have any support, but as the saying goes "if I can reach 1 person it was worth it".
On the Mattison presser thread I tried to make a point about GERG and when I saw the responses I was again saddened. Maybe I'm missing the joke and that will be fine, because as fans we are known to exaggerate and be extreme. If I'm not and you truly believe what you are saying then I need to get this off my chest for the last time.
GERG knows about fundamentals on defense. He knows about how defenses work. Despite all the evidence backing this up people seem to think he was on a solo mission to destroy Michigan.
First the evidence. Gerg won 2 Super Bowls. Make any excuse you want on how he got them, but he got them. Does this prove he runs a great defense? No it doesn't. The fact that he got to that position does. You can get a job in high school, because you know a buddy. That can even get you a foot in the door at a college, but you can't work your way up to the Super Bowl and not know how to tackle, shed a block, contain etc.. These are the coaches that have employed Greg Robinson.....Dick Vermiel, Mike Shanahan, Mack Brown, Pete Carrol and Rich Rodriguez. Not a complete list but it gets the point across. Vermiel and Shanahan are known as complete overbearing, controlling lunatics in a win at all costs business. Do you think they would trust their defenses to a guy that doesn't know how to assemble a defense or know how to tackle?
I really want you to think about that a second. Imagine Mike Shanahan is sitting at a table looking at film with Greg Robinson and he asks him about how bad a tackle that was and Greg saying no I thought that was good form. Or they are going over the tape getting ready for a playoff game and Shanahan asks him his plan and he says well on 3rd and 1 I want to have 5 guys in the box or on 3rd and 18 I want my db to turn his head and jump the 5 yd route. Do you really believe that? Really?
It's easier to believe these guys go to clinics, teach at clinics have other coaches on the staff and no one can figure out how to tackle, than it is to believe the kids are young and they need coaching? Courtney Avery missing tackles was not because he was a high school qb and stepped on campus 3 months ago it was because Robinson doesn't teach fundamentals. That's what your bet is?
I'm dying to see John Bacon's book because I'm curious if we will get any answers. As I said at the beginning I don't like the way Robinson called defense for Michigan and I wanted him gone, but I have enough sense to know that there must have been some logic to what they were trying. I have no idea if Robinson was doing a good job at Michigan, but I'm certain that they worked on fundamentals and he knew what he was talking about.
He may have been a bad communicator, he may have been terrible at timing blitz calls, he may have picked the wrong defenses to match the personnel, he may have put the players at wrong positions. maybe it was too complicated, maybe it was too simple. I won't debate you on that because I have no idea what went on behind closed doors, but to say he didn't teach correct fundamentals or set up unsound schemes doomed to fail is just silly.
There are plenty of coaching examples of people being horrible in one spot and a genius at the next, but one man presonifies my point more than any other...Rod Marinelli. Has there ever been a defense that looked as overmatched and out of position as Michigan looked the last 2 years? Yeah the Detroit Lions over Rod's last 2 years. I would look at my tv and say we have no outside contain they are going to run left for 10 yds and they would. Despite the fact Marinelli was widely recognized around the league as a great defensive coach we looked like a joke and I started to think maybe he doesn't know how to coach defense. Week after week he would sit up in those press conferences and say it's getting there, pad level, my pick is sharp until he was a national joke and canned. So what did a coach that had his job on the line do.....he hired Rod Marinelli to run his defense. Rod has Julius Peppers back on his side and all of a sudden he's back to being respected. Funny how he remembered how to coach fundamentals and set up solid schemes once he had Julius Peppers coming off the edge.
I'm not saying the coaches are always right(they are not) I'm not saying there are not great coaches, good coaches and bad coaches(there are), but they all know the correct way to tackle and they all have similar drills on how to get the kids to have better fundamentals by the time they reach the NFL or major D1 football. You need to really know that.
Interesting article on the Tressel situation. Lays it out. IMO, the best thing Tressel could do for OSU football is to resign right now.
He clearly isn't going to do that, and it is to our advantage that he doesn't.
Hopefully we will hear more from Sam when he gets back but it looks like there is quite a roadtrip going on at the moment to see where all the Ohio talent is leaning.
I was very much intrigued by the reportage of McGowan's camp performances. This guy is built for punishment. I'm hoping he gets an offer soon. I'm sure it's not for lack of exposure as he is teammates with Odenigbo. I'd like to see film if anyone has any links - I haven't seen much for him. He did camp at ND and was not immediately offered. MSU did offer though...
Anyway this link just went up...thought I'd pass it on with some anticipation of recruiting roundups to come...