Brady Hoke released the following statement last night:
"We appreciate the work Jerry did in his two seasons here with the defensive ends and continuing to help build the foundation on our defensive line," he said. "We wish Jerry, Natalie and their entire family nothing but the best. "You always hate to lose members of your staff, but you know going in that at a program like Michigan, other schools and NFL teams are going to come after them. However, I am confident that we will name a new coach who fits in very well with our staff soon."
FWIW, here's Bob Stoops' statement (Jerry Montgomery video interview as well):
"Jerry Montgomery is a talented coach who further strengthens our staff at the University of Oklahoma," Stoops said. "I have closely followed Jerry’s progress as he has ascended through the coaching ranks. I have been impressed by his ability to recruit some of the nation’s top student-athletes and then develop their skills once they arrive on campus. We are excited to have Jerry and his family join the Sooners."
"It's truly a privilege to join the University of Oklahoma," said Montgomery. "Coach Stoops and his staff have an unbelievable reputation in the coaching community, and I'm excited to get to work with them. I'm very appreciative that I was able to work with Coach Hoke and our student-athletes at the University of Michigan. There were very few situations that could have convinced me to leave Ann Arbor, but the opportunity to join Coach Stoops and a storied program like the University of Oklahoma was one of them."
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Might as well use this thread as today's open discussion on possible replacements. Maybe today's the day that rumors start swirling? I'd have to think that they'd name a replacement by Monday.
@footballscoop: Sources tell us Jim Bollman is expected to accept the Michigan State OC job
So. There's that.
For those of you who don't know, Bollman was Tressel's OC from 2001-11.
Nice article about the next Wangler to hit campus. What does everyone expect from him while he is here?
Interesting portion of the article: He's used to people recognizing his last name and saying, "Oh, you're John's son," and got used to answering to that frequent reference.
Now that the 2013 class is wrapped up and 2014 commits are starting to trickle in, I thought it'd be good to get a collective picture of where Michigan's class might end up. So, let's hear your thoughts recruiting experts, twitter stalkers, and Bama fan imposters.
Using the great 2014 offer board from Magnus at Touch the Banner, here's the names that I, as a casual follower of recruiting, have heard mentioned with Michigan frequently. Feel free to tell me anyone that I'm overlooking that has given Michigan love (or who I've erroneously included with no actual Michigan love) and I'll edit this list.
QB - Wilton Speight - Commit
Jalen Hurd, Jonathan Hilliman, Elijah Hood, Joe Mixon, Edits: Kalen Ballage, Shai McKenzie
WR - Artavis Scott, Drake Harris, Corey Holmes, Christian McCaffrey
TE - Daniel Helm (I can't remember, Edit: Tyler Luatua, "MUST ADD" Garrett Dickerson, Nic Weishar
OT - Alex Bars, Damian Prince Edit: Juwann Bushell-Beatty, Braden Smith
OG - Mason Cole - Commit, Jamarco Jones, Edit: Sam Mustipher
C - Tommy Doles
DE - Malik McDowell, Lawrence Marshall,
Joe Henderson, Da'Shawn Hand (I can dream) (Edit: you guys convinced me, Mich has a good shot at him. Mostly Aquaman convinced me.) , Jae'Sean Tate, Edit: Andrew Williams
DT - Bryan Mone - Commit
LB - Michael Ferns - Commit, Kyle Berger, Nyles Morgan
CB - Parrker Westphal, Troy Vincent, Jabrill Peppers. Edit: Adoree' Jackson
S - Montae Nicholson, Jamal Adams, Erick Smith, Edit, edit (moved from WR): Juju Smith
Again, that's a very imprecise list, so feel free to correct me. Have at it, folks.
If we can come to some sort of consensus (or if someone has reasoning behind an assertion) as to which are the most likely to commit at any given position (guessing at staff decisions on numbers), I'll update with a final projected class.
Denard is (losing early) in the finals against Ryan Swope from Texas A&M. Everybody go vote & spread this around, or complain about how you don't want Denard on the cover because of the Madden curse(?)!
I'm sure Denard gets money off of this and has been promoting this himself, so let's give the man what he wants!
Go vote here: