"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."
Is this really the type of person who we want coaching Michigan football:
1. Punched Jim Kelly and had to miss several games - hurting his team because of the broken hand.
"Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh broke a bone in his throwing hand Saturday when he punched former Buffalo Bills quarterback and current NBC-TV analyst Jim Kelly in the head because of negative comments Kelly made about Harbaugh a week earlier. Harbaugh told ESPNEWS, "I regret throwing the punch, but I felt I had to do something since my toughness was being questioned." http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-746436.html
2. Coach arressted for DUI during season
ENCINITAS, Calif. - University of San Diego football coach Jim Harbaugh was arrested early Sunday on a charge of drunken driving after being stopped for running a stop sign.
Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, was released after 7½ hours at the Vista Detention Facility. He is to appear in court in December.
“I’m upset at myself about it, and more embarrassed for everyone else around me, the team,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “My No. 1 concern is the players. I’m trying to set a good example for them. There’s a consequence for making poor decisions and now that applies to me.” http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/9902673/
3. I was at Michigan when Harbaugh was quarterback. One night he tried to get in a fight with one of my friends "Do you want to play 'fistball"? was the clever line he used.
4. He was a good quarterback. And he may be a good coach (what was he in his third season something like 8-5?). But I'm not sure what kind of a person he is. I do know that I don't want to take the chance that his selfish and unstable behavior, as demonstrated over a long period of time, will embarrass our great university.
It's past noon on Friday, so honestly, who's working at this point? On to a really important topic as we contemplate the coaching direction of Michigan football: What song should Rodriguez have picked to feature at the Football Bust? Maybe Bon Jovi, Livin' on a Prayer, a Big House favorite? Perhaps DB could have followed that with Won't Get Fooled Again? What song should be featured at next year's Bust (hosted by Coach X)? I welcome your views.
The hits just keep coming. It seems DB now has his own Blog.
Feel free to check out his post on The Politics of Bowling. I'm look forward to a post that discusses Coaching Decision Timelines and How it Effects Recruiting.
It's been over 12 months since this story about Harbaugh and BathroomGate, but I still find it hilarious. I imagine a massive HD screen to watch film and a high-tec X's and O's white board right next to the shitter.
From August 2009:
The Stanford athletic department is facing a multi-million revenue shortfall. Fundraising has cratered. Team budgets are being sliced. More than 20 jobs have been eliminated through layoffs and buyouts, and at least one sport (fencing) is in danger of being cut.
So by all means, build the football coach a private bathroom.
Harbaugh's response to austerity measures:
“It was something I’d asked for,’’ Harbaugh said. “It cuts down on drag.’’
$70,000? I don't care what anyone says, that is going to be one nice bathroom to spend lots of time.
You decide if it's inspirational or a plea for another chance
The current uncertainty with the football program seems to have strengthened what I call "the MGoBubble". This is a bubble whereby those who disagree with the opinions of the vast majority of Michigan fans (roughly 75% of whom want RR fired...if you can believe a highly unscientific poll in the News) and sports media (booooo MSM! boooo!!!) angrily retreat to avoid hearing that which is not what they want to believe.
I know that I risk an epic negbomb, but I assume the risk in making the present post. There are a number of great things about RichRod. He is clearly doing everything he can to turn our program into a winner; he cares deeply about his players; his offense is innovative and explosive; he produced winning records at other programs; and, he is a Michigan Man. I know...that last one is a touchy point, but to me, if you put your heart and soul into coaching our Wolverines, then you've earned the title. Rich has.
There are also a number of things about RichRod's performance that indicate he might not be the guy for the job. In posting this, I merely hope to pierce the MGoBubble. To take the blinders off of those who would attack any messenger who dare note a problem with the team. There is no problem with defending the coach, but please, can those in the bubble cease with the:
-My 13 year old gets it buy you don't
-Only an idiot would consider firing RR...he deserves an extension, douchebag!
-You're not a fan; you're an asshole!
-You're not "All In".
-Haters gonna hate images
-Pictures of explosions
Then, there's the litany of excuses:
-"It's Carr's fault (one poster even blamed our current problems on the emotional damage that Carr did to the team in retiring)."
-"It's the media's fault" (and yes, we can still all agree the Freep was well out-of-bounds)
-"It's the fans fault."
-"It's Scott Schafer's fault"
-"It's Greg Robinson's fault"
-"It's Jamie Morris's fault"
-"Things are great now; I don't count the first year"
-"Things are great now; I don't count the first or second year"
Here's the bottom line...If you've raised an excuse (or perhaps, "explanation")...then you, somewhere, somehow understand that there is a problem that merits discussion. Defending the performance of RR (explosive offense, good guy, etc.) is just as valid as arguing that he hasn't done enough to prove he can lead the program to the NC level (which is what he was hired to do). If you're defending RR, however, maybe drop the angry attacks and take a peek outside of the bubble to understand that all of those people who disagree with you (there are a ton) might have some valid thoughts.
-It's fair to note that the young defense has no depth as 32% of defensive commits have left the program under RichRod (again, that doesn't mean he's a bag guy, or that there aren't reasons kids left, but it's a statistical reality).
-It's fair to note that we haven't beaten OSU or MSU under RR.
-It's fair to note that our potent offense has not been as potent against top half Big Ten competition. (or that RR hasn't beaten a Big Ten team with a winning conference record)
-It's fair to note that we weren't a garbage program before RR got here and that RR's improvement from 3-9 kinda ignores the lengthy history before that season.
This blog is great. The bubble is not. Go Blue!