somehow we're only 124th
“It went well,: Jake said about Funk's visit. "He just told me about his coaching resume and getting to rebuild a relationship, one of those types of things.”
He has also had the chance to speak over the phone with new head man Brady Hoke. “I have a couple times here,” Fisher said. “They’ve been good, really good.”
Fisher will take in visits to Florida and Oregon in the coming weeks, and will make an effort to get to Ann Arbor or wait for Hoke to make it to Traverse City. “Either they’re going to come here or I’m going to go there, one or the other.”
I realize everyone is excited about Greg Mattison, and I certainly understand that. But, there are other important college football issues to discuss. For example, Les Miles' dye job:
He's currently front-and-center here, too:
This was a revelation to me; I can't recall ever seeing him without "the hat."
I don't think the Michigan wine 'n cheese crowd (Mary Sue excepted) would be comfortable with that.
A friend of mine emailed me a great quote from Harbaugh on Scout...
"We completely respect the decision Greg made to join the Michigan football program. He has loved Michigan since working there earlier in his career. We will miss him because he's a great coach, but also an even better person. The students there are the lucky ones. Not only will he teach them football to the highest level, he will influence them to be the best persons they can be. Greg is one of the good people you are fortunate to meet in your life. We are disappointed that he will not be coaching our defense, but we know that he is following a true love by returning to the Wolverines."
I haven't seen any real discussion of this, but to the extent that we only sign 15 or 16 kids in this class, this might yield a potential benefit down the road. If Michigan has 21 open spots, and only used 16, we should be able to "bank" these and use them in next year's class. The benefit lies in the fact that next year's in-state class is expected to be one of the strongest in recent years, according to Josh Helmholdt (TheWolverine.com recruiting analyst).
Hoke (and even DB) has said that he will make in-state recruiting a focus, and between Hoke and Mattison, we should have success in midwest recruiting. To the extent that we have extra spots that we can use in next year's class, this will allow us to tap into a larger portion of that class, which both stock's our team and, more importantly, keeps quality kids out of the hands of MSU, OSU and ND.
Yes, today is glass half full day for me.
I know this won't be a popular post, but so far the coaching staff hires have been with the exception of Fred Jackson all white. I just want the best coaching staff but I think part of that is diversity. There is two slots left to go and I fully expect at least one hire to be a minority. This has to be brought up in sport dominated by minority athletes but minority coaches have a very hard time breaking in.