I think you will get your wish.
Let me preface this: I'm glad Rich Rodriguez is our coach and I think he's a brilliant offensive mind. I hope he's around for a long time.
BUT, I have concerns about his in-game coaching. There were several times yesterday when I was frustrated/baffled with our playcalling, most notably on the 3rd and 1 call with about five minutes left when V. Smith got wrapped up in the backfield. Apart from a few big gashers, our RBs had trouble running up the middle all day, Smith hadn't been able to shake loose on a single run, and we desperately needed a few first downs to FINALLY put the game away. A Denard sneak is almost 99 percent guaranteed to get us 1 yard. Instead we hand it off to our smallest back who's still clearly not the player he was a year ago before his knee injury. If we were going to pound it, I would have at least liked to see a fullback and tight ends in there to prevent what happened from happening, i.e. a DE coming completely unblocked and blowing up the play.
Another frustrating moment that comes to mind for me was the decision not to call a timeout at the end of the 2nd quarter against UConn, when they had the ball at our 1 or 2 yard line and our defense was obviously disoriented. We had 3 timeouts, and there were about 15 seconds left in the half. Clearly the clock was not going to run out on UConn, and I was screaming at my TV for Rich to call a timeout and get our guys prepared for a stand. Instead we watched UConn easily punch it in, gaining momentum headed into the half.
I feel like there have been numerous moments like these during the past three years.
So my question to fellow M fans: What do you thing of Rich's in-game coaching, solid or suspect? Like me, have you been frustrated by sporadic what-the-hell-are-we-doing moments? Do you believe that when we're involved in a very tight game, Rich's coaching will be the difference-making factor for or against us?
Hope I don't get crucified for this, just curious if you're seeing the same things I'm seeing.
Analyze, adapt, improve.
What is the relationship between the band and the team? Are they close, do they interact; I was wondering what the passing of the band director might of had on the UMass football team. It's not like it was one of the coaches who died suddenly, someone who had a direct impact on the football team, but they might of felt empathy for the band who obviously was sticken more by his passing, and perhaps played harder for the band? Thoughts?
I attend Bowling Green, and although I don't work directly with the team I've seen them a few times so I thought I'd like to share with you guys all I think I know about the Bowling Green football team so you'll be prepared for this upcoming weekend.
- Known to most people as the offensive coordinator at Tennessee that helped put an end to Phillip Fulmer's tenure as Tennessee's head coach a few years back, Dave Clawson is the current head coach at BG. He has a pretty darn good track record other than that one horrible year in Knoxville and will get a BCS-level job in the next few years. My guess would be Virginia Tech once Beamer is done, just because he's a prominant name in the Virginia-area, where he took the Richmond Spiders to the 1-AA semi-finals back in 2007 before losing to... well... uh... that one team with the really good quarterback... 55-37.
- The defense for BG has one hope, turn the ball over. There's not much after that because they are the standard bend but don't break team. They returned three interceptions for touchdowns last night (one was called back for block in the back). They play super soft coverage though. They've given up 30, 33, and 28 points this season and could struggle this weekend.
- The offense is what I imagine the 49ers west coast offense was like in the 80's, at least from what my Dad always described. Short passes to whoever is open within first two steps. That's how Freddie Barnes amassed 155 catches last season in 13 games(!!!) and how Jr. Kamar Jordan leads the nation this year with 34 receptions in three games this season.
- Despite the gaudy numbers by the recievers, Bowling Green has a redshirt freshman as starting quarterback, #7 Matt Schilz, who is smart with the ball but lacks serious arm strength, at least that's according to rivals. He was knocked out of last night's game in the third quarter with an injury. Backup quarter back is a sophomore, #14 Aaron Pankratz. Has more arm strength, a little bigger in the pocket, not quite as mobile. Think a 2-star version of John Navarre.
- The running back Willie Geter has dreads(!). The 5'7" running back has seriously quick acceleration but has been questioned on his top speed.
- BG has a starting freshman defensive back* (I stand corrected, he's not a cornerback) named... Booboo Gates. He's a little bigger than Michigan's Booboo was and he plays pretty well on the defensive side and returned an interception for a touchdown last night.
- Anybody else wish Michigan had an extra kicker on hand? Well, Bryan Wright could've been that guy, except he decided to take his talents down US 23 about 50 miles and spend his last year of eligibility kicking, punting, and kicking off. He's three for six on field goal attempts this season and surely could've been of at least some use for the winged helmets this year.
- Completely OT but Bowling Green has one of the sweetest rivalry trophy histories in the history of rivalry trophies. The "Peace Pipe" is the trophy and between 1947 and 1969 the basketball teams from Toledo and Bowling Green would smoke a substance from the pipe at halftime as a offering of peace to the other school! What was actually being smoked has never really been officially said... but it was the 60's... so take that for what you will. It's now just a trophy that is played for by the football teams each year.
So, to wrap this up for now, if you can't watch the game this weekend and can only read the box score with the stats sheet, do not be alarmed if Bowling Green has a reciever with 15 catches on Saturday and a player named "Booboo" with an interception. This game will not be Toledo 08', although BG has beaten them, including in 08', the last few years in the battle for I-75.
EDIT: I said Booboo was a cornerback, well, I just pretty much said that to compare him to Michigan's Booboo. He's a nickel back, but the comparison is there. He makes plays, and he's a freshman, and his name is Booboo. And so I love him for that.
I went to Bowling Green because I wanted quality education and BGSU provides that for me. I don't think there's much of a problem with me prepping Michigan fans on this upcoming weekend.
So to sum it up, I gave the Michigan fans my own personal thoughts on Bowling Green's football team without degrading the University in anyway possible. I'm going to the game as a fan Saturday, and I'm not wearing apparel of either school as to still be a professional.
Most of "The Sky Is Falling" crowd have based their epinion on the fact that UMass is an FCS team (yes, boys and girls Div 1-AA has not existed since 2005) and that all FCS teams should be dominated by Michigan.
UMass was ranked #69 before the game. There are 120 FBS teams. Whoa, this can't possibly mean that Sagarin thought UMass was better than 51 FBS teams??!!
Uh, no -- Sagarin also ranked 2 other FCS teams above UMass. Thus, there are 53 FBS teams worse than UMass.
Non AQ teams like: The entire MAC except Temple, the entire CUSA except E. Carolina, Houston, Tulsa, 5 teams in the MW, the enitre SunBelt except Troy, the entire WAC except for 4 teams, Army and Navy.
Including the following AQ teams: Duke, Cincinatti, UConn, Syracuse, Louisville, Purdue, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa State, UCLA, Washington State, Mississippi, Vanderbilt.
I am not saying the "Sun Is Shining" and that was a great game. It was not good. But, it was nowhere near the debacle many have painted it.