Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
I'm curious how the coaching contract dance works. Is this done offer, counter-offer? Is this "take it or leave it?" I just don't know.
It seems to me, however, that JH is in a position of huge strength, and Michigan is not. As such, Jimmy would be able to ask for or demand conditions be met that he wouldn't otherwise have the leverage to expect. And should Stanford win the Orange Bowl, that leverage would only increase. Conversely, DB may feel the need to offer more than he might have otherwise.
Previously, there was always the sense in compensation offered of "this is Michigan. That should be enough." Our coaches were well paid, but not obscenely so. Now, I think that many in the Michigan fanbase and the administration would approve of opening the pocketbook to bring JH on as our new coach. And the fact that we are paying RR at least $2.5 mil to walk is not chump change either.
Just had a thought pop into my head. If you are as tired of all this crap as I am I suggest you watch some horrible reality show or a college basketball game until about 10:00 then fire up your dvr and enjoy the Orange Bowl. With the DVR you can block out Millen and enjoy the game since during most of the play calls Millen is silent. This will also limit your exposure to the surely endless talk on Harbaugh to a minimum and you can actually sit and enjoy the game.
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PS Anybody else that far into Schadenfreude that they want Harbaugh to lose by 50 tonight. I like RR and Harbaugh and generally would root for him pretty hard, but if I could shut my neighbor or the guy at the gym up for 1 second about the guy I'd be much happier.
Sorry, in advance, for starting my 3rd thread of the day. I rarely start threads (less than 2-3 per months).
Thought this would be of interest:
Schefter's latest tweet:
"Worth noting: Jim Harbaugh does not have blind loyalty to Michigan. He still remembers being bypassed for Mich QB coaching job in 2002."
What does this mean? First Brian, now Schefter - these cryptic messages are killing me.
For those of you who haven't seen the movie 12 Angry Men, a young man is accused of murder and there is a mountain of evidence against him. The movie begins as the 12 members of the jury convene to determine the fate of the young man, and every single man in the jury is thoroughly convinced of the kid's guilt because of the overwhelming amount of evidence that has been stockpiled against him -- except for Henry Fonda. Fonda is unwilling to accept everything presented and instead questions the evidence. He begins without really knowing for sure; he doesn't know clearly one way or the other and he doesn't have any evidence to prove the kids innocence, but he feels unsure enough to at least wonder "Supposin' this kid didn't do it." Initially his views are met with consternation and unbelief -- "How can you deny the FACTS??" But as the movie progresses, we begin to see the prejudice of the other jurors and that they reached their conclusions because of the filters through which they viewed the evidence. They wanted to see justice served, they wanted to see a kid from the slums receive what they thought was due him, and they wanted to feel like they had made society a better place; so they looked at evidence that seemed to support their desires and declared the boy guilty.
I reference this movie for one reason: supposin' Rodriguez isn't to blame. I know a large majority of the evidence points to Rodriguez as the one to be blamed for all of this, and maybe he is. But what if, in our desire to pin the blame on someone, in our quest to seek justice for Michigan football and right the wrongs of the past 3 years, we are looking at the evidence and declaring Rodriguez guilty because it supports our desires? I don't know. Maybe he is the one to blame.
But supposin' he's not?
I just have this nagging question after this last three game slide and wonder if anyone could win with this team as it is currently assembled? I am not talking about winning 7 games, duh, but being able to win a conference or 9-10 games.
I am not trying to be a doom-saying person, but if you assume the following
- The coaches put forth earnest effort to coach
- The players played their hardest for their coach
- We were as close to full strength as other teams this late in the year
It just makes me wonder about our ability to be successful any time in the near future after just getting successively mauled by Wisc, OSU and MSST since the gap still seems considerable for us to make the jump. Maybe the ceiling on this team is literally 7 games and mid-bottom of the conference, we have seemingly morphed into Indiana.
As scary as this sounds, in a way I almost hope that either the coaches were delinquent in their responsibilities to game plan (possible) or players just gave up (doesn't seem as evident) just so we have "reason" to explain their performance. Without that explanation, I am left with the hope that dramatic improvement, which was not evident from game 1 to game 13, somehow happens over the spring/summer which will enable us to actually be a contender next year. As it stands, that seems like a big ask for anyone to be able to accomplish. Looking for some wisdom from the board here.
EDIT: Apologies for poor wording. I am asking about the talent level team as it is currently assembled via the recruiting classes of the last few years. Could anyone do better with our current players than a 7-6 record? We seem undersized in many areas without having elite speed to make up for the size differential. If you say "yes", then it is the coach's fault. If you say "no", then we will require more than just this new recruiting class to bridge the gap.
There seems to be a RR to Pitt rumor circulating around. Has anyone heard any credible information on this? There is a mention of it on ESPN, but the info requires "insider" subscription status.
To me, this would make sense for RR. He is all but gone here. He knows the Big East and has had success there. Plus, after 3 years of being a whipping boy - caused somewhat by the parting shots that WVU took at him - is there any doubt that a guy with a competitive nature such as RR wouldn't want to come back to the Big East and grind WVU into dust?