He sort of went, we speculated and then I could not find anything else regarding the reason. I assume he didn't go to check on a rumor that Dowling might consider us or to share offensive philosophy considering there is a possible bowl match up looming. Florida may be out an OC soon (if you read the posts) which was the most concerning. Any update would be appreciated.
This one had it all...anger...denial....Brian fed up....Brian asking for apologies....Stand Edwards asking for apologies...even 45 seconds of basketball talk....and probably more opinion than we've gotten from Brian since at least Monday. I won't go so far as to say it's juicy, but you can tell there's a lot of emotions out there this week.
10a - Brian Cook and Craig Ross on Michigan football
10b - Brian Cook and Craig Ross on Michigan football
11a - Brian Cook and Craig Ross Seg 2
11b - Brian Cook and Craig Ross Seg 2
12 - Brian Cook and Craig Ross Seg 3
Below is an article discussing the possibility of Harbaugh leaving Stanford for Michigan. I am NOT posting it for a coaching change ("CC") discussion - the article contains NO information, just opinion from some San Fransisco Examiner writer.
I am posting it because I think that the inaccuracies are hysterical:
1. Our AD is named David Barron. I hope that this Barron dude is more decisive than Brandon. (/s)
2. This Barron, our AD, was a former Michigan QB.
3. RR had a top 10 recruiting class.
4. We were widely expected to contend to win the B10 this year. Really? By whom? We didn't even start the season ranked.
Just thought that this was entertaining. If their current gigs don't work out, Sharp, Henning, Rosenberg and company could probably get jobs at the SF Examiner - their lack of interest in the facts would fit in great there.
I came across an interesting website last night and took a stroll down memory lane.
Looking back at the last couple years of coaching hires, it seems that really the only hires after the bowl games were by schools that were in a bind, or had a spur of the moment coaching change not based on performance.
For example, last year the only BCS conference schools to name head coaches after Jan 1st were Vandy (surprise retirement), South Florida(Leavitt fired on Jan 8 for mistreating a player), Texas Tech (Leach vs James family saga), USC (Carrol bolted for the NFL), Tennessee (Kiffin bolted for USC, sucker), and finally Kentucky (which was more of a hand picked successor situation from what I understand and doesn't really belong on this list). This year seemed to have a lot more activity after Jan 1 than previous years (given the theme of player abuse). When it comes to coaching movement, it is my impression that the BCS schools control the non-AQ schools. Essentially upward movement of coaches from non-AQ to BCS schools causes non-AQ movement later.
If we look at the year before last, we see fewer coaching changes after Jan 1. The exception being Oregon, who hire Kelly after Belotti retired from coaching. The only other one I see (I could be missing others) is that BC had a vacancy after Jagodzinski was fired after interviewing for NFL jobs against the ADs wishes. The information above is just a summary from the link I posted, you can read more there.
My point, is that it seems to me (granted a small sample size of an inherently stochastic process) that coaching changes after Jan 1st of BCS schools are usually unexpected. That being said, is it possible that Brandon's decision to wait to evaluate the staff after the bowl game will start a new trend and push back some of the coaching carousel this year? Possibly in future years if other ADs like the idea? No doubt we have a talented staff which would be in high demand elsewhere. Is there any chance that schools would wait to fill their vacancies for Brandon's decision to see if they could poach some of RR's staff, either as assistants of head coaches (most likely for non-AQ schools for everyone except RR)? This is an obvious gamble b/c if RR and staff are retained they essentially waited for nothing.
A disclaimer: I'm not looking for speculation on whether or not RR will be fired. My point is that Brandon seems to be bucking the trend and I wonder if this will have an effect on college football in general. Also, any discussion of historical coaching changes (or retentions of staff on hot seats) at other schools similar to this one is more than welcome. Also, I realize I could have posted this in the "Why Brandon is waiting" thread. I decided not to b/c this is really a different focus than that thread's intention and I didn't want this discussion to get buried under atom bombs and boobies.
EDIT: sorry about the formatting, that was a n00b move to use the plain text editor
Let us assume that we retain coach Rodriguez. Most of the fanbase assumes that Gerg won't be. At the very least there will likely be two or three defensive coaches let go.
Candidates for the defensive coordinator position might include:
Bruce Tall: I assume this is unlikely. The defense has been poor enough that it would be hard to justify elevatingthe best position coach on what seems to be a weak staff. On the other hand if rodriguez is going to want his dc to play a 335 regardless of experience with it, Tall is probably better suited to do that than gerg. It would be hard to be worse. Ultimately, I believe that Brandon will want someone with a proven record and more appealing to the masses. So should rodriguez--he may only have one more year to prove himself.
Chuck Heater: If he's available this would seem to be a good fit. Michigan ties. Florida plays a tough style of defense which we expect to play. The fans for mchigan would embrace him because he played here and has had good success in the ESS-EEE-SEE. The DC job for heater would be an upgrade for him and could be a stepping stone to a head coach consideration here or elsewhere depending on how thngs go.
Randy Shannon: Probably a pipe dream since he will likely have a shot at a head coach position for a lower level major cnference school like Minnesota, Mississippi State, Maryland. It's likely he would choose that option if available. He'd be a good fit though. We already focus heavily on recruiting Florida and his ties there would further that connection. He's also the type of coach who could be hired and paid well and allow Rodriguez to continue to be very hands off with the defense. From the little I have read, Shannon places significant effort on kids going to class and staying out of trouble and would be a good fit with Rodriguez from that perspective. With his defensive track record Brandon would approve and likely be willing to pay. He's recently mentioned that the coach here is gven a lot and a lot is expected. This would certainly fit hat description and potentially se up a solid defensive staff for a couple of years unless or until Shannon were offered a good head coachng position or Rodriguez let go. if we,re willing to pay LSU type assistant money there could be a chance toland him. Detractors would correctly say that he doesn't have Michigan or Big 10 experience, but his track record would appease most fans (at least for a year or two).
Jim Herman: doubtful. He'd be an improvement over what we have. He's familar with the program. That however may actually be a reason he wouldn't be cnsided. RR has spent a signifcant amount of effort and time changing the way thngs were done before him. RR would likely feel threatened by that move and it's probably an impossibility for that reason.
My choice would be Shannon. I doubt he'll be available. I'd take Heater. Either would appease the alums and donors for a year or two. By then well know if Rodriguez is the guy.
The Michigan coaches are making their rounds for in home visits for the next few weeks. They were out to see Anthony Zettel tonight, and were also out to see Georgia DB Avery Walls last night.