Tanned, rested and ready is the DC of our ferocious 1985 defense as featured by The Wolverine Historian. Gary Moeller is still part of the Michigan family and though no spring chicken he is a bit younger than Monte Kiffin. If he is at all interested in getting back into coaching this could be a good fit and a chance to expunge the unfortunate feelings that surrounded his departure. A few years with Mo at the helm to get traditional Michigan toughness back into the defense and then have him groom a successor.
I've been trying to see where Stephan Schilling ranks among Michigan's o-lineman in all time starts. I saw that he's tied for fourth all time with the late great center John Vitale, but I can't find any database, including the one on Mgoblue, that will list start leaders for any position.
Does anyone know where I might find these stats?
Also, I hereby raise a glass to Stephan Schilling for a great, albeit sometimes trying, Michigan career. I hope he plays on Sundays.
what is next week? Hold the rope week?
There's a lot of chatter on the Rivals board that Justin Turner is transferring from WVU to Notre Dame...College of Ohio.
Maybe this kid just isn't cut out for big time competitive play and was overhyped. Probably immensely talented in high school, but obviously, there's more needed to excel in D-1 ball.
The Signature Win? These moments tend to come when low expectations are rewarded with a big outcome - usually a big upset. Is the general malaise about RR in the public due to a lack of this "AH-HA!" moment? Recall:
Michigan Fans may remember 1995.
Previous year 8-4, #14 preseason, Michigan loses to #25 Northwestern at home? Followed by a loss to unranked MSU, and then a loss to #22 PSU. On our third coach in 5 years - is Carr aggressive enough? Too soft?
But then, #18 Michigan upsets #2 OSU 31-23. - Carr's 1st Signature Win.
Or remember 1969, when a 1st year coach named Bo took a 7-3 Michigan team and soundly beat #1 OSU 24-12. A very Signature Win.
However, Gary Moeller took over for Bo with a Big Ten Champion #4 ranked team. He did beat OSU too, twice in a row. And then went undefeated 9-0-3 with a #5 rank and a Rose Bowl win. But after all, starting at #4 the only place to go up to is a National Championship. Was the expectations too high? Did Moeller never get the Signature Win and therefore the extra love where everybody loves an underdog?
With #6 Wisconsin and #8 Ohio State looming is this where the underdog unranked Wolverines get a RR Signature Win? Will that win lift RR into the good graces of the skeptical and undecided fans and media? Will the effectiveness of the RR spread be the difference?
IMO - an upset vs WI or OSU provides a Signature Win for RR, a contract extension and proves once and for all that yes, West Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
This is in response to a few posters who said Michigan was eliminated from the Big Ten Championship hunt. This is obviously bat-shit crazy, but IF:
1. Iowa upsets Ohio State
2. Purdue upsets Michigan State
3. Michigan upsets Wisconsin
1. Minnesota upsets Iowa
2. Penn State upsets Michigan State
3. Northwestern upsets Wisconsin
4. Michigan upsets Ohio State
THEN, Michigan would be a 2010 co-Big Ten champion. Ergo, there is, indeed, a chance.