good luck with that
So I will freely admit that I fit under the Fierce Pragmatist segment of the pie chart previously posted on this venerable website last week. I feel safe in admitting I am one of those who liked the possibility of the hiring of bigger names like Jim Harbaugh and Les Miles. After 24 hours, a couple of cold ones and discussions with a few other friends, some of whom were players and managers when Brady Hoke was coaching, I came very much to a guarded peace with the hiring. One of the discussions was with a former player who explained the following theory.
After extolling the virtues of Brady Hoke and convincing me that the players respect and like him, that he's a good recruiter etc., etc. he said that the only way this turns bad is if we get locked in a downward spiral from the get go. He defined said spiral as having a few very early roadmarkers. First, keeping Denard and at least one of the other starting QB's as Denard has a tendency to get hurt. The fear was that we would end up with one or no scholarship qb's. The second marker was hiring some name coordinators. The third was somehow salvaging some kind of recruiting class, the fourth was at least salvaging a bowl next year. The fear was that we (1) lose all the quarterbacks and (2) hire random coordinators which causes the team to take the beating in the press which leads to (3) recruiting class falls through the floor then leading to (4) a bad seasons similar to 2008 with either a non-scholarship or true freshman QB stumbling to a bad record which (5) crushes recruiting again and (6) leads us into that killer 2012 schedule and another bad year.
Anyway, the same former player and I talked last night and we discussed his theory again. Both of us agreed the retention of Denard and Devin Gardner was huge and the Mattison hiring was about as good as could be. Now we're on to #3 and we're both feeling pretty good and are holding out hope that coming out of this weekend with the possibliity of getting commitments from Wile, Raymon Taylor, that TE/DE from Ohio (Heitzman) that may all come during this weekends visits, I'm beginning to feel like test #3 will be passed in the near future.
So I pose to the Board, once Hoke was hired, did you have any milestones beyond the obvious (gettings some wins) that you were looking for out of the new regime?
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There are quotes aplenty in here. Commence reading between the lines:
* Goricki has been Sparty-friendly in past articles. Did he ignore RichRod-friendly coaches here? Who knows?
* The first guy quoted is Patrick Threet of St. Clair Shores Lakeview. Steven's brother? :) He doesn't appear to be a RichRod fan. Samples:
"... you can definitely feel there's a leadership vibe there (with Hoke) that will relate to the hard-working people of Michigan ..." (Hopelessly vague ...)
"When you look at Michigan State, they won the state in recruiting and I think it shows." (Whatever ...)
"There was a little bit of arrogance (with Rodriguez)."
* Next up, the somewhat famous John Herrington of Farmington Hills Harrison:
"I thought Rodriguez was a very good coach, an offensive genius. I think it will be different where Brady will recruit Michigan harder and not just go to Florida and California (like Rodriguez) ..." (I find this much more interesting, because Herrington's opinions probably carry some weight. Even he seems to believe that RichRod didn't spend enough time in Michigan.)
* How does everyone feel about Hoke downshifting from a BlackBerry to a "regular" cell phone? Offhand I can't imagine why someone would voluntarily trade down in that area, but maybe that's just me. More important, what does it say about his modernity? Coaches are still allowed to text these days, right? (I'm assuming he wouldn't be enthusiastic about texting with only number keys.) Does he risk being perceived as out-of-touch by players? I could see where some people, like Coach Threet, could find the idea appealing.
AFAIK, the visitors are Tamani Carter, Frank Clark, Justice Hayes, Stefan McClure, Tony Posada, Raymon Taylor, Matt Wile and Leilon Willingham. I'm hoping that Posada will reaffirm his commitment and Wile will be the next in, but all I've heard so far is Justic Hayes tweeting that it's "Cold den a mugg!"
Thomas Rawls will announce his decision on the 31st of January, it's between UM and CMU, although he doesn't have a Michigan offer yet.
That might change next weekend when he takes his official visit to Ann Arbor. Rawls has refused to reveal his new ACT score, because he wants to surprise people on the 31st. I think he'll inform the coaches next weekend that he has qualified, and then he'll get the offer that Fred Jackson has been DYING to give him.
Then of course he'll accept and become part of our class, and I for one would be thrilled. If you haven't seen his senior highlights, shame on you. Link below.
Does anyone know what the fate of the website that RR put up/had constructed. I went to the site a couple of days a go and it had a large "under construction" sign. It still had the big block M on it though. Anyone know what will happen to the site?