I GIVE UP ON HATING WISCONSIN
[Ed-M: Interesting stream of consciousness post that captures one fan's emo experience watching the Ohio State game. Knocked to board from diaries, but not a bad read if you get through it]
I get to Miami Mike's, a local sports bar at about noon. Yes, I didn't miss kickoff. I'm expecting a loss, but I still have some optimism. You never quite know, do you. But on Saturday we did. We all did. We all knew deep down, even if we felt like we could win, that we were going to get our asses kicked by Ohio State. I make some conversation with the Buckeye behind me. He doesn't seem like the average buckeye, he was kind of an okay guy. He doesn't fully know what he's talking about, but I have nobody else to talk to. Anyway, after the first two drives, I've lost all hope. I knew that there was no way it was going to be close after the two failed redzone attempts.
After the kickoff return, I put my head down. It's not going to be like last year, where it was somewhat respectable, we are going to get killed this time. Then, the buckeye behind me starts to get annoying. He has his parents with him, which made things worse, because they kept asking stupid questions like "Are we at home or not." I then had to listen to him answer. But, they all know the words to the fight song, nevertheless, I have to listen to it. He starts taking shots of tequilla, and then he really starts to say some annoying things. "That's what seperates the good recievers from the shitty ones, right there." "His names Boom because he knocks people over." "Dammit, we couldn't sack that bastard, that slippery bastard." He said that after Denard escaped a couple of sacks, and ran for five, on like third and fifteen.
At this point, I'm thinking to myself "We went three and out, shut the fuck up, why are you getting so pissed for god sakes." He also continuously bitched about the holding call on the ninety yard run. I keep thinking "Jesus Christ, you're killing us what's the difference between first down at the twenty and a touchdown. There's no way we're coming back." But then I realized, I can't do anything. There's nothing I can do to change it. I can watch the game every Saturday, and cheer or sulk, but it won't make our players better. I can't do anything to improve Michigan football, as much as I want too, I can't. I can't play, or coach, or do anything. Whether I like it or not, or like the guy behind me or not, we got our asses handed to us on a platter on Saturday, and there's nothing I can do about it.
I was just reading ESPN's update on Big Ten recruiting found here: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/news/story?id=5870702. Among other things it says:
One name to keep an eye on is 2010 Florida signee Jonathan Dowling. The former Under Armour All-American was considering an official visit to Michigan last season before deciding to end his recruitment and stick to Florida. Now that Dowling and the Gators have split, Michigan could be in play.
Dowling was a 5 star #1 ranked saftey, and #10 overall to ESPN. Scout had him as a 4 star and the #5 saftey. And Rivals had him as a 4 star athlete, #176 overall player.
I follow recruiting pretty closely and this is the first I've heard of Dowling having any interest in UM. While unlikely, if this is true, this would be an enourmous pickup. TomVH or any other insiders care to shed any light on this?
Would be a great pick up for the class. Nice quote by Kris as well
"It really was my dream as a child to play at Michigan"
I was having issues with YouTube, so I couldn't upload this video into my weekly update. Here is some game film that Kellen's father wanted me to pass on to everyone. This is from his game against St. Thomas this year. Kellen's team won 33-28.
I was looking through the seasons of the past and came across some pretty interesting similiarities in these 2 seasons. First off, the record (7-5) and also it was Henne and Hart's sophmore seasons (Denard, Tate, V. Smith), and also there was a coaching shakeup that both coordinators left (Malone & Herrman). The changes in the staff, and the fact that we were returning many starters resulted in the 2006 season. Which was one of the most exciting seasons of Michigan football that I remember (aside from 97 ofcourse)
[Ed-M: Bumped to diary 'cause it's a diary, basically, then un-bumped due to WAIT YOU WERE SRSLY?]
After reading countless posts about whether Rich Rodriguez should continue to be our football coach, it seems clear that a large percentage of the MGoCommunity believe that Rodriguez was hired to drag an antiquated football program, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century.
If you believe this, then how could your reaction to the possibility of Rodriguez being fired, be anything other than: "No, you have to give him enough time to complete the transition"?.
But, is that why Rodriguez was hired? Let's review (and please, if you followed the last coaching hire more closely than I did, or if you have inside information, correct me where I am wrong).
1) Lloyd Carr became ill. This illness drained Lloyd of energy and made Lloyd condider retiring. But, Lloyd is a battler and loved coaching Michigan football. So Lloyd stayed on. But Lloyd, who never believed in over-working players in the first place, because football should be fun, could no longer provide the attention to detail that the team needed.
Lloyd was also very loyal to his assistant coaches, some of whom became complacent. So, the program began to slide. However, Athletic Director Bill Martin loved Lloyd, in part because Martin was never a "football guy", but mostly because Lloyd was a low-maintenance coach. There was however, growing discontentment with Lloyd as coach in the Michigan football community.
Then came what we now call "The Horror" Then the Oregon blowout. Under pressure, no longer young or well, Lloyd (one way or another) retires.
2) Bill Martin expects Michigan to have its pick of top coaches and wants another low-maintenance coach, a ready for primetime coach. Martin wants someone who has already established himself as a successful head coach.
If Michigan is to go outside the present staff, Lloyd's pick is Kirk Ferentz of Iowa.Ferentz is well-respected, smart and accomplished and has assembled a fine staff. Ferentz is offered the job. Ferentz turns it down.
One coach that Lloyd Carr did not want was the favorite choice of Michigan fans, Les MIles. Miles had coached here at Michigan, with Carr, but had quickly left after Lloyd became head coach.
But, Bill Martin wants a successful, popular coach. A backchannel contact is made to Les Miles to become the next Michigan coach. What happens next is less clear, but apparently an opponent of the Miles hire leaks the news to Desmond Howard, our former Heisman trophy winner, who now works for ESPN. Kirk Herbstreit, the former OSU quarterback, also works for ESPN, gets wind of the story from Desmond and breaks the story on live national television.
Miles is about to coach LSU in the SEC title game. A victory could send two-loss LSU to the national championship game. Miles is now under enormous pressure. LSU wants to know: "Is this true?" LSU's players want to know. Miles frantically tries to contact Bill Martin. Miles wants to know: "Do I have the job?" But, Bill Martin, unaware of the leak, is literally out to sea. Martin, an avid sailor, has gone out on his boat and done so without a phone. Miles quickly agrees to a contract extension with LSU and coaches them to victory and the national championship.
Michigan is looking foolish, the Michigan brand-name is taking a hit.
Greg Schiano is a temporarily hot coach at the moment. Schiano has coached Rutgers from (b)oblivion to respectability. Anybody who could do that has to be a good coach. Michigan needs a coach. Martin offers Schiano. Schiano accepts, reluctantly. Then Schiano talks to his team and decides to stay at Rutgers. Martin is getting desperate. Martin offers Schiano again. But, still the answer is no.
Then, unexpectedly, Michigan is contacted by the agent for one of the hottest young coaches around. Rich Rodriguez has led West Viginia to three straight top ten finishes. Rodriguez is well-enough thought of to have been offered the Alabama job the year before. It's like a cold glass of water to a thirsty man. Martin and university president Coleman meet Rodriguez for a five hour meeting in Toledo, Ohio. Rich Rodriguez becomes the next Michigan coach.
3) My point for the MGoCommunity to consider: RR was not brought in to revolutionize Michigan football, but as an act of desperation without fully realizing what would be entailed in adjusting to Rodriguez as coach.
Those who wanted such a revolution, do not want to give it up.
Those who didn't are just appalled at the way we are playing.
And so you have a divided fanbase.
PS: This is just my second time starting a thread. My first was a meta post that got sent to some obscure place (Bolivia?) Any constructive criticism is welcome. TY
Edit: No ill intent of any kind is intended by this post. My sources for this is that I followed the coaching search as closely as I could. TV , radio , newspapers, online, and Micigan sports blogs and forums including this one. I am writing from memory. I am open to any corrections.
Dec 2- All right, at the implicit suggestion of an ex-mod, and after careful thought, I've decided to edit out the unnecessary parts that have offended some MGoBloggers. I hope this doesn't make the commentary seem too out of place. Please keep in mind that what remains is my understanding of events and that I seek correction from those more knowledgeable.