"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
Morning all! If anyone was like me, you were somewhat dumbfounded by the Hoke hire the associated process behind it. There were certainly a lot of passionate emotions expressed - some good, mostly bad. But now that we are are almost 2 months into the Hoke regime and have had some time to assess the hire more objectively and with saner minds, have any of you who thought once thought the Hoke hire was a bad now think otherwise? And why?
Me? Well, I still think this was not a great hire that was mitigated partially by a top-notch DC. Reasons are as follows:
1. The whole "turned BSU and SDSU around" meme. I still don't get this. Taking a bad a team and putting together one good season before leaving doesn't really prove that he can turn a program around. Doesn't mean he can't do it here, but doing so in the MAC and Mountain West doesn't really give me hope that he can do this in the big ten.
2. Denard. One of the best athletes in the game, but he is a very niche QB that needs a certain coach to extract that QB talent. The new staff is not it, which is fine, because I think Denard will switch positions by time he graduates, making room for someone more abt for a traditional offense. IMO, Denard's Heisman days are done.
3. Recruiting. It seems Hoke wants to concentrate on the midwest, which scares me. Save Ohio, the midwest is a good, not great nest of football talent. The vast majority of great football players come from the South and West. This is where we need to be.
4. Hoke's introductory press conference. Am I the only one who was not impressed? I love his passion, but he was very unpolished and amateur. I get the feeling he going to say some VERY bone-headed comments when under pressure during a press conference.
Overall, Hoke's intangible's are immense, but I think there is very little tangible aspects to hold on to. He is the coach of my favorite team and he has my full support, but I just don't see hime getting it done here. I predict that the defense will improve, the offense will regress, and we will see what we did for most of the 2000s with LC. He will beat OSU once and MSU twice in 5 years and out the door after 2016. I sincerely hope I am wrong, but with Hoke's less than stellar coaching resume, hope is all I got.
Here is the map for this week....I tried using umhero 2012 offer list, and it worked out pretty well w/ little formatting issues. Again, if there are any errors please dont hesitate to bring them up, and I'll try to incorprate the corrections in the next update.
**Edits: Thanks for poitning these out IO'll have to verify these, but will include corrections in next map....
- "Centerville that Odenigbo is from is more toward the western part of Ohio."
- "Kuhar, Sam Grant and Kalis all go to the same school. Where you have Kalis' marker is the right geographic area for that particular St. Eds, I believe."
Mike McQueary (PSU Recruiting Coordinator) comments on Michigan/Rodriguez at the Coaches Clinic International tonight...
In case it may interest some people here, I am at the Coaches Clinic Intl in Scranton. Tonight, Mike McQueary (recruiting coordinator @ PSU) was giving a talk on beating 'Slick' (quarters) coverage and goal line/short yardage strategy.
He used a number of clips of PSU against Michigan last year to demonstrate examples of how to exploit various coverages. Needless to say, it was painful to sit there and watch as he showed clips and described several sequences where defenders WERE exactly where they needed to be and couldn't make plays. FWIW, he said some very complementary things about Rich as an offensive coach ("This clip makes me feel a little sad for Coach Rodriguez. His offense is nearly impossible to gameplan for, but the defense couldn't get it done").
He used Michigan as an example of the importance of finding a few things as a coach that you can connect with your players on re: scheme, rather than trying to run every kind of scheme with minimal understanding (Less is better).
The hardest thing to watch was a near-goal line stand where PSU ran a Fullback draw into a 3-man front and barely needed any blocking to get the TD. He referred to that as "some knuckleheaded goal-line defense".
Anyway, pretty interesting stuff... FWIW, he wasn't just throwing up a lot of stuff against michigan... in fact, much of his hours worth of footage came from games against MSU and Iowa.
Big time New York defensive tackle Jarron Jones (6'6", 305 lbs) was just offered by Michigan. He has offers now from Michigan, Alabama, Florida State, and North Carolina to name a few. I talked to him about the offer, and it seems like it's all too early in the process for him to really have a set plan.
Michigan is a big offer for me. Coach Mallory called my coach and told him that they were offering. I'm going to probably take visits over spring break and the summer. I'm just trying to take it all in right now, if I end up feeling comfortable somewhere then I'll make a decision. I don't really have a timeline right now. I grew up watching some Michigan games, watching Mike Hart and Chad Henne, so I know about Michigan.
Jarron is going to try to make it up to Michigan for a visit, but doesn't have any dates set in stone yet.
His junior film is here.
I apologize if this has already be posted but after a brief search I couldn't find anything.
According to ESPN Steven Threet will no longer be playing football due to concussions, something he is still getting symptoms from.
As frustrating as 2008 was for me, I still wished him well when he departed Ann Arbor and this is kind of sad to see, especially since he seemed to be doing quite well for ASU.
[EDIT: Searching "Steven Threet" does not produce the thread that was previously posted. Hence BRIEF search. I'll be sure to search every possible tag for you trollers out there next time.]