a terrible blight on our fine country
I was listening to The Friday Big Show with Jim and Al on WTKA yesterday. Near the end of the show they were talking about Brady Hoke going up against San Diego State later this year. This led to a brief conversation about coaches going up against their former team.
Jim Stark mentioned that he thought one of the great ironies of coaching was when Central Michigan visited Michigan Stadium and former CMU head coach Herb Deromedi, who according to Stark "was the assistant coach at Michigan the last two years of his career," was on the sideline in his Michigan blue going up against his former team.
Does anybody actually remember Herb Deromedi doing any coaching for Michigan?
Not that it's the be-all and end-all, but Deromedi's Wikipedia page does not have Michigan on his coaching record. It lists that he was an assistant at CMU from '67 to '77 and HC from '78 -'93. It says that he was also the AD for CMU from '94 to '06. Michigan and CMU have only played three times in their history -- 1931, 2003, and 2006. He was still employed by CMU in 2003, so if this actually occurred, it would have had to have happened during the 2006 season, maybe after he retired as CMU's AD?
A quick check of the records on U-M's Bentley Historical Library website shows no record of Deromedi as a coach on either the 2006 or 2007 team. I suppose, however, that it's possible Deromedi served as a volunteer assistant on those teams -- maybe as a favor to Lloyd Carr and Mike DeBord, with whom I believe he was good friends. If that's the case, then maybe that's why he is not listed anywhere as an official U-M coach.
I don't know myself, so I'm wondering if anyone can confirm the plausibility of Mr. Stark's story, or if he is just, as former WTKA host Doug Karsch likes to say, full of poi.
South Carolina 3 Star WR Hakeem Flowers is announcing tomorrow at 7:15pm. I would have said we have nothing to worry about a week ago, but I don't think that's the case anymore.
He's deciding between Michigan, NC State, LSU, and Oregon. I would watch out for NC State. I'll elaborate once he decides tomorrow. This could change back in Michigan's favor, it just depends on what happens today.
I myself am pretty neutral about Hoke, I put myself strongly in the camp of I will believe it when I see it...I could honestly see things going great or flaming out, but of course I hope beyond hope for a Tressel-like rejuvenation of the program.
Anyway I was thinking about SDSU and the trajectory of their program and how that would effect people's view of the hire. For the most part I think my question goes out to the folks that are less than enthusiastic about him. Here is my hypothetical, if Hoke had stayed one more year at SDSU and say added a win going 10-3 would the hire then be a bit more palatable to folks, or would it still be a, 'profile in cronyism' as was discussed during the previous coaching search. I know personally this would make me a lot more comfortable, I really wish we had just a little bit more data about him. I think there would always be a nagging doubt based on playing in MWC but one more year would have really done it for me. What do you think?
Rivals.com reporting Ohio 3 Star DE/TE Keith Heitzman (6'3", 240 lb) has committed to Michigan.
Former Vandy commit. Early reports seem to indicate he's being recruited as a TE. Got an offer a couple of days ago. Offers from M, Vandy, Illinois, Indiana, Minny, and some MAC schools. Tim's write-up shouldn't take too long to be up on the front page.
JOKE 1:HOORAY LIFE CAN GO ON NOW THAT WE HAVE THAT LEGENDARY SEC SPEED!
JOKE 2: HELLLLOOOOO HEITZMAN
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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