a terrible blight on our fine country
Is this really the type of person who we want coaching Michigan football:
1. Punched Jim Kelly and had to miss several games - hurting his team because of the broken hand.
"Indianapolis Colts quarterback Jim Harbaugh broke a bone in his throwing hand Saturday when he punched former Buffalo Bills quarterback and current NBC-TV analyst Jim Kelly in the head because of negative comments Kelly made about Harbaugh a week earlier. Harbaugh told ESPNEWS, "I regret throwing the punch, but I felt I had to do something since my toughness was being questioned." http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-746436.html
2. Coach arressted for DUI during season
ENCINITAS, Calif. - University of San Diego football coach Jim Harbaugh was arrested early Sunday on a charge of drunken driving after being stopped for running a stop sign.
Harbaugh, a former NFL quarterback, was released after 7½ hours at the Vista Detention Facility. He is to appear in court in December.
“I’m upset at myself about it, and more embarrassed for everyone else around me, the team,” Harbaugh said Wednesday. “My No. 1 concern is the players. I’m trying to set a good example for them. There’s a consequence for making poor decisions and now that applies to me.” http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/9902673/
3. I was at Michigan when Harbaugh was quarterback. One night he tried to get in a fight with one of my friends "Do you want to play 'fistball"? was the clever line he used.
4. He was a good quarterback. And he may be a good coach (what was he in his third season something like 8-5?). But I'm not sure what kind of a person he is. I do know that I don't want to take the chance that his selfish and unstable behavior, as demonstrated over a long period of time, will embarrass our great university.
It's past noon on Friday, so honestly, who's working at this point? On to a really important topic as we contemplate the coaching direction of Michigan football: What song should Rodriguez have picked to feature at the Football Bust? Maybe Bon Jovi, Livin' on a Prayer, a Big House favorite? Perhaps DB could have followed that with Won't Get Fooled Again? What song should be featured at next year's Bust (hosted by Coach X)? I welcome your views.
The hits just keep coming. It seems DB now has his own Blog.
Feel free to check out his post on The Politics of Bowling. I'm look forward to a post that discusses Coaching Decision Timelines and How it Effects Recruiting.
It's been over 12 months since this story about Harbaugh and BathroomGate, but I still find it hilarious. I imagine a massive HD screen to watch film and a high-tec X's and O's white board right next to the shitter.
From August 2009:
The Stanford athletic department is facing a multi-million revenue shortfall. Fundraising has cratered. Team budgets are being sliced. More than 20 jobs have been eliminated through layoffs and buyouts, and at least one sport (fencing) is in danger of being cut.
So by all means, build the football coach a private bathroom.
Harbaugh's response to austerity measures:
“It was something I’d asked for,’’ Harbaugh said. “It cuts down on drag.’’
$70,000? I don't care what anyone says, that is going to be one nice bathroom to spend lots of time.
You decide if it's inspirational or a plea for another chance
Warning - this post contains no coaching discussion points and focuses entirely on football. For those of you expecting the usual "fire RR/no keep RR" post I sure that will undoubtedly come up next on the board.
I am very much looking forward to our bowl game as we will be as healthy for that contest as we have been since Connecticut. One of the many causalities of a young team is lack of depth and our ability to overcome injuries has been severely hampered by our lack of able bodies. Take a look at the injury report for the OSU game:
QUESTIONABLE (50% PLAY)
Hemingway, Junior Head
PROBABLE (75% PLAY)
Gallon, Jeremy Shoulder
Martin, Mike Ankle
Roh, Craig Head
Smith, Vince Head
Stonum, Darryl Ankle
Not on this list but certainly not at 100% was Shaw, Lewan and even Robinson. Tate was banged up too but playing through it when called upon. I'm sure there were lots of other unreported "walking wounded" that we never really heard about too. So our team was a shell of what it started out to be and I think the results show that.
The bowl game however gives all the guys 30 days to rest and get well. I am expecting a VERY different team to emerge as we get the players back at full strength and I think the results will show it.
I didn't include the players lost for the season because they will obviously not be back but based on the guys returning to health I am predicting a Michigan win. And I believe this regardless of who we get matched up with because we will have the players back to make that happen for the first time in a very, very long while.