I believe it was Mo to Lloyd which transitioned into just the winged helmet. With such a loyal ambition to Bo do you think JH will revive this incentive for players or do you stand with a non-cluttered beauty which is the symbol of all that is Michigan?
Some interesting drrama happening at Utah. Fresh off a monster beat down of CSU in a bowl the program looks to be in disarray.
Kyle Whittingham is a very good coach - IMO a step below a Gary Patterson but ahead of Bronco M at BYU (my diary on Whittingham here). [If Harbaugh and Miles / Stoops types whoever didnt work out Whittingham would make sense here] His contract is up in 2016 and there rumors he was at least a superficial part of the Nebraska search.
His DC was stolen by Gary Andersen at Oregon State - that has got to suck. Andersen coached for Whittingham as a DC @ Utah, before he landed the HC job at Utah State, and went off to Wisconsin. Now he came back and stole Whitingham's DC as Utah doesnt have the resources to pay up. The DC, Sitake, is a lot like Aranda at Wisconsin - an up and coming under 40 year old DC who has built a good reputation very fast - very solid defenses without the 4/5 star talent programs like ours enjoy. He was with Whittingham for a decade.
Then his OC was lost this past week to go to be A&M OL coach. Dong punches everywhere and Kyle isn't pleased. Whittingham sounds incredibly frustrated and I don't blame him - you can only do so much without the financial backing to retain good coaches. Utah is getting Pac 12 money but is acting as if its a MWC team still. I am surprised if he was really in play that Nebraska went Mike Riley over Whittingham.
“In the time since, three assistant coaches have left the program, and sources familiar with the situation tell The Salt Lake Tribune that the relationship between Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham and athletic director Chris Hill is severely fractured, perhaps irreparably,” Matthew Piper reported.
“Those sources, who requested anonymity so as not to not compromise their ties to the program, say Whittingham and Hill were on poor terms before the start of the season, and that the rift widened in recent weeks. The two were scheduled to meet Friday, a source said.”
The reported conflict stems from Hill’s inability to provide the financial backing for Whittingham to retain his coordinators. “A source said Hill’s inability to lock up Sitake made Whittingham feel that Hill was trying to sabotage his program,” Piper added.
With Whittingham growing dissatisfaction with Utah and Hill’s leadership, the Utes’ head coach is actively searching for positions around college football. “The source confirmed speculation that Whittingham has met with administrators at other schools,” Piper continued.
PSU vs. BC in the Bronx and South carolina up 14-6 on the U on ABC.
Smell that in the air.... smoke... refreshing smoke.
Word from a rival SEC assistant is that scenario is much more than rumor. “He is waiting for Harbaugh to call him within the next 24 hours to make him the defensive coordinator at Michigan,” the assistant said.
Also Sam rehashes Mattison as either co-DC or LB coach.
If you are new to the DJ Durkin experience here are some stories I cobbled together earlier this week.
10 years ago, Jim Harbaugh spoke at Michigan to celebrate 125 years of Michigan football history, tradition, and academic excellence. There were more than 700 former players, coaches, and staff at the event. A nice 6 minute video about his love for Michigan football. Sorry if this has been posted already, I didn't come across it on the board. Enjoy!
I know Jim is going to be* completely in his own class in terms of a highly successful alum with both playing success (NCAA + NFL) + coaching success (NCAA+NFL) returning to coach his alma mater but what are the other somewhat similar examples in say the past 30 years? Ignore the coaching aspect, but lets limit to simply guys who were "successful" NCAA player + a modicum of NFL success - who went back to be HC at the same school he played at? There have to be some good examples.
The one guy who is MOST similar to Jim that I can think of is Spurrrier. He was a hell of a CFB player, he unfortunately was stuck at expansion Tampa for much of his NFL career, he made Duke into an SEC contender as a coach in just 3 years (Duke!), and was a successful pro coach in the USFL. So that is pretty damn good company - even Florida was a ho hum 6-7 win program for decades until Spurrier took over coaching them.
So who were highly successful college guys (lets say 2 year starters) who got a sniff of pro playing time (say a few years in the NFL) and then eventually went back to coach their college team?
EDIT - so far the board has come up with Kingsbury (Texas Tech), Gregg (SMU), and Majors (TN).