chance of bowl: 13.6%
Foster just beat Meyer; Pruitt has the Dawgs defense among the nation's best
You could do a lot worse than this pair of defensive coordinators. Pruitt is the young, up-and-comer who has been dynamite, but has done it with top talent at 'Bama, FSU, and now Georgia. Foster is the uber-loyal Beamer disciple who has demonstrated sustained success with meh talent.
Jeremy Pruitt, DC Georgia
Track Record: B. Hard to say here. He was at 'Bama from 2007-2012, and coached the DB's, which is where Saban injects himself the most. He probably learned a ton, but how much of the success is his? Then he went to FSU and won a championship, taking over the #6 scoring defense and making it the #1 scoring defense (they've dropped to #35 without him). Now he's at Georgia, the #19 scoring defense vs. #79 last year. Looks pretty good, for a limited sample.
Michigan Ties: D. Was the DB coach at 'Bama for Nuss' first season as the OC. Other than that, nada.
Recruiting: B. Was the recruiter of the year in 2012. Could not be better here, but his expertise is in the south.
Chances/Loyalty: C. A southern guy who has build a network and recruiting empire along I-10, he probably fits best as a coach down there. But he clearly wants his own program, and U-M is one of the best jobs out there, and is, in many ways, the U-M of the south.
Demeanor: B. 40. Presents well. Extremely demanding, high-energy coach who pushes his players for 60 minutes. Admires Richt's character, and that bodes well for his ability to meet Michigan's morality standards.
Three Phases: C+. Never been a HC at any level. Purely a defensive guy...my first question if we interview him is, “Who is your OC?” Might bring good friend and Georgia O-Line coach Will Friend.
Roster Fit: B-. Georgia runs a multiple offense not dissimilar to Nuss' system, and FSU runs a passing spread. 'Bama runs manball. Uses multiple defensive strategies. I do think U-M has the personnel to run a 3-4, FWIW.
OVERALL GPA: 2.43 (C+/B-). Pruitt is a fast-rising DC that will run his own program someday, and I think he could be very good. But he's probably best fitted to the south, and I'm not sure he'd stay at Michigan. That said, it's hard to find things not to like about him.
Bud Foster, DC Va. Tech
Track Record: B+. Has done more with less talent than almost any DC in the country, and he's done it for a long, long time.
Michigan Ties: D. Raised in Nokomis, IL. Has been at Va Tech since 1987, before that was at Murray State, which is in Kentucky, so...D seems about right.
Recruiting: B. Very strong recruiter that has reeled-in some top defensive talent.
Chances/Loyalty: C+. Bud is 55, and if he wants his own program, Michigan would have to be attractive. The athletes are already there for his defense. Would he go back to Va Tech when Beamer retired? Maybe, but not if it were 5 years down the road, IMO.
Demeanor: A-. Polished presenter, and players love him and play hard for him.
Three Phases: C+. Another purely a defensive guy. Would need an established OC to be a good fit...and would probably bring Loeffler. On the plus side, Va Tech's special teams are some of the best in the business, so hopefully he's learned from that.
Roster Fit: B-. Michigan has the athletes to run his defense, and Loeffler's offense is another multiple scheme that has lots of similarities to Nuss' system.
OVERALL GPA: 2.61 (B-). Foster used to be talked about everytime there was an opening, and has said he'd like his own program. He's also said his dream job is HC at Va Tech. If he would commit to Michigan long-term, there are many, many worse options out there. His defensive gameplan vs. Ohio State this year was magic, and hiring a guy who just beat Meyer might please the fanbase.
A Branch (aka Alan Branch) just signed with the Pats. He has an opportunity here. The Pats just lost their star DE, Chandler Jones for the next month due to a hip injury. Also, Branch may play some DT, as the Pats badly need help with their run defense. Whatever you want to say about the guy, he did play with an attitude at UM.
We could use some of that this weekend.
Also on the Pats roster is rookie LB Cam Gordon, who has been out with an undisclosed injury since August. I wonder if or when he will get a chance, since the Pats lost for the season their LB/defensive leader, J Mayo. The Pats did just trade for a more experienced but only fair LB.
In any case, with Tom Brady, the Pats now have three UM players.
The WD equipment update with a special edition.
Since 2010 Michigan has been wearing pink gear for breast cancer awareness month.
This year they will be wearing gloves, wristbands AND their socks will feature pink for the first time ever.
In other equipment news, the UTL III gloves are up for sale now.
We should've seen the vandalization of the Diag M coming. Last night some State students came in and asked our librarians how to spell 'MSU'— Shapiro Undergrad (@UMichUGLI) October 22, 2014
Just curious (sending the bat signal out to Wolverine Devotee if no one else knows) when was the last time we were a big underdog and pulled a "major" upset? I don't mean -4 or -7 type of line but say -10 to-12+. I know we were rarely in a position to be such underdogs but are we talking the late 60s? Or has there been some game along the line I've forgotten where people gave us no chance and were flat wrong. Outside of the obvious first Bo OSU game.
Along those lines I wonder between say 1970 and 2007 how many times we've been underdogs by 10+ points in any game, anywhere, anytime. I know 2008 forward it has happened relatively often but in the Bo/Mo/Lloyd era - not much after Bo's first team I imagine. Probably that 6-6 team vs BYU in the 86 bowl? Maybe one of the Rose Bowls along the way? One of those undefeated or 1 loss John Cooper teams? Even a game like Oregon 2007 I doubt we were -10, heck we may have been favored since we were at home. FSU 91? I imagine it was less than a half a dozen times in those ~40 years.
Both of them at the same time? It's rough having to eat getting trounced by TCU that way.