“He was on the other side of the court, screaming: ‘Good shot, Kev!’” Durant said, shaking his head in delight. “I’m thinking, this guy’s an All-American type of teammate right there.”
A couple weeks ago, I put together a google map with all of the Michigan bars I'm aware of (and also everything from the spreadsheet that bouje has been maintaining.) The map is here.
Hopefully this will prevent the "where's the Michigan bar in Pittsburgh/Fresno/Topeka/wherever" threads that pop up every week, but if your favorite gameday hangout isn't on here, put it in the thread and let me know. I'll do my best to keep the map up to date.
You guys should all should tune into what Ray had to say on WTKA this morning... At one point he mentions that had he known what Devin has gone through as a 5th yr senior, he (Devin) should have transferred. His thoughts on Morris vs Gardner are also noteworthy. He also breaks down our chances against Rutgers this weekend. Great insight.
I hope all of you appreciate now how DIFFICULT it is to win 8 to 10 games, win/compete for B1G championships, and go to a bowl game EVERY YEAR!
Coach Carr was pushed out by people (this site included) who thought any idiot off the street can do what Carr did year after year. After two coaches and too many embarrassing loses later, we all know the truth now.
Coaching football in NCAA is hard. Not very many people are good at it. It is difficult even when you have the enormous resources that this great university can provide.
I hope you remember that for the next coach and beyond.
In 2007 Les Miles was the "Homerun" hire and we failed to get him. In 2011, Jim Harbaugh was the "Homerun" hire and we also failed to get him. We settled both times and have subsequently seen the worst 7 years of cumulative football in program history. Everything I'm seeing now is saying that the Harbaughs, Miles and Sumlin are "Pipe Dreams" to coach at Michigan. This baffles me because I have always been under the impression that Michigan was a powerful program and relative big deal in the world of college football. That notion needs to be evaluated now.
Michigan currently has a coach that has embarassed it's football to new heights. Michigan has an AD that is giving away tickets for Coke cans. We are outfitted by Adidas and most of the apparel is so god-awful ugly that it's immune to purchase. We cannot fill our stadium anymore and there are active protests of unrest on campus aimed at the dismal state of this program. Michigan Football has become the laughing stock of College Football.
Where is the Michigan Power? Why can Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Florida State, Alabama and Texas A&M all get "their guy" but Michigan cannot? Michigan SHOULD be able to get their guy also but the truth is, Michigan does NOT wield enough power to get the man they need to coach the program. We have to continue to settle for options B and C. Until Michigan can muster up the strength and power to command option A in a coaching search, things will continue to look bleak in Ann Arbor. Michigan should not have to "settle" for lesser options in this coaching search because we already have.....twice. It's time Michigan goes out and gets a sharp, established, eloquent, savvy and intelligent football coach who can represent this University both at the podium and on the sidelines. Michigan deserves far better than what we have been asked to settle for. If Michigan truly is a powerful University, then Michigan will go and get and Option A top flight football coach. They will not ask the fan base to settle again.
I know a lot of people don't read diaries - I probably never looked there once in the first 18 months I was here.. and not to toot my own horn but since Brian has a piece on the front page of Big 5 conference candidates, for those interested in more info on some of these candidates I did quite lengthy discussions with data points on some of them.
I learned a lot myself doing this research (i.e. Todd Graham and Kevin Sumlin had almost identical 4 years stints in the same division of Conf-USA) so it might be helpful for some. The comments below the diaries are also interesting in these pieces as some MGo contributors who live locally to these candidates chimed in with the local view which I found very insightful.
I also added a candidate that is not on Brian's list and is probably a year too early to truly evaluated (Doeren) but has a great pedigree for a Big 10 team, and then I followed it up with a piece on Charlie Strong if in a parallel universe we had an opening last December. I did the Strong piece NOT to say we are getting Strong today... it was basically to evaluate Strong as of last December relative to how I compared all the other candidates as of today.
I did not bother with Gundy because he has a guy at OK State named T Boone Pickens who is their Stephen Ross. He is also like Bronco at BYU and Fitzgerald at Northwestern - a lifer.
Fair warning - these are very long pieces (hence in diaries) and each candidate has their own warts. There are no unicorns out there.
We can probably use a little break from our own problems. Their five suspended players may finally get their hearings this week. I can understand the frustration their fans must feel at the pace of this process. Many here were convinced it would be settled before our game. That was four weeks ago, but it feels like so many more.