At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
I found this interesting footage from Ball State 1979 football season vs. Illinois State.
Brady Hoke is the starting LB for Ball State (home red) #55.
He was certainly in on a lot of tackles.
The game films were released without sound by Ball State University Libraries on Youtube, plus a 1978 season highlight film (10-1 year).
I really wish the University of Michigan would decide to release more historical football game films from 1969-1979, or even before that, including those that were not nationally televised. I'm sure the majority of those films have been digitized by now. I think UM football fans would enjoy viewing those games today, and it would provide some more national exposure to the history of Michigan's football program, particularly UM's dominance in the 1970s under Schembechler. There are only a handful of copies of football games from the 1970s available.
This article is a slideshow, which I loathe, but it does have info on where all of the previous coaching staff landed. Presented without further comment.
Hoke - Unemployed
Jackson - Unemployed (probably by choice)
Nussmeier - OC at Florida
Ferrigno - ST / TE at SJSU.
Funk - OL at Akron.
Hecklinski - QB Coach and PG Coordinator at Colorado State - Pueblo.
Mallory - Secondary Coach and PG Coordinator at Wyoming.
Manning - OLB Coach at Washington State.
Smith - DL at Florida Tech.
Brady Hoke is on Sportscenter right now talking about the upcoming Ohio State v Oregon game. Right out of the gate he called them Ohio and had to correct himself to Ohio State, presumably for TV purposes.
Despite his downfall as head coach, I think we can all appreciate how much, regardless of his departure, he still loves Michigan.
Haters are gonna hate and say the Ohio schtick is old hat but I respect a guy who sticks with it despite his circumstances.
SBNation charted how each school's football team performed relative to Vegas preseason expectations. I think we all know about where Michigan would fall on this list, but it is interesting to see in a chart with every school listed. Michigan finished 124 out of 128, and only South Carolina was worse among Power 5 schools. Ugh.
I was talking about this with my wife and I saw that Brian tweeted about it:
It is backwards that Brandon gets to pretend he resigned and Hoke just gets plain fired.— mgoblog (@mgoblog) December 2, 2014
I get why ADs get to pretend that they
retire resign even when they have manifestly been fired: they are execs, and that is how it generally goes in the CEO/business exec mode.
On the other hand, assistant coaches are sometimes allowed to seek employment elsewhere rather than get fired; but head coaches never do that. Brandon didn't tell Rich Rod that it would be best for him to seek employment elsewhere.
So head coaches are always fired or take another job voluntarily (or retire from coaching). Why is that? Is it because football teams (at least non-professional ones) are like families that compete together, so no head of that kind of organization would voluntarily leave it? What is it about the position of head coach that means that they are fired rather than
EDIT: changed the title from retire to resign to be more precise in my language.