there would have to be some to wash away
Just wrapping up right now, but MT is absolutely trashing UM and how they treated him. Also, did defend Rich Rodriguez, but is hoping Hoke gets the same treatment (based on big games).
Anyone else hear it? Thoughts?
I know I said I wasn't going to talk coaching changes at Michigan, but then it struck me.
People keep bringing up names like Nussmeier or Butch Jones from Tennessee. People say we need to find our Nick Saban or Pete Carroll from his USC days. I combined those thoughts together when it dawned on me.
Facts: Lane Kiffin is the perfect candidate for the Michigan Head Coaching position.
- He is a former head coach both in the NFL and at major college football programs (Tennessee and USC)
- He currently owns a 62.5% winning record, which can surely only improve at Michigan
- He's been a position coach at OL, WR, TE, and QB, and has been an OC.
- His offense is similar to the offense brought in by Nussmeier, so no brand new system needs to be learned immediately
- But he's an upgrade over Nussmeier, because he took Nussmeier's job.
- He is a Nick Saban disciple, the most successful coach in college football.
- He was a dynamic recruiter at his previous stops
- He has connections to Southern California and Florida, recruiting hot beds. On top of that, he has connections within the B1G footprint in Minnesota and Nebraska.
- He's the son of a former great NFL DC. He could be brought on to implement a zone blitz heavy defense similar to the one brought in by Mattison that can teach players what they need to learn to make it to the NFL
- His brother is the current DL coach at Ole Miss. He can install that SEC speed.
- He's only 39 years old. He could run this program for 25 years, build a great coaching tree, and have Michigan at elite status for several decades.
Lane Kiffin for the next head coach of Michigan!
While I understand the reasons for not disclosing specific injury information - such as HIPAA and alerting future opponents to vulnerabilites, I generally dislike this stance. Even more, his increasingly smug attitude toward the media on this and other things.
In a world where professional sports (the ones I watch anyway) disclose injuries to the world via a disabled list, and I am sure it is as simple as signing a waiver to release medical information, why is this such a big deal with Hoke?
For example - no one had and still doesn't have much of a clue why Funchess, Raymon Tayor, Peppers, Morgan and others have had limited or no time. If they aren't going to play anyway, why not disclose the injury? When Denard got so much criticism in 2011 (?) for his play, we find out months later he had a staph infection.
Anyhow, I know I don't matter one bit as a fan and Hoke doesn't give a crap what the fans or the media think, but during such tumultious times he is not doing himself any favors by his attitude here, particularly with the Michigan fan base, the M Alum and increasing negative publicity he is receiving - this is a collectively powerful group. Just my thoughts as a fan, but does anyone have any real insight as to why college coaches do this? MGoCoaches out there?
For those of you who hate Mondays as it is. don't click here.
I did, and now I feel worse than I did before.
Except that Hoke is No. 9 on the list, somehow below Dana Holgorson and Norm Chow. So that's a good thing, right? Errr....maybe not.....Goddammit!
Little anecdote from yesterday's shitshow:
I work for WCBN (student radio), so I've been watching all the home games from the press box. Since we have so few listeners, I was able to leave the game yesterday once it was clear that it wasn't gonna get going again for a few hours. I was in the elevator, heading down from the press box, and who steps in but John Beilein. Everyone greeted him cheerfully, and I told him "Can't wait for basketball season!" He replied "Can't wait for Big Ten football season. We're getting better, believe it or not."
It's probably just a guy supporting his colleague, but for now I'd like to view it as a sign of good tidings to come. Because if there's anyone or anything we can still believe in, it's John Beilein.
When he took over in Ann Arbor in 2011, to a swell of fanfare as the program finally bagged itself "a Michigan Man," he knew he had to win. As he told The New York Times in the fall of that year, "There are consequences for losing."
He must have known then, even as those consequences draw nearer now, that the bar was higher for college football’s all-time winningest program. He knew Top 25 rankings, BCS bowl games and beating "that school in Ohio" weren’t just bonuses — they were expected results.
But it’s not that Hoke doesn’t merit some sympathy, he just doesn’t need it.
Coach Kyle Whittingham said the memories of preparing for Hoke’s San Diego State teams in 2009 and 2010 aren’t useful, because too much has changed. But he observes something in Michigan’s game film that he noted back then, when the Aztecs gave the eventual 10-3 Utes a 38-34 dogfight.
"The style of football he likes is tough, hard-nosed, blue-collar football," Whittingham said. "That’s what he preaches. That’s what he’s all about. You can see that in the play of Michigan."
The problem, then, might be that Hoke is blue-collar, but the Wolverines are blue bloods.
I was surprised by this closing sentence:
Hoke’s 4-6 record against Ohio State, Notre Dame and Michigan State isn’t wholly satisfying, and he hasn’t beaten any of them on the road. Already, the speculation is rampant about potential replacements; some figure there’s no way Michigan keeps him barring a miraculous turnaround.