Not a huge surprise but Mike London has stepped down at UVA. Add UVA to the long list of institutions looking for a new football coach. I'm hoping they land a successful up and comer. There isn't a glaring reason as to why they shouldn't be able to at least be competitive in the ACC (assuming they make a good hire).
Great school with many other successful programs and decent facilities.
- A head coach with the 5th best winning percentage EVER in the NFL. Oh yeah, after inheriting a moribund team in SF. And also, he's a former NFL quarterback with a knack for coaching the position.
- Two position coaches who were coordinators at the NFL level.
- One of the (if not THE) best young DC in the NCAA. Also the recruiter of the year a few years ago.
- One of the greatest Michigan players of all-time as a running backs coach. Who also happened to have marinated in the NFL for a year prior to his hire.
- An OC who spent time in the NFL and developed big, tough, bruising offensive lines.
-S&C coach with NFL experience on the resume.
- A special teams coach(!!!) that not only has had continued success, but also wrote the book on academics for athletes. Like, really wrote the book.
- A DB coach who has both played and coached at the NFL level.
It also looks like we are returning our two best recruiters under Hoke. Am I spinning this? Maybe a bit. But damn. Read that list again. That's just ridiculous. And no, there is no new info here - just a concise reason for us to get our jazz hands warmed up on a Friday. Sorry I'm not sorry.
Which tradition do you think Jim and his family celebrated over the last couple of weeks?
The Harboughs were raised Catholic, but I have a hard time imagining Jim wishing some one a Merry Christmas or good tidings. My money is on Festivus. I have to imagine that he would love the Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength. Those sound like the igredients of a typical 49ers practice or film session. Lastly, there are things known as Festivus miracles. I'd say that what he has done with SDSU, Stanford and the 49ers are all Festivus miracles. Before this year, his schedule in December at the 49ers is 11-3.
Coincidence? I think not.
Festivus for the rest of us? Thoughts?
Interesting line: "He has told so many players he's coming."
The NFL Grinch---a bitter, grouchy, internet-dwelling creature with a heart "two sizes too small"—heard all the noisy coaching festivities in Blueville. Annoyed, he decided to steal Christmas.
He pretended to be Santa Claus. He brought a bag of Super Bowl rings to Santa Clara (no, not Santa’s sister but the city where JH worked). Offering this bag of tricks in trade, the Grinch tried to steal from JH the 49 million presents that Blueville gave him. To do so, the NFL Grinch concocted not a crafty lie but a meaningless truism. He argued to JH that “Only in the NFL can you win the NFL Championship.” It was like saying: “ Only in Alabama can you visit the Alabama State Capitol.” or “Only at Grant’s Tomb can you see Grant’s final resting place.” Inhabitants of Blueville instantly saw the NFL Grinch’s ruse for what is was: just empty words from somebody full of himself
But the residents of Blueville worried still that the Grinch would steal JH and ruin their Christmas. They worried until a sports statistician working for JH showed him why the SB rings were fool’s gold. He pointed out that
-One of the best teams in NFL history went 18-0 but did not get a SB ring.
-One of the greatest coaches ever--Bill Belichick—who had won 3 SBs---has not won a single SB so far in the past ten years despite each year being atop the AFC East
-Oakland never even had a winning record for the past 12 years and to win a SB in 6 years would take more than a miracle. Suppose a new miracle worker coach could turn them into the Seattle Seahawks in 6 years. Say, their preseason SB odds increased constantly from their preseason 200-1 to 6-1 (the odds for Seattle). Even then, the chances of a single SB win during ALL of the first five years would be 0.05. —that’s less than the chances of winning a roulette bet on zero (0 ,00). During the coach’s final, 6th year—after he’s turned them into the Seahawks-- the probability of a SB win still would be only 0.14—about the chances you’d win in Vegas by betting on craps (2,3,12).
So, JH saw that the NFL Grinch’s argument about the SB was BS. Looking at his friends and family, as well as the young players and recruits in Blueville, he also realized that Christmas meant a bit more to him than a bag of rings from the NFL Grinch. JH then rejoined the joyous inhabitants of Blueville, who were singing the Victors. They all thanked JH for defeating the Grinch and saving Christmas. Then, in the far above clouds, the honorary major of Blueville—named bl-Ufer said: “God bless his cotton pickin' maize and blue heart.”
A few minutes ago during the Boca Raton Bowl telecast, Desmond Howard was asked my his booth-mate when Michigan will fill their coaching vacancy.
He responded with, "Prooably about this time next week."
That's an interesting timeline :)