further adventures in Jed York being unsuited for his position
Grantland's Matt Hinton, who has written many good college football pieces this year including a couple about Michigan, opined on the three biggest college football coaching searches at the moment. Hinton has mentioned MGoBlog before and has a pretty solid read on the fan base and situation in Ann Arbor for a national guy as you can see here:
Interim athletic director Jim Hackett, the man leading the search for Hoke’s successor, openly pined Wednesday for a swift death to the notion that the Wolverines must be overseen by a “Michigan Man” with long-standing ties to the program — if not directly to Bo Schembechler, the iconic coach who coined the term, then at least to Gary Moeller or Lloyd Carr, Michigan lifers who carried the Schembechler line into the new millennium. Rodriguez was an outsider who inherited a depleted roster, failed to win over the holdovers from the Carr administration, and found himself undermined at every turn; Hoke was an insider who won initially with a much stronger lineup and was later undermined by his own incompetence.
For the record (HOT TAKE ALERT), Hinton considers Jim Harbaugh to be the perfect fit hire for Michigan. Pretty good read here: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/florida-michigan-nebraska-college-football-coaching-searches/
Nothing really new but I hadn't heard the Cleveland trade was a in place before Harbaugh nixed it. Hopefully his unhappiness in SF, fondness for AA, and control freak tendencies coalesce into a happy ending for Michigan Football.
Side note: the author of this article looks at most 14 years old
Interesting write up from Matt Hinton over at Grantland, discussing DG and how the wheels fell off. I agree with Hinton saying that when DG is on, it's a Wow Experience. ND last year, the OSU game, etc. Devin IS a damn good QB (at times). Last summer scouts were salivating over him at the Manning Passing Academy. He graduated and is working on an MSW. He does great work in the community and has always been a model citizen. He's also now in his 3rd system, with a new QB coach, as the unquestioned team leader and his fundamentals (and probably his Mental-mentals) are a mess.
To Saturday and Beyond: We should find out today whether Gardner or Morris is slated to start this weekend’s Big Ten opener against Minnesota, which seems like a damned-if-you-do/damned-if-you-don’t scenario. The general feeling among the fans is that Gardner is a lost cause, and it’s time to move on. (He appeared so out of sorts against Utah that some observers left wondering if Gardner is harboring a secret injury.) On the other hand, Morris has done nothing whatsoever in his relief appearances to suggest he’s going to fare any better; his only career start, in last year’s Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, went poorly, and his first possession against Utah, following Gardner’s second interception, ended with an even uglier interception. Hoke is in no position to sacrifice the present for the future.
Grantland's Holly Anderson has put together their Big Ten Season PREVIEW. It's a good read (I'm a fan of her writing in general, so I'm biased), and contains the obligatory jab at Michigan re: Appalachian State below. She also pronounces Tim Beckman to be on the hottest of seats, which makes sense given his abysmal record even by Illinois standards and away games at Washington, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Ohio State.
Early Must-Watch Game, Nonconference Category Appalachian State returns to Michigan in Week 1, producing a problematic set of circumstances in which Michigan will have to win by gobs and gobs of points to put the ghosts of 2007 to rest, and in which even if the Wolverines trounce the Mountaineers, we’re going to have to talk about it, because of that one time they did not. Also of interest: Michigan at Notre Dame in Week 2, and Nebraska at Fresno State in Week 3.
Nice writeup from Grantland on LeCharles Bentley (former OSU Rimington winner and Cleveland Brown) who after some awful injuries has become a go-to-Guru for NFL offensive linemen. He's currently working with lots of NFL players, and Patrick Omameh makes a short cameo at the beginning of the article. Interesting read on how many NFL coaches can't focus on the little things and how as a former lineman he's so far been able to help lots of pros with many aspects of the position.
“I’m telling you,” says Brewster, who happens to be the center for the Jacksonville Jaguars, “the white one is heavier.” The white one is a Sierra Denali with some custom grille work that Buccaneers guard Patrick Omameh is pushing through a parking lot. Omameh will spend training camp fighting to be one of the Buccaneers’ starting guards, and of everyone here, he would require the least amount of CGI to play the Hulk. Bobby Massie, the Cardinals’ right tackle, who’s spent his morning pulling the maroon F150, isn’t convinced. As Omameh finishes, Brewster calls him over. “Pat, which one is heavier?” A hand on his hip, still catching his breath, Omameh points to the Denali. “I told you,” says Brewster. Pushing trucks isn’t a punishment. Each of the NFL linemen roasting out here has paid to do it. This is LeCharles Bentley’s O-Line Performance, a program started by the former Pro Bowl center in 2008. “This shit ain’t for everybody,” Bentley says, as he watches Steelers left tackle Kelvin Beachum pull. “This ain’t South Beach. There’s no sand here, no pretty girls.”
Whole thing is worth a read.
in the final game of the season, there at the Georgia Dome, we saw one of the finest title games in years. It was free-flowing and high-scoring, low on turnovers and rife with scoring runs. As much as anything else, it was a showcase for two bench players who became stars. The night belonged to Spike Albrecht, the tiny Michigan freshman, at least until it belonged to Luke Hancock, the sweet-shooting Louisville junior.I traveled to Ann Arbor and Louisville to re-watch the game with its two standouts. Nearly a year after the wild first half that made them famous, both remember almost every last detail from that night. Both are entering this tournament with increased roles on altered teams that are once again peaking right on time for March Madness. Both could return to the Final Four this month. But both know that even if they lead their teams in scoring on the way to a national title, they will never experience another night quite like April 8, 2013.