I was reading the article from Pat Forde on the Coaching Carousel and as he described Stoops, I started to think about the age of championship coaches. Stoops won his title at OU in 2000 at the age of 40. Forde described how Stoops (and Ferentz) aren't living up to the standard they set for themselves earlier in their career. As we embark on a coaching search in the next month or so, should the AD consider a candidate's age (not in a discriminatory kind of way, though)? In the last 20 years, 15 of the 22 title holders accomplished the feat by age 54, 3 in their late 50s (55-59), 3 in their 60s, 1 in their 70s.
The 22 coaches and their age
13 - Fisher - 48
12 - Saban - 62
11 - Saban 61
10 - Chizik - 49
09 - Saban - 59
08 - Meyer - 44
07 - Miles - 54
06 - Meyer - 42
05 - Brown - 53
04 - Carroll - 53
03 - Saban - 53 / Carroll - 52
02 - Happy Easter !! - 50
01 - Coker - 53
00 - Stoops - 40
99 - FSU - Bowden - 70
98 - Fulmer - 48
97 - Lloyd - 52 / Osborne - 60
96 - Spurrier - 51
95 - Osborn - 58
94 - Osborn - 57
Seeing as how Louisville has stayed rather mum - as opposed to say, Syracuse, Florida, or Kansas - I think we need to get the mojo going in our favor.
Please discuss below how we have absolutely no chance tonight against the vaunted Louisville press. They're a team of destiny, I tell you! I'll still be proud of our team when we inevitably lose this evening.
Looks like the line opened at Michigan +3.5 and has moved overnight to Michigan +4 (Moneyline is Michigan +155/+165 depending on the sites).
Kenpom has Louisville, at a 5pt favorite.
ESPN pickcenter has some data up as well... with Michigan an underdog according to several of their statistical models.
Michigan is 20-16-1 vs. the Spread this year... Michigan is 5-0 vs. the Spread so far in the NCAA Tournament.
Just read http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/page/LSU-Bama-Fans/last-time-met (this was about the Alabama fan that violated a passed out LSU fan after the National Championship game last year) and have to say that while the act was sophmoric, this doesn't seem out of the realm of many younger fans. I know most of us on here are die hard fans and just thought this story showed how much a "bad decision" could alter a family's life.
Given its Friday and I am getting depressed over the fact that Denard's last home game is tomorrow, I was hoping to incite some comments on stupid sports related things people on the board have done or have had done onto them. I have never ventured south to Ohio for a game based off of some prior stories I have read on here and am interested on hearing from others.
The 1997 split-National Championship is a thorn in the sides of both Nebraska and Michigan fans. Both teams were undefeated, one was known for their high-powered offense, and the other was feared because of their stout defense.
So, what I suggest is that since Nebraska and Michigan will play every year (until there is another conference realignment), maybe they should play the ultimate trophy game. They should play for the unanimous 1997 National Championship every year.
Now, obviously, I don't suggest rewriting the history books every year. This would be metaphorical and represented by the transferring of trophies. Whenever Michigan wins, they would get Nebraska's Coach's Poll Trophy. When Nebraska wins, they would Michigan's AP Poll Trophy. It would work like a normal trophy game, but instead of only one, there would be two trophies transferred.
What do you guys think?
Checked ESPNU.com this morning and Red and Luke Glendening were rockin' the homepage. Hope we can get the "W" tonight and bring a title back to A2!!.
On the page there is a video with Thorne and Melrose talking about the Semi-Final games and a little preview, then there's Red's press conference from yesterday also.