This is maaaaybe premature there, ESPN. Maryland #1 FWIW.
Hoops season starts soon and we're all very excited about that. John Beilein is a genius! We're ranked #7! We're coming off a Final Four! OMG Shirtless Sophomores! We have good reason to be upset about yesterday, and the overall play of our 6-2 team but I personally believe in the big picture. "Fire Hoke" and drawing negative conclusions about his regime's trajectory is unwise at this juncture. Allow me to describe -- using parallels to our current hoops coach who is figuratively walking on water in AA these days.
Beilein was hired in 2007 to replace a "sexy" name who didn't get the job done. Nobody was really excited about the hire because we struck out on Pitino [EDIT: Pitino was 2001. In any case, Beilein wasn't a super exciting hire with his "White Guy" reputation and preverbial "ceiling"]. Hoke, 2011, and Harbaugh and it's the same. Beilein had to re-recruit Harris and Sims and we struggled to a 10-22 record. His second year was charmed and we overacheived to an NCAA Tournament win. Hoke had to re-recruit Denard and others and we overachieved to a Sugar Bowl win. At this juncture, Hoke is ahead of schedule. Both coaches/teams fell back down to earth in the following season and fans are rightfully disappointed.
In Beilein's following season (2010-11), we started 1-6 in Big Ten play before the light went on and we upset MSU in East Lansing. It's been a consistent increase in production ever since. This isn't Hollywood so the parallels aren't perfect (we got smoked yesterday and Lewan didn't have an anueysm of leadership), but we're 6-2 and have some opportunities to wake up. In any case, we're still a year ahead of schedule according to the "Blueprint to BUILDING a Program" by John Beilein.
Now, Beilein made some coaching changes (Hello: Jordan, Meyer, and Alexander) that helped him out. I'm not saying Hoke does or doesn't need to make a few changes, but we're still figuratively playing with a couple Novak's and Douglass' at some skill positions, but while others (like the guards) have Darius Morris talent before the transformation.
The worst thing Hoke could have done was apparently expidite expectations with the Sugar Bowl. Have some perspective; remember Beilein's long road. We're recruiting better than ever. He's united the alumni and we love how he does things the "Michigan way". We've enjoyed some success on the field and I promise we'll get to play MSU (1-2 isn't ideal, but better than 0-3), OSU (1-1), and ND (2-1) again.
My opinion is that we should continue to support Michigan. We're obviously not where we want to be, but these things take some time. Tough to coach ourselves to a win when the interior O-Line literally gets crushed within 1 second on every play.
Should this be a diary? Is this too long? Are my paragraphs not up to the "MGoBlog Pulitzer standard?" Who cares. Step away from the cliff, anxious Michigan fans. The last time we gathered our pitchforks coaches negative recruited the hell out of our coaching stability and we got a Josh Groban appearance we'd all like to forget.
I hate to be the one to break the news, but Rich Rodriguez is now the leading candidate to replace Coach Sam Winters as the coach of the ESU Timberwolves from the movie "The Program."
ESU has had a string of controversies surrounding its program following two straight sub-par seasons, injury problems, reports of recruiting violations, academic violations and steroid use. And now with Coach Winters taking the new head coaching position at USC, the football program is frantically searching for a new coach before the recruiting deadline. It looks like they have found their candidate in Michigan Head Coach Rich Rodriquez. The only hangups seem to be that it is impossible to transport a coach from the real world to fictional film world, it is impossible to trasport him back in time, that ESU isn't really a school, and RichRod is not leaving Michigan to go to ESU.
"We feel we can work these problems out," said the Athletic Director at ESU. "Sure, some might say that it is absurd to think that RichRod would leave the University of Michigan to coach at a fictional school that has broken pretty much every NCAA rule in the last year, but those people also said it was absurd to think that defensive star Alvin Mack could pass any college level courses."
The news is spreading like wildfire after breaking a few hours ago. And it looks as though the ESU players are fired up about the prospects of RichRod coming in to be the next head coach.
"Woooooooo! Yeah! Let's put the women and children to bed and go lookin' for dinner!" said starting quarterback and Heisman candidate Joe Kane.
"Let's open up a can of kick ass and kill 'em all, let the paramedics sort 'em out," added defensive star Alvin Mack.
When asked what the players' expectations are for the season if Rich Rodriguez accepts the job, the response was pretty much unanimous.
"We gonna ring that bell! We gonna ring that championship bell!" they all yelled.
"Ding motherfu**ing dong!" chimed in defensive team captain Steve Lattimer.
*The above scenario is more plausible than RichRod leaving Michigan for Tennessee right now.