Wow, swing and a miss for Clay.
Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
No, you don't get a pony. This Notre Dame coaching search is going to go exactly like the last three: everyone is going to get all hyped up about a wide variety of downright laughable names and they'll settle for someone not coaching at a power program. Unfortunately, the guy they "settle" for might be Brian Kelly—who ND Nation is hilariously opposed to—since there are exactly zero other major jobs opening up this year and Kelly has no buyout.
But, still, come on people:
Will Bob Stoops be Notre Dame's next head coach?
No. Brian Hanley of the Chicago Sun-Times, I will bet you any amount of money that he will not.
On Nov. 15, the Sun-Times first reported Stoops' interest in the job that will be vacated when Charlie Weis is fired after the Irish's regular-season finale today at Stanford.
The South Bend Tribune, citing a ''university source,'' reported Friday that Stoops is the first choice of ND athletic director Jack Swarbrick.
That goes for you, too, David Haugh of the Tribune. Stoops can be ND's first choice all they want. They won't get him. Is Notre Dame going to pay Weis's huge buyout and somehow raise Stoops's already enormous salary beyond Oklahoma's ability to match it? I mean, look at this contract Stoops just signed:
Football coach Bob Stoops had his contract extended through the 2015 season and will make $3.675 million this coming season. His new contract includes an annual raise of $250,000, a $700,000 stay bonus each July and an additional one-time $800,000 bonus in 2011. If Stoops remains through all seven years, he will make more than $4 million a year in the final five years of the contract and make nearly $5 million in the the 2011 season.
Stoops is second only to Pete Carroll in total compensation and has a six-year contract that makes him virtually impossible to fire. And is Stoops going to be more successful at Notre Dame than he is at a place he's already turned into a national power? You'd have to be a lunatic hung up on the idea that Notre Dame being good 20 years ago is somehow relevant.
Stoops, for the record, has no past connection to Notre Dame, has never described it as his "dream job" and has no apparent reason to leave the lucrative juggernaut he's built in Norman for a gig that's eventually swallowed up three straight coaches with winning records and January bowl games on their resumés.
By my count, Stoops has only publicly denied his interest in ND twice so far -- only eight or nine denials short of Urban Meyer's tally, meaning Stoops will remain in the mix for no good reason for at least another week before Cincinnati's Brian Kelly emerges as the clear frontrunner.
Stoops taking less money—not necessarily a cut, but you have to believe Oklahoma will have the wherewithal to match or better any ND offer—to move from a national power to a program that hasn't contended for a title in over 15 years would be, to say the least, unprecedented.
Teams farther to the right are more effective passing the ball. Teams towards the top pass more. The line is a simple linear regression. The graph takes sacks into account, but not interceptions. This makes Michigan's reticence to throw as much as you might expect given the yardage spread more understandable. I wonder what this would have looked like with David Molk available all year?
Inking David. Here's David Terrell talking about his tattoos:
They hate you! Donovan Warren sort of announced he'd return for his senior season but will apply to the draft, and new cornerback commitment Cullen Christian has a mildly stomach-churning take on that:
Christian said junior Donovan Warren, Michigan's best corner and his host during his official visit last week, spoke of exploring his NFL options this offseason.
"I honestly think that Donovan's going to try to mess around and go to the league," Christian said. "He told me personally he might mess around."
"Mess around" is an odd way to put it, but the upshot: Warren's senior season will hang in the balance until the draft deadline passes. If he gets a second-day grade, he's probably back.
How it went down. Jimmah's black eye, revealed:
Harbaugh. Well… yeah… hopefully this won't be relevant. If Michigan's in the market for a coach in the next few years, though, the #1 topic will be Jim Harbaugh and his stupid, stupid mouth. For what it's worth, Harbaugh's father:
“I think he’s very, very happy at Stanford and Stanford is where he wants it to be,” Jack Harbaugh said. “But I would say this that still Michigan is the place that he loves, the place that for him was his foundation. It’s where, the five years he spent there, his education there at Michigan and his associations with Bo and the other coaches on the staff, that’s the place that he will always call home.”
I'm willing to forgive and forget, should it come to that.
Showcase seeya. Last weekend's College Hockey Showcase is the last one that Michigan will host. Next year's edition will be the last, period. However, this is not the end of Michigan's series against Minnesota and Wisconsin. In fact, there appears to be some sort of official(?) Big Ten conference-type substance on the horizon, as was suggested by Lake State's coach before the season started:
"We have one more year after this and that's it,'' MSU coach Rick Comley said. "I think it's run it's course. Wisconsin did not want to extend the Showcase. They want to get Ohio State involved and they prefer a Big Ten Conference.'' …
"My preference would be to play (Minnesota and Wisconsin) twice (each season),'' said Comley, who is not in favor of a Big Ten league at this point. "I think we could declare a Big Ten champion. It would require a reduced number of CCHA games, which I'm in favor of.''
If that comes about, good. The Showcase has always been a missed opportunity. I've hardly ever attended it because of Thanksgiving, and having virtually no student section for two of the biggest games of the year always struck me as dumb. More games against Minnesota and Wisconsin at less inconvenient times = win. Moving OSU-Michigan to the Saturday after Thanksgiving, on the other hand, is a personal disaster.
The most logical way to make an unofficial Big Ten conference would be to drop WCHA/CCHA conference schedules down to 22/20 games—enough to play everyone twice—and use the extra six games for the Big Ten. Michigan would play 20 games in the (hypothetically 11-team) CCHA, 10 against Big Ten opponents (MSU/OSU games would be either Big Ten or CCHA, not both), the GLI, and get two random nonconference games. That would be it except in years in which Michigan goes to Alaska, when they'd have an opportunity to play another two games. Maybe that's too steep a cost in nonconference scheduling. The other option is to not play Michigan State or Ohio State four times and just count those games in both sets of standings, but that would cut out two games against State every year, something that no one wants.
Gladwell bits. So last week I referenced Malcolm Gladwell's disappointing ad hominem directed at a critic of his recent book and, by proxy, a few well-meaning bloggers. Along the way I mentioned David Berri, the doctor of economics who's the best argument going for meathead anti-statheads who want to dismiss the whole enterprise of refining the statistics meathead anti-statheads use constantly.
I bring it up again because—surprise—a bunch of serious sport statisticians have taken a look at Berri's latest work and found it full of holes. By age 24, QB playing time is largely based on performance. Though there is some preference for highly-drafted quarterbacks, it's small relative to performance. I'll let Pro Football Reference provide the requisite sarcasm:
What is clear to me, though, is that performance matters. A lot. I know this is a shocking finding in a performance driven business like the NFL.
Also a shocking finding: David Berri has vastly overstated his case in an effort to get attention. This is catnip for someone like Gladwell who loves pointing out "Outliers" or "The Tipping Point." Sports statistics would be far better off if Berri took an interest in misrepresenting crocheting, and if Gladwell would accept the idea that sometimes people paid huge amounts of money to determine something aren't totally wrong.
(HT: Football Outsiders.)
Etc.: I like Clay Travis, really I do, but his take on the Rodriguez situation—the thesis is Michigan should manipulate the NCAA investigation so that it results in major sanctions, allowing them to fire Rodriguez—is literally the dumbest thing I have ever read about Michigan. Gregg Doyel just wrote something! Drew Sharp exists! This is a meaningful statement! I leave the destruction to Braves & Birds.
In Belichick-related stuffs: John Harbaugh went for a fourth and five with his team trailing that both announcers thought was a must-punt situation, got it, and won the game. Sometimes the right call works out, eh?
Doctor Saturday surveys the latest ham-handed attempt by the BCS to convince you that the BCS isn't stupid. It is amazing how tone-deaf public relations firms are.
Wow, swing and a miss for Clay.
The Fox team running the scoreboard visuals on the Thanksgiving game were terrible.
Notice the "Touchdown Detroit" flashing with Woodson holding the ball.
Not that I blame them for not watching. Probably just listening for the word "touchdown" and guessing who had the ball at the time.
That may have been to compensate for the play earlier in the game where Detroit scored a touchdown but they gave the points to Green Bay.
brian-- why do you think its literally the "dumbest" thing you've ever read? you said it yourself the idea of richrod flaming out after 3 years is a possibility; if the administration thinks he has a less than 50% chance to suceed it seems like now would be the best time to cut its ties.
granted the article took a number of assumptions and turned them into fact, but I think it offers an interesting debate: what if Minor violations are found? does a potential for a pending buyout after year 3 outweigh rr's current record at uofm vis a vis his track record at wvu?
I know ill get negged for suggesting the topic, but I think its an interesting debate.
just my eopinion though.
Because if we submarined our own coach like that then who in the name of fuck would sign up to coach us? Not to mention the, you know, actual NCAA sanctions which would be placed on our football team (something that has never happened in the history of the prgram). Come on, man.
I read the article differently though i only skimmed it on the phone. I read it to be if minor violations are Found (versus ones we would create ourselves) then do we cut him.
I agree. We would be causing more trouble for ourselves than it's worth if we fired RR over this - no one would want to coach for us. I feel like the same thing is happening (to some extent) at ND - who is going to want to work there, when they see how trigger-happy ND is when it comes to firing coaches?
RR definitely needs and deserves another year or two before we start to reconsider him.
The only time they were trigger-happy was with Willingham, and frankly I think that was a mistake. George O'Leary and his five-day tenure doesn't count--he resigned after he was caught lying on his resume.
This is a university that gave Gerry Faust five years.
I'm going to go with yep, pretty dumb.
Even if the AD wanted a way to cut RR lose for cause, the residual impacts of major violations would not be good for the next coach or the next several years of the program. Depending on what level of severity Clay Travis suggests they conjur, major violations tend to lead to scholarship reductions, probation, and in the more severe, post season ramifications.
I assume he isn't implying basketball scandal type stuff, but major(or minor ones for that matter)violations are not in the Michigan ADs squeaky clean nature.
A major violation means there would be major consequences like possibly vacating wins, loss of scholarships, no post-season action for a couple of years, etc. Any of those would be much worse than RR getting a 3rd season.
Then, consider that we are already way below the limit on scholarship players. If RR leaves in January, or at least before signing day, our class falls apart, we would have another exodus of current players, and we have real problems. The next coach would have a much harder time building up a program that only has 60 scholarship players and I can guarantee they would need at least 3 years until Michigan would seem even remotely competitive again.
It would be interesting to know how (if at all) minor violations are addressed in RR's contract. I say "if at all" simply because minor infractions happen frequently everywhere, particularly with regard to recruiting.
Several months ago, when Lane Kiffin was committing minors one after another (or so it seemed), Brian posted some stuff on the subject in this edition of Unverified Voracity.
I agree it's an interesting debate (despite my own personal irritation by Clay Travis' sputum). But unless RR has a very specific provision regarding minor violations in his contract, I think UM would be hard-pressed to fire him over it... at least not without looking really, really bad.
My whole family actually cheered. We all, however pathetically, wanted the Lions to win, but when Woodson honored our true allegiance in football we all went berserk and replayed about 20 times, thank you DVR!
I nearly jumped out of my seat in excitement, which would have sent the 5-year-old in my lap flying.
My 2.5 year old son was sitting on my lap watching and actually said, "Daddy, that man did the Michigan thing." (He watched the opening of the OSU game where they replayed the famous Desmond pose, and made me replay the intro about 10 times because because he liked the music). One of the prouder moments of my life . . .
I wouldn't be so sure on Stoops, everyone should just wait for the announcement it should be pretty soon
Insider info, eh?
nothing like that
I couldn't believe that Michaels and Collinsworth were saying punt.
It was 4th and 5 at about the 50 yard line with (IIRC)just over 3 minutes to go. I think the Ravens only had 2 timeouts at that time. So if they punt there is a very real chance Pitt can pick up a first down and ice the game.
Yes the Ravens are known for their defense, but c'mon you go for it there.
i'm hoping they go to a bowl with one of the assistants as head coach, blow out a lousy team, and stick themselves with someone not ready for prime time for four seasons, a la bobby williams.
the "BCS isn't stupid website" reminds me of the sites created to question the science with smoking/green house gasses/etc. I'm sure Rachel Maddow will investigate who funded the site...
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And a quick googling of Mr. Duffy:
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is a terrible website that hasn't written a single positive thing for michigan since Brian left
it's Brian's fault they're so negative. i see what you're doing there. are you now going to begin wondering what Brian was doing in the year 1990?
Is that ND is really soft mentally. I watched the whole Stanford game at the bar and was shocked at the lack of passion and effort on defense. On Gerhart's last touchdown two ND defenders had decent shots at him and literally gave up, sidestepping blocks and letting him past. If that was our team I would have jumped off a building--I saw tons of glaring, stupid mistakes and lack of talent with us, but not giving up.
where you were watching. The ND defense was instructed to let Gerhart score on his last TD. If they stop him, Stanford runs the clock and kicks a fg with no or very little time left. By letting him score, ND had a minute left to try and come back. It was a strategic decision. It did not pay off, but it may have been the smart move.
That was sweet, I foolishly was cheering for the Lions but still that was a awesome play.
So let me get this straight: we're supposed to believe that Harbaugh still has a warm, gooey place in his heart for the coach who so cruelly denied him the opportunity to major in history, and for the institution that routinely admitted ignoramuses and then abandoned them after graduation.
Either Harbaugh's father is oblivious to what his son said, or is admitting that Jim didn't believe a single word of it. Screw 'em either way.
That was awesome, except he has the ball in the wrong hand. ;). Ball should be tucked in right and stiff-arming with left.
that's what we call "the michigan difference"
Because I pointed it out to Clay when he posted this (mostly to argue that his case would be going all Jim O'Brien on RR and that wouldn't be good) from our good friends at MVictors.com:
will pop up with a PDF of RR's contract, Section 2.04 may be of some interest for those of you wondering about the violations issue.
As for Woodson's Heisman pose: Loved it, just hope he can do it against the Colts some day.
Donald Driver had a nice game and all, but Woodson had two picks (one for a TD), a sack, a FF, and a FR. That's not even counting tackles, but those are great stats.
everybody knows that the Gobbler trophy is awarded for the player who racks up the most fantasy football points duh! Woodson racked up a measly 11 points. Driver? TWENTY THREE POINT FIVE! BOOYA!
your political allegories are really, you know, fucked up. perhaps if you bring up other topical, witty reference points, you too can get through to the youth of America.
in the MGoBlog martyr sweepstakes! Commence doom, punishment, and the banishment of open thought and the right of free speech. Or, y'know, take away a few of his MGoPoints -- same thing, right?
as i hinted in a previous comment, i'm really starting to think we need to do a weekly award for the article that posits the most idiotic point of attack against UM or RR. Clay Travis wins this week's Leeroy Jenkins Poorly Thought Out and Executed Attack Award. perhaps at the end of the season we can all decide the grand prize winner. spoiler alert: it will go to a seasoned columnist and not the more deserving, lesser known California blogger.
Firstly, Clay Travis is an idiot for writing that POS.
Secondly, maybe it's just me but I don't get the Harbaugh hype. He's proven himself to be an a-hole and this is his best season in which he loses to the school's biggest rival among three other losses. I think Rodriguez will get the job done so it's a moot point (hopefully), but personally I'd rather have Les Miles if we went the "Michigan Man" route. Brian Kelly should be the top candidate for any major coaching vacancy IMO and I was pissed that Bill Martin didn't even consider him the first time around.
You will be expected to win NC's and BCS bowls or be fired, just like at OU.
But at OU you get to recruit TEXAS in your backyard, and you can qualify anything that walks (or runs fast, actually).