A World Held Hostage: Day Five
Les pun barrage avoided. The mandarins at LSU are sticking to their story that no one's talking to them about talking to Les Miles. The chancellor's version of yesterday's statement by the AD:
“No one has said anything to me,” Martin said. “But of course a lot of these things are done with agents now, behind the scenes.”
Just like LSU's recruiting. Hey-o!
It's contagious. Jennifer Hammond was patient zero in the Michigan edition of Fruitless Jon Gruden Naming but it's spreading: I have more than one account from actual sources indicating Michigan did interview him yesterday. With Gruden an interview is usually a brief conversation about how this guy makes more money than God by saying generic things on Monday Night Football, so don't get excited. I can't believe I'm actually relaying information about Gruden and Michigan but I guess if we've deployed flight tracking Gruden couldn't have been far behind.
If, like me, you've become inured to the constant Gruden-to-everywhere speculation that seems like it's been a major feature of American culture for the last fifty years you may be surprised to find out that he's a youthful 47 and could actually be plausible in a Pete Carroll sort of way.
Speaking of flights. So the winged helmet plane that touched down in Baton Rouge when Miles was in Dallas was there for all of two hours, then took off for South Carolina. What's in South Carolina? Um… well… a few days ago it was relayed to me that Lloyd Carr was in South Carolina. He supposedly has a vacation home at Hilton Head (restaurant to the stars!). The plane flew to… Hilton Head. It then went to a regional airport in Georgia, back to Hilton Head, headed out to Westchester County, and then went back to Hilton Head.
Ironically, Carr lit out for South Carolina because he was sick of people claiming he was the nefarious power behind the throne and just wanted to get away from everything and now a plane with a winged helmet painted on it is using his location as a hub. This is either
- an amazing coincidence, or
- David Brandon smoothing over Les Miles with Lloyd Carr and random incredibly wealthy NYC-based booster who is probably Stephen Ross.
Since a good source says Brandon actually is using the winged helmet plane—Dominos was a ruse!—I lean towards the latter; this seems like a fact corroborating the Les Miles buzz. I may have to apologize to Tiger Droppings.
His vacation home is in Scottsdale, Arizona. Miles' agent and the coaching convention Miles will be attending this week are both in Dallas. He's been riding on that jet. Draw your own conclusions as to why.
The one good thing that comes from coaching search nightmares is that Brian and the MgoCrew posts more than double... Even if each post makes our collective maze and blue hearts crumble a little bit more with each post.
FYI, smaller corporate jets are often used to carry cargo, if it's many small pieces, documents, etc. They just sit it on the seats. For example, when I worked at McDonnell-Douglas, it was a well-known fact that the company Lear jet was used to deliver the F-15 response for quote to the Air Force back in the day. The cargo was several copies of the response document and it FILLED the jet. They did that because the documentation was too big to fit in the underwing cargo pods an F-4 can carry.
Stories are told in my research group of late-night collating parties at conferences. You see, you had to hand-carry a hundred dead tree copies of your paper to your talk.
On the other hand, you don't get to re-run your computations the night before and stick new figures into the paper the day of the talk. Plusses and minuses.
Now you get to spend hours creating the perfect cryptic bullets for your PowerPoint Presentation instead of creating the perfect cryptic bullets for your overhead projector.
I hate PowerPoint so, so much.
Civilian Contractor: "Don't use a period there, it's a bullet, not a sentence!"
Me: "But it has a noun and a verb. What do you think of the content? Is that the message we want to convey? Why the hell are we briefing this crap anyways? No one is going to use this information."
Civilian Contractor: "What you say isn't relevant, it's how you say it!"
Me: Dies a little inside...
Oh, right, every single person over the age of 64 that's on anything beyond a fixed income.
So here's the tip of the day. To make your coaching search experience a bit more productive, register on Flightware. Once registered (for free!) you can setup alerts that are sent to your smart phone or email account. Just enter a tail number and tell them what you want to be altered on (like "filed flight plan"!), and you will receive a message on your Blackberry, smart phone or email account the second the event happens.
What a great way to get away from the web browser and actually interact with your family!
Like JUST THIS SECOND I received an alert that the MgoPlane (N929SR) is heading from Hilton Head to.... Baton Rouge!
Is that the correct plane to be tracking?
N220DF is owned by Dominos Pizza and landed in Dallas (where the current coaching convention) is being held, and where Brandon is rumored to be conducting interviews.
It is possible that the N929SR is somebody else related to the issue, but I'd imagine it's not Brandon and either somebody a) Chumming it up with Lloyd and Ross or b) Some kind of fund raiser.
N929 just took of for Baton Rouge again, FWIW.
We're following two planes here.
Well. Unless Brandon is so awesome that he can teleport, he's not the one on the plane that has been bouncing from LA - > SC -> GA -> SC -> NY -> SC -> LA. Because he was on the plane that has been in Dallas for the last 24 hours.
So he's not the one smoothing over Lloyd/Ross/Miles' wife.
Haven't heard anything about Cam. IMHO he would be the best choice from among the so-called "Michigan Men" (ahead of Miles or Hoke). He has ties to Michigan, the B10 and midwest.
on Cameron's sterling record of success as a head coach in the Big Ten?
On his success in the pros?
His record at Indiana was not stellar, I grant you. But he was woefully short on talent there, and short on numbers, with several players playing both ways. He has coached some innovative players, however, including Harbaugh,Howard, Randle El.
That's an understatement. He followed a coach who took IU to 6 bowl games in 13 seasons ... in 5 years, Cameron couldn't even break .500 once. If he was short on talent, it was his own fault; Mallory was obviously able to find enough to at least be competitive.
And at the same time as Cameron was bumbling his way around Bloomington, Joe Tiller was taking Purdue to bowl game after bowl game. Both coaches took over teams that combined for 5 wins in the last two seasons under their predecessors, so it wasn't like Tiller had a built-in advantage ... and Cameron was the one who was supposedly familiar with the region, not Tiller. (Just for the record, I'm absolutely not advocating Tiller; he stopped coaching two years before he retired and stuck the program with Hope, so I wouldn't care to see him anywhere else, certainly not here. I'm just pointing out that he went into a similar situation and had a huge amount of success compared to Cameron.)
Cameron had five years to do something at Indiana and completely failed. That's not to say he might not be a better coach now, but there are many, many other coaches who have better resumes and are probably better bets.
i think he's waiting for the right NFL offer; coach with full authority on personnel decisions and probably become the highest paid coach.
1 and 1 in Super Bowls. Tomlin was HC for latest win.
It's not coming from here. It's believing and upholding the ideas it represents. People can come from elsewhere and have the same ideals. Or leave from here and not take them with them.
Winged Helmet plane is on its way back to Baton Rouge
The National Coaches Convention is taking place in Dallas. Seems like that's the place Brandon should be. It's typically a popular place to conduct interviews.
This search is looking as confused as the last search. I'm not sure it will be resolved this week?
Why take him, he's been a candidate for years....then I saw he's still only 47. Hmmm...
Of course, much like Harbaugh, you giving it a little legitimate consideration means that's dead, and you doubting Miles will be our next coach still means he's in. You've had the anti-jinx thing down perfectly in this whole process.
they have to be meeting if the Free Press is reporting it...I guess it's time to move on to plan C....
I agree Lloyd has more than once proved his conviction towards the michigan program on all levels. I think if he didnt have some of the problems he has he would have taken over just like Bo did some time ago. As far as a coach he played "Michigan" football more commonly known as pro style. Had a top ranked defense and kept recruits coming till the bitter end.