Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
I finally figured out that I needed to switch to rtf to get rid of the junk
No prob, good post though.
This is a record I think I will actually be pretty pissed about giving up, hope it doesn't happen
Maybe somebody should wake up the echoes of Fritz Chrysler, Bo etc. so that a fire is lit under this team. They need to realize that they're fighting for something bigger than themselves.
They're fighting to keep the tradition that brought them to UM.
Yes, time is short this year, but they can still take part in making a new entry in the history of the school's great victories..something that people will talk about for years to come...something that parents..indeed, someday their own children...will hear about from others.
They need to ask how they would like to be remembered.
Between the picture of Weis on the signature, and their "hope" that Brian Kelly would both take the job AND start coaching them early, I give that story two FAKES out of three.
.the picture was pretty wierd..but I thought that was the poster's rather than the guy who made the original report..
In any case, espn is talking pretty openly today about the possible decision to fire Charlie but they do hedge and suggest he could save his job by winning all three of the next games. Since they considered that feat extremely unlikely, it suggests that they believe he probably will be fired. But maybe they can't confirm the rumor and don't want to end up like Herbstreit.
I personally think that it would be a mistake to fire Charlie, since they've hopped on the coaching carousel quickly for the previous 2 coaches and the program just continued to fall.
Yet, it does sound plausible that a school would not wait until the end of a season to make a decision, so that they can hit the ground running as soon as it's over and try to secure the recruits (as occurred when LC retired and RR was announced just after the last regular season game, or around that time).
sometime during the Carr era, I believe.
Prior to that, they held the record for a long time.
In any case, the proximity of ND to our record should motivate our coaches and players for next year.
Among the many motivations that players have (or should have) for playing hard and winning, this is pretty far down on the list. Owning the record matters a lot to fans, but I doubt it would be the difference-maker between winning and losing. Players have a lot of other things to motivate them.
It's a bit like saying, as some did before last week, that Purdue hadn't won in Ann Arbor since 1966. It's a factoid, but that stat mattered not a whit to the guys on the field. Most of those games were before they were even born.
I agree that the players SHOULD have a positive motivation. Also, such motivations should be used by the coaches to help them learn. Praising the players for their successes, not beating them to death with their failures, is likely to help them learn new skills. The coaches need to keep their motivation up, above all.
Yet, when motivation is already high, I am skeptical that the joy of winning overpowers the fear of losing. Don't you think that, when OSU comes into AA, that the players think about the possibility of losing their win streak and having to go back to Columbus to face their friends? Won't UM players feel the same way if they lose the record to ND?
But you raise an interesting issue. Negative motivation is a double edged sword.
A boss once said to his employees:
"The beatings will continue until the morale improves."