this may be of some local interest
[Ed-M: Diary bump for usefulness.]
Interesting tidbits from David Brandon’s meeting with the team yesterday – this was conveyed to me by a contact of mine (can’t say who it is and can’t say whether it is a player/coach/manager) etc., but much of this was rehashed on the rivals forum yesterday.
I was always a Harbaugh or RichRod gets a 4th year guy, but hearing stuff like this is very encouraging. I’ll try to keep this concise:
- I refuse to believe that Dave Brandon let his ego get in the way of this coaching search.
He said he interviewed big names from every conference and found that some "big names" clearly have themselves as their first priority, not their players or the program. This made his search a little easier.
- He knows exactly what's been said on blogs and such. Said he wasn't on either plane that we were tracking (hahahaha.) He knows some will love the hire, others will hate it. It's his job not to care.
- He did interview Harbaugh and Miles. Harbaugh told him straight up that he was NFL bound and gave him advice. Didn't offer the job to Les Miles.
- Everyone he spoke to referred him to Brady Hoke. Opposing coaches, former players, former coaches all said he should consider Hoke.
Michigan alumni really supported Hoke (Steve Hutchinson called unsolicited to say that "Brady Hoke was the best coach I ever had")
- Only offered the job to one man -- Brady Hoke. Called Brady yesterday morning and offered, Brady accepted immediately. Didn't even ask about money.
- Money isn't an issue. We'll pour as much money as it takes into this program to win. Football is the heart of our athletic department. Whether it's $200 million to the stadium or new video boards.
- Brady is very familiar with our team and the special athletes we have at certain positions. "He knows you very well by number, and he'll learn your names starting tomorrow"
- The team was overwhelmingly happy when he announced it. I don't know that you could expect differently though. Morale is high.
- Even Denard looked happy. Especially when they were prepping them for interviews and mentioned that Hoke will incorporate spread aspects in his offense. At this point I don't think attrition will be high.
- Team started chanting "Nike" towards the end. Dave Brandon laughed and said he doesn't break contracts.
Sounds like Michigan is on its way back.
I am an admitted Football addict, specifically Michigan Football. As a graduate of the university and lifelong fan, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Michigan h always been my first love, but specifically the football program. While I’m a huge Michigan fan in every sport, with Basketball coming second, Football is by far the most important thing to me. I recently told my friend that I would rather have the 1# recruiting class in football (like, a fricken amazing class..Gardner, Lattimore, Luc etc.) than a Final Four appearance in Basketball. While I’ve thought about the severity of that comment, I still stand by it.
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That being said, I’ve been enjoying the basketball season thus far and recently thought about this while watching the MSU – Texas game last night.
What College Football programs have a “twin” in college basketball?
Michigan Football = Kentucky Basketball
I was thinking Ucla or Duke, but settled on Kentucky. Historically successful program, a school that is known for that respective sport. A strong history and one of the sport’s greatest upsets (Texas Western = The Horror). Legendary arena (Rupp = Mich Stadium), classic unis&colors, recent success (past 15 years) has been good but not amazing, and a very impatient and spoiled fanbase. Does the Gillespie era equal RichRod’s? I sure hope not because I want to and am confident that RichRod will make it happen – but at least we’ll have a Calipari like successful season in the possible first season post RichRod.
Notre Dame Football = Duke Basketball
Small, aristocratic private schools. Small towns that are actually pretty shitty (Sorry SB and Durham!) Strong history, classic unis, classic arena/stadiums. Strict academic restrictions. Each program’s chief rival has had great recent success (UNC and USC.) Some recent success by both programs, but they’ve largely been lacking lately. Overhyped recruiting classes dotted with douchebag players that you hate. “Clean Cut” players that are known for over achieving.
I was thinking UCLA here possibly.
Boise State Football = Gonzaga Basketball
Succesful mid major programs that have gone from “Cinderella” to consistently good teams. Crave national respect and spotlight, and they usually prove themselves. It’s tought to get other teams to play them. Northwest based teams. Mid major conferences, so the big stage is where they prove themselves.
Florida Football = UNC Basketball
Great recent success. “Sexy” schools for recruits. National Championships won recently. Tim Tebow is Tyler Hansbrough. Schools almost identical academically.
Oklahoma Football = MSU Basketball
Consistently good programs. Big time conference that they compete to win on a yearly basis. Great Coaches that are usually in the conversation for job openings, yet stay because why would they leave? The theme here is both programs are consistently good despite being not “sexy” in the eyes of recruits. Too many National Championships here recently, but they compete almost yearly and rarely fizzle.
Wisconsin Football = Wisconsin Basketball
They are basically the same, at least in my eyes.
That’s all I care to write at the moment….Comments?
Also, what other programs are like eachother?
I, for one, didn't expect this at all. I know he's been conditioned in the basketball program, but I thought the switch to football would've been too much of a change. I expected him to add depth at an already strong position, nothing more.
This is very impressive as we are stacked at that position with a lot of young talent. It's great to see Kelvin make his case - hopefully it will light a fire under his brother and make the RB position that much stronger as well.
We'll see if he's really good, or if it's just that our defense in practice isn't great (which hopefully isn't the case), but expect to see Kelvin making plays this fall.
Another tidbit, but this also makes me wonder about Greg Paulus. I wasn't too thrilled about bringing him in, but with Paulus' success in Syracuse's camp and Grady performing well in ours, maybe this PG - > College Football thing isn't a novelty after all.
In any case, I like our options at QB and can't wait to see them making plays with Grady and the other slots this fall.
Somebody please enlighten me - What is going on with this kid?? I am not going to latch onto the whole "MSU is killing Michigan in In State Recruiting" thing, but the recruitment of this kid is alarming to me. I haven't heard much about his interest in Michigan and it seems that he's likely headed to East Lansing or to State College. I know that his offer list is extremely impressive, so I would much rather see him at USC, FLA, LSU or any other out of conference school. But to lose him to MSU or PSU would be incredibly hurtful and degrading, not just on the football field but also in the whole "in state supremacy" thing.
I know Gholston was an MSU shoe in from the beginning, but we need to get this kid. He plays a position of need and he would be great fit in Robinson's offense.
So, to make a long story short, what's the deal? Is he gonna be playing at the BigHouse or what??? (TomVH)
Someone please enlighten me. I know that we are killing it down in FLA, OH etc., but we cannot let Dantonia take all the in state kids. I think the whole 3-9 season and RichRod pre-season fiasco really hurt his reputation in state.