Brady Hoke is a great coach.
No hard feelings or ill will towards Borges despite me being critical of him during the season. He's a good guy and hope he lands somewhere in the NFL or on some other football team.
Now we can move forward and it should be interesting who we get to run the offense in the future.
DAMIEN HARRIS DAMAGE CONTROL. STAT.
Brandon Brown just tweeted that "Borges wasn't in contact with QB targets since around the OSU game. Writing may have been on the wall."
Why was he fired today? My best guess is that the early enrollees started classes today. Maybe Hoke was worried that he may have lost some recruits if they'd fired him a week ago.
that he is shocked that Borges got fired. Hopefully he is shocked in a good way.
Yeah see this is the downside to coaching changes. People who wanted Borges gone - remember now that every recruit who was hoping/expecting to play offense is now going to have second thoughts.
I know that Borges is, by all accounts, a good guy, and that personal relationships mean a lot. But I can't imagine that a top RB recruit would be too pissed at missing the chance to play in an offense that featured another top RB recruit yet was one of the worst rushing teams in the country.
A God after all! MOAR 2014!!
Also, there is no way DB had anything to do with this--because it made sense.
Best belated Christmas present EVAR!
This really encourages me about Hoke being our head coach. I was beginning to believe he actually believed in his coach speak, lack of execution, youth, bs excuses.
There is now hope for next season.
Please just get the best OC out there, I don't give a shit if he is a Michigan man.
Lord I agree
Borges had to go. Hoke needed to show that he simply wouldn't accept failure and also create some optimism for the future. Check and check. As far as who we should hire, I'm cool with Mazzone from UCLA or Applewhite from Texas if Charlie Strong doesn't retain him. Lane Kiffin seems like a bit of a reach but he'd up Michigan's profile even more and can recruit with the best of them. I'm not expecting a splashy hire, but I'd be happy with one.
Please no kiffin. He's a sleaze ball
I thought it was a formality once we rushed for negative yardage in successive weeks. Let's hope we find someone that can find a way to run the ball, and maybe even someone that can make adjustments and has constraint plays.
holy shit. Finally some good news.
I didn't think Hoke would go this route. I'm surprised. My second thought , after "wow", was that I hope this doesn't adversely affect recruiting.
Hoke redeemed himself a smidge in my eyes.
may I recommend you call it the Borges?
I am anticipating a fast replacement as the freeze is off in a week. I wouldn't be surprised if they have a good idea who the replacement will be. Best wishes to Al.
He just didin't execute with consistency.
Best news I've heard all year and I just heard that my wife and I are having a baby (that I'm actually excited for!)
Dennis Bergkamp! Dennis Bergkamp! Dennis Bergkamp!
Down goes Fraziah!
Is looking better every day!
At the presser, Hoke commented on Al that he, "just didn't execute".
I come back home from some bomb ass Chinese food to receive this news?
Seriously tho, this is just conformation that Hoke understands whats on the line here. Loyalty means plenty, but not more than losing your dream job.
Now the hard part awaits. Lets actually find someone competent.
Great move by Hoke, this buys him time until 2015 because if Mattison doesnt perform next year then we could see a new DC for 2015 season..
To wake up and see this feels like A million bucks
He was paid a huge salary to succeed, but he failed miserably and never took responsibility for the results. The sappy feelings expressed by so many on this board are juvenile.
the news was released a couple hours ago and has not been mentioned on ESPN yet. However, if anyone has not heard yet, Manziel is going to the NFL! Tune in to ESPN and you will hear all about it...for the next 11 days!
Anyways, I'm looking forward to a positive change. Go Blue!
Manziel is a sexier TV news item than Borges.
I'm sure he worked hard, doing what he thought was best for the team (despite what some think, he was not intentionally trying to fail). Always a bittersweet moment because you never like to revel in someone being fired and them having to uproot their family (again) and start all over somewhere else. I hope he does well at his next stop.
Having said that, it wasn't working here. I'm glad someone had the balls to do it (whether it be Hoke or Brandon) and I hope we spend the money to get someone great. This move certainly bumps up my faith in Brady as a head coach
Thank fucking god.
I think Hoke knew he had to do something to buy more time. Because another lousy year next year he would be gone.
that end of the season player interviews might have left Hoke no other choice.
I feel sure Hoke went thjrough proper end-of-season assessment protocol, including interviews, and what he saw left him no option. I seriously wonder what he heard in those interviews.
Obviously the play on the field is huge, key part of the equation. But OSU was a nice nice game. The Team looked flat during BWW but Morris was more serviceable than expected.
BUT (hear me out 8-)
1. I very seriously question offering David Sills as a QB? I mean cumong man, that's not the caliber of player who could nor should be playing at Stadium and Main if you ask me. Is it possible Borges just didn't want to go thru the effort to recruit some of the lustrous crop of California QBs? I just read about the lack of contact after the BWW game and maybe Hoke didn't appreciate the "winter vacation"
2. I watched Auburn's offense with impression. Its a complex game of misdirection where any number of 3 players could get the ball to run plus it could be a play action pass without being a dead giveaway from 30 seconds out. Personally I love this style. It has the traditional run elements while being able to have a significant advantage over the defense. I can see Hoke saying, what would it take for us to have this style of offense, Al...and him trying to laugh it off as in "that will never work"....whereas Hoke's brain would explode like a volcano saying "that which you state won't work just nearly won a NC!"
Sorry, I don't really want drama although my hypotheticals seem like that. The new OC will have their hands full, but i expect they will have the full support of the fanbase. I hope they can retain the recruits which Michigan has already gained verbals from, as well as add some more talented genetics to the pool.
Borges represented the University with class his 3 years here. It was frustrating watching this team play. Al's game planning for the most part was horrible, i wish him and his family well in his next challenge.
Holy cow. I hope this has a positive impact on 2014 recruits and not the opposite.
This makes perfect sense since the PSD money is due in 3 weeks and a lot of season ticket holders aren't renewing their tickets. This move should do the trick. Thanks for nudging Brady along DB.