Well, let the speculation continue. The press conference told us a whole lot if nothing.
I imagine there will be hundreds if not thousands of rumors. If you like, you can can start by placing them here. Maybe this can help keep it consolidated.
Coaching Search: It has begun
I cannot believe DB put the team, school, players, and fans in this position, after all this time, and after the Bill Martin fiasco.
We have 26 days till signing day and he is "starting a coaching search" how in the hell can you justify this as right?
I'm personally looking forward to 2014 or 2015 when we have an even smaller senior class than this year.
The defenders of the new coach can say the cupboard was bare as an excuse
pending transfers. How is the cupboard bare?
of the players will stay that are going into there senior year.We do have some talent as long as one of SHOELACE OR GARDNER STAYS.GO BLUE!!!
Reruits are not going to sit around to see what happens at Michigan while spots fill up at others schools.
That is the dumbest thing I have heard. Schools are full on signing day. Good players are gone on signing day. Signing day is the last feasible day to sign. Did you wait until everyone had prom dates, and then ask someone?
The only reasonable excuse is he was waiting on Harbaugh. Once it was concrete that he would not come, he could not execute a change, because he vehemently denied he would change course. Anything other than this is terrible, terrible clock management on the AD...
Is the perfect way to describe this. I thought we had all agreed that firing Rodriguez only made sense IF Harbaugh was in hand? Where was that "process"? You can't "evaluate" your sitting coach in a vacuum ... external factors, such as the quality and costs associated with available replacements, have to factor into your decision.
Our choices should have been: Rodriguez or Harbaugh? How did DB pick "c"?
Firing RR after the Gator Bowl is probably the right thing to do. But... waiting to evaluate the program after the season was a bad move. He might be the only boss to ever to go into an annual performace review blind.
It's poor leadership to not have some form of a plan for every situation. I didn't think there would have been anything wrong with saying "RR is our coach" in Nov., only to fire him in January. I don't believe DB has an MBA. Ross is right there for him!
You are probably right and this is just a viceral reaction. And reading comments from this blog doesn't help. :-) But watching the press conference, his body language didn't give me the sense he was confident in what was coming.
his voice was shaky. It was obvious DB didn't know what was coming. Fucking idiot.
It doesn't really seem like he does, now does it? I was giving him the benefit of the doubt, and maybe he did have Harbaugh in place until the 49ers made him an offer he couldn't refuse, but it doesn't seem like he has a plan now. If he had a real plan, he would have given some sort of timeline or said something is in the works. He said he was starting the search. I hope I'm wrong, but I don't think I am.
If that were the real reason for the delay, don't you think DB would have mentioned it (wink, wink)? Why take all the criticism and pressure if the delay is just a formality?
No, because he is probably in talks with RR's lawyers to settle the buyout and related severance claims. Being cute to help out an anxious fan-base isn't worth screwing up settlements around a multi-million dollar contract. I have no idea if he has a plan, but I'm guessing we'll be able to find out post-mortem.
I didn't say he is an idiot, but I'm really sick of this blind reverence for former CEOs. Being a former CEO does not make you a talented collegiate athletic director. I'm reserving full judgment until we have a new coach. But it's not "acting like a helpless moron" to note that our top option has seemingly spurned us and starting a coaching search on Jan 5th is far from ideal.
I'm tired of this blind allegiance to everything Michigan does. I have been loyal to RRod and will forever be loyal to Michigan, but sometimes you can note we're in a bad position without being a hater. The fact is, we don't have a head coach a month before signing day, our main prospect is likely gone, and the other options are not so sunny (unless it's Miles). He may not be the village idiot, but perhaps we can say he didn't handle this the best way?
Also, he doesn't have to officially hire someone contractually to say "BLANK is our new coach, we'll hammer it out in a week after the official waiting period is over." Jesus.
CEO are appointed more by who they know and not what they know. He has not proved to me that he has handled anything worthy giving him credit for. UM is not a fortune 500 hundred company it is an institution of higher learning. You cannot run them the same way.
CEO are appointed more by who they know and not what they know.
Where did you come up with this little nugget? The guy has a proven track record in the business world, which is exactly what he's doing now...running a business. You may not agree with his decision making and processes, but bet your life that 99.9% of anyone that gives a shit about this program is thanking their stars it's him and not armchair QBs like you guys making these decisions.
What about Chip Kelly?
If he has a plan , a good one anyway, he sure looked uneasy about it at the press conference. Didn't exude his usual confidence.
I'm not saying he can't pull this out tho. We'll see. The hope I have is so far he's shown he does things big. Let's hope he pulls someone out of his hat. A plan tho?...I think he's scrambling.
This from Angelique's latest article:
Rodriguez, his nine assistants, and football operations director Mike Parrish were fired. Strength and conditioning coach Mike Barwis is under a separate contract, and it is unclear what his future is at Michigan.
Unless he really has some big name waiting in the wing, he has fucked this up royally. This is a terrible situation. I really hope I eat these words sooner rather than later.
Are you kidding? Recruiting season is nearly over and we have no coach. Have you noticed how pretty much every other school makes changes before Christmas? Ask yourself why that is. You think the important thing is that DB stuck to his word about some arbitrary timeline? Dude, his job is to do what's best for M, not to rigidly honor some timeline that only he cared about. Everyone and his brother already knew what they felt about RR well prior to today. And what executive fires someone, in a major time-crunch, without a plan a, b, and c? Are you joking? Do you know how this impacts a) the team, b) recruiting, c) the school's image, and d) his bargaining-power? Plus, he's just annoying the shot out of fans.
I don't appreciate your condescending tone. Its not just about the result here. There are many, many people watching the process very closely, including recruits. And there are many, myself included, that are not interested in another 2-3 year rebuilding process. I am very dismayed that we are going through another coaching search. In my opinion, Brandon has had weeks to work on this. No way the bowl loss was the deciding factor. No way. And if I'm right, Brandon should have had his sh-t together.
would you think the bowl game had nothing to do with it? It probably had everything to do with it and from everything DB says, it was indeed the deciding factor.
The preparation for the bowl game (equivalent to spring practices) should have given them plenty of time to improve considerably if the problem was that the guys were "young". They came out and played awful and most of it was coaching including: guys not being in the right places, turnovers, etc etc. DB saw that this extra prep did nothing to improve the team, thus pulled the trigger. Not that difficult to understand.
I share your confidence in Dave Brandon because he brings a strong Michigan athletics background to the job of AD, along with a much stronger network into the coaching ranks than we saw in Ben Martin or his predecessor. All the signs are that Brandon runs a very tight ship--no leaks, which is good. Unfortunately, the press (and our Blog) has a love/hate relationship with rumors, unnamed sources, etc., and can't stand the uncertainty.
I think Brandon will hire a solid HC who can recruit in the midwest and get the whole team pointed in the right direction. And yes, I'm anxious to find out who it will be. Glad MGlog is here to keep company!
"You think the important thing is that DB stuck to his word"
I feel sorry for you. You don't realize that keeping your word is not only valuable in ethical / moral sense, but it is the best LONG term strategy. It is frequently painful in the short term, but once you have the reputation that you keep your word, power flows to you.
But his word was totally arbitrary. No one asked him to set that date. If he passed up a great opportunity simply because he wanted to hew to a date nobody cared about, he wasn't doing his job. You're allowed to change plans if it's best for the school. You should. It's not about his timeline. It's about the school's timeline.
Tom tweeted that rr lost a lot of support from players after the bowl game. Maybe this move by DB was necessary.
I could just be looking for the pony in a pile of crap, but maybe this means there won't be mass transfers? Of course, they could vave transferred with or without RR.
Who will unite the Michigan Fanbase? Tough question...
The big name coaches who would potentially leave their programs are:
Peterson - Boise
Patterson is a tough sell. He's happy where he's at. Not so sure we could pluck Peterson from Boise either.
They do only make 1.5m.
After the Hawkins debacle at Colorado, I'm not sure I like the idea of hiring a Boise state guy. Sadly becoming the new notre dame is preferable to the next Colorado
Peterson = Bobby Petrino
(i.e. the real genius behind face of the operation)
I would be happiest with Patterson because he runs some similar concepts on offense. It would make the transition easiest.
I'd like Patterson because he's already shown he can win the BIG games not just the cupcakes.
Is this even feasible?
that TCU spends more on its football program than most of the Big Ten schools. Put that inot context against what those in TCU's conference spend and there is a huge discrepancy. Not saying Patterson isn't a good coach, but TCU is 10th in the country in spending on their football program. With them joining the Big East he will surely get a nice bump in pay.
That's insane. It's not a big school, they don't sell there games out. They have a small stadium. I guess that Texas oil money goes right into the AD there.
has quietly done a good job at Utah. Haven't seen his name mentioned yet, but I think he's worthy of the job.
Wow!! WTF is DB thinking? Does he want to go back to Dominos?
This means we need to break out the flight tracker again doesn't it.
My thoughts: harbaugh probably going to the niners. Hole probably the top candidate which ugh...wishlist includes Patterson, malzahn, or I'll go in to left field and say leach, Meyer and tuberville.
Is headed to Lubbock. Very telling.
If that's for Tuberville, I'd be interested. Great record at Auburn, including that magical 2004 team. But ... he's completely a southern guy. I don't know of any midwest recruiting ties. One thing he has going for him, though, is his record vs. Bama. He knows how to get his team up big to play a rival. He went 7-3 vs Bama in his 10 years. Sure, only two of those were with Nick Saban at Alabama, but still that's impressive.
As far as I know, he's completely clean off the field and ran the Auburn program squeaky clean. I know of no violations at Auburn. He only left Auburn because he had one bad year - a year he was retooling the offense. And the next year, the first year under Chizik, after one year of transitioning from pro-style to spread, Auburn set all kinds of offensive records, and the year after that is this current one. In other words, Tuberville laid the foundation for the current Auburn national championship game team. But he had nothing to do with Cam Newton or any of the baggage that comes with the guy.
I'd be happy with hiring Tuberville. Very happy. Far happier than with Hoke, Miles, or Patterson. Not sure if he'd be interested in Michigan, though. Definitely worth a call.
Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't there some sort of coaching summit or conference that is held during the national championship week? Does anyone (Tom or Brian) know what the turn out at those things are like?
I think we need to have a little more faith in DB. He is not Martin. He is a former player and is very well connected. Since the day he took over he has had people contacting him about the head coaching job. He knows who is interested and who is not. I refuse to freak out just because he has not informed the internets who has contacted him over the last year.
Just because he said he he made this decision last night doesn't mean he hasn't been doing his homework on potential coaches for months.
You must be DB's secretary, transferring calls from all the coaches contacting him about the Michigan job.