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.
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.
to remove my name as a candidate for HC at the University of Michigan? b/c there's about to be a shitload more. That's the embarrassing part
That said, getting the right coach is MUCH more important than the recruiting class or some humble pie
My guess is he wanted JH but couldn't close him. Now every alum in the world us going swarm on Harbaugh. Still a chance. And short of that we can pick up the right guy.
Didn't DB basically say, or imply, that he'd be hiring someone with a link to Michigan?
Our greatest coaches had no link to Michigan before they came here. If this is to appease the down in front crowd I'm expecting a disaster.
On WTKA, I heard that Sam was getting negative feedback on RR the first day because he wasn't one of us, he talked funny, he was a redneck. If true, maybe my opinion of my university needs to change.
Vince Lombardi once coached high school basketball after reading a book. At this point I'll even buy coach k the book myself. Desperate times...
People who keep asking why someone like Patterson would even consider jumping to Michigan should take note that a coaching change at TCU would never get anywhere near the national attention that ours has. The sports world follows this situation as if it's the Vatican getting a new Pope. M's team is down. But M remains a special place.
Dave Brandon should be relieved of HIS duties. After the senseless wait and everyone trusting in the "pimp hand," I can't imagine how anyone could fuck up this situation any worse.
The thing that gets me is not having someone on deck. Our recruiting class = Fu:&3d
But I'd almost rather have Hoke tomorrow if it means we can have a coach during this last month of recruiting. This could not bring good things for the next few years if we don't have a staff right now and miss out on closing the recruiting class.
In no particular order and assuming JH won't come and DB won't consider BH (please)
The already mentioned Patterson and Peterson plus Mike Bellotti and Kyle Wittingham.
Assuming he can't get Patterson, Mike Belotti would be my choice and i've heard he's been itching to get back in the game
"Bellotti, 59, moved from Oregon coach to UO athletic director after the 2008 season, then left the AD job last winter to become an ESPN commentator.
He said he gave up coaching in part for family reasons. But the ESPN job has kept him away from all of his son's high school football games. Sean Bellotti is a junior at Sheldon High School of Eugene.
Mike Bellotti said he planned to see Sean's basketball and baseball games in the coming months.
"Taking another football job might not be the best thing," he said. "The reality is that I probably would live apart from my family for a year while my son finished up high school and lived with my wife. That's a huge issue."
But Bellotti, 116-55 in 14 seasons at Oregon, misses the competitive part of leading a football program.
"In this profession, as an announcer, you rarely lose unless you screw up a name or make an outrageous statement," he said. "But you never win either."
So, Bellotti has listened to a preliminary overture from a Colorado representative, and probably will listen to others.
"It would have to be the right fit," he said. "I don't have a total blueprint for what that would be."
Thanks for posting this. I think Belotti is a very interesting hire. Although, he had some questionable characters that he recruited (Blount, James, Masoli) and allowed some questionable antics (e.g. Blount (?) dropping the sledgehammer on the Michigan turf in 2007). Not saying that would happen if he was in Ann Arbor. Just saying.
Belloti is now 60 years old. There's no way we hire someone who's that old.
Good call though.
Given the inherent risk with any new coach, you want one that will be around for a while if it works.
He might be a good fit though.
I vote for Andy Dunkle
I just hope that it's not a stupid decision. Hoke isn't a viable option if you ask me.
@LaMarrWoodley-Breaking News: Michigan Just announce LaMarr Woodley as head coach
seriously. There is your tradition restored. Sure the coaching resume isn't the best. He does the best with what he can work with. Ball State and San Diego St, turned into winners. Who is to say the guy can't bring back a UM defense to respectability. UM has not had a defense since 97. I don't see why he can not coach a D Rob or DG into being successful QB's. All im getting at, is look what he can do with terrible colleges. Get off of JH, he doesn't bleed blue. He bleeds green. He will be the niners coach. DB could only offer a contract of 4 to 5 mill for 10 years to possibly keep him. IMO SF will offer a 5 yr deal worth anywhere from 25-30 mill.
That is the D that I remember.
That gave up 26 points to Ball State, 42 points to OSU and 32 points to USC?????
I remember the 1997 defense! Now there was a defense to remember!!!!!
The 97 team only gave up more than 16 points once (24 to Iowa) and I think their was a punt return for a TD in that game (tim dwight?).
Total points given up over 12 games was 114.
Yes, Tim Dwight. What a nerve-wracking game.
His record at Ball State:
While his record at SDSU is better the sample size is smaller.
In his 8 years as a head coach he has had two winning seasons. If that trend were to continue at Michigan we will be looking for a new coach again.
Former reporter for Ann Arbor news as well as Ball State grad: "Brady Hoke is an excellent football coach" for what that is worth.
it's worth everything you paid for it.
2006 was a reasonable defense.
Tim Beckman from Toledo. He was the DC at BGSU during my playing days, he moved on to tOSU under tressle for a few years. And he was the DC at Okie St for a few year before coming to Toledo. He runs a spread similar to ours at UT and i think he still runs a 4-3 D. He's a hellova coach and a damn good motivater. He could be the next "Bo" due to his MAC connections.
he beat Michigan. 3 years later and Im still in shock we lost to Toledo...
I think that was Amstutz's last year...not sure on that though.
Remember how much we were loathing the fact that it might be Feretz, well given DB wants Midwest recruiting ties, Head Coaching experience and is willing to pay a lot.....could he be setting up for Feretz? I am surprised not to see his name pop up more often
Hmm Feretz would be interesting. I think he would be a little too weasle like for the Michigan job though.
I want Leach. That would probably prevent ESPN from ever putting Craig James on our games due to the conflict of interest. At this point, that seems like a good enough reason to hire a coach to me.
/s, realized I should make that clear with all of the touchiness.
I second this. Think of all the cool intros we could have. Heavy metal playing in the background and Leach enters on his pirate ship, Denard wearing an eye patch, fighting back a smile.
His character aside, still not sure what/who to believe with regard to shed gate, he was damn impressive with his motley crew of UT, A&M, and OU leftovers at TTU.
I just really hope the whole "Michigan Man" blah blah doesn't force DB to hire Hoke. If Hoke can't stand with other candidates on his own merits, then I think it's a mistake to hire him.
edit: semi sarcasm, but I like Leach
I like Leach too. Impressive coach. Personally, after the Gator Bowl, I believe the entire James family could use some shed time. We could get him at a huge discount too, saving money for a real DC. I have to admit, I'm a bit numb to his "character issues," especially after how badly it appears he was got railroaded. However, DB would never hire him, especially now that he's drawing criticism.
Haha, shed time, "T-mart, you're in time out!" If you get the Chappelle's Show reference. Part of me isn't completely convinced that DB will follow a necessarily predictable path to hiring his coach because he doesn't seem like the kind of guy who likes being told what he has to do, etc. However, you're right, Leach would not exactly be the "defensive minded coach... with midwestern ties" he seems to be looking for. The only reason I think DB might not hire Hoke is because he is looking for a higher profile guy. Miles doesn't seem plausible for contracutal reasons, age, "integrity" if you want to call it that, etc. Harbaugh's out, Peterson, and more upsettingly, Patterson, both seem to be happy where they are. Utah's Wittingham is intriguing, however, I do not know about Utah's defense and even if he'd want to leave. The continuation of the spread offense, or at least some bastard child of it is the only thing, in my opinion, that can save next season, which, given the easy schedule, might not be the let down it appears it will be today. Cowher certainly screams defense, probably quite loud in reality, but any NFL names at this point are more than conjecture because the UM coaching job seems like a whole different animal when compared to an NFL coaching job. So unless Brandon strays from his criteria and Harbaugh can't be coerced, then it looks like DB will disappointingly, even to DB himself perhaps, hire Brady Hoke.
Think maybe Mullen was running up the score (who hasn't against our D) to get his name in the picture for the U of M job....he'd be a strong candidate....can recruit the south, Denard fits his system... just one of thousands of hypotheticals we'll be hearing this next week...have to go bang my head against the wall again.
Mullen's DC whiz Manny Diaz just took the Texas DC job. Does anybody really want Mullen sans Diaz?
How can we even consider Dan Mullen. He was already offered a contract extension and wasnt Hoke also offered an extension at SDSU??? How can we hire him??
What are you serious? It's all (mostly) about the $.
until Mike Hart retires from the NFL, and then hire him as our head coach!
I understand he could have fired RR earlier (if it was, despite his assurances otherwise, preordained), but would he legally have been able to announce a coach today? I thought the law in Michigan was a minimum 7 day job posting before a public/government job could be filled.
I guess I get the dissapointment that either he fired RR at all or waited until now to do it (depending on your thoughts on Rodriguez), but it seems like his hands are tied on the timetable to introduce a new coach. Unless that rule doesn't apply, in which case rabble rabble.
I will not add anything to who should be come coach because I was convinced we should have had Ron English follow Lloyd, and that doesn't seem like it would have worked out so well.
Yeah, I wondered about that too. I guess we'll find out 7 days from now. But if that were really the case, I think DB would have cited it as a reason for the delay (wink, wink) - why endure all this pressure if he's got the guy in hand and just has to wait on the formality?
For the past two years I have thought he was a top five coach in the country (not because of the Gator Bowl). He has mentored Alex Smith (Heisman finalist), Chris Leak (National Champion), and Tim Tebow (Douche) who are all very very different types of quarterbacks. I guarantee that if he were to come, Denard would be staying put and we would have a 5 star recruit waiting in the wings when he graduated. I think Mullen is the absolute best bet as far as winning RIGHT NOW (even better than Harbaugh) and he would hopefully bring some of his MSU recruits with him. Do you honestly think he would turn down a $2.4 million raise if we offered him the job at $5 million?
5 is steep, but if he's making 2.65 at MSU we should be able to get him for 4-4.5 a year.
But then would we have the money to pay his DC... which as we all know is vital
Oh man... I'm gonna need a drink.
Seconded. I thought that the explosion of MGoBlog would help remove me from the situation. What actually happened? I spend hours on Twitter.com (I am not "on" Twitter myself) searching and searching for any morsel of info I can find. I need mental help.
regardless of who it is, our defense will be the focus and that is what is ultimately the most important thing
retaining Denard. That should be the #1 task of the incoming coach. Fire Rodriguez and lose Denard = AD loses my money in 2011.
Denard. Is awesome but. I prefer a team. You need a coach that will lead this team defense. Denard is one guy. Talented sure. IMO a better Percy Harvin that can throw. You still have DG. I supported RR. But really. Does he win. No. Coaches are suppose to be apart of the whole team, offense and defense. He only cared about being "exciting and fun to watch"!
He doesn't care about $12.75.
Maizenbrew has a good piece on why Brady Hoke is nothing but mediocre. I don't think he would even be mentioned if he wasn't a Carr assistant. I like K.C. Keeler from Delaware. He's won championships in a playoff environment, sustained success and built a great staff.
i dont understand why people want Dan Mullen so badly. Yes he is an offensive innovator and has success in the SEC, but he offers no solution to our defense unless he brings Diaz with him to AA.
Gary Patterson would be a better option if we can pry him away from TCU
Brady Hoke does not impress me much but at least he wants the job and could try and take on the "savior" image
i dont know what to do
I guess the assumption would be that he brings Diaz with him? I'd prefer to up the level of talent to the point that they don't have to run a blitz-happy scheme like Miss St., but at this point, I'll take whatever works.
Diaz just split... Off to Texas.
I can't imagine a more unlikely candidate for "saviour" than Brady Hoke, in part because he will suffer from the same malady that RR did from the very beginning: "You're-not-who-we-wanted-itis," and I think it will be a more severe case.
All I can say is that realistic expectations for Hoke will be so low that he may find it much easier to exceed them than RR did his more lofty expectations.
A list of a few young up and coming head coaches in my opinion. Doubt they will be considered but thought i would add them to the debate.
Todd Graham- Tulsa age 46, head coach for 4 years, won 10+ games in 3 of those years. They beat ND this year if you remember that. seems like a good coach. negative no Mid west ties that i know of.
Butch Jones- Cinncinati age 42, strong ties in the state of michigan, CMU assistant from 1998-2004 and HC at CMU from 2007-2009 with an overall record of 27-13, and mac record of 20-3. 1st year at cinncinati was rough, but watched them play oklahoma and that game was better than i expected. negative, he has followed Kelly from CMU to Cinnicinati, can he build and sustain a program of his own? as well as west virginia ties to RR (2005-2006).
Bronco Mendenhall- BYU age 44, head coach the last 6 years, overall record of 56-21, has made a bowl game every year. 4 seasons of 10+ wins. Was a DC before being a HC. negative he is a west cost and mountain guy no mid west connections.
stats from wiki
then he's screwed the pooch in an amazingly incompetent fashion.
Brandon knew for a while before he was formally offered the AD job that he would get it. As a regent and alumni player, he certainly wasn't blind to the fact that RR's job tenure coming out of the 2009 season was in jeopardy, and that it was a distinct possibility RR wouldn't do well enough to retain his job. Brandon should have been on the phone and email non-stop well before he got the AD job to get a sense from knowledgeable football people inside and outside the Michigan football family just who would be logical candidates to replace RR, just in case 2010 went in the dumper. He then should have spent weeks if not months as soon as he became AD compiling a short list of 4-5 candidates who were likely to seriously consider UM offers. That would have included contacting by any means possible one Jim Harbaugh to gauge his interest, so that by the end of the season DB would know damn well whether Harbaugh belonged on the short list. Once the review was finished and RR was canned, the "search" should be done.
I hope that DB did all this and more, and that the term "search" is simply his euphemism for "negotiations." If his admin assistants are now scouring wikipedia and espn.com and cfn for basic information on possible replacements, then he's really better off in the pizza world.
I think DB was really close in closing on JH. Probably leading up to the New Year, JH was all on board. However, JH did watch the gator bowl game and probably lost some interest and a NFL job became more appealing. I think DB should have had a plan B and C in place!
Sorry if I missed this but I didn't see it anywhere else. According to ESPN, all the assistants were fired. So does that mean Fred Jackson will not even be returning as running backs coach?
he'll be rehired. But if not, didn't Hayes say he would be at Michigan as long as Jackson is?
he'll be rehired. But if not, didn't Hayes say he would be at Michigan as long as Jackson is?
The firing of all the assistants does not really mean much. Whoever is named coach can come in and name Jackson the rb's coach again. He was "fired" before RR came as well.
Maybe temporarily, but RR made all LC's assistants interview for their jobs and then fired them permanently. From what I heard (from a close source), he had them all sit in a waiting room and, after brief interviews, they got taken out one-by-one.
was a sign that someone had already been signed and was demanding to bring an entirely new staff.
about Gary Pinkell? Don't know alot about him other than he's done a good job at Missouri and runs a spread variation. Does he have defensive credentials?
I don't see why people are upset with Brandon. Do you really think he is just starting the search right now? I'm sure he already has a list and has begun contacting people. Brandon came in a difficult situation and has done a great job so far. Nobody is used to everything being on lock down, but that's exactly what he has done. Why is that a bad thing? It's more important to get the right guy in, which he pledges to do, than this years recruiting class (most of the recruits said they would stay even if RichRod was fired).
It's going to be a tough couple years, but I have full confidence in Brandon. This is what he was brought in for and he certainly is running the Athletic Department as a business.
EDIT: regardless of who the coach is I think it is very important that the fanbase supports him, unlike with RichRod.
What reasons do you have? I am really just asking.
ESPN Insider is linking to MGoblog for the article on the front page (for some reason I can't comment there). The article there talks about Pattersons chances, though no real news is included.
Also, they claim that Manny Diaz is about to sign with Texas to be their DC
FWIW, Schefter just tweeted that Wade Phillips has been hired as Texan's DC
I think he means University of Texas, not the Houson Texans, for Diaz.
Correct, University of Texas. Of course the same bit also Teryl Austin could be getting the job. I think at this point, they're just guessing
is Josh McDaniels.
He's from the Midwest (grew up in Canton, Ohio and went to John Caroll in Cleveland), is young (like 34 years old) and no one is going to be poaching him for an NFL job for a while. Plus he coached for Bellichek ans has certain "Kiffen-esque" qualities where I bet he could recruit.
His only college coaching experience of any kind is two years as a grad assistant at Michigan State! Next to that resume, Hoke is Jim Tressel.
What about Tony Dungy? He is on the Big ten commercials and he is from Jackson. I would love to have him.
He lost his competitive drive, but would the thought of Denard and Co. bring that back in any way? And 5M. Just a thought, but damn I could envision great things.
It's being reported that Tom Bradley has been hired at Pitt.
... one of the top High School coaches in the country
1) Massillon Coach?
2) Cass Tech?
3) Dr. Phillips?
4) Green Bay, Wisconsin Coach?
I am sure - given how successful some of those programs are, we might get the next Bo & our recruiting would be intact - giving us a pipeline into some good school.
/sarcasm + optimism
ND tried that with Faust and it was a disaster.
Not as excited as before but I would dance in the streets to have him instead of Brady Hoke.
Harbaugh or Miles. And Harbaugh seems highly unlikely.
Not that it matters at all, but I say we throw a few million at Miles and see if he comes back. I think we could get denard to stay if we bring him in. He seems like he could run a hybrid of both power and spread. Devin could definitely fit in, but I just hate to have a Heisman front runner transfer. Most schools get a player with this skill set once every 10-15 years, some have never had one. We have one and are on the brink of possibly losing him. Right now DB is on top of my jackass list, but I hope he proves me wrong.
If Harbaugh goes to Miami - what happens to Henne? If they draft another QB and demote Henne to backup, that could be an awkward Woodson-Griese-Hutchinson Golf Fundraiser this year.
If the 49ers are out, and Jeff Ireland and Jim Harbaugh don't mesh or Jeff Ireland doesn't want to concede a lot of control - things could turn our way.
Does anyone know if Devin Gardner received his medical redshirt? They already let James Rodgers (Oregon State) know that he recieved one.
Who specifically was relieved today? The head coach and the whole staff? What is the status of Fred Jackson? Can't imagine they let him go - his son plays here and he is a legend.
Coach and all staff were let go. This has been pointed out before elsewhere on the blog, but F Jackson was "fired" last time too. This is not atypical for coaching changes... You let everyone go and rehire the ones you wanna keep.
Barwis is the only coach under contract. I wish he would stay with the next coach. But he will probably resign and follow RR!
I'm not sure if DG medical red shirt was approved yet? Hopefully it will be!
Brady Hoke or Les Miles? I'm not really sure which one I would prefer! I wish JH was on his way! DB will pick a coach with Michigan ties!
If only DB had half your zeal, or is your period key broke?
we'll know. Harbaugh's situation should be settled. LSU will have played. Thus, if either Harbaugh or Miles are options, we'll know by then. In the meantime, if anyone other than Hoke is considered to be an option by DB, the feeleres will have gone out. If there's any receptiveness, the negotiations will be underway by Friday and a decision by Sunday.
Innovator please, not someone like Hoke or Miles. Also someone who runs the spread, if we lose Denard we are in real trouble. How did it come to this again? No wonder Dominoes sucks
Stop mentioning Meyer, he shouldn't even be brought up. He just retired for health reasons and to spend time with his family, I don't think he would jump at the chance to handle the pressure of rebuilding this Michigan Team.
Realistically, I'd be happy with Les Miles. He has won a NC, can obviously recruit, though being at LSU has to make it pretty easy, and he is a "Michigan Man" that so many seem bent on getting.
I think everyone's number one choice is Harbaugh, and I would love to get him over anybody else, but all signs point to the NFL, though nothing is official til an agreement is reached.
Everyone out there knows that you never leave a job if you do not have another lined up.
I feel like this same thought process can be applied to this situation.
I don't understand how waiting 6 weeks to "review the season" would have changed the decision of DB. I have to believe he knew he was firing RR after the OSU game and I hope to God he has something lined up.
If not, he should just call Bill Martin and go sailing around world with him instead of looking for a coach.
And I will poop myself if the person he has had lined up is Hoke.
One of the things I'm intrigued to see about the hire is their background with the spread offense. The team clearly has the offensive players to run the spread, but I'm thinking the removal of Rich Rod could also signify DB's dislike of the spread offense. It's possible Brandon want's to return to a more pro-style offense, but with the personnel we have that may not be feasible right off the bat.
As fans, what would we like to see? For my part, while the spread has been entertaining I would cast my vote in to return to a similar offense we ran pre-RR. I'll be OK if that is a process that evolves over 2-3 seasons, but I think that is the way to go (and my feeling is DB feels the same).
side note: it is entirely possible a comment exactly like this has popped up somewhere on this board over the last few days and I've simply not seen it. My bad if that's the case.
What about Rich Rodriguez?
I mean, he has previous connections with the University which seems to be what the alumni really want out of a coach. He was darn successful at WVU, turning in 3 straight stellar years and 2 BCS wins.
I say bring back Bo. He's the most logical choice and it really would show off how impressive our med school is to reanimate the deceased.
the more I realize what a huge mistake Brandon made by firing Rich Rod.