African or European?
African or European?
When you became CEO of Dominos did the execs openly acknowledge that their product was bland or were they in denial?
What percentage of Dominos pizza crust is made of cardboard?
0%. Don't you watch commercials?
Dave, can I have a job?
On a Domino's pizza contain some sort of laxative?
My one and only question would be why he seems to have a double standard when it comes to his evaluation of Beilein and Rich Rod. His recent comments about patience and the development of a young team regarding basketball apparently didn't apply to the football program.
I just don't get this view. The basketball program was a mess for years before Beilein. Plus, Beilein has made the post season, and won a tournament game. While it's a longshot, he also has a team with zero seniors in the mix for a tournament birth this year.
The football and basketball programs under the timeframe that applies to this question is an apples to oranges comparison.
Honestly, I would have loved a 4th year of RR, but the big difference is year 2. Beilein's team performed over their head, made the tournament and gave him some leeway.
Had the 2009 Michigan team made a couple more plays and won their three close losses (MSU, Iowa, Purdue) and overachieved, I think RR would have had the same bit of leverage in regards to youth this season.
Wait, what? I agree with dahblue on something?
Your RichRod bashing is consistent, ill give you that. But, alas, you are wrong. If winning is all that matters and if the amount of wins you have right off the bat is all brandon cares about, why did he go out and say our top priority and #1 choice to replace RR was a guy with a losing record? I'm sure being a Michigan man had nothing to do with it. Jesus H. Christ get some perspective. DB basically came out and said it in his presser....unless he was talking about something else when he mentioned knowing the words to the fight song and not needing a map of Ann Arbor.
So DB stating the coach didn't need a map and knew the words to the fight song in the presser because....?
I am also skeptical of a head coach with a losing record over an 8 year coaching career, not a 3 year stint. Do you know why? First, if hoke was judged the same as RichRod, he wouldn't have made it to year 4. It also took him 5 years to get ball state back to where they were the year before he got there. 2nd, the reason to be skeptical after 8 years and not 3 is because after 3 years, RichRod's first full class wasn't even true juniors. There is a reason it is extremely rare for a coach to be fired after 3 years. At that point, too much is riding on the previous regime. We have essentially said if you don't win with another coach's recruits, you will get fired. So what happens if hoke wins a lot with denard and devin at QB but fails in year 4 or 5? Do we fire him for being a bad coach with his own players or praise him for winning while another coach did all the legwork? I also find it funny that you keep saying "if he won more he would still be here." This is completely ignoring the team he inherited and completely ignores that he won more games every year he coached here.
Because the rest of the post starts to sound like a teacher in Peanuts...
It was a joke, basically saying "Welcome Back, Brady". Only those who were looking for someone ready to jump Rich behind every corner, or too butt hurt about him getting fired (or both) saw that as a knowing, on purpose dig at Rich. Because they saw EVERYTHING as a dig/plot against Rich.
That's why JB has a job and RR does not. .
JB had universal acknowledgement that the Michigan program he took over was operating at a talent gap relative to the rest of the Big 10 and would need rebuilding; expectations were modest. RR inherited a similar situation in 2008, but the rank and file would never acknowledge the talent gap that had opened up by poor recuiting in Lloyd's last few seasons. Expectations never really adjusted based on reality.
So, if what you all say is true then patience for development has absolutely nothing to do with it. To keep the job it requires immediate results. Again, this seems to show DB's comments as disingenuous, at best.
Then yes. But guess what, no one is surviving 3 years without results in Michigan Football, because it's Michigan Football. Michigan Basketball doesn't have the expectations, or the ceiling, or frankly, the starting place.
1. When RR came in, M had not missed out on going to a bowl in 30+ years - in a single season, RR came in and broke the longest standing record in M history. By contrast, Beilein inherited a team that hadn't sniffed a tourney in ages.
2. When RR came in, he went 3-9, leading Michigan to its worst season EVER. He followed this by a season in which he lost to almost EVERY SINGLE B10 team that we played. He lost to Sparty for 3 straight years, was outscored by OSU 24-109 over three years and put up the worst defense in Michigan, maybe B10, history. RR also didn't have a single signature win. Beilein came in and got us to the tourney in year 2. He has beaten several very good teams, and even beat Sparty this season in East Lansing. Even in losses, we are competitive for most of the game.
3. Beilein is teaching the team fundamentals, which will pay off in the long term. This is why the "youth" excuse flies with him. My contrast, RR's team had NO funadmentals - tackling, angles, catching, running, blocking, turnovers. The youth excuse doesn't work because the offense has a ton of senior talent, and there were issues with the fundamentals there, as well.
4. Beilein's team is improving throughout the season. RR's team regressed in both of 2009 and 2010.
5. (and this one is not fair to RR) - In Michigan, football is king, and we do not tolerate losing at football, whereas not as many people care about basketball because we have been so bad for so long.
I await the inevitable Dudeness defense of RR reply.
"Tons of senior talent" on the offensive side of the ball? Yeah, I guess if we're making things up, why stop there? I stopped reading after that ridiculously stupid comment.
In which year did Rodriguez have the most senior talent?
Was it, '08, '09, or '10? He didn't say good talent, mind you.
It breaks out like this:
'08 = 12 total seniors
'09 = 16 total seniors, 17 with Baker, but does Grady count?'
'10 = 12 total seniors, 11 without Woolfolk.
So Rodriguez never had senior talent, except for in 2009. He had a lot of juniors last year, so he technically had a decent number of upperclassmen in certain spots.
Now whose fault is that, especially for this year? I bet I can guess where you place the blame.
Dave, during your trip around the world looking for a coach, did you find yourself flipping through the adult film selections at the hotel? If so, which one?
EDIT: It has been confirmed....Big Sausage Pizza
Is it all an act or is Donald Trump really that big of a dick?
....to those who did not respect the process?
Was there ever anyone in your mind besdies hoke?
If not...then why the process?
Do you read MGoBlog?
If no - Why not? Are you an idiot?
If yes - Who's your favorite poster? (my money is on Dudeness)
It is well-known within the AD that DB takes his marching orders from THE KNOWLEDGE.
Well at least I understand the past two months now.
Friend: mr Brandon, did you hear Fred jacksons assessment of you?
Brandon: no sir, what did he say?
Friend, quoting Fred Jackson: "He's a lot like Bo, except not really at all. I miss Lloyd."
What where you looking for in the Bowl game that you did not know already? Did you REALLY offer the job to JH and LM? etc.,
What head football coaching candidates were considered acceptable to Michigan during your process? Of those coaches, which of them were interested in the job?
Will you be pissed if Rodriguez lands at a big-name program, get the full backing of the alumni/donors/fans, and immediately competes for a conference and national championship?
If the team were to go 3-9 in 2011 with losses to OSU, MSU, and Nebraska, followed by 5-7 in 2012 with losses to OSU, MSU, Nebraska, and Alabama, what would you be thinking around Christmas of 2012?
where can I get glasses and a mustache
Actually, the better and more likely question might be, if the football team goes 7-5 in 2011, then 5-7 in 2012, and then 3-9 after that, what will you be thinking in November of 2013? (We will assuredly not go 3-9 this year, and the brutal 2012 schedule could plausibly make it hard to do more than finish .500, especially if Denard decides he no longer wants to play in a Hoke offense and would rather return kicks in the NFL...)
But this is one of those many questions where we already know the answer.
The real trick is to ask Dave Brandon a question that will get him talking from his gut, and acutallly saying something.
Who in the hell would hold a private luncheon and order Domino's Pizza?
"What's that on the floor?"
This question will be followed immediately with an uppercut and me feeling much better.
I'll go with:
1. Dave, how will you measure the success of the new regime? Is Brady Hoke starting on a new timeline for recovery, or is he picking up where the last head coach left off?
2. Dave, how 'bout some new away jerseys? We should put the adidas designers to work to develop something uniquely Michigan. Doing their jersey template in maize and blue isn't good enough.
3. Dude, have you considered calling Six Zero? Together you guys could make the best UM gear ever!
4. Mr. Brandon, when will you be sitting down with Six Zero for your MGoProfile interview this summer?
What's your deal?
Can I have season tickets for life?
order the code red?
Dave do you feel it's really necessary for you to watch game film with the coaches on Sunday? Do you think they really want your Jerry Jones act there?
What's erectile disfunction?
Only 1 question? That is a tough one. I would either ask him, "why are you such a tool?" or "why are you so arrogant?"
If you truly didn't know your decision before meeting with RR, what was the factor that made you decide he could not get the job done?
Dave, would you and Brady Hoke agree to watch Terrell Pryor and Jim Tressel fuck your wives if, in return Michigan could win an Ohio State game? If not, why is the OSU rivalry no longer important to you?
How many of these responses actually provided an answer to the question posed by the OP? Maybe 20%? Maybe a quarter of those serious responses? How easily we go off on tangents.
Those, by the way, are not my questions for DB.
I don't really want to know why he handled the coaching change the way he did. It's done. I'd prefer to focus on the future. Plus, the request was for questions that would not be a waste of the opportunity. Assuming this is more of a semi-private luncheon, with a formal Q&A at the end as described, then DB isn't going to be giving in-depth answers to many of the questions posed here. (Although, he may give you some insight into the boxers or briefs question if you ask it professionally.)
I have three:
Now that you have a CMO on staff, what are your goals in marketing Michigan athletics? (ie. How do you want to improve on what is already one of the most recognizable brands in sports?)
When are you going to announce new varsity men's and women's lacrosse teams, as has been rumored for some time?
With nearly a year on the job now, how much has the actually job of being AD at Michigan been a surprise to you, and how much is fitting your expectations?
You broke the rules. The OP said you could ask ONE question, not three. So before you critique the other responses, be sure you don't live in a glass house yourself . . .
I prefer my question on the code red. Another good one:
Q: Did you really "talk" to JH and LM or was that just for show so you could hire BH likeit has been rumored all along?
Dave, when you met with coach Rod did he say he was willing to fire all his butt buddies from West Virginia and actually hire competent people?