that is wishful thinking if i've ever heard it. these kids have no coaches to talk to, no one to call, nothing that says UofM while other schools are preying on this. But hey, the fanbase has got your back, even if the university is seemingly leaving you out to dry!
A reason for hope
However, this classes impact will not be felt for 1-2 seasons. Yes, someone may step up but let's not kid ourselves.
Also, if you believe our current commits are all staying at this point...well let's just say it will take a miracle. We didn't receive a miracle today so I'm not expecting one near-term.
With that said, here's something which many of you are in the position to do: (Crowd Sourcing)
I'm not on campus nor even in the state of michigan but the current student body, fans, friends, faithful...please help by keeping the current team intact. Fortunately, (unlike in 08) it is Tee'd up for the next coach.
We are in great position to compete with 9 starters returning on both sides of the ball. (Thank you RR)
Please, everyone who is in shouting range of these young-men, encourage them to stay.
This is really really really important. We love you guys. Stay...Please!
I have hope. I just sent in my season ticket renewals and based on this fubar'd mess I'm hoping that this year I get my seats upgraded cause the last three years I've asked I've been turned down.
I'll cheer from home from now on and save myself some money. I still can't believe they fired Fred Jackson. Sure hope Thomas Rawls doesn't turn into the second coming of Mark Ingram if he qualifies.
they really fired jackson? is it a "he has to reapply for his job" type deal or is he just gone?
Well, the new coach gets to name his own RB coach, you really can't hire a coach and say "this guy is your RB coach, like it or not." That's just the plight of assistant coaches. Now, if a HC is hired, it might behoove him to hire Jackson back, but at the same time, if he has a RB coach who he loves, he'll bring that guy along.
The same thing happened when RR came in. Everyone was officially fired and had to reapply. It's all up to whoever the next HC is.
If someone is awake and has an iPhone can you cut and copy Brian's Front page "NON-Hoke Options:Extant" to the MgoBoard so we can discuss. Either I'm an Idiot (debatable), I cannot create content and I'm Ass-u-meing you tech people can. Thanks.
the team meeting breaks soon or has broken already. i'm sure we'll get some news after that. that's my reason for hope.
It'll certainly be interesting to see who stays and who goes. "All in for Michigan" means all in for the school, not the coach, IMO....
After Boren, Mallett, Clemons, etc., that seems like an unrealistic attitude. Wish it were true, but the fact is these kids are concerned with their own interests, not Michigan's.
and for some of them (not boren), you can't really fault them.
OK... But I would think most of them would understand that getting a Michigan education and the chance to play football for Michigan would be in their best interest. 98% of our dudes aint going to the NFL.
aint getting a degree in Engineering either.
They came to U of M to play football, and if they no longer feel comfortable playing football under whatever coaching staff we have next year, we can't blame them for transferring.
didn't this start with RR?
They also considered "Double Down for Michigan".
Thats probably a matter of perspective, I doubt a young student-athlete can differentiate between coach who recruited him and school he attends to that degree.
Agreed. Being a D1 athlete is a great honor and a great experience, but the reality is that it's also all-encompassing and time-consuming. Not getting along with your coach canruin the whole experience for these kids and although I expect them to give the new coach a chance, if it doesn't work out I don't blame them at all for moving on.
Dunno about that. If you're an athlete, your coaches are not entirely your total liason to the university at large, but their one hell of a large part of it. I presume a lot of the academic support staff is largely to completely unaffected by a coaching change. But the coaching staff, that's the family, man. A big part of the family -- and the ones that brought you here -- gone, daddy, gone. Certainly RR didn't have 100% of the team. He's not going to at the end of season that concludes the way ours did. But the majority of the team had a lot invested in the HC, coordinator and position coaches. I'm pretty sure a young student-athlete can differentiate.
Dave Brandon made it well known in the press conference that he had met with many players over the last few weeks, and I'm sure he took their insider opinions to heart. There's no evidence to suggest Dave Brandon made his decision to fire Rich Rod in disregard of suggestions from Michigan football players. It is just as likely that M football isn't full of wandering automatons and would prefer to be better coached.
EDIT: The majority at least. I hope certain people are in that majority.
and text messages all available recruits about the opportunity to get on board with a new energetic coach that has great odds to take us to lots of wins in the next 4 to 5 years.
there is always hope.
I believe in hope, faith and spirit and DB!
Our turn is coming.
Let this process play itself out.
No way is Danny going to be our next head coach.....
i bet that would make purdue fans happy.
Marc, does Sam Webb have a "gut feeling" on a new coach?
Traverse City OL Jake Fisher is looking at other schools according to the local NBC station up here. Eff.
we need to be prepared for that. they're all going to say that until we get a coach who has the chance to lock them down. and even then a few will bolt.
he will be visiting Notre Dame and Oregon.
I'm on twitter and I go back and forth with a few players frequently. Believe it or not. One is a freshman who I will not name. I'm a little worried on his status as of recent but I'm gonna try my best.
Hopefully it is not anyone on defense, especially Ash, Furman, Wilkins and M-Robinson.
Crawford stated on news here FL that U of M still #1 just waiting for coach decision.
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For a second I thought you said "Hoke", not "hope."
Do we know Tate's status yet? If Denard and Devin transfer then where does that leave us QB wise? I asked in another thread how a coaching change affects Devin versus Denard because this could get ugly, like '08 ugly.
much like the recruits, we won't know anything for a while. my hope is that brandon denies transfer requests until they get a new coach in who can talk to them. then they can leave if they want to. we shouldn't expect to hear anything definitive player-wise until at least a week after a new coach is hired.
I really doubt we'll see many, if any, transfer requests before a coach is named. Players would have to sit out next year regardless. All they'd gain by transferring now is an extra spring practice. Too much of a life change to at least not wait and see who the coach is.
yes and no. the drop/add deadline approaches. anyone who transfers would want to start at his new school right away.
Which is another reason why DB's timeline is so brutal to everyone caught up in it.
Because of the lack of talented upperclassman (thanks LC) a lot of these players haven't RSed. They can use their RS as their transfer year. Personally, if I was a Florida kid I wouldn't even come back to spend another winter in Michigan hoping I'll get a coach I like.
I would hope we would honor any transfer request because it's the right thing to do. Do we really want to pull a JoePa and deny a kid a transfer. Nothing like creating a possible cancer.
You've never spent a summer in Florida.
I don't think they transfer but the sound of the PA announcer saying, "Jack Kennedy's pass was interecepted by (fill in the blank)" is pretty frightening.
I'm reminded of Nick Sheridan. Seriously, if Sheridan was DEATH, then what does that make Jack Kennedy? The Black Plague? Smallpox? A Black Hole? Purgatory?
Not as frightening as "Jack Kennedy has his Wolverines riled up for his first game as a head coach in this 2011 season opener."
if there is 1 out of those 3 to stay to stay it's DG
Devin has said before that he will not be transferring. That was before all this went down, so I hope he still feels that way.
DG is a unique type, i think he fits in anyones offense. He shouldnt go anywhere.
agreed.. i was just telling my old roommate this
I really cant see Denard transferring and sitting out a year. Whatever coach is brought in must dso whatever it takes to keep Denard around. This should be their top priority personnel wise along with trying to snag some defensive recruits and not let the guys committed to Michigan to get away.
As much as I hat to say it, I could very much see Denard transferring as the year he would need to sit out would serve as his redshirt year. He has (2) years of on the field eligibility either way. I believe Pat White redshirted his freshmen year @ WVU so he didn’t exactly have the same luxury in following RR to his new destination.