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looks like you're 4883 Bolivianos in debt.
Actually, being in "the red" in Bolivian is actually a good thing. Having a negative amount of Bolivianos means a Bolivianan has a positive net worth. In fact, FuManBlue is one of the wealthiest men in Bolivian. As his outside counsel, I can vouch for his creditworthiness.
and you wear it under your armor in battle.
Elway says Harbaugh down to 2 - Stanford and....
Just heard that Pelini is interested in the job.
Also, Tony Dungy said he's glad Michigan didn't call because it would be "hard to say no to them".
This Pelini stuff is weird.
I know... Bo bla bla OSU bla bla... but this guy played at OSU... and he has a good job already.
He's also weird looking.
I agree. Especially since he played at OSU. How could you coach against your alma matter, especially in that manner? Interesting stuff.
Having said that, it would be interesting to leave NU for here.
where Moeller went to school?
Pellini is definitely in the top 5 of defensive coaches. He was the DC at Oklahoma when they were in the national championship hunt, then he left and they no longer are. He was the DC at LSU when they were in the national championship hunt, then he left and they no longer are. He went to Nebraska and cleaned up the mess that Callahan left behind. Plus, he coached a young run first, throw second QB this year.
Seems like a great fit from a football perspective.
Am I the only one who looks at his OSU affiliation as a good thing? The last time we hired a coach named Bo who was affiliated with OSU it worked out pretty well.
Yeah personally I am not a fan of Pelini being our HC. With Nebraska coming in next year, that would be weird him coaching us after leaving them.
Not saying he's the right or wrong answer, but Hoke would do the same thing if he comes here. That would be strange. Imagine Hoke's mindset in that game if we don't hire him?
Let's hire Hoke so he doesn't go nuclear on us at the SDSU game next season. On second thought, let's not hire Hoke because it would be weird for him to be going up against his old team in one of his first games as Michigan coach.
Wait, what was the question?
It happens. Tommy Tuberville and Houston Nutt are two examples off the top of my head. Plus, it is very common for assistants to be hired within the conference, Dan Mullen and Gary Moeller for example. Coaches don't think like fans do. It's a job, a career, what you did in the past often doesn't have much bearing on what you'll do in the future.
It would instantantly amp up a rivalarly that is already set to explode. I think the only weird possibility is that we may start wondering which red team we hate more, or hates us more at least. I'd like to keep my red hatred pure, but it can't help but make the competitive juices flow even stronger and that is what we all gravitate too, right? So, not the worst idea.
I still feel safe thinking I'll hate the scarlet shade of red much, much more. Growing up I "hated" OSU because I was taught to as a UM fan. Once I started to meet and abhor many OSU fans it turned into a real and absolute hatred. There can be no worse fanbase in the world, (ir)regardless of sport.
But I think what he did at Nebraska is quite similar to what he will face here. Traditional powerhouse from a less-than-fertile area for recruiting that had fallen on hard times. And he did a good job. With out too many ethical issues. And the other (non-JH) candidates are Brady Hoke (underqualified and unproved) and Les Miles (idiot). He's my top choice.
And yes he has a good job but he apparently has a strained relatiosnhip with the AD. Plus he only makes $2.1 which we could double if we wanted to pay him JH money.
I think that his relationship with the AD (Osbourn) is ok - it is the relationship with the University President that is the problem.
is Bo = Michigan man. Job is his if he wants it!
I don't give a shit where Pelini went to school, he's a complete asshole. He already can't get along with the AD at Nebraska, where he came in with a degree of goodwill, and you think his bull in a china shop routine will last long in Ann Arbor? No fucking thanks. I actually think Miles might be a better hire than Pelini, and I'd rather have Hoke than Miles.
Harbaugh is down to San Fran and Stanford, with Stanford favored. Forget him
From Eric Olson's twitter (Nebraska AP Writer):
Bo Pelini tells me in no uncertain terms that he has no interest in Michigan job.
is a bullet dodged.
Confusing. Rittenberg just retweeted an AP reporter in Lincoln who said Pelini is entirely uninterested in the job.
Dungy basically said he wouldn't go back to coaching regardless of who offered or what the salary was going to be.
If RR wasn't a good fit I don't see Pelini being any better.
Winning makes you a fit. If Bo (YTB) struggled his first few years, we'd be talking about him not being a good fit. That's an awkward thought considering that he defined the culture that we have at Michigan today.
If the next coach "isn't a fit", comes in and beats all of our rivals, and wins the Big Ten next year, he will be the definition of Michigan Man at that point.
"Winning makes you a fit."
Did we not learn anything in the last three years?
Do you honestly think if Rodriguez's W-L record were different -- or, for that matter, if he had won, say, either the Wisconsin or OSU games this year -- we'd be talking about "fit" and looking for a new coach?
I honestly think there are a lot of people interested in this job. People asking if Michigan is still an elite job should lose their job. Listen, Michigan was in a BSC bowl not long ago. Maybe some of the recruits think Michigan is irrelevant but the fact of the matter is, every coach, whether it be on the college or nfl level knows what Michigan is all about. Most of those guys were playing when Bo was at Michigan or coaching when he was. They know what Michigan stands for. They know this is the winningest program in college football. How many other schools have 110,000 fans at their games?
I just feel there are a lot more candidates then we all think.
I clicked on the "QuiBids" and the "Groupon" ads. 3 more to go!
Can you explain in layman's terms what is happening with the site this week? Is it just an "overload" problem that affects what we are able to access and being unable to vote? I'm interested in learning more.
If it is simply a capacity/hardware problem, I'm thinking this "pledge drive" idea would come through...
Broncos' interest in Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh has cooled
denver does the opposite of anything thought to be smart
see: Mcdaniels, Josh
turned them down or he asked for too much control.
Looks like SF or Stanford as this point. If he goes back to Stanford, this is going to look real bad on Dave Brandon.
I have this to donate:
Every little bit helps, right?
I think I have an old Palm somewhere...
But my VIC20 (and C64) has cassette storage.
Just heard on 97.1, so take it for what its worth, that Tony Dungy said he's glad UM hasn't called him because he'd have a hard time saying no to the job.
What would all of your thoughts be about Brandon contacting Dungy about the job?
If we could get him great, but I'm entirely certain he doesn't want to go back to coaching right now.
He wasn't interested in the Minnesota (his alma mater) job, why would he want the Michigan job?
Dungy is from Jackson. Also, it is a little easier to win and be in the spotlight at Michigan rather than Minny. The publicity would also allow him to still be a strong public figure and help with his All Pro Dads and other charitable contributions. On top of this, I could see him still being a great coach as he is a strong mentor, as well as religious and could help with young men in their development and many parents would love for their kids to play for him.
I'd sure like to see Tony make UM his podium for all his wackadoo evangelical ministry projects.
At any rate, the way he phrased his response was that he was glad UM didn't call because his dad was a big Michigan fan and it wouldn't feel right to turn them down ... but if they did call, he'd "have some good recommendations for them." He didn't leave it open at all. It's not happening.
If I know him like I think I do, it sounds like hes just being nice.
A recruiting coup, but he hasn't coached in college for 30 years.
Unlike Pelini, Dungy seems like he would be a great fit at Michigan. Unfortunately I don't believe for a second that he is in play.
Not only is he a winner at the NFL level, he's really got the philanthropic character that seems to embody Michigan coaches. He'd really find ways to give back to Ann Arbor, on the field and off of it. It could be a good angle if Brandon decides to pursue him.
Email from the athlete alumni list. No idea what its about. I'm assuming football. Email said it will be streaming on mgoblue.com
They really like these 12:30 pressers. I bet it's part of DB's plan to make us puke up our lunch and then go back and buy more Domino's. But are you sure you're not just getting the email 2 days late?
confirm that this was not for the Wens. presser. If there is a press conference today it is BIG (caps awesome!)
That should be B1G.
It says Wednesday on it... But it just showed up. Damn you email playing with my emotions.
Good thing I can't get negged. My B guys, My B.
playing with my emotions.
It makes me wonder what other emails are coming 2 days late...
Seriously, I hope DB's target candidate doesn't get an email two days after #2 on the list has been hired.
It means that Dave Brandon hired a new coach on Wednesday, confirming what we all thought would happen if Rich Rodriguez was let go this late in the recruiting season! Now let me sit around my inbox all day and wait for the expected e-mail announcing who the next coach is...
I can't explain how hopeful i got for a 12:30 presser after reading this...
...I need some news, I need to get my life back.
Like go eat some goulash, man. It's good for the soul.
Any chance its NEXT wednesday? Or did it give a date?
Alternatively, the 12:30 pressers make it impossible to get lunch at my normal time, meaning I'm hungry and upset while watching. There's a higher likelihood that I break the TV in our kitchen and have to send the bill to the Athletic Department for reimbursement.
But by the time its over you are so hungry you will eat garbage like Domino's. Plus you could order delivery and have the driver race the press conference until he kills someone...
Sources (me) indicate that Jim Harbaugh will become the new head coach of the University of Michigan mens football team as early as Sunday. Sources (me) have reported that he will lead to hoops team out fo the tunnel, WWF(E) style.
To see him lead the guys out of the tunnel in the fashion of the World Wildlife Fund. Panda stickers for everyone!
All of the NFL teams are starting to cool on Harbaugh. Maybe Stephen Ross met with him to discuss future donations to the Michigan program to pay for JH salary.
Whatever it takes.
Or does it seem that the more time people spend around JH the less they like him?
I think we hav a winner! I am sending you an MGoPoint with my brain power.
How did that feel? Pretty good, huh?
I'm surprised I haven't seen Lane Kiffin's name thrown out, not even as a lame joke candidate.
Right now I'm just rooting for someone to get excited about and that will allow me to be optimistic all Winter, Spring and Summer. My list includes JH, Gary Patt, or the typical absurd names that people like to throw out randomly even though I don't believe they're even interested (e.g. Bob Stoops and Urban Meyer).
I'm not a big fan of Les Miles adopting SEC recruiting practices, but I've warmed up to him lately, especially since I've read more on how the last coaching search went down and knowing that he wouldn't be oversigning and greyshirting at Michigan because we simply won't allow it. I'd like to hear more about whether any of this John Harbaugh stuff is real. He's interested according to the Rivals hot board but it just doesn't make sense that a guy that's 3 for 3 on making the NFL playoffs would come to coach college. Any help?
I'll be upset if we fired RR to get Hoke because I believe RR would've gotten us where we wanted to be eventually but will support Hoke if we do....I'll just be pretty pissed at DB.
Actually through his name out yesterday on Around The Horn.
Did he lose points for bringing it up?
Oh wait, the first rule of ATH Points is that you don't talk about ATH Points...
Lane Kiffin's name was thrown out before the search started.
I'm fairly certain the media has no clue what is going on, and is subscribing to the "throw shit at the wall and see if it sticks" theory at the moment.
They threw shit at the wall. The next day it was true. Are they just a bunch of assholes that break news before it happens or do they have the ability to see into the future?
Why isnt Chip Kelly being brought up as a potential candidate? Is he out of the realm of possibility?
What possible incentive would Chip Kelly have to leave Oregon for us?
Why would he leave Oregon? The Nike pipeline and he's building/has built a powerhouse over there. I wouldn't leave Oregon for Michigan right now.
I can't tell if you're serious or not, but your point total would suggest that you might be. And that would be scary.
While I probably hold onto some delusions that the U-M HC job is one of the best (which may or may may not be the case any longer), there's no way on God's green earth that Chip Kelly leaves Oregon for U-M. Especially not right now.
There's a infomation vaccuum and the media is filling it with crap, or trying to.
Why is the coaching job still not posted online yet? Michigan has in the past posted all of its jobs at umjobs.org including the last head coaching job, chief compliance officer, and I think the last AD job. If it needs to be posted for a full week, then we won't be able to announce a new head coach until next Friday at the earliest, and possibly lose another recruiting weekend. You would think that they would post the listing as soon as possible so that they clear that hurdle. Any insights?
As the availability of the job was announced at a nationally televised press conference, I think anyone who argues that it wasn't officially 'posted' will have a hard time proving sufficient notice was not given.
I posted this another thread (which I'm not surprised you missed, given the number of posts in it), but I found an HR document from a U-M site that says that a job has to be posted for seven days, but it also says there's a "posting waiver" and they may have used this waiver both to not require the job be posted and to enable them to fill the position in less than seven days:
A. Posting Requirement
Regular openings of 50% effort or more (twenty hours or more on a standard work schedule) will be posted for a minimum of seven calendar days prior to being filled. Regular openings of less than 50 % effort (less than twenty hours on a standard work schedule) may be posted at the discretion of the unit.
1. Posting Waiver:
A unit may request a waiver of the posting requirement from the appropriate Human Resource office. The standard for considering a request for a waiver of the posting requirement is whether the legitimate business needs of the unit outweigh the University’s intent to provide notice of employment opportunities to the University community and others through the posting process. Examples of a business need include, but are not limited to, the University’s commitment to assist reduction-in-force candidates and dual career candidates.
Ah, thank you for the information. Would +1 you if I could.
Wait, sorry if this is a stupid question: Why aren't we able to vote up or down?
Part of the great Reduction In Server Load program instituted by our Benevolent Overlord.
Awesome find. Thanks!
Well, it seems my guess was wrong, because the job has now been posted here:
HEAD FOOTBALL COACH
The University of Michigan invites applications for the position of Head Football Coach. The position entails the leadership of all phases of the Football program. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to; coaching, the recruitment of qualified student-athletes, support of the academic progress of student athletes, budget management, and community relations.
Bachelor's degree required. A thorough knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations is required.
Preferred qualifications: Graduate degree. Previous collegiate head coaching experience.
How about Pete Carroll as long as we're throwing names out there. Never happening, but it would be funny to rub that in Harbaugh's face since he's seemingly used us to get more money in the NFL.
Now there's an idea. Pete Carroll would be a great fit. Please make it stop.
That rumors suggest every team that talks to Harbaugh starts out eager to throw millions of dollars in his face but ends up deciding "no thank you".
Doesn't it make you think that whatever he did in the interviews was a massive turnoff?
What was it do you think? Arrogance? A poor-quality Barbara Streisand imitation? His insistence on fielding a team of zombies raised from the ghosts of former great UM players?
I think it must be something deeply disturbing.
themselves are only rumors, so the rumored results of these rumored meetings is not yet relevant. What we know, Michigan, San Fran, Miami, Denver have coaching vacancies. What has not been said by anybody with knowledge of anything = the rest, including that Jim Harbaugh has any desire to leave Stanford.
The story is the story, not any events that have lead to the story.
Miami doesn't have a coaching vacancy. Lame duck coach with no confidence from the front office, yes, vacancy no.
... I feel like a standup in a mostly empty room (no pos-bangs)
I am here Saturday night too folks...
...or whenever the posbangs get turned back on...
by his three-pronged plan for improving Michigan football:
- Maize Jerseys
- Rawk Music
- FREEEEEEEE PIIIIIIZZZZZZZZZZAAAAAAAAA*
*But not Dominos.
Likley control issues - JH wants to control who is on the roster and these teams are not willing to give it.
With Luck coming back, Harbaugh now has all the power. He can ask every NFL team he meets for the world and see how many continents they offer him. If he isn't impressed, he can always go back to the solid team he's built at Stanford, get a huge raise, and see how much more they're willing to offer him next year.
Another year of Tony Sparano or Jason Garrett can make an owner do crazy things.
Now there is an idea!
...because the most interesting players in this have not said a single word that amounts to more than a hill of beans. The speculation that this has lead to, particularly through the media, has been hilarious. The walls are going up, and they look like they will be higher and stronger than ever. And I, for one, could not be happier.
...just say what u need to say here.
iphone or nothing
Why don't you just post it here?
WHO FVCKING CARES if he is an anti-gay!!?!!
... I guess it would depend on how vocally anti-gay. DB said it himself, Michigan Football is the face of UM. Our face should match what our institution embodies.
NON bigots maybe?
How does one go about being an anti-gay activist?
Does Dungy just run around yelling at dudes, "Put on a more subdued shirt. Stop working out so much. You don't need all that mid-century modern furniture. Quit looking at each other's bottoms!" Then his head explodes.
This is how I picture it. Just looking for confirmation.
I think that every MINUTE that Harbaugh is not at some NFL podium increases the likelihood that he ends up at Michigan.
You really got to learn how to let go.
Give everything to get Harbaugh back in the MAIZE AND BLUE!!
1) all his eligibility is used up
2) he'll transfer to have a better shot at starting
3) Cam Newton's dad is negotiating better cash for him
Disagree. Every minute that he doesn't take this job shoots himself in the foot, should he finally take it. Not that it won't happen, but I think at this point it's pretty clear he wants to go to the NFL, and if he doesn't like his options now, then he goes back to Stanford with Luck to take a run at the NC next year. Then tests the NFL waters again next year. The only way he ends up here is if it was a huge damn conspiracy, which I think is highly unlikely.
I think at this point it's pretty clear he wants to go to the NFL
Or...that he's simply making a giant money-grab. Jim doesn't strike me as lacking cunning or ambition. He probably has no qualms performing this NFL interview charade-tour in order to get what he wants out of Stanford, U-M, or the highest NFL bidder (money or power). Three NFL "interviews" for the most sought-after free agent coach in any level of football, and none of them work out? Something smells here.
I add this to the list of cons for JH as U-M HC. This just isn't a character trait that we've historically valued.
I think getting Dungy would be a coup. The man does not have a blemish on his record from an ethics or character standpoint. Also, based on what he did for Vick (personal feeling for Vick aside), you can not tell me that would not pave the road to AA for recruits...but, I HIGHLY doubt he'd come back to coaching let alone the college ranks
He has literally kept our name on TV 24/7 during college football championship week. They will talk about us tonight as well as this weekend. On Monday, when all eyes will be watching college football we announce our hire.
I originally thought DB was wrong with his process, but now I think he is playing a master class game of marketing.
As for voracity -- probably crap but better information than anything else we know so I appreciate it
As for reaction if true -- ehhh... at some point getting lucky time after time becomes statistically significant, and he does win. And oversigning can be stopped. It's not like he ignores head injuries and locks kids in closets and I've seen support for Mike Leach.
We're naming a coach on a Saturday? I don't buy it. But if so, I hope they announce it late at night so I can be sufficiently intoxicated.
Just start drinking early in the morning like I plan to - then you're covered either way.
Anything more substantial than your dad's friend? I'm already hesitant to believe this since from last night to now it's switched from your dad's work partner's friend who had recent talks with Pelini to dad's friend talking directly to Pelini. Couple that with being a member for less than a day and your inexplicable repping of the toledo area code in yesterday's posts....well you can see why I'm remiss to take anything you say seriously...
You might have convinced me if you only told us about the Les Miles part. But Bo Pelini to LSU at the same time? Seems far fetched.
Its not entirely uncommon to see co-ordinators leave one school to take an HC job, then return to their former school as HC
If you are right about this, I think a massive pos-bang should be coming your way.
You will either be legendary or hated around here soon.
hear anything from bkfinest recently?
... friend of a family member in the AD... Joined just yesterday... Pelini already going to LSU... Come on guys, you can't possibly be so naive as to believe this. Can you?
Damn it, man. Get ahold of yourselves.
This was reported on some Notre Dame boards two days ago FWIW. The alleged source was also Pelinis agent. To me, this sounds like the very typical internet rumor - like the Tiger flight to Phoenix for emergency dental surgery, etc. that supposedly came from someone connected with Tiger's agent.
[looks around to the people around him]
anyone know this asshole?
[no response from the people around him]
nice story. now run along and let the grown-ups talk some more.
Haha I would posbang the shit out of you until you were dizzy if I could. That was classic.
Why would your dad's friend's friend in the Michigan Athletic Department have gotten this information from the agent of the coach that is not coming to Michigan? And why would the agent be willing to spill the beans about a major coaching change prematurely to someone not involved with his client at all in the first place? And if the people involved are being so loose-lipped about this, then why hasn't any semi-reputable media outlet said something about it?
I don't necessarily think you're making this up, but I do think that your third-hand source doesn't know what's going on or the message was garbled somewhere between the source and you. I say this because I received information from a similar source (a family member of my brother's girlfriend in the AD) stating that Rich Rodriguez would not be fired because Harbaugh and Hoke wouldn't come. I didn't post it because I had the sense to realize that it was nonsensical.
Late morning? Like I just woke up, man. I had good dreams though.
I hate you. In an I'm-jealous-of-your-schedule kind of way
I just woke up, but live on the west coast and have a schedule similar to yours. Tired.
Daniel Howes had an interesting line in his article today on Brandon's decision being the defining moment of his tenure of AD. In discussing how Bill Martin basically threw Rodriguez to the wolves in hiring him 3 years ago, Howes defined the Michigan program and its powers-that-be as:
. . . a Michigan football machine encrusted with 40 years of inbreeding and Bo adulation.
I think I tend to agree with this definition, at least with respect to most influential persons involved with the program. What do you all think? Does this description offend you?
Sometimes the truth hurts.
It's mostly correct. Last night one of my good friends told me he didn't want Hoke becaue he didn't have any connection to Bo (he only worked for Lloyd). Which... like... really? Maybe it's because I was born about when Bo retired.
PS I had a Domino's ad. Is DB sending us a message?
Brandon has a chance to change it with this hire. Someone like Patterson or Gruden would go a long way toward shattering that nonsense. Even Harbaugh and Miles have done enough away from Michigan that their candidacies make sense regardless of prior affiliation (and enough of the insiders seem to hate them anyway).
If he hires Hoke then the program has officially disappeared up its own asshole.
Possibly for Miles, but for Harbaugh. Any hatred coming out now is because we didn't take our offers, on both counts.
It seems like there are more than a handful of people who don't want him because of that. Not to mention the DUI/divorce comments that keep popping up.
I doubt it is an overwhelming sentiment, but I imagine there are plenty of folks who don't like him because for whatever reasons he rubbed them the wrong way over the years.
I think a common mistake made here is assuming that MGoPosters are a representative cross-section of the Michigan fan base, and the opinions here carry over into the mindset of the rest of Michigan fans. I think that is wrong for a variety of reasons. The readers here tend to be the most die-hard Michigan fans, not the average guys who follow Michigan when its on ESPN or in the local papers. Sadly, the latter outnumber the former by a huge amount. Second, opinions expressed here (especially by Brian) tend to be adopted by most of his readership as fact, while the average Michigan fan probably believes something completely different. See: Harbaugh's academic comments are a negative, Les Miles is evil and hates his players/is unfair/is sleeze. While there is some truth to those things, I think that the average Michigan fan would completely embrace either one of those guys. Blame it on the media, or on lazy fans, but ask the next guy you see at Pistons or Red Wings game about Mile's oversigning or Harbaugh's comments, and be prepared to get quizzical looks and be told that those guys are "Michigan Men" and should be coaching in Ann Arbor.
I'm talking about people close to the program. Some do not like Miles (it is believed that Lloyd Carr is one of those people) and to a lesser extent dislike Harbaugh for various reasons (those comments probably chief among them). My initial point was that hiring either one of them upsets enough people in and around the crusty athletic department and both have quality resumes such that I'm fine with either hire.
If Hoke gets hired it will only be because those same people who are divided in their personal opinions regarding Miles and Harbaugh all seem to think Brady is a swell guy.
who left them to us by defending them. We have been feeding off of them, not protecting them.
Progressive - check
Foo Call - check
Nissan - check
You got a Nissan ad?! Sweet.
Those pay big. As does BMW, Lancome and a few others.
How well does New England College pay?
Not as good as Ohio State... zing
Penny Talk, (sorry not interested)
(I will continue poking Flo however, cause I'm nasty that way.)
There was a story about a freelance film maker who got his Google Adsense account terminated (and funds he had earned were revoked) because he violated Google's TOS by encouraging his blog readers to click ads.
I'm not sure what Apple's iAd TOS says, but please be careful, I'd hate to see you lose money over this.
EDIT: link to the story here
good point. click what you're interested in, don't go crazy.
There are lots of reasons I'm not concerned (or click rates are very low, I rotate through numerous ad companies, etc), but your point is valid.
credit car Visa.
Show some respect.
And now we have 3 of your avatars staring at us in a row. Yuck! I just lost my appetite.
that Jim H has been coercing Mich for well over a month now.
Or did I misinterpret your typo?
Really? You sure about that? My dad's friend heard directly from Pelini's agent that the Hamburglar was going to be our new HC and that he was bringing in Scruff McGruff and Smokey the Bear as our DC and OC, respectively.
You need to check your sources man- this is money. Book it.
(in the event that you are somehow right about this, which would mean that Miles comes to UM and Pelini goes to LSU, I'll owe you an apology...)
Brian is in talks with Stephen Ross to supply funds for Mgoblog.com servers. Brian is seeking $7-8 million for said servers and "general what-have-you."
ESPN just said on SC that Harbaugh will decide between Stanford and SF 49ers. Decision possible as early as today.
If we're spurned for another college program, I will be really angry at him. Enjoy your 10,000 fans asshole.
The jobs he's being offered by the two schools are very different. One is stay at Stanford an extra year, get a big raise, have a good year with a team you know is good, then try again at the NFL level. The other is at least a 5-6 year commitment if he's serious about it.
I'm startin' to think Stanford really may be the one. If so, I did not see that coming at the beginning of this whole thing
Reggie, you may be right, you might be wrong. No offense, but with single digit MGoPoints (currently 6), you're going to have a hard time convincing the 'masses' because you don't have much cred on this Board. Thanks for the info, though. And, for the record, I hope your Dad heard things incorrectly.
Much 'cred'? I've heard half a dozen people with sources "inside" the AD and everyone has a different answer. The guy's a troll.
Hearing from a fifth party if I've followed the train correctly...New member....I mean really new member.....Has some inexplicable obsession with Toledo and the number 419....
Let me get this straight, somebody in the MIchigan AD needs to find out from Pellini's agen that LM is coming to UM?
Now go create another username and come up with a better story next time.
EDIT: Site fail on the reply. It is obviously not a reply to elaydin. It is a reply to the troll who claims LM to UM and BP to LSU.
My daddy told me he saw Les last night licking the turf in the Big House to make sure it would be suitable for him. He also said he was smiling before getting back on the plane to Dallas soooooo........
we could get Les to test the grass in Bolivia. I'll make you a deal; If you lace it with something strong enough to knock that clown out, I'll spring ya! I'll bring you back instead of him and we will be rid of the guy for good!
It's a win/win. You'll be back in MGoparadise and Les will be stuck in Bolivia where he can finish out his coaching days calling plays for the river hogs or the puma's or something.
just get rid of another leak in his department? It seems he is hunting them relentlessly.
You can't put together a grammatically correct sentence.
And you call us the fools?
Furthermore, don't get angry when people are skeptical about fourth-hand info. You may have wonderful sources, but it will always be looked at as unfounded until REAL sources emerge.....
How sweet would it be if Harbaugh and Brandon set this thing up to wait until Wednesday. Then, at the UM basketball game versus OSU, Harbaugh stealthily sneaks into the arena. And, in an ode to the Tressel/OSU hire, Brandon brings Harbaugh out right before the game starts. All the TV cameras zoom in on Harbaugh and the announcer introduces him as the new head coach. Mass hysteria in Crisler and the dawning of a new era.
I will be at that game and if that did happen I would SHIT MY PANTS. No joke, I would be so ecstatic I wouldn't even know what to do with myself.
That would be awesome.
Don't play with my damn emotions like that.
EDIT: I found the tweet too....unbelievable
DOUBLE EDIT: @chengelis
thinks M could be back in the mix. Who knows?
Combine that with the ESPN report and you get...
Vlad to Toledo
Nice to hear he still loves Michigan and only left because of family issues. I wish we had more information for why certain players transferred. I guess none of it matters now though.
Tell Brian if he hasn't thought about it already to switch to AWS for hosting. Most of my clients have migrated to the cloud. You can not be the cost and instant scaling ability.
Speaking of config I'm quite sure that your Varnish Cache Server needs a do-over. Those errors have been happening since I officially signed up. (At least you're not using squid) I could volunteer to have a look but not until the back end of next week. I'm sure there's a few CS students who would gladly have a look as well.
I am looking for some definitive answers:
1. What has changed with this site over the last 7 days?
2. Why am I actually never "logged in" on the front page?
3. Will anybody be able to post again at some point? Is what is going on with this site an accident, intentional, will pos bangs return? Where are Magnus and Sharik? Just all around, what the hell is going on?!?!
1. Traffic went up 5x (or something). See random post in one of the millions of open threads with the pretty graph.
1a. In order to preserve the servers, Brian has shut off a variety of server requests (like logging in, voting, creating threads).
1b. He didn't shut off the "web services" which the iphone uses (shhh, it's a secret).
2. See 1a
3. One day... everything will be back to normal. I assume it won't be today.
1.) Due to the massive number of people viewing, logging in, and posting on the site Brian was forced to implement a number of optimizations to ensure his servers didn't crash under the extremely heavy load of traffic.
2.) One of these optimization measures is to "cache" the front page, meaning that instead of MGoBlog's severs creating a new, specialized front page every time your account views it, it just stores one copy of the front page in its memory and serves that copy to everyone. This is much much more efficient, but it means you cannot get a custom front page that shows you logged in.
3) All of these additional features (posting, pos-banging, ect.) are computationally expensive for Mgoblog's servers to perform. As soon as traffic dies down a bit and the servers can handle the workload, I am sure everything will return back to normal.
Long story short, Brian had to restrict functionality of the site inorder to make it efficient enough to deal with the incredibly high volume of people accessing MGoBlog as the result of the current coaching changes.
What I take away from this is that there are a lot of people that are infinitely more intelligent than me.
(I appreciate you taking time to explain things to those of us that are computer unsavvy).
What if the traffic doesn't go down.
That. Was. Awesome.
MGoData for Corch!
I'm really starting to think that Michigan, then the Niners, then the Dolphins were just a way for Harbaugh to get a better contract from Stanford and draw attention to himself and his program to increase recruiting and fan interest in the program.
I think you may be correct. And from what I can tell, totally not out of the relm of possiblity for Harbaugh.
to explore and contemplate potentially the biggest career move of his life. I'd cut him some slack.
I'm not being hard on him or critical; if that is what he is doing, so be it. Business is business. It just seems like he is happy at Stanford. He recruited most of those players and there was a quote about how he feels like he built a new dream job for himself at Stanford.
There is nothing wrong with bringing attention to his program, especially one like Stanford that desperately needs more fan support. They had a tremendous season and couldn't fill a 50,000 seat stadium.
I don't blame him if he is doing it for hype.
I don't think you were being hard on him. You're right: there's nothing wrong with using this opportunity to bring attention to Stanford. I just think that the delay in his decision is due to sincere thought and exploration. I don't think it is a strategic effort to help Stanford (as you suspect) or himself (as many others on this board have suggested).
I don't really have much to base my opinion on except the fact that he hasn't said anything himself to create this attention. All the articles, tweets, and board posts have all come from media and fans and their speculation about him.
on Espn.that JH is down to staying at Stanford or going to the 49ers. Decision maybe today. Let's drink heavily so we miss the PC announcing the hiring of Hokemon.
If I have Progressive come up multiple times should I click it mult times or does only the first one count?
Jim Harbaugh is just toying with our emotions now! Ahh!
Schefter is "pushing" Michigan out of the picture by claiming SF/Stanford. It's all part of the conspiracy!
Not to jump on the conspiracy bandwagon but another thing to consider is that Schefter is an NFL insider. Harbaugh is all the college football and NFL world is looking at it right now and if he doesn't get to talk about Harbaugh to the NFL, he's missing out on some of that coverage.
I still think he's right, but harmless speculation never hurt anyone. Except for that O.J. guy....
AND Elway is a Stanford guy, so he's biased.....
shit! This damn tinfoil hat is getting tight!
Someone should find Harbaugh's email and link him to these threads.
I live in Stanford an no one seems to really give a shit if he stays.
Either you are lying because Stanford is in Palo Alto and is not a town in and of itself, or you are a student at Stanford making a joke about "living in the library." Either way, I call shenanigans on you.
You are wrong. I thought so too, but I looked it up....
Stanford does have its own ZIP and everything and is said to be adjacent to Palo Alto.
Doesn't mean there are no shenanigans......
Huh, mea culpa. I seriously had no idea, but I appreciate the info. According to Wiki: "Its resident population consists of the inhabitants of on-campus housing, including graduate student villages and the "Faculty Ghetto" of single-family homes owned by their faculty inhabitants but located on leased Stanford land. A residential neighborhood adjacent to the Stanford campus, College Terrace, featuring streets named after universities and colleges, including Oxford, Harvard, Yale, and Colubmia, is not part of the Stanford CDP but of the city of Palo Alto." The more you know, I guess.
Either way, I stand by my Shenanigans. Stanford U. isn't going to offer a guy that no one cares about $5M, and the fans at the Orange Bowl seemed pretty damn excited.
I live on Stanford campus, as do many who do not attend the school. Yet, this is beside the point. There are few in the area who really care as much as we Michigan fans. That is all I was saying.
so yea... no shenanigans here, brosephone...
that this conversation led me to some new knowledge......
BUT you do bring up something.....
Maybe Jim really wants to follow in Bo's footsteps..... create a dominant program at a fantastic academic school. Bring in a full house, etc... Sure, Bo had Yost before him, but Bo built modern Mich football. Maybe Jim wants to do the same...
Stanford wants him, but not nearly as much as we do. I still have no idea whether or not DB has offered him anything yet. At this point it is all conjecture. The fact that he has not taken any offer yet and there has, apparently, yet to be an offer from Michigan has to say something... right? If DB gives him an offer, I don't think he will be too quick to pass on it, especially if it were an offer of 5.2 million.
From everything I've seen, it seems that he loves Michigan. In fact, I met him a few months ago on Stanford campus. I was wearing a Michigan sweatshirt and he asked me if it was a "real Michigan sweatshirt", he seemed taken aback by it. This was a few days before the Oregon game so we talked football for a bit and I wished him luck (hehehe) and as we parted ways he said "Go Blue". He seemed to actually be a really nice guy and many of these "Harbaugh is an ass" remarks seem to be, essentially, unfounded and based purely on personal vendetta for his '07 remarks. Which, for the record, pissed me off as well even though they are pretty much true......
That's a great story.
Please wear M gear all week and everywhere. "Go Blue Jimmy" signs around campus wouldn't hurt. If you see him, sound the mgoblogalarm, and tackle him (bend at the knees, keep your legs driving). We'll arrive as soon as we can.
does anybody know where our AD is at this moment? In his office, on a plane? On a boat?
ON A BOAT!
Are we in agreeance that the last month has been the most stressful period for a Michigan fan ever?
Somebody give me a Hell Yeah
Seriously temped to run another liveblog this afternoon......
And the worst part is, after all this is resolved, we still won't play a football game for another 8 months...
I hate the offseason
that the last coaching change had periods of meltdown that rivaled this, there were just less people in the MGoBlog community.
Despite all the noise, I'd recommend you prepare yourself for the Mad Hatter early next week.
... to pony up an extra $1 million + for Chavis?
Nebraska guy I know real well says their message boards are blowing up with the Miles to Michigan/Pelini to LSU stuff....he sounds concerned.
I'd rather have Pelini for ourselves.
Anyway was the dude who made an account specifically to tell us this not a troll then? And maybe what he said was true?
But since midday yesterday, I've thought Miles was the most likely candidate. And... ehhhh... better than Hoke
All I know is that there's a Nebraska guy I know and trust real well on another message board that claims to have been hearing the same rumor now and that Nebraska fans are getting nervous.
The Fitz thing, even if it was more of a feeler than an offer, kinda gives weight to the notion that DB has fucked the pooch. Had he been smart, he would have done this through an intermediary/search firm in the first place. This would have prevented the very public "Fitz rejects Michigan" thing. (Also, now that he has hired a firm, it runs counter to his originally stated plan.) And if DB had been trying to use Fitz as leverage with JH, a rejection works against that. DB clearly does not have somebody already in the bag. He is scrambling.
Brandon needs to hit a home run with this hire. I doubt the very first person he called is Pat Fitzgerald. I'm guessing this almost all stems from Brian putting Fitz on his list of potential candidates, this turning into media questions to Fitz about other jobs, and him saying "I'm staying at NU."
don't believe what the media tells you - they are the one scrambling.
With the exception of Harbaugh, everything else has followed suit.
He whiffs on JH and needs a new coach. That's oh-shit 1. Fitz rejects him. That's oh-shit 2. All along, he said he would be conducting the search by himself. Now, after all this time, he hires a search-firm. That's oh-shit 3. Why would he hire a search-firm if he already had "contingencies" lined up, as he previously said he did? That's oh-shit 4.
Your signature is possibly the funniest thing I have seen all week. IN a time of sorrow, that brought momentary joy. I would +1 if it were possible good sir.
He has not, however, whiffed on choice number 2.
Whether we like that choice or not, however, is a different story.
I should have been more precise. With Fitz, he whiffed in a PR/negotiating sense. Which is no small thing. It makes M look weak and desperate. It makes the incoming coach look and feel like an also-ran. Some candidates will say no just because of that. And it weakens M's bargaining position with candidates.
handled this whole tihng well and is doing a great job with this situation, I would have to say I haven't disagreed with a single statement on this blog more during the enitre time I have been a member. This is an absolute disaster, plain and simple.
I plan to reserve judgment until we actually have a coach in place.
So the plane went from Yipsi to Florida, to Palm Springs, back to Florida. Did it pick up Stephen Ross. The timing is pretty similar to the meetings ...
[Edit: Brian goes even deeper on this on the front page. Also, a big Miami supporter I know says the inside view in Miami is Ross went out there to sell Harbaugh on Michigan, not Miami.]
Ross is more loyal to Michigan than his own Miami Dolphins! If true we should get him a gift card to The Olive Garden!