replaced him with Paul Hackett
I did not make this headline up
replaced him with Paul Hackett
The Hack won over a third of his games at Pitt and coordinated those explosive Marty Schottenheimer offenses we all remember so well. It's only with the benefit of hindsight that we can second guess that move.
Hackett won 12 games in 3 full seasons at a school that had only had one losing season in the previous 20 and got fired. Yes, he then coordinated all of those great offenses in KC, but come on. He was hired because he was a USC MAN with ties to Robo's glory days. It'd be like us hiring Cam Cameron as head coach AFTER his Dolphins stint
Tis the season for straw men I suppose... yes, Lloyd only won one Rose Bowl but he went to 4 and also won an Orange Bowl. Robinson won a crappy Pac-10 and beat an overmatched Northwestern in a Rose Bowl to cap off the only season USC even sniffed a top ten finish in the 1990's.
I understand the arms race - it is happening in everything; those at the top set the curve but really it seems like a waste. Who is so great that it is worth that money? The larger question - who is the 3rd best coach in America at the college level? The top 2 are Urban and Saban. Are you going to pay $6M to get the guy from Stanford to come down to southern cal? Pay $6M to Les Miles? Pay $6M to Stoops who after his glorious run a decade ago seems to have moved into "just above Mack Brown" territory? Pay $6M to Sumlin who may or may not be a creation of Manziel? Who in America is worth it aside from the top 2? Serious question. Unless they go the NFL route and that is a totally different game where kissing the butt of boosters, alumni, and the kids themselves is not required.
could probably be enticed back to LA. But overall I don't see a $6 million coach other than those you named.
To be fair, this is just speculation, not Haden coming out and saying he'll spend this much. He's certainly not saying whoever gets hired is getting $6M. That being said, the only guys who I can see giving that kind of dough to are Saban and Meyer who have had elite results at multiple stops (both not leaving top-5 jobs, IMO, especially for a team still dealing with probation issues) or an NFL guy like Carroll, Gruden, or maybe Tomlin (Del Rio shouldn't cost that much, and I don't like the idea of Dungy or Cowher, to be honest).
You know how like winning CA or TX can singlehandedly wipe out winning 23 other states...that means they have a stupid amount of people in those giant states. Likewise cherry picking the freakishly good athletes becomes easier by virtue of the probability that there are more of them.
Ya Michigan is pretty big but the U.P. is a little thin population-wise.
It is definitely shaping up to be an interesting offseason. USC and presumably TX on the prowl for a proven genuis coach to install to return their storied programs to glory with rail cars full of cash to back it up. Expectations to match.
Were I made AD, I would make it a simple contract. I schedule the games which could be versus cupcakes or juggernauts. You win one, you get 3/4 million deposited in your account. You lose one, you get nothing. There is nothing like properly positioned incentives.
Are you sure you dropped the dope?
I have the bumper stickers somewhere to prove it.
For the record, the "I dumped the Dope" moniker is in reference to Wayne DeNeff of the Ann Arbor News in the early 80s. He made weekly college football picks, you cut a slip out of the AA News and mailed it in with Your picks. If you picked correctly more than he, you got a bumper sticker mailed back to you the next week. Pretty cool to get kids interested in football...
The closest I ever get to dope is the pipe thread sealant in my shop which I sometimes refer to as "pipe dope".
I never have done any actual dope.
Sorry to disappoint.
I know they started out rough, but Texas is 7-2 and 6-0 in conference play. The idea that they are going to fire their surefire CFB Hall of Fame coach is still kind of silly at this point, barring an 0-3 finish. Why is anyone just assuming they'll be in the market for a new boss?
Agree. Mack Brown's season this year reminds me a lot of Carr in '07. Two really bad losses early in the year but kept the team together and ended up having a nice year considering how it started. Obviously, Mack still has 3 more games left but they way he's kept the team together and has them in the hunt for the conference title is pretty nice.
We'll double anything you offer Hoke or Borges! Go Blue!
Definitely will never have to worry about that. Hoke will receive as many offers in the future as Carr had. A big fat zero.
Is Lee Corso pulling a Mary Sue Coleman right now??
This is the thing Michigan is still learning. The market in college football has exploded. The only way to get top talent is to pay for it, both at HC and coordinators (and everywhere else).
If you expect a hometown discount you're going to be SOL.
The real question is how much they are going to pay their players.
I just submitted Borges resume